This deck is subtitled: The Great Game of the Human Heart. It claims not be be a divinatory deck, rather it states many aims, all of them psychological in nature.For example: To gain emotional insight into yourself and to find inner peace; To understand your own motivations; To see the different factors that govern your inner life; and, To make decisions, based on a greater awareness of your own feelings. There are several others listed, but these give you a flavor for the deck's intended purpose. Despite its claims to the contrary, the section in the little booklet on using the cards has them providing direction on such mundane questions as whether to take your vacation at point A or B, and whether one should continue a relationship. Hell, they even have cards marked "yes," and "no!"
The deck consists of 40 cards. They measure 2 1/2" X 4 3/8". The art is good. The images were done by Maggie Kneen, creator of the Old English Tarot Deck. The first three cards in the deck - The Inquirer, Yes, and No, are intricately patterned, but have no scenes. The next two cards are also intricately patterned, but have a small scene in the bottom half of the pattern. The remaining 35 cards all have scenes. They are well detailed and deeply hued. The cards are assigned to different groupings. As previously stated the first card represents the Inquirer. The second through fifth cards are called The Four Direction cards because the point to or from a course of action. They are the Yes, No, Now and Later Cards. The remaining 35 cards are divided into groups of seven each. The first grouping is called The Seven Fundamentals. It describes the areas of our lives that are common to everyone. The Body, The Home and Money are some of the cards in this group. The second grouping is the Seven Archetypes. The Father, The Mother, and The Libido are in the group. The third group is The Seven Symbols. It portrays symbols that stand for the key qualities that are called for in different situations. This group has cards that are very similar to Tarot cards. The Stars, The Tower, and The Wheel are in this group as well as The Tree and The Scales. The fourth group is The Seven Characters. This group represents aspects of our own personalities and those around us. Here we find the people cards, including a few Tarot-like cards such as The Fool and The Sage, as well as The Beauty, The Liar and The Stranger. The fifth grouping is The Seven Happenings. These are the events that suddenly transform our lives. The Message, The Voyage, and The Prison are in this grouping.
The little booklet that comes with the deck describes the different groups of cards and provides the meaning for each individual card. The guidelines on how to use the deck provides advice on how to read the cards and three spreads. Two games using the cards are also described, as are instructions for using the cards to create stories and poems, and to enhance your dream life. Finally, there is a list of key words for each card.
I recommend this deck for those looking for a fairly straight forward deck that can be used for divination - protests to the contrary, notwithstanding. Many of the cards are very similar to Tarot cards, which should make them seem familiar to Tarot readers. While the deck makes many psychological claims, there is not a lot of psychological information in the little booklet.
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- ISBN: 0-88079-401-1
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