Pocket Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr
Review by Diane Wilkes

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Because the Goddess Tarot has proven to be one of U.S. Games' most popular decks, it has recently been published in a smaller format. I can imagine many goddess worshippers finding this smaller version very convenient--a beautiful and portable tool for spellwork-on-the-go is hard to come by these days.

Because you can read several reviews of the standard-sized version of this deck on this website (here, here, and here), I am going to focus here on the differences between this new, smaller edition and the original, which is, happily, also still in print.

Because Waldherr's art is exquisite, it is nice to see these card images in their larger, more opulent setting. In the pocket version of the Goddess Tarot, the central images are darker, but the border is slightly lighter. Other than the deck and image size, the biggest difference is in the card backs, which are similar, but different. The smaller version has backs of light gray flecked with white, with a gold leaf grid in the shape of a tic-tac-toe board and a gold design at the center; the original deck backs are a rich blue flecked with gold, same basic grid, but a different design at the center. Both are elegant and deck-appropriate.

One thing I realized about the smaller version of the Goddess Tarot as soon as I held it is that, weirdly enough, it's thicker than the standard size. This makes it feel strange, as well as making it more difficult to shuffle than the original version.

The little white booklet (LWB) is identical to the LWB that comes with the standard deck, with the exception of its physical size.

If deciding between the two, take the following into consideration:

The smaller version is more portable and less expensive.

The larger version allows you to see the gorgeous images much better and is easier to shuffle.

The deck size you choose should be based on your personal needs, but it's nice to have a choice. I recommend the Pocket Goddess Tarot to fans of the deck who prefer a smaller size and/or people who have been on the fence about the deck but wanted a better price. I have always preferred decks that are a little darker, so I personally find this version of the Goddess Tarot very appealing.

  Yes No
78 cards X  
Reversible Backs X  
Strength VIII, Justice XI X  
Color Images X  
Standard (RWS) Titles of the Major Arcana   X
Traditional (RWS) Suits (Rods/Wands, Cups/Chalices, Swords, Pentacles/Disks) X  
Traditional (RWS) Golden Dawn Suit-Element Attributions X  
Standard dimensions (approx. 4 3/4" X 2 3/4")                     X
Smaller than standard
 (approx. 2 1/2" x 3 1/2")                                            
Larger than standard                                               X

Pocket Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr
Publisher: US Games
ISBN #: 1572814144

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Images 2003 US Games
Review and page 2003 Diane Wilkes