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Aeclectic Tarot Review

When I first heard about this deck I got the impression that this would be yet another cat deck. Not that I have anything at all against cats but I just had enough cat decks in my collection. I'm really happy I recently took another look since this deck is proving to be a delightful little gem. I have nicknamed this the 'Morgan-Greer of the 21st century' since there is so much in common with that old favourite of mine. This deck is cartoony in style with very clear and uncluttered drawings in bright and beautiful colours. The cards are created with a combination of ink drawing and digital painting. The general feel of this deck is playful and sunny. The deck is easy to read and it would be an excellent beginner's deck. This deck is well suited for young readers and children and for anyone who is not a fan of dark images. There is even a slightly humorous touch in some images, like the Seven of Swords. Just like the M-G, it has got depths for readers of all levels. There is an amazing amount of detail in the cards and lots of interesting symbolism to study as well ... Read more ...

Hemera's review of Nine Lives Tarot – published on Aeclectic Tarot website in March 2015.


Nine Lives Tarot
Hi Annette, The cards are working wonderfully and I am being very honest. I get very beautiful and accurate readings.

Christine


Nine Lives Playing Cards – Poker size
Hi Annette, my cards arrived today. Thankyou so much! The cardstock on the new deck is very nice, although I think I like the original just as much :).

Jill


Dear Annette
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I got my cards today. They are so beautiful. I have more than 600 sets of tarot and oracle cards and this is one of the most beautiful one that I have. The colors and the details and the little booklet that goes with it plus the bag and everything are just beautiful. Thank you very much for sending me this beautiful cards so quickly. I wish you all the best and also I hope you sell a lot. All the best.

Samira XXX


Hello Annette!
Wanted to let you know the wonderful deck arrived safely today. I love it!
Thanks so much.

Beverley


Hi, I just received the deck I ordered and wanted to tell you how much I love it. Beautiful, vibrant colours and lovely, easy to interpret artwork. I collect tarot decks and this is now officially one of my favourites ☺ Also, the shipping to France where I live was really fast, and would have been even faster if it hadn't been for the extended Easter weekend. Anyway, thank you very much for this great deck and be sure to alert me when a new one comes out.

Warm regards,

Katherine


What a beautiful deck, so colourful. It lifted my spirits looking through the cards. I look forward to putting the cards to use. Thank you for including the signed Magician card. Also the bag was my favourite colour blue ☺

With kind regards

Julia


I would like to thank you so much for this lovely deck which I received today. I am a beginner at tarot, but have been long on the search for a deck that speaks to me (I watched Avalon's review on YouTube, and purchased instantly!). I have been getting to know the cards all day, and am so pleased about how lovely it reads, it feels so positive, yet honest. I love the characters and the punchy colours in the artwork – it reminds me of a more modern version of Morgan Greer which I am thrilled about!

Thank you so much again and good luck! :)

Lana


YouTube Review

Avalon's Spiritual Odyssey has done a review of Nine Lives Tarot on her YouTube channel. You can watch it by following the image link below:

Avalon's Spiritual Odyssey


I got it! The postman did his best. Super fast from australia to the netherlands in 8 days! thank you so so much.

Maan Hanneke Nine Lives Tarot spread
Photo: kindly supplied by Maan / Hanneke

First impression is very positive. The card-stock is perfect. Not glossy, sturdy but not too stiff and they shuffle like a dream. The backs are a deep shade of blue and the printer managed to get the same tone on all the cards (pet peeve of mine, had a couple of decks with different shade on the backs... usually with blue) The colours are just like on the website. Strong, deep and alive. The images are rider waite smith but with a personal twist that resonate well with my personal views on life and tarot. That's probably why I'm so drawn to this deck (even more now its in my hands) because the artwork is nothing like the artwork I usually go for in tarot. I have a feeling I'm going to work with this deck a lot and I'm looking forward to the adventures we are going to share and the growing I'm going to do ;-)

Maan aka Hanneke


Nine Lives Tarot is my favourite deck! I collect decks and when this one caught my eye, I fell in love! I love the drawing, the colours and, of course, the ideas that have been woven into the cards using so many visual symbols. Every time I look at the cards, I see new things, which often tend to suggest new connections and a deeper understanding, not only of the cards themselves as small works of art, but also of the Tarot itself.

Leonie


I ordered this deck because I like colours and all the descriptions on your website, When it arrive I was excited to discover so much more in art and cards. There is genuine feeling in this deck, which I like a lot and I sense that the artist has a real connection with tarot. Thank you!

Inga R.


Aeclectic Tarot Review

Review by Hemera
When I first heard about this deck I got the impression that this would be yet another cat deck. Not that I have anything at all against cats but I just had enough cat decks in my collection. I'm really happy I recently took another look since this deck is proving to be a delightful little gem. I have nicknamed this the 'Morgan-Greer of the 21st century' since there is so much in common with that old favourite of mine. This deck is cartoony in style with very clear and uncluttered drawings in bright and beautiful colours. The cards are created with a combination of ink drawing and digital painting. The general feel of this deck is playful and sunny. The deck is easy to read and it would be an excellent beginner's deck. This deck is well suited for young readers and children and for anyone who is not a fan of dark images. There is even a slightly humorous touch in some images, like the Seven of Swords. Just like the M-G, it has got depths for readers of all levels. There is an amazing amount of detail in the cards and lots of interesting symbolism to study as well.

