ISBN #: 978-0-7643-3903-5
When you think of tarot cards, what do you usually think they look like? I immediately think of the standard 2 3/4" X 4 3/4" size, rectangular, with pictures and/or symbols on each card that fills most of the front of the card, and most come with some sort of a border around the image. In terms of size, Tarot Leaves is much like most decks. It measures 2 7/8" X 4 1/2", which is very close to the standard size. The cards are rectangular, again, like the vast majority of decks available today. The card backs have a completely reversible image of leaves done in watercolor against a black background with a light blue border. So yes, you can read reversibles with this deck.
|Ace of Wands|
|Page of Cups|
There are various types of leaves depicted. I'm not a leaf person, but I easily recognized maple and oak leaves. There are also a few other leaf shapes used. The card symbols are then painted within the leaves and they move along with the naturally occurring veins within the leaves themselves. This gives each image a lovely "flow" to it and also helps to convey the type of energy associated with that card. The creator, Beth Seilonen, grew up in rural Maine and her love of the woods and of nature really comes through with her lovely deck.
Tarot Leaves is further differentiated from the vast majority of decks with regards to the elemental associations of the suits. Beth Seilonen switched Wands with Swords. In her deck Wands are associated with thoughts, ethics, and philosophy while Swords represent actions. For some this may create a problem, but her switch does not make a great deal of difference, nor does it interfere with the use of traditional interpretations for the cards. The guidebook conveys traditional interpretations so although she does switch the suits, the interpretations are not altered.
|7 of Wands|
The packaging - something at which Schiffer Publishing excels, is all self-contained. There is a sturdy cardboard laminated box with a hinged lid that is attached to the box via two ribbons as well as the laminated surface treatment. The cards and guidebook are both housed within the box and the lid has a magnetic closure. The packaging makes it very easy to take this deck with you on trips or on visits with your like-minded tarot friends.
Using this deck is very easy. My thirteen year old daughter can use it, which tells me that people new to tarot would also be able to use it so I highly recommend it to newcomers and I think they and others will find this deck to be a delight, especially those of you who love nature.