I got a new Tarot deck! So thought I’d share my initial thoughts on it in a quick review. It is the Mystical Cat Tarot by Lunaea Weatherstone with artwork by Mickie Mueller. And if you love cats, like me, I think you’ll love this deck! I haven’t had much time with it yet, but so far I really like it!
It comes in a magnetic close box, with the cards nestled in the bottom, guidebook on top & a blue ribbon to help lift out the deck & book. The packaging is exactly the same format as my Everyday Witch Tarot & from what I’ve been told is typical of Llewelyn publishers. The cards are a lovely size & not to thick making them really easy & comfortable to shuffle. The backs of the cards are really nice & reversible.
The illustrations are lovely & if you know anything about cats, their characters & poses are very relatable! Featuring all types of felines from moggies to pedigree, chances are you’ll spot one that looks familiar to you! The cards are Rider Waite based so are easily recognisable in the most part & so suitable for newbies to Tarot as well as those more experienced readers.
There are, however, a few differences. The suits have been changed to Earth (Pentacles), Sky (Swords), Fire (Wands) & Sea (Cups), which is easy enough to grasp as they correspond with the element each suit relates to (earth, air, fire & water).
Some of the Court Cards are renamed too, Pages are Kittens & Knights are Toms, (Kings & Queens remain the same). So for example you have a Sky Kitten, a Sky Tom, Sky Queen & Sky King. There are also some changes to the Major Arcana Cards, not too many though. So the Fool is The Cat, the Magician is Cat Magic, The Hanged Man is The Floating Cat, Temperance is Grace, Justice is Consequences, Judgement is Good Kitty, The Devil is Demon Cat (sometimes I’m sure this is my cat, especially when she’s biting my feet!) & The Heirophant is The Priest. All these changes are outlined & explained in the guidebook.
My absolute favourite card in this deck is Death, yes you read that right! Didn’t think I’d hear myself saying that either, but it is beautiful, take a look!
I also love The Sun, The Priestess, The Moon, Stars, 9 of Sea & 2 of Sea amongst others. The 9 & 2 of Sea feature Calico cats, not that I’m biased or anything (my current cat, Pippa & my last one, Milly, were both Calicos!). In the front of the guidebook there is also a list of cats names, these cats are apparently, depicted in the deck (although it doesn’t say where) & I assume must be known to the writer or artist. One of the cats names listed is Mustachio, this absolutely has to be the cat featuring in The Chariot card, as he appears to be sporting a very fine grey moustache!
I’m not so keen on the Aces (pictured earlier), I would’ve preferred another cat illustration, having said that they do represent the elements really well. Some of the cards are quite upsetting, the cats look terrified which is heartbreaking, so I’m not so keen on those either but they get the message across I suppose. I’m also not a big fan of the Sky Queen, she looks to be perched really awkwardly in the tree, not a very regal pose! Also the 3 of Fire is not a favourite, just seems a bit basic compared to the others somehow.
The guidebook is very good, colour pictures of the cards would have made it even better but the black & white illustrations are perfectly adequate, I’m just being picky! As previously mentioned there are explanations in the front about the changes to the cards & usual introductions. Each card has a double page spread featuring a black & white picture on the left page & guidance on the facing page including a description of the card/character, Cat Advice & reversal interpretation.
After all the card descriptions/interpretations there are 4 spreads to try, cat related of course! One of my favourite sections, which I love, is right at the back of the book, where there are some of the artists sketches with notes & a brief explanation of how the image came together.
How cool is that?!
All in all I would say this is a great deck, a bit quirky but still Rider Waite based, the guidebook features some really useful interpretations/advice & is a must for all you Cat loving Tarot readers!
Hope you enjoyed my review, I’ll finish with a picture of my old ‘Mystical Cat’ Milly, a rescue cat who I loved for almost 17 years but sadly lost 2 years ago. I like to think her soul is still with me, like one of those beautiful souls in the Death card 😻
Bye for now!