Thursday, April 25, 2024

Review: Steele Wizard Tarot

Steele Wizard Tarot
Author: Pamela Steele
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, October 2023

Description: 88 cards, 192-page guidebook, box with magnetic closure lid.

Card Size: 3 x 5

*3rd Edition, previously self-published in 2006 and 2010

"As “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the Steele Wizard Tarot speaks the “language of the soul.”"

The Steele Wizard Tarot is based on the traditional Rider Waite deck, but includes 10 additional cards: six Major Arcana cards: 22 Weaver, 23 Universe, 24 Truth, 25 Soul Twins, 26 Evolution, 27 I AM and four Court Cards - the Maidens. Two cards have been altered: 13 Death to Transition and 15 Devil to Materialism. 

The Steele Wizard Tarot is printed on thick, high quality card stock, producing a 1 5/8-inch-thick deck. I found the deck a little hard to shuffle, hand over hand, but not impossible. 

The Steel Wizard Tarot contains a soft, feminine energy. The images are relatively simple and yet very detailed. The pastel coloring creates a calming effect. The bottom borders contain the card title and are color-coded: Major Arcana - Purple, Wands - Yellow, Cups - Teal, Swords - Blue, Pentacles - Dark Orange. 

The 22 Weaver is one of the extra Major Arcana cards. The coloring of this card is amazing: the calming blues, the vibrant greens, the striking purple of the rug, and the simple brown of her tools. The Weaver card is definitely one of my favorites. These colors combine to create a simplicity within a detailed image.

The Steele Wizard Tarot is a lovely set of cards. Each card presents its own unique vibration through coloring and detailed images.

The Guidebook covers the basics of Tarot reading - Tarot Ethics, Caring for your Cards, Using the Court Cards, Reading the Cards, and more. 

The Card Spread section is especially interesting, providing simple to advanced layouts. The eight card spreads range from the simple one card layout to the twelve card Celtic Cross Extended Spread.

The Major Arcana cards are covered as a whole and then individually. Each card is presented by number and name, a phrase, the card image, a detailed description of the card, guidelines, reversed meaning, a quote from the "DragonSteele Meditations" by Reverend Den Elder, and a space for notes. 

The Minor Arcana cards are separated by suits. Each suit is introduced as a whole, including elemental aspects and the associated Zodiac signs. Each card is presented by card name, image, a phrase, a detailed description of the card, guidelines, reversed meaning, and a quote from the "DragonSteele Meditations" by Reverend Den Elder.

The guidebook closes with words from the Wizard - Pamela Steele, The Elder Futhark system, acknowledgments, and testimonials.

The Steele Wizard Tarot is an impressive deck and would make a nice addition to any Tarot shelf. I would recommend it to beginners and advanced readers. 

If you prefer a traditional 78 card Tarot deck, you have the option to remove the extra cards, and still have the experience of this vibrant deck, although the extra cards do add a nice element of accuracy to the readings. 

If you already own a previous edition of this deck, go to Brandy Rachelle's website for a detailed comparison of the three different editions.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

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