Connolly Tarot Review
I must admit to having dreaded writing a review for this deck as anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that I am an absolute Connolly devotee. I really love this deck – it was my first tarot deck and I am very grateful for having had the chance to use it.
The Connolly deck is of course, a Rider-Waite clone and for me has far more appeal than the original Rider-Waite will ever have. It is far more colourful, I find the artwork beautiful, it’s reader friendly, and has the air of dragging the traditional Rider-Waite into the here and now – even though the cards were designed in the late Eighties and the card settings are definitely not C21st.
Needless to say the Minor Arcana suits are swords, wands, cups and pentacles. The order of the Rider-Waite Major Arcana remains untouched apart from the two most publicly misinterpreted cards (Death and The Devil) which we find here as Transition and Materialism. In this sense the deck is excellent for face-to-face readings, as all the potential negativity is removed. In fact, it is excellent for any type of public reading as it eliminates all the risk of the client’s thoughts of “Oh my God, I’ve drawn the Death card” (as I’m sure many of you will have experienced over time!).
The artwork is easy on the eye and spreads are not under threat of being swamped by one colour (as with the Gendron tarot deck, for example). I usually find cherubs and the like horribly sickly, but this deck manages to pull it off with style. It is both traditional and yet modern, clean and detailed, ‘pretty’ and practical. I am very surprised that it has not overtaken the Rider-Waite and 1JJ decks as the first choice for beginners.
The book is admittedly not the best starting point, particularly for interpretations of Minor Arcana cards, but the Celtic Cross spread here makes a lot more sense in my eyes than others I have seen. Strangely enough, the slightly odd definitions for the Minor Arcana helped me in the most bizarre way when I started learning, but then that can probably be put down to fate – the Queen of Swords and Queen of Pentacles actually look like people I know personally and I believe that they fit the personalities given for those cards (the latter is blonde, which also makes a nice change). I’m beginning to think that this deck was simply produced for me!
These cards have depth, sense, simplicity and are suitable for any level of tarot reader. I love them dearly and this is highlighted by the fact that this is the only deck I possess in which the edges have become rather dirty. I’d advise you all to go out and buy it. I should also mention the fact that the backs are grey marble (for those of you that like to know these things).