Wonderful on so many levels...,
I am an oracle card reader and have never used Tarot - I am happy to be learning how to read Tarot through this deck.
I appreciate all the work and love Katalin has put into these cards and handbook. The artwork is absolutely from the Islands and when you look at them, it's like you're standing right in the picture, smelling the beautiful island air.
The cards are a good size and easy to handle. Thank you for creating this deck, Katalin.
The packaging is very high quality with an outer box holding the deck which is also boxed, and a larger version of the little white book. The card stock is wonderful as it is very sturdy and perfect for repeated shuffling. They wont wear down anytime soon. It is a little difficult to rifle shuffle but I personally don't use that method so it's perfect for me.
The imagery is stunning. As I said, I feel as though I am experiencing Hawaii. For the most part, the images stick to standard Rider-Waite imagery but there are some cards that are not quite as clear so this deck may be a little difficult for a tarot beginner who really requires that imagery to read the cards, however, it should be no problem for experienced readers. The art is absolutely perfect for meditation as they are so calming and inviting.
The borders on the cards are very beautiful with a wood like feel to them and native glyphs along the sides. They really add to the Hawaiian feel but they are a bit too large and for some I can see how they would be distracting. I do wish that they were smaller and for me, they really do not pose a problem but it would be lovely to see more of the beautiful art work.
I very highly recommend this deck! It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful that I own!
The power in these cards lies in its central images. So powerful and raw--so immediate and affecting--they say much with so little. One card that illustrates this simple, yet impactful, approach is the extraordinary Death card. In this image, a single, red-blossomed lei floats on a midnight blue sea under a crescent moon, creating both poignancy and peace in the same instant.
Each card is also (widely) bordered in warm, appropriate, earthy browns and beiges. In the borders are a series of images of ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs bordering, perhaps protecting, the central images.
And herein lies my only complaint about this deck: I have aging eyes and find myself straining to see the beautiful, but small, central images, while the wide borders take up space that I'd prefer to have been given to the main artwork.
Otherwise, this is just a wonderful deck that conveys to me the warmth and kindness of the Aloha spirit.