Mystic Mondays Tarot by Grace Duong
Reviewed by Pyronik
I adore this deck. The book is the same height and width as the cards, and they all fit into the sturdy box. The holographic effect on the box edge is the same as the card edging. I fell instantly in love. (The card you can just see in the photo showing the edges is the 4 of pentacles).
This is my first glossy deck, so the concept is new to me: very shiny and reflective which I like, although it’s made taking photos of them difficult. A few of the cards were stuck together during the initial flick through. They easily separated (like things held together with static) and sometimes they still get attached to each other. Also, as is usual for me, the backs are non-reversible. It’s subtle so you could miss it – for ages I thought the colouring was more of the holographic effect.
As a great believer in “the magic’s in us, not the cards,” this deck has come to teach me a lesson. It speaks to me in a way none of my others do. It’s fussy. I asked a yes / no question for a friend & without drawing a card the deck’s response was “use a dowser.” Sometimes it calls to me, when it has a message for me. The other day when things weren’t going well it gave me the Sun. Like a reassuring friend saying, “Everything will be ok.” I’ve done a few readings with it and it’s my only deck I’ve never drawn a card from – always jumpers or a card that turns itself round (picture side up). I think it’s just telling me who’s boss! It’s also the only deck I’ve told about its review, and so here are the cards it wants you to see…
There’s a fabulous range of vibrant colours through the deck. There are so many of the images I love. The book is in colour, with a small colour image and a double page spread for each card (one page for upright, one for reversed) with a few keywords each. There’re only the card explanations though, no background from the creator, and no spreads. No introduction either which I find a bit weird. There’s enough information in the book for beginners, although I’m not sure some of the images contain enough for people who read intuitively.
The Six of Wands makes me think of someone sliding down church organ pipes, and what is the Two of Wands if not birthday candles and one of those bumpy slides? Although I suppose it lives up to the description of venturing off into the unknown. Has the woman in the Chariot thrown her hands up in despair / terror or in glee? Is this an exciting ride she’s on?
I’ve had some great readings from this deck, and I’ll leave you to admire some of the images. Some of them are quite a departure from Rider Waite Smith images, although in general you’d get by with a RWS-based interpretation of the cards. Just taking photos for this review has me falling in love with it all over again.