Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Recent Reviews on Amazon - HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot

Wonderful on so many levels..., March 10, 2014
This review is from: HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot (Perfect Paperback)
I love this deck. The artwork is vibrant and lighthearted, if that's what you want. It reads very easily, if that's what you want. There's a lot of interesting symbolism and images related to the Hawaiian culture, if that's what you want. It's good for either a beginner, or a more experienced reader, if that's what you want. Mostly, for me, it's a very "grounded" deck. I don't know exactly how to explain that, maybe other readers will understand what I mean, but it's down-to-earth, practical, and positive. A wonderful "feel-good" deck. My only complaint---it makes me want to live in Hawaii!

Beautiful Deck, March 1, 2014
This review is from: HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot (Perfect Paperback)
I was very pleased when my deck arrived in the mail. It came very quickly and was packaged well - no squished corners, just a beautiful box of love!

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 Hawaiian Feel, March 8, 2014
This review is from: HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot (Perfect Paperback)
This is truly a beautiful deck! While I have never been to Hawaii, I have always wanted to go and with this deck I almost feel as though I am there. It's what I have imagined it to be.

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!

A unique, beautiful deck!,
March 14, 2014

This review is from: HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot (Perfect Paperback)
Katalin E. Csikos' "HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot" is an absolute joy. The cards themselves are on very nice, glossy card stock which showcases the vibrant colors and images beautifully, and all the amazing Hawaiian backgrounds, characters, and symbols are a wonderful treat for the eyes. This deck is not just another re-hash of the same old decks you've seen before -- it's entirely original, and beautifully done. The fact that each card has a border of unique symbols is a wonderful touch as well. Another thing I truly enjoyed is the booklet that comes with the deck. Katalin has taken the time to include quite a few pages about the ancient spirit of Hawaii, and the wisdom she found there, at the beginning of the book, along with a wonderful original poem called "Aloha". The descriptions of the cards often contain ancient Hawaiian lore to be found in the meaning of the cards themselves. This made even the accompanying book a special treat in itself. If you are looking for a beautiful, original deck to discover, this one is for you!

Warm breezes, soft skies . . .,
February 10, 2014
This review is from: HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot (Perfect Paperback)
When I look at the images the artist has created for this deck, I feel her love of Hawaii radiating from them. She found the islands healing, and she manages to convey that quality of healing through her artwork. Each card reveals a very personal--yet entirely accessible--take on the traditional tarot.

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.
Thank you and Mahalo for the reviews!