|A really lovely deck! And certainly not just for cat lovers. These cards have a highly individual stylish elegance. Inspired by fifteenth century art, in these cards, Lawrence Teng “seeks to bridge a gap between the traditional and modern tarot imagery”, we are informed in the LWB. There are certainly enough echoes from the Waite-Coleman Smith deck to make these cards immediately accessible for readings for anyone familiar with this earlier deck. The cards are all bordered with an attractive brown design, which in part is what gives them their medieval flavour; but the colouring often has a vibrancy which is certainly more modern. The cards of the Major Arcana are unnumbered, which makes it irrelevant – for those accustomed to Waite’s reversal of these two cards - that card 8 is Justice and card 11 is Strength as you only need to know that when consulting the LWB. The centrally-placed cat image on each of the pip cards is tiny but strong enough to readily convey the card’s meaning. In each case, the rest of the card contains the appropriate number of images for the suit which together with the fact that these cards are numbered makes all of them readily identifiable.|
Being a US Games deck the 48 page LWB is only written in English, with a two page introduction about this deck not space-wasting information about the history of tarot, half a page to a page on each of the cards of the Major Arcana, two pages devoted to each of the four Pages, four Knights, four Queens and four Kings, about 8 lines on each of the pip cards and two spreads. The first spread uses only the court cards – The Court Cards Curve – and “is not about other people so much as yourself”, so is for self-reflection. The second spread, which uses the entire deck, is the Short, But Sweet Spread, which uses 12 cards laid down in pairs, which is suitable for short term readings for others, but could, of course, also be used when reading for yourself. It’s basically a variation of the Celtic Cross. I so liked the synthesis of two cards for each position in this spread, that I have been experimenting with following the pattern in which the cards are placed by adding a third card to each position, sometimes using the Mystical Lenormand cards and on other occasions using the Wiccan cards. This has produced some very rich readings.