A lot of people asked about the deck I used for classes at NWTS. It’s the Cat Lynch Cut and Paste tarot and it’s great. A collage deck that’s not expensive, rather inclusive, with straightforward imagery that makes it easy to read but enough detail to keep it interesting to seasoned readers. Catlynch.com for all the card images and WhenSheepGoMoo on Etsy.
A collage deck that manages to be both serious and whimsical, traditional with the occasional nod to pop culture, this is a modern RWS.
It’s SO HARD to get collage decks right. This one does. ‘Nuff said.
Ok, that’s not enough to convince you to buy it, which is what I want to do:
- Inclusive. The 10 of Cups is two adorable older men rubbing noses. There are lot of people of all skin tones and colors and body types.
- The court cards. If you have trouble with court cards, try this deck. They SPEAK. Also, I adore the Knights on bicycles or riding mowers but with no heads.
- Frida Kahlo as the High Priestess. Seriously.
- On balance, the minors are more detailed that the majors. I like that. I like unambiguous majors that are a slap, and super detailed minors that start a conversation.
- It’s non-threatening, with easy to understand symbols for modern clients but isn’t a soft-pedal or too sweet.
- It continues to be a great choice to take to classes – it has made the trip to every NWTS, I think. I’d take it to read for friends.
My biggest complaint about the deck is that it’s small. It’s a great size for carrying with you – and it is a go-to for me when I’m traveling. But I wish I didn’t have to peer so hard to see all the great details. If I could buy the artist a drink and say one thing, it would be “What about a second addition in a larger size?” If I could buy another, I’d say “Have you ever thought about doing a Lenormand deck?” I’d buy that, too.
This is a great deck for all types of readers, and will help you connect with all types of clients. Only serious traditionalist or Thoth / Marseilles die-hard won’t find a use for it. For sheer practicality, I give it a 4. Given that I’ve been using it a while and still love it, still find it surprises me, I’m giving it a 4.2 (On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most perfect deck ever.)