(This is a BOX SET: Deck and Guidebook)
Today we’re looking at a new tarot deck by Paulina Cassidy: The Spiritsong Tarot.
U.S. Games published this deck and you can find it on the U.S.Games website or on Amazon.
If you love Paulina Cassidy’s previous decks you will have no problem falling for this one too. Paulina’s style is so delicate and at the same time very powerful; I find it mesmerizing. The pastel colors are soothing and the deck has a very calm, serene and healing energy to it. There are 78 cards as in all traditional tarot decks but this deck is a bit different. Some of the names have been changed to suit the energy of the deck. The description from the publisher: This Spiritsong deck is a melding of two traditions of divination: one in which animals are seen as guides between our world and the spirit world, and one that uses 78 cards as a tool to connect with our highest self. Each animal was specifically selected based upon Shamanic and Native American symbolism, merging each animal s unique power with classic tarot practices. For example, the Spiritsong animal, Raven, has attributes such as creation that parallels some of the same symbolic tarot attributes of the traditional Magician card, which is why the Raven is the animal representing that card. Connected to the portals of higher worlds, the 78 Spiritsong animals are mentors of divine guidance. Bearing their own Shamanic powers, they’re forever open to providing their energy when called upon. They’re always available to help you attain your greatest spiritual potential. If you ask, they will provide guidance needed to assist you in finding the best remedy for any situation.
How is the deck structured?
The Spiritsong Tarot structure is based on traditional tarot, containing the 22 Majors, the 56 Minors, and four suits: Acorns for Wands/Fire; Feathers for Swords/Air; Shells for Cups/Water; and Crystals for Pentacles/Earth.
I popped over to Amazon to grab the publishers description and couldn’t help but see a 1 star review by someone who felt this deck was “super culturally inappropriate”. I totally disagree with that sentiment but, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Amazon has become a bit of a battle ground for those who put time and effort into reviews. Often a place where a one sentence jab can bring down the overall rating of a deck. Most of my reviews can be found on the Attune Magazine website-although some are still missing from when the site was hacked, I continue to add them as I find them in old files. NOW back to the deck!
As with any tarot deck, your own personal taste will decide if this deck is for you but, I do love it for the fresh ideas presented to traditional tarot definitions. I love the melding of Shaman and Tarot! If you love animals you will adore these images.
Summing it all up!
Paulina Cassidy has created a beautiful, delicate and whimsical tarot deck that is packed full of lovely animals. By combining animal energies with tarot this deck will be perfect for the beginner as well as the expert. For a better understanding of how this deck works I’ve taken a look at the guidebook that comes in the box set. From first glance, this deck seems to be very spiritual in look and feel. Spiritsong Tarot has a Shamanistic feel-I like that. LOVE this deck!
A look at one of the cards and the information provided in the guidebook:
Three of Feathers-Moth
Message: With an inner knowing, Moth seeks the light in the darkness. Her journey to find the light in the darkness. Her journey to find the light may navigate her through ongoing darkness, yet she holds faith in knowing that she will move through the rough patches. Moth urges you to not deny nor suppress heartache, but to allow your feelings to flow freely so they may eventually be released. The weight of sadness will be transformed into love and courage. New breakthroughs will take place.
Keywords: Emotional release, delays, disorder, sorrow, moving into personal power, letting go of negative energies, recovery.
Reversed Message: If lingering heartache has been pulling you down, make the effort to take extra good care of yourself so that you can renew your well-being.
Reversed Keywords: Refusal to let go, suppression of feelings, inner turmoil.