Deck Name: Kawaii Tarot (click here to purchase deck directly from Amazon)
Artist: Diane Lopez
Creative style: Cute, girly illustrations common in Japanese art. Pastels colors
Deck Structure: 78 Cards, including 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana Cards. **Based off of the Rider-Waite-Smith system.
Minor Arcana Suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles
**Important Note: I am not affiliated with Diane Lopez or the Kawaii. I’m just a tarot lover and this is a deck review.
The Kawaii Tarot Deck Description and Review
I stumbled on to this deck on Etsy and it is refreshing in its simplicity, but I would not recommend it to newer readers who do not already have strong connections with the symbols used in the tarot (specifically the Rider-Waite-Smith Deck)
The Major Arcana is represented by simple, basic (but powerful) symbols centered in the middle of the card, and the suits will be represented simply by the suit symbol and count of the card (so 9 of Pentacles will be an image of nine coins).
The Fool’s rose embodies the purity and neutral intention of the card. The jester hat underlines naiveté and the carefree weightlessness expressed by the Fool.
The Lovers, a pair of hearts that are different colors illustrating that they are two separate entities. The branch and leaves makes me think “olive branch” for peace, unity and harmony. Combined with the actual symbol of the heart….I’ve connected my unspoken, articulated understanding of the cards here.
The Magician is so simple, but I can picture myself holding the yellow stared wand, and directing the wand to tap the different colored stars as if to tap into my different skills and yielding them with confidence. I only wish it was four stars, to symbolize each of the suits, much like the suits are all represented on the Magician’s worktable on more traditional representations of the card.
The most unique aspect of this deck is that the court cards play with gender norms and roles. Pages are androgynous and the genders switch for the kings, queens and knights. The deck is described as “Cute modern genderfluid tarot”.
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