The Sun and Moon tarot is the creation of artist and illustrator Vanessa Decort. This deck came out last year and it soon made its way into my collection – I absolutely adore it. Despite my hesitation over Thoth inspired decks, this cutesy collection of dreadlock rasta men and women completely won me over.
I guess I have a slight bias towards its pictures due to my yoga interest and a recent past as a barefoot-green-grass-bright skirt-music festival lover. That aside, I’ve found this to be a deck that is extremely useful, giving instant insights. The main reason for this is the uncluttered and sometimes sparse drawings which allow the message to come forth easily – there’s no distraction over a thousand little details. And yet, the cards manage to incorporate astrology, alchemy, mythology and even yogic wisdom and symbology throughout.
The only part that bothers me about it are the titles. I’ve never warmed up to titles on cards (I’m not even a fan of borders) and this is especially frustrating when the choice of words is not the best – it’s a personal observation, yet I find it difficult to accept “Satiety” as the keyword for the 10 of Cups, “Failure” for 7 of Pentacles and so on. Despite this, I use these cards almost daily as I have found them so useful.
Published by US Games, the card stock is very sturdy, perhaps slightly on the rigid side. Personally, I prefer this texture over very thin heavily laminated cards, but I know it’s not everyone’s taste. A good LWB accompanies this deck, with insightful card descriptions.
For example, the Princess of Cups (below) explanation is “Earth of water. Dreamy ideas and romantic fantasy. Psychological development and perception. Rising above jealousy, manipulation, possession, and seduction. The turtle symbolizes truth. The lotus means spiritual awareness. The dolphin denotes powers of clairvoyance and embodies a free spirit.”
I include a selection of cards from the deck below – I actually intend to use this deck for my morning three card draw over the next month so there will be a few images posted over the coming weeks.