Tarot is the journey in which you end up exactly where you started, much like life. This concept is reinforced in the Black Cat’s Tarot, published by Lo Scarabeo and Maria Kuara as the artist. The cards are on fairly standard card stock and some of the images’ darker areas are lacking in visible detail. But the artwork is breathtaking. The card has a white cat portrayed as the Fool starting on an adventure.
Throughout the rest of the cards, including the suits, the cats are portrayed as black cats. The Sun card image brings the joyous image of its meaning in this deck wouldn’t be considered traditional Rider-Waite because several of the photos stray from the conventional. Most notably is the Hierophant card, which shows a black cat offering cheese to some white rats.
This is either transcendence of one’s nature in order to guide and lead or it is an image of how easily one can be deceived and put in danger by blindly following an ideal without questioning the motive behind it. Either bring a depth of meaning to the card that sets this deck apart from other Tarot decks. Another compelling image is the 7 of swords. Traditionally the 7 of swords are shown to be a person who appears to have obtained mastery through trickery or deceit. In the Black Cats Tarot, the image is of a cat using resources available to them to achieve a goal.
This adds an introduction to the achievement of a goal. Accomplishments are fulfilled by cleverness and ingenuity as well as or in spite of sneakiness or lies. Also, of note is the gender neutrality of the cat. There are no defining characteristics that would point to male or female, making this a perfect deck for remaining detached from usual stereotypes that can skew the reading. In the final card of the Fool’s journey, the World shows a black cat shedding his skin to reveal the white cat from the Fool card underneath.
It is a beautiful way of showing that although one makes this journey and is undeniably changed by every person and experience along the way, that at the end which they remain intact. This is an exciting deck of beauty and depth that should have a place in any Tarot enthusiast’s collection.
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