The Spirit of the Flowers -tarot review

The Spirit of the Flowers Tarot.

Created by Laura Tuan

Artwork by Antonella Cartelli

Italy 2009

When I first began playing with this deck I was struck by the cute fairy characters in alluring gardens amongst an array of exotic flowers. I considered it to be a deck that would be hard to read as it doesn’t follow traditional Tarot story lines and I perhaps dismissed it as a deck to look at but not use; pretty, sweet and wonderful for a starter deck for children.

However as I was shuffling through the deck looking for the cards to use as promotion I felt a whole new angle towards this deck. I felt myself being drawn into the gardens with the delightful children that are all as individual as the flowers. I realized this deck was trying to reach me in other ways. In fact there is no tradition with this deck, it is talking the language of flowers.

This requires a shift from the intellectual concepts of the structure of reading Tarot to allowing yourself to be drawn in and hear the message as if you are sitting quietly in a seasonal garden complete with the perfumes on the breeze. There is an amazing peace in this deck: a peace that allows the child to express itself as a free spirit.

The art is intricate from two perspectives, firstly that of the fairy children who are all so unique and natural, and secondly the depiction of the flower realm which would require an enormous study of the botanics behind the subject.

In the minor arcana is the most beautiful depiction of swords with all the white flowers I have come across. The yellow flowers are the pentacles, pink flowers the wands and mauve the chalices. The major arcana make us wonder at the flowers chosen to be of the major realm.

This is a deck to absorb as opposed to analyse. It is a garden of knowledge where the flora works its magic on your questions and leaves the querier with a sense of peace, beauty and a smile on their

face. Beautiful work by Antonella Cartelli.

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