REVIEW: VICTORIAN ROMANTIC TAROT (3RD ED)
September 28, 2018
It's finally here! I am probably one of those who petitioned to have this deck re-printed. I actually sent emails and posted a lot of tweets at Baba Studio to beg them to release another batch. Note, that when I first stumbled upon this deck, I couldn't afford it. They were being sold at Amazon for a whopping $1,000. Yep, you read that right.
WHAT I LIKE:
1. THE ARTWORK & CARD STOCK.
This is having a museum in the palm of your hand! Look at those wonderful artworks! How can you say no to these? Also, the artwork is not at all scary for the 'scary' cards.
They are 128 * 78 mm (about 5 * 3 inches) printed on playing card stock which has an inner carbon layer to protect against bends and tears.
Look at that shimmer! Each card has gorgeous metallic overlay. I can look at these forever!
The new edition has TWO Devil cards, the much-loved female devil (upper left) and a new "seduction" devil (upper right).
There are also TWO Lovers cards, one is the original Dante and Beatice card which has been in every edition (lower left).
The new one (lower right) is based on a picture by Hans Makart. It's a passionate picture - with a twist!
The deck includes a LWB inside its box but you also have an option to buy the 220 page companion book as seen below.
Gilded box includes LWB but I also got the companion book (approx 220 pages) which has been slightly updated to reflect the new imagery. It discusses each card in depth, and also includes keywords, spreads and information about how to read tarot. Available separately from the deck.
INTRODUCE YOURSELF: The Devil (Seduction)
I was surprised to pull this card but then realized that it indeed speaks for what the deck is all about. It really did seduce me into going on a frenzy - joining a petition to have it re-printed and stalked their social media accounts just to get updates.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS? The Tower
Having The Tower as the deck's strength actually put a smile on my face. It means that this deck to me is my go-to deck whenever my life seems to be falling apart. It will assist me in realizing the whys and help me figure out how to go about it. Scary as The Tower may sound, it really does give you the opportunity to look at the destruction around you and see
WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITATIONS? King Of Pentacles
I'm thinking that this deck is so precious to me that I might not use it for client readings. Hence, it wouldn't assist me in financial matters - lol!
WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM YOU? Queen Of Pentacles
The Victorian Romantic deck would be a practical deck that would help me stay grounded and humbled all the time.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONNECT WITH YOU? Ten Of Wands
This deck will be a great reminder that hard work is always rewarded - no matter how big of a responsibility a simple task is. However, being overworked most of the time can lead to burnouts and connecting with this deck during a time of exhaustion is the most effective way to increase our bond.
OUTCOME OF OUR RELATIONSHIP: Five Of Pentacles
Like the Game of Thrones Tarot deck, whenever I feel abandoned and lost, this is a great go-to deck for inspirations. It will uplift your spirits and at the same time give you hard truths you need to hear.
WHAT I HATE:
AWESOME!!!! This is a collector's must-have. A Tarot Reader's dream come true. It is a story-teller deck and is best for beginners. You might want to shell out for the shipping as it will only take you max a week with DHL. I waited 9 months because I opted for the cheaper shipping option and it got lost - huhu! Baba Studio was so nice and accommodating. They immediately shipped out a new one for me.
That concludes my review of the Victorian Romantic Tarot.
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