1001 nights Tarot deck

Written by  on December 3, 2015 

The concept of this deck sounds wonderful–a tarot based on the stories that comprise the “Arabian Nights.” Surely Scheherazade touched on every one of the tarot meanings as she cast her storytelling spell on the Sultan of the Swinging Scimitar. The card images are beautifully and delicately detailed and are as inviting as Scheherazade’s tales.
However, the lack of a compelling connection that continues to intrigue and delight–unlike the one which saved Scheherazade’s life–dooms this deck to oblivion…unless the Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights can be saved by a book that helps us to grasp why we should care about the fate of these cards.
Granted, they have a very pretty face. The artwork is quite intricate and the colors are subtle and deep. The rich, earth-hues sprinkled with a smattering of colors that are not as often found in nature are just what I personally find appealing. Take the card backs, which are bordered in turquoise and two different greens. At the center is a pastoral scene doubled in on itself so that they are perfectly reversible. The result is serenity-inducing, the ideal mood-enhancer for a reader who is shuffling the cards.
However, unless I looked at the deck again, I wouldn’t immediately place the image as that which depicts the Wheel of Fortune, a card I normally associate with high energy and expansive movement. Many of the cards (both the Major and Minor Arcana) share that same disconnect. This deck is long on distance and short on close-ups, so if you like to get insights from a card character’s face, you’re up the proverbial creek. (tarotpassages.com)

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