The Fairy Tarot By Helene and Doris Saltarini; Artwork by Antonio Lupatelli and Richard Doyle
Review by Arielle Smith


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The deck is the Fairy Tarot, artwork by Antonio Lupatelli and Richard Doyle.  If the cards look familiar, it’s because they were first published in 1997.  Now Helene and Doris Saltarini have given us a book to go with the deck.  This should have been cause for celebration – a chance to really get to know the individual cards – but I warn you now that, book or no book, this deck simply does not appeal to me.

There are some changes to the Majors – Strength and Justice are reversed in order.  Temperance becomes the Sylph, the Wheel of Fortune becomes Oread, the Devil is the Troll, the star becomes Naiad. 


With the Minors, instead of Cups we get Hearts and instead of Pentacles we get Bells.  I was confused that the Acorns, representing air, are actually Wands and the Leaves, representing fire, are actually Swords, but I had even more trouble with some of the descriptions for different cards.  For example, the Two of Hearts shows a young man kneeling at the feet of a beautiful woman.  There are butterflies, a small bird, and the perfect setting for a romantic adventure.  But the book warns us:  "in reality one must be careful because a person could appear in our lives who seems to be interested in us but in reality is not.  It is only an illusion, as this Fairy fools us.”  And the card upright meaning is:  “[E]xcellent!  You have managed to avoid the “trap”!”  This is just not my Two of Cups – or my cup of tea.


Some of the cards are really cute, yes.  Who could resist the Ace of Leaves with its cute porcupine?  Or the Ace of Bells with the gentle rabbit?  Or that amazing owl-faced Magician?  But I simply could not feel any fondness at all for any of the court cards – nor did I like many of the Majors, which seemed just too crude and angry-looking for my taste.


I imagine this deck was meant to capture the capricious temper and whimsical nature of the fairies, but instead of being amused or captivated, I was only annoyed.  Lo Scarabeo already has a very good fairy deck with an excellent book and much friendlier cards.   It’s called the Fey Tarot and I much prefer it to this set.  


The Fairy Tarot

Artwork by Antonio Lupatelli and Richard Doyle

Publisher:  Lo Scarabeo

ISBN#:  0738705713

If you would like to purchase this deck and book set, click here.

If you would like to purchase this deck, click here.

You can read another review of the Fairy Tarot deck here.


Arielle Smith, well on her way to becoming a weird eccentric, is a Certified Tarot Grand Master living in Florida with her husband and five cats.  Both tree-hugger and animal lover, she is also part-time teacher and life-time student of the Tarot.


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Review © 2004 Arielle Smith
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