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REVIEW: THE BOTAN TAROT

Updated: Oct 9

Unboxing, First Impressions & Review

I have been obsessed with this deck ever since I saw it on one of @moonlit_faye's post a few years ago. Back then it was only a Major Arcana Deck. 


WHAT I LIKE: 1. THE ARTWORK & CARD STOCK. Each image is hand-drawn and painted by Miyako, using watercolour paints and coloured pencils.  Cards measure 2.75" by 4.75" on 310gsm black core cardstock with linen finish and rounded corners. 'The Major Arcana is contemporary in design, with influences from Art Nouveau, Japanese flower language, and the creator's family history. The Minor Arcana uses the same aesthetic, with folktale characters reimagined, symbolism in elements, plants, and animals, and cohesive colour stories.'

The deck has a combination of animal and human imagery. Also, if you noticed, the 'scary' cards are not scary at all.


'"Botan" in Japanese (written 牡丹) means "peony", which is the flower prominently featured on the back design of the tarot deck as well as on several cards.  In Japanese flower language, peonies represent bravery.' I also got a free Clear Quartz,


Gold gilded edges. Just bummed out with the miscut.


2. GUIDEBOOK Guidebook is coloured and there are keywords written on each card.


3. AVAILABILITY

This is no longer available on Kickstarter but you can purchase a copy here direct from the creator.  

4. SHIPPING

Received in a month via Post Office with Php 112 tax.

5. THE INTERVIEW

INTRODUCE YOURSELF: Ten of Cups

The Botan Tarot deck introduces itself as a very homey deck. An ideal connection is to be expected. (I'm actually looking forward to this since I am having a challenging time connecting with 'animal themed decks.')

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS? Knight of Cups

The Knight of Cups is a card of romance and this deck is filled with ethereal lovey-dovey vibes. I sense that this deck is good for guiding me to be in tune with my emotions.

WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITATIONS? Four of Swords

Since I am seeing that I will be using this deck for emotional readings, this deck may need a time out once in a while to cleanse and balance its unwanted energy that may have clung into it.

WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM YOU? Four of Cups

The Botan Tarot deck will teach me to open my eyes to the wonders around me and be grateful for it. Though life will always contain disappointments it is important to shift our perception and enjoy simple pleasures.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONNECT WITH YOU? Seven of Swords

This deck will call me out to whatever bullshit I am attempting or have attempted and I respect this honesty.

OUTCOME OF OUR RELATIONSHIP: Six of Coins

Love the fact that the outcome of our relationship is a matter of sharing and receiving. The Botan Tarot deck will provide healing and solace. 

WHAT I HATE:

The printing boo boo cut. T_T


SCORE: ★★★★

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Was surprised when I received this deck earlier than expected. I was also not expecting the energy being intense. I look forward to connecting and learning from this deck. This deck now holds a special place to my heart because as I write this review I am currently obsessing with platinum blonde hair (again) and squealed when I saw the Queen of Swords. I actually forgot that it was this particular card that made me buy this deck.

The Botan Tarot deck is recommended for intermediate level tarot readers.

That concludes my review of The Botan Tarot.

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