The Light Seer's Tarot By Chris-Anne Donnelly Published by Hay House Release Date: December 3, 2019 ISBN: 9781401958039
I pre-ordered this deck, which I’m still quite shocked about. It was worth it, though. This deck is so special, I’m totally in love! Well presented in the box (I am a big fan of Hay House now), and the set is small, sturdy, and compact enough to make it portable; a throw it in-my bag just in case box (8 x 13 x 5cm). The paper wrap around the cards makes it easy to get them out of the box (I’ve since put a piece of ribbon in) and is loose enough that I can keep using it. The guidebook is also lush, and substantial. It’s all in English, a double-page spread for each of the cards, with a black and white image of the respective card, and an affirmation.
There’s a comprehensive website where all of the cards are pictured and the information from the guidebook is presented with the image of each card. I’ve since downloaded the field notes journal, after I stumbled across the website.
I love the feel of the cards, they’re quite thick. It’s also my first borderless deck, which I didn’t think I’d like, and now can’t imagine the border that would work with this deck. I love the range of colours and the imagery, the modern look of this deck. A motorbike in the Knight of Swords! Contemporary clothes too, and freedom from having to incorporate the corresponding number of symbols of the suit into the Minor Arcana images.
I feel a real sense of joyful movement, of dancing, in this deck, especially with some of the Wands cards. The directionality of the backs is really subtle (which a friend thinks is actually a printing artefact). I’m not sure from the photo that you’d even notice. The book has keywords for reversals too.
And now a
confession: I love running around the outside of the cards with
marker. I chose silver for these, and I wasn’t very neat, which
can be seen on the Devil in the box and around the edges of some of
the other cards. That’s not the printing. That was me.
The suits are Cups, Swords, Pentacles, and Wands. The Aces so cleverly depict the theme of their suit. I particularly appreciate the roots of the Pentacles.
I can feel the pain of the heart being ripped apart in the Three of Swords. I find it way more disturbing than the traditional Rider Waite Smith depiction of the pierced heart. The vibrancy of the red heart against the grey background, and that scream of pain! I would just cry studying this card, which I think is my shadow card. And guess what jumped out the first time I shuffled the deck?
Another card that really speaks to me is Judgement and that feeling of calm, gentle release, letting go. Has this deck come to me to help me make this transition? I’m definitely considering that thought – this is an empowering deck. Chris-Anne (the creator) says she intended it as a healing deck. So far it’s given me gentle support (the 4 of Swords comes out a lot), along with a lot of encouragement and “it’ll be ok” messages. It’s also been spot on in my readings for other people, all well received. My favourite so far was for a friend who asked, “Is now a good time to start a new venture?” Out came The Star. “Yes.” I do love the short readings. 😉
There’s a sense of choice in these cards. The Hermit is another card I love. She’s there because she wants to be, the same with the Hanged Man. There’s no doubting that the Strength card relates to inner strength. I am the lion, and there is also strength in gentleness. I think this deck has my favourite ever Death card: Rebirth.
My final thought is to leave you with The Devil card. He’s enticing; just look at that invitation and gaze into those eyes – who would say no? Do you even notice the consequences in the bottom right corner? I recommend this deck; at the very least check out the website and see if you can resist the beauty and magic of these cards!
Pyronik has recently been endorsed as a TABI free reader. This is her third tarot deck, and her third deck review for TABI. Her other decks are the Panda Tarot which she got in Nov 2017, and the Crystal Power Tarot which she got in April 2019. She really hopes this isn’t the start of an accelerating tarot deck buying compulsion, although she has more than doubled her collection since buying this one, whoops. Watch out for more of her reviews.