Goddess Tarot Deck Review
This tarot deck is unlike many others that are out there. It was created by Kris Waldherr. One of the defining features of this deck is the fact that it has no male presence whatsoever in the major arcana, and the major arcana are represented by all goddesses. The strength of this deck is actually within the major cards themselves. Each of these cards have been changed from the well-known cards like the devil and tower in most cases to the others listed down below, and goddesses that are both well-known and others that are associated with other religions are attached to those cards.
Major Arcana In Order:
0. Beginnings card is associated with goddess Tara
1. Magic card is associated with goddess Isis
2. Wisdom card is associated with goddess Sarasvati
3. Fertility card is associated with goddess Estsanatlehi
4.Power card is associated with goddess Freya
5. Tradition card is associated with goddess Juno
6. Love card is associated with goddess Venus
7. Movement card is associated with goddess Rhiannon
8. Justice card is associated with goddess Athena
9.Contemplation card is associated with the goddess Chang O (Chinese Moon Goddess)
10.Fortune card is associated with Lakshmi
11.Strength card is associated with goddess Oya
12.Sacrifice card is associated with the goddess Kuan Yin
13.Transformation card is associated with the goddess Ukemochi
14.Balance card is associated with the goddess Yemana
15.Temptation card is associated with the goddess Nyai Loro Kidul
16.Oppression card is associated with The Wawalak ( aboriginal sister goddess from Australia)
17.Star card is associated with the goddess Inanna
18.Moon card is associated with the goddess Diana
19.Sun card is associated with The Zorya (from Russian mythology)
20.Judgement card is associated with the goddess Gwenhwyfar (Welsh)
21.World card is associated with the goddess Gaia
The Minor Arcana
As with other tarot decks the minor Arcana is split into four different suits. They are the usual the cups, the swords, the pentacles, and staves instead of referring to them as wands. Each of these suits are associated with a particular goddess. The cups are associated with the goddess Venus. The swords are associated with the goddess known as Isis. The pentacles have the distinction of being presided over by Lakshmi. And finally the staves or wands are associated with Freya the goddess. As the female within the cards progresses through the cards to the 10th card, she’s experiencing various situations in life which are the patterns of growth for her.
The court cards
Unlike the Rider Waite this tarot deck has different associations. The king and queen both inhabit both decks. In this deck the page is replaced by the Princess, and the knight is replaced by the Prince. The only time in fact that a male presence is shown is that in the court cards. These two cards are the king and the Prince of which ever suit that is dealt. Although even though they are men they really seem to be women in these cards. The booklet that comes with this deck explains that each of these court cards represents a certain phase of the developments within a woman’s life.
The art itself is very lovely. The major cards are stronger in color then the pastel colored minors. The edges of the illustrations are softened which gives it a dreamy like quality. Each of the minor Arcana suits have a different border within the inside of the card. The pentacles have pink wildflowers, the cups have blue ocean waves mountains in the background, the swords have a pale peach looking mountain scene, and finally the staves have a fiery based mountain scene. The deck itself is also very wide but doesn’t take away from your ability to handle it if you purchase the cards created in 1998. In 2003 a pocket version of the deck was released.
The goddesses depicted within this deck are wonderful and come with a lot of information. The stories that back the goddesses themselves help to add a new wonderful dimension to readings in general. This deck would be recommended for anyone that is interested in the goddess lore. Some people might be put off by the fact that it is a very feminine deck in nature and lacks masculine energies. Other than that don’t rule out this deck as a possible addition to your collection. The Goddess tarot cards are beautiful.
The goddess tarot card meanings
Luckily for us the creator of the tarot deck Kris Waldherr offers a free e-book off her site for the meanings. Goddess tarot