One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to seek out a souvenir Tarot Decks. I am often delighted and surprised at what I find; even in small towns and small shops, there is almost always a deck I have not seen before. One such deck I recently acquired is a gorgeous creation from Yoshi Yoshitani which I am excited to share with you. Here’s my review of the Tarot of the Divine.
Recently, I visited my mother in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, and she suggested we check out a new metaphysical book store. The shop, Kuantum Life, sits right in downtown Cary. In the small shop, I found mostly oracle decks, and only a few true Tarot. (To find out more about the differences check out my post on Choosing a Tarot Deck). Still, one deck I had never seen called to me, the Tarot of the Divine by Yoshi Yoshitani. (Link goes to Yoshi’s site where you can order this deck and learn more about it!).
The Tarot of the Divine is a beautiful deck that comes in a nice quality hard case. The cards are printed on nice thick stock which felt a bit like linen and the guidebook is beautifully illustrated. Each card depicts a different legend, deity, or folk tale. The illustrations are absolutely stunning, they represent the style and culture of the legends depicted while maintaining cohesion throughout the 78 cards.
I took a magical journey by flipping through the deck and the guidebook together. There were familiar fables and figures as well as some that were foreign to me. I gave the deck to my mother and her sister, both also Tarot Readers, and they also loved reading the descriptions of the fables and looking at the cards.
As you can tell, I think this is a wonderful deck. Yoshitani must have spent a lot of time matching each of the Tarot archetypes to these incredible historical legends. After purchasing this deck, I want to learn more about all of the tales inside. I do have a couple of drawbacks for you, mainly that this is not a good deck for a beginning Tarot Reader. This is because there is not a lot of information provided about the Tarot archetypes. If you are not familiar with these archetypes, you may struggle to do a full reading with this deck.
If you are a beginner and you are intrigued by this deck, go ahead and buy it! Make sure you also own a more traditional deck or a book, like Rachel Pollack’s 78 Degrees of Wisdom, where you can learn about the archetypes of the Tarot separately. The layer of the historical myths and folk legends provided by the Tarot of the Divine will enrich your experience when you are ready for it. While you learn the cards, I think it’s better to keep the extra layer out of it unless you are a mythology expert like Yoshi Yoshitani!
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