The Goddess Tarot
by Kris Waldherr
My husband bought me this deck, with an accompanying book, and it made a really beautiful gift. Kris Waldherr's artwork shines in these cards; there is beauty, female power, and a sense of the sacred. The deck's energy is warm and inviting, making it very accessible, and easy to use.
The Goddess Tarot
is in the traditional format - it has twenty-two Major Arcana cards, four suits of ten, and sixteen court cards. Card meanings are based on traditional, standard interpretations, ensuring that the cards will work well in all sorts of readings, and will work well for those who are still new to tarot. What sets this deck apart from more traditional tarots is its celebration of the Divine Feminine. Every Major Arcana card features a goddess, from around the world, and most of the cards feature women. Additionally, each suit is governed, or represented, by a particular goddess. The Suit of Cups is governed by Venus, and is called "The Path of Venus," the Suit of Staves is governed by Freyja and is called "The Path of Freyja," the Suit of Swords is governed by Isis, and is called "The Path of Isis," and the Suit of Pentacles is governed by Lakshmi, and is called "The Path of Lakshmi." For every suit there is a comprehensive introductory section in the accompanying book that explains the meanings of these paths, and why the author chose the goddesses she did. Although some people feel it is confusing to assign a goddess to each suit, I like it. It seems a rather helpful way for beginners to understand the differences between each suit, and understand each suit's strong points. I also think the goddesses chosen for each suit are good ones.
All of the number or pip cards depict full scenes, again drawing upon standard or traditional images, but with the deck's specific focus of strong women. The court cards include Prince, Princess, King, and Queen -in that order, with Queen being highest in rank. I don't personally see a need to reverse the roles in order to feel empowered as a woman, however this might be very significant to some women or girls. This order is really only presented in the book and of course, can be disregarded completely, when using the cards.
Men in this deck are depicted with the same slightly soft appearance as the women. There is a very feminine feeling to all of the artwork. The goddesses are all portrayed very well. There are many different aspects of every goddess, so when looking at these cards we should be open to Kris Waldherr's own unique experience of them. For example, Waldherr offers the fierce goddess Oya for the card of Strength. This is suitable, because Oya is indeed seen to be a fierce warrior, protecting women, and fighting injustice. She might have found a place on the card of Death - for her important role standing between life and death, aiding the dying as they cross over, and as the bringer of change.
In The Goddess Tarot
, Waldherr has given women a tool for self-discovery and empowerment. Through these cards we can hear and appreciate stories, of goddesses, women, and ourselves. The connections to goddesses enrich readings and inspire us to seek the holy. We come to realize that these goddesses all signify aspects of ourselves as women.
This is a great "all-purpose" deck. And, although The Goddess Tarot
is empowering for women and celebrates the Divine Feminine, I have found it to be quite effective and successful in doing readings for men as well (and have often had men request I use this deck). It is great for readings of a mundane nature, relationship questions, and inner seeking.
I recommend it to everyone. It would be great for beginners, women and men interested in women's strengths and mysteries, and goddess lore, and for young women and girls as well.
Card artwork by Kris Waldherr
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The Goddess Tarot Deck
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The Goddess Tarot Deck - Pocket Size
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The Goddess Tarot Workbook
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