Discover a tarot deck where the fool is a woman, surrounded by ribbons and birds and watched by a fox. The Tower is in a treetop (down will come baby), Death is a phoenix (but of course!), and swords are paired with birds. Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law joins the Froud Heart of Faerie Oracle as this season’s must-have Deck for art lovers and intuitive readers alike.
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is a master at weaving together Asian, Celtic, Egyptian and other intuitive symbols. This breathtaking new Rider-Waite-Smith-based tarot deck is infused with universal archetypes found in fairy tales, myths, and folklore from cultures around the world, while still incorporating the traditional tarot symbols.
Pairing the iconography of tarot with archetypes of fairy tales, each card illustrates it’s own story, while echoing folk tales from around the world. Each suite comes with a representative totem animal or fairy-tale character to complement the elemental correspondences in a unique way.
Wands represent the element of fire and are guarded by foxes, cats and lions. The suite of cups draw you into deep waters and are guarded by fish, turtles and ancient spirits of the sea. Don’t be surpised if merfolk show up here.
The swords are air, and paired with birds, particularly swans and crows. You can also expect other winged folk, like butterflies and fairies. Even the king of swords has wings in this deck. Pentacles have the denizens of earth as their companions: salamanders, chameleons and dragons.
Other symbols turn up throughout. The Ankh dangles on a limb beside and above the hanged man. You will also find an ankh hanging from the emperor’s horns. Horns on the emperor? Yes. The knight of cups rides a unicorn, and the Queen of Wands plays a tree-harp. Shadowscapes Tarot is full of unexpected and delightful images. The border on the card face is a shimmery silver, which isn’t reflected in these images. Click on the thumbnail to view the full image.
Shadowscapes Tarot takes you to a place where twisting branches write mysterious word-shapes across shimmering skies, and tree spirits sing from a hallowed oak. Surrender to the otherworld of your deepest knowing . . . where butterflies ride shifting mists set aglow by the rising sun. Delve into the shadows of your dreams–and discover your inner light. Follow the beacon of revelation and awaken to truth.
The Shadowscapes Companion guidebook presents Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s evocative interpretations of each card’s significance. Law brings each card to life through stories, revealing both the seen and unseen significance of each card’s imagery. It also features an introduction by award-winning tarot expert Barbara Moore that includes tarot basics, instructions for giving insightful readings, and practical spreads. The book is illustrated throughout with full page black and white images of the cards.