|The Sirian Starseed Tarot|
The images in this deck are vibrant and stunning – full of energy. Even the card backs, featuring the Sirian Seal, give off energy. Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha have created an amazing deck with unlimited possibilities.
The companion book, 86 pages, gives you all the information you will need to use this deck. The book begins with a short introductory and an explanation of the term Starseed. It goes on to explain the structure of the tarot. You may think this isn’t an important section, if you’re experience with the tarot, but think again, this is not your normal set of tarot cards. The deck consists of seventy-eight cards: twenty-two major arcana, forty minor, and sixteen people, but the names are not the same as most decks. Detailed explanations for these changes are given within the text.
• Major Arcana – Fool = Starseed, Magician = Indigo, The High Priestess = Higher Power, The Empress = Abundance, The Emperor = Reason, The Hierophant = Guidance, The Hermit = Reflection, The Wheel of Fortune = The Great Wheel, Justice = Divine Justice, The Hanged Man = The Hanging Man, Death = Transition, Temperance = Alchemy, The Devil = The Shadow, The Moon = Luna, The Sun = Solar Deity, Judgment = Karma, The World = Ascension
o The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Tower, The Star remain unchanged.
• Suits – Pentacles = Crystals, Cups = Chalices, Swords = Orbs, Wands = Fire
• The People – the Seeker, the Adept, the Sage, and the Master of each suit.
The guide ends with a brief look at reversed keys (the cards are referred to as keys), and a description of the Sirian Starseed Spread. The deck can be used with any spread, but this is a nice new spread - a new approach, reflecting the Starseed’s very special awareness and process.
The deck and guide comes with a sturdy storage box, featuring the Starseed key.
Does size matter? The cards are ‘4x6’ and made of a heavy card stock. I found them difficult to shuffle. To properly separate and mix up the cards, I had to make stacks, rotating the cards around. To shuffle, I did the best I could. When I connect with a deck, there is an evident energy flowing during the shuffling process. With these, the energy was there, but it was slightly interrupted by the awkwardness. If this deck is ever reduced in size, I would purchase without a seconds thought. Till then, I will adapt my process to the size of the cards.
I recommend this deck to anyone searching for a deeper meaning of life. You will find some direction in these cards, whether you use them in readings or meditate on individual cards.
The Sirian Starseed Tarot is available at North Atlantic Books and Amazon.
(Review previously published on Tarot Examiner, November 10, 2012)