Haindl Tarot Review
My first encounter with this deck was off-putting. I did not like the Fool card at all. He seemed too morose, too lackluster, too sad-sack to be the brash, brazen adventurous Fool I am used to.
So I set this deck aside for a bit. In picking it back up, I find that I am charmed by this Fool and all that is hidden within the context of his card. You must search out and really seek the messages within him. And then I started going through the cards and was knocked out by the High Priestess. There are mountains in front of her, or so I thought. Then I looked closer and realized I was looking at the back of a white camel that faced her. Amazing work here! Beautiful art work on both the Minor Arcana and Major Arcana.
Hermann Haindl uses so many traditions in his cards. There is Native American, Celtic, Hindi and Norse that populate the suits. The suits are Swords, Stones, Wands and Cups but the tools portrayed in the Magician’s card are very clearly the Grail Hallows — the Spear of Llew, the Cauldron of Transformation as the Holy Grail, the Sword through the Stone of Fall. Haindl freely mixes images and makes you pay attention. He has the traditional Qabala symbols along with the Runes and the I Ching as well.
All in all I found this to be a deck that I will use in my readings and more than likely I will use it in my public readings.
When I pulled a card to see what the deck had to say about what card represents it best, I am gifted with the Daughter of Cups in the North aka the Princess of Cups. This card is part of the Celtic pantheon that represents Cups and is the Goddess Brigid. So the Lady of Poets, Healers and Smiths stands as the offering of the Haindl deck. I find that a very apropos card!
I highly recommend this deck for experienced readers who like the Thoth system of cards. Beginners would find this an extremely useful deck to study the symbology of the Tarot as well and may find it an easy deck to read with.
If you like bright colors and clear images though, steer clear of Haindl’s deck. He makes you look and work for the answers. I like that in a deck.