All the people in the cards look cartoony and also very young or ageless which actually makes reading easier. For me tarot cards are symbols of certain archetypes rather than actual people which is why I find this type of courts easier to read than photo shopped images of real people. Unfortunately the Kings have the 'added facial hair syndrome' which was discussed in the Forum earlier in connection with some other decks. It's always a mystery why facial hair is so often added to show that a man is a mature individual, a King. Well, maybe I have to take this as another similarity to the M-G which also has its share of those funny moustache men!

From the artist's webpage & little white booklet:

  • Cups represent the emotional journey we take through life; steeped in water and expressed through heart, soul and emotion. Colour is red, element is water. Realm: The Heart
  • Pentacles represent the journey of wealth, prosperity and generosity; grounded in earth, home and hearth. Colour is green, element is earth. Realm: Home & Hearth
  • Rods represent our spiritual and creative journey; fuelled by fire and inspired by progress, impulse and new beginnings. Colour is yellow, element is air. Realm: Spirit & Creativity.
  • Swords represent the journey of the mind; soaring through air, while gaining clarity, insight and understanding. Colour is indigo, element is air. Realm: The Mind.

The 24-page LWB (little white booklet) that comes with the deck is not white at all but comes in full colour. There is not very much text of each card and Im not really a great fan of some of the text. Some of the cards have slightly New Age-y love-and-light kind of text. The Five of Pentacles, for example: 'I'm speaking to you of hope and acceptance.' Luckily the card itself is beautifully melancholy and sad as it should be and not watered down at all.

The artist says she does not use reversals so she has not written reversed meanings for the cards in the LWB. The card backs have a non-reversible purple and blue spiral. It is a very calm and beautiful design which is not too fussy.

This deck has got a lovely eclectic Pagan feel to it. There are lots of women and I have to confess I like the gender balance of this deck because it never ceases to amaze me how many decks still seem to favour men in some way. Either the majority of the characters are male or at least all the important cards are male, or there are men of all age groups but all the women are young/scantily clad/busty. Well, not so in this deck. This doesn't feel like a feminist deck in any way but there are lots of beautiful and powerful women who are also feminine. They are calm and happy and their power somehow seems to glow from the inside which I love. All of the Majors are women except maybe the Hanged Man who could be either. I'm particularly happy about the radiant woman of the Sun card. I grew up in a culture where the Sun is feminine, the life giver and mother of us all, and the Sun is one of the deal makers or breakers for me in any deck.

There are several very interesting minor changes to the usual RWS gallery of characters. The Emperor and the Hierophant are both women – or maybe they are Goddesses -and it seems to work really well. The Fool is a child. She is not the clever trickster child of the Fool in the Ludy Lescot Tarot, and she is neither a messenger nor a clown. She looks very innocent and without a care in the world. It is a different Fool but I think it is going to work well in readings. The 10 of Swords is showing someone who is pinned to the ground by the swords but not really stabbed at all. She could roll away from under the swords if she wanted to. It's the perfect picture for a Drama Queen if I ever saw one and even the cat sitting next to her seems to agree. The cat is tilting her head and watching and wondering.

The Temperance is another interesting one. She is quietly floating away in her meditative state and looks like she has left her usual pouring of water from a jar to the Star. Probably the card I like the least in this deck is the High Priestess who looks too much like a Christian nun. If there is a Christian flavoured card in a deck it is usually the Hierophant (or the Devil) but in this deck it seems to be the High Priestess. Maybe she was not meant to look like a nun and she actually bears no Christian symbols as such but the impression remains nevertheless.

The name of the deck refers to the nine lives of cats but I think – if I have counted right- that there are actually more ravens than cats in it. The cat is black and if it is depicted in the picture it is an unobtrusive part of the whole, rather like in the Halloween Tarot (by Kipling West). The Knights are not on horseback and there is just one horse in this deck (in the Six of Rods). Other animals include snakes, hawks, dolphins, a black panther and lizards. (Sadly no canines.) The two large tails in the Ace of Cups are probably meant to be fishes but I love to think of them as Mermaid tails.

Here is a list of some of the symbolism used in the cards (these are from the artist's webpage):

  • Cat – often seen as a wise guide, clever enough to take the best route forward
  • Raven – representing intuition and clarity of mind; the raven acts as a messenger
  • Water – is the element of emotion and symbolises the flow of feelings
  • Fire – burns with a passion and speaks of inspiration and action
  • Clouds – allow the mind to wander and encourages free thought
  • Mountains – symbolise the challenges and obstacles we meet along the way
  • Books – hold the key to learning about and understanding the world we live in
  • Yellow – symbolises intelligence & creativity associated with the suit of Rods
  • Red – the colour of blood, linked to the heart & associated with the suit of Cups
  • Green – symbolises earth and growth associated with the suit of Pentacles
  • Indigo – the colour of the deep midnight sky, linked to the mind & associated with the suit of Swords.

In addition to these there are keys and torches (candles) in several of the cards. Particularly Justice and Hierophant remind me of Goddess Hekate with her emblems, torches and keys.

I have been spending some time with this deck already and the more I use it the more the cards seem to come to life and reveal their symbology and food for imagination and thought. The pictures are much deeper than one would think at first sight. I think this is something I have felt with the Morgan-Greer over the years. I started studying tarot with it and found it a good deck for a beginner. After a while I put it aside and moved on to other 'more advanced' decks. Now I've come full circle and rediscovered it and I enjoy the beauty and direct simplicity of it. I think Nine Lives Tarot is very much alike. Nine Lives Tarot is a carefully thought out deck and I believe it would be greatly enjoyed by anyone who likes the Morgan-Greer.

Hemera is a student of Tarot in Finland. She is also a biologist by day and a cellist by night.

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