Hanson-Roberts Tarot Review
The Hanson-Roberts deck remains a perennial favorite among Tarot readers for good reason. With friendly open faces in her figures combined with soft colors, this is a deck that is used by many Tarot readers for public readings. While some may find her drawings childish, I think the innocence of the cards makes them perfect for reading for others.
Conveniently sized for small hands, this deck offers great use of symbolism by repeating things such as the four figures from the Wheel Of Fortune showing up on the The World. They are looking straight on in the World reminding the reader of the journey from the Wheel to the World. And other themes are offered continuity such as the floral theme of the rods.
This is a deck that offers a gentle entry into the world of Tarot without overwhelming a beginner. Don’t mistake this review, this is not a simple deck. The Hanson-Roberts deck offers plenty of symbolism and layers through use of color and traditional imagery such as the Four of Coins as a man clutching the coins to him. The minor arcana follows the Rider-Waite-Smith system of pictorial representations rather than numeric pips.
I particularly liked the Pages in this deck. Each one carries a youthful determination that conveys the message of the suit. Hanson-Roberts doesn\’t simply change the hair color and clothing for each court. Instead she uses expression to again deliver the energy of that suit.
Over all this is a deck that stands up to its reputation of popularity with readers. I think readers of all levels would enjoy owning this deck. It is a Rider-Waite-Smith clone that outstrips the conventionality of the RWS without losing the meaning and lovely Major Arcana cards. I highly recommend this deck.