Reviewed by Lisa Stockley
The suit of air has wings, rainbows and feathers, which give a sense of freedom and potential far beyond the usual weapons. There are wings in the suit of fire too, and the images of the suit of Water flow with waves, streams and fantastic fish. But I think the suit of Earth might be my favourite of the Minors, full of rich detail – leaves and flowers, butterflies and animals, feathers and fur.
If I have one criticism, it is that some of the images may be a little cliché, for example many of the female figures are wearing corsets and long flowing skirts or dresses. The Crone is mature, rather than old. But there is nothing abstract or “staged” about these images, they have both heart and soul.
Whilst I was originally attracted to the nature symbolism in this deck, I have found this to be a deck for deep explorations of human nature as well as wild nature. Many of the cards show human figures, or human faces, and the archetypes of the major arcana are obviously a product of the human mind, conscious or otherwise. The cards have a welcoming and guiding energy. Meditating on them, I felt that the cards want to help us to heal, and to help Gaia to heal.
Are human beings the dream of Gaia? Archetypes are the dreams of our collective unconscious, of the mind of humanity. Perhaps the message of this deck is that we have to heal ourselves, and our connection to Gaia, rather than the usual hubristic assumption that we need to heal the world. Gaia is perfectly capable of healing herself. For me, the strength of this deck is its potential to bring us into harmony with ourselves, and into harmony with the earth, so that humanity and Gaia dream the same dream once more.
Published by: Blue Angel