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The Black Cats Tarot Deck

This Rider-Waite-based tarot celebrates and honors the beautiful and magical black cats. Cleverly incorporating feline characteristics and legend into traditional tarot archetypes, this fanciful deck captures these creatures moving between worlds of reality and fantasy, the mundane and mystical. Disarmingly cute yet unmistakably wise, the black cats encourage you to explore your own animal nature.

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  1. Cute for Cat lovers I ordered the Black Cats Tarot from Amazon on 6/26/13, got it two days later. Standard Tarot deck packaging, plastic wrapped cardboard flip top box, cards inside also plastic wrapped, standard LWB. Box is 2 11/16″ by 4 13/16″, cards measure 2 5/8″ by 4 3/4″. Deck has standard tarot’s 78 cards with a couple extra cards, a front title card of a cool cat floating Buddha style over a sunflower (a different version of the Magician) and the Tarot Illuminati’s High Priestess on the back of that same card. The last or 80th card advertises three other decks by Lo Scarabeo. Backs of cards are reversible, showing mirror reflections of a black cat’s head wearing a tiara, with dark blue and grey swirly designs around the heads. (some of which are 3 lobed and look vaguely like a Micky Mouse silhouette, but maybe that’s just my imagination). Cards follow the Rider Waite style, with the four suites being Chalices, Pentacles, Wands, and Swords. There is a spread using six cards, called “the cat’s tail” in the LWB. The LWB instructions are in English thru page 12, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese, but the cards are merely numbered, the Major Arcana in Roman numerals, and the suite cards numbered 1-10, then has symbols for Page being a helmet, Knight, (horses head), Queen (crown) and King (orb with three lobed cross). Minor Arcana has numbers or court symbols at the top, with suite symbols (cup, wand, sword, or coins) at the bottom. Majors have the Roman numerals at both top and bottom, all in a thin black border that has grey flowery things in the corners. These cards are cute, and follow loosely the standard Rider Waite meanings or images with cats, of course. I kindof hoped the Queen of Wands would have had a tiny scruffy humanoid figure at the foot of her throne, but no, she’s on her knees in a garden feeding little birdies. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI, and all of the Majors have standard Rider-Waite labels. Cards are very nice, slippery and thin without being plastic-y, easy to shuffle. Some cards I think worth mentioning or contrasting:The Fool, a cute little white kitty, who goes thru his journey as a black kitty, then at The World, sheds his black kitty suit and turns back into a white kitty. The Heirophant, representing Spiritual Authority, is sitting on a tree stump handing out cheese to mice, holding the Golden Key of Knowledge. The Five of Chalices, a black kitty sitting in the snow, with her head in hands-interesting because in the Rider Waite Smith cards, the only card depicting snow is the 5 of Pentacles. The 5 of Pentacles in the Black Cats depicts a couple kittys in a cave sharing the last of a bony fish, then in the 6 of Pentacles, these two are being helped out of the cave by another cat with gold jewels on. The 9 of Pentacles has a hunk of cheese on a stump being nibbled on by a white rat, with kitties hiding in the bushes, watching…waiting to ambush?All in all, I am pretty happy with these cards, but I think I will probably keep them as collector cards and use my ole standby RWS cards for readings.Hope this helps you make a choice! These are cute, and could be used for readings for children or others who are disturbed by nudity or other images-the raciest thing here is the Lovers waltzing up the Stairway to Heaven!The Black Cat Satin Tarot Bag by Lo Scarabeo is the perfect bag to put these cards in, too!

  2. better than expected I jumped into this deck and immediately loved the beautiful illustrations and card stock. The deck is smooth, but not so slick that the cards slip apart when shuffled. I am a true cat lover, and I think this is one of the best cat decks I’ve seen.

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