I couldn’t resist this deck. Everything about it made me want it in my collection right from the gorgeous artistry on each card to the subject matter. I love how having the herb theme reminds me of fashioned farmhouse cooking. It conjours up thoughts of gathering up herbs and drying them over the AGA and it feels very soothing and cosy! The green witch and kitchen witch will feel at home with this deck that’s for sure. This deck is for the home maker, the cook, the crafter, the lover of herbs and gardening.
The cards arrive in a substantial and sturdy box. Inside, the guide book is placed on top of the cards. It has a ribbon across it which you pull to lift the book and the cards from the box. It gives a classy feeling to the deck.
The guidebook is a good quality informative book which is over a 1/4 of an inch thick. It has 124 pages of advice and tips. Inside, each card is given a full description along with information about the herb which is illustrated on that particular card, for instance, for The Sun, it is St John’s Wort. The book is one of the most informative guidebooks I’ve had in a tarot deck. However, I feel it is needed as I do not recognise many of the cards from the images alone. They are very different to a usual tarot deck. In fact, they are a mix of both tarot and oracle which isn’t a bad thing. This great little book is written by Latisha Gutherie. I read up about her and she sounds like a marvellous woman. For over 10 years, she has been a teacher of herbcraft and kitchen witchery. I mean, what’s not to love!
Lets get back to checking out the cards. They are beautifully illustrated by Joanna Powell. Even the flip side of the cards are a delight. They are adorned with herbs, butterflies, oils and flowers, so pretty and appealing. I really like that some thought has been put into the back of the cards. I personally think it looks so nice when doing a reading. It means there is something beautiful to look at when placing the cards face down for a client. It fills the imagination of what is going to be there once the card is turned. I’m not sure I’ll actually use these cards with a client though as I’ve got a bit precious about them! They’re MINE!
If you look at the 6 major arcana cards shown below, some may not be clear to you from the images alone. For instance, if The Fool didn’t have the name written on it, I would struggle to know that the card WAS The Fool, but once you DO know, then you are not going to forget! The writeup about this card is actually quite beautiful. ‘A basket of dandelion flowers lies in the grass. Stones mark the cardinal directions but the arrow shaped leaves point to many possible paths. A monarch butterfly sets off on it’s migration’. It goes on to say that dandelions are a great first medicine for a new herbalist. It gives crafting ideas too.
The Magician is quite easy to identify along with The Moon, but The Devil? No, couldn’t see it myself so I guess it’s just a matter of acquainting yourself with the new imagery and, as they are so striking, it becomes quite easy to remember them. Each write up for the cards is quite poetic and beautifully written. Love is woven into each of these cards by the designers.
The three cards above are from the minor arcana. Instead of cups, swords, wands and pentacles, this deck is structured using the elements associated with the suits, air, fire, earth and water. In the same way, Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings are also different. Pages are Hijas , Knights are Adelitas, Queens are Madres and Kings are Curanderas.
This deck is meant to be different. It pushes your boundaries and makes you think more about each card and it’s meanings. Decide what you see in them and do not be afraid to interpret them as you feel. You will keep seeing something different in these cards and I get the feeling that is what Latisha Gutherie and Joanna Powell want you to think. It’s very hard not to fall in love with this deck.