Thursday, June 17, 2021

Review: The Transparent Tarot 2nd Edition

The Transparent Tarot 2nd Edition
Author: Emily Carding
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

Description: 78 Card Deck, 304 page companion book, Schiffer signature box with magnetic closure lid.

I'm very excited to have this deck. I own the original, but this second edition has so many improvements.

The new packaging is so much better. The original came in a big bulky box that didn't fit into my collection. Now it's in one of Schiffer's signature boxes with the magnetic closing lid.

The dull cloth has been replaced with a shiny layout cloth. The cards no longer stick together as in the original. And the companion book has added material. There's a new chapter on combining this deck with other decks and a new keyword table for quick reference. 

With all the improvements, I would definitely seek out the 2nd edition over the original.

Of course, if this is your first look at the Transparent Tarot, you may be wondering what this deck actually has to offer over other Tarot decks. This is a very unique deck that allows for layering your reading.

As single cards, the images are relatively simple. The Fool features a butterfly and a small white rose. Why a butterfly as the main feature of this card? The author says, "The butterfly and its incredible journey from caterpillar to chrysalis to winged beauty are a powerful symbol of transformation, and it is that potential for transformation that the Fool represents."

A look at some card combinations shows the complexity of this deck as a whole.

The layering of these four cards shows a very active creative project from the burst of ignition all the way to the final steps of creation. You have a team working toward the completion of this project.  

This layering shows a time of mental anguish. The fears and negativities of the situation is mostly in your head, but as the Ace of Swords slices through those fears, leaving you with the reality of the moment, you feel like the whole situation was a waste of time. Although this may seem dark, with every end, there is a new beginning. Getting through this moment is in itself an achievement.

I recommend this deck to anyone who wants to go a little deeper into the Tarot. The layering effect is sure to bring you a better understanding of the individual cards and more clarity to your overall readings.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

See other posts on the original deck for more card images and thoughts on this amazing deck.

Review: The Transparent Tarot (originally published on The Examiner)
Do You Dare Succeed? (a sample reading)

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