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This deck is peopled with a race featuring heart-shaped faces, wide, slanted eyes and copious amounts of hair. They are all slender with highly-defined muscles and they all wear form fitting clothing. The faces are rather androgynous. One determines sex by body shape, makeup (or lack of makeup) and clothing. The artist was supposedly influenced by her years in the music business as a costumer for rock groups. The deck does look like it was designed to appeal to young people. If it weren't for the nudity, I would say that it would be especially suitable for teenagers and pre-teens. 

The cards measure 4 3/4" X 2 3/4". The Major Arcana have the traditional names. Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Pentacles. The court consists of King, Queen, Knight and Page. There is an extra card that shows a masked person with the question, "Who are you really?" The little booklet recommends you try leaving this card in the deck to determine how it influences your readings. The back features two symbols.

The scenes on each card are largely taken up with the person or persons set before a square background. There is not a lot of decoration or scenery. Consequently, there is also not a lot of symbolism. While the overall effect is pretty, there is not much depth here. I find the images to be a faint echo of Pamela Colman Smith's work. The Minor Arcana images are sometimes based on Waite, but some images are more like pips with people.

The little booklet that comes with the deck has some information about the artist and an introduction to the deck. Descriptions for each of the Major Arcana are provided, thought they do little to inform me of the cards meaning. Brief upright and reversed meanings follow. The writing is very uneven. Some cards have long descriptive paragraphs, while others have only a couple of sentences. The section on the Minor Arcana does not provide descriptions of the cards, only short upright and reversed meanings. Information on how to read "The Ten Card Spread" (Celtic Cross) is provided. Two of Londa's poems are also in the little booklet for those who are interested.

I recommend this deck for collectors. While it is pretty in its own way, it is not especially evocative or interesting in my opinion.

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The Londa Tarot Deck
ISBN: 0-88079-664-2
US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St., Stamford, CT 06902, (800)544-2637, Fax (203)353-8431

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