By Lisa Hunt
I have been a feminist for almost 50 years and a
spiritualist for almost 30 of those years.
Since 2007 I have been following the teachings of Cora L. V.
Richmond and get excited when a book is released on women, sufferage and
mediumship particularly in the 19th and early 20th
centuries. When Lisa’s Ghosts & Spirits Tarot was released, I was excited
and couldn’t wait to see what she had done to blend my two of my passions into
one artistic expression!
A “No” for Those Slightly Nervous about the Tarot
What I liked about the deck at first flush was its finely
detailed drawings inside a border that suggests antiquity and well-used.
Although the cards feel new, shiny and modern, they don’t look it. This border suggests old fogs and bogs in the
Some images admittedly are somewhat scary. If you are reading for someone who is
slightly nervous about Tarot, I wouldn’t recommend you use this deck. The High
Priest for example is a candidate for a futuristic, scary movie. If you
look closely at his face, his eyes are completely white, his whitish hair is standing
on end, blowing off to the right and his nether regions suggest drapery. The same for The World Card which was a surprise. Lisa has planted a skeleton at the centre
with arms flung out in joy surrounded by spooky looking characters and birds
The imagery would
have been better suited for the Judgement card in my humble opinion but when I
went to her accompanying little book and read, “The birds represent the flight
of the spirit into higher planes of consciousness. Their silhouetted presence merges shadow and
light, delivering a collective sense of renewal and wholeness”, I connected
much better to her chosen imagery.
Despite its macabre appearance, the meanings are about wholeness and
renewal. I doubt once you’ve studied
this card, you’ll not soon forget its meaning when it comes up in a reading.
Tarot Minors Treated with Equal Respect
Overall however, I didn’t see this as a reading deck per se,
but more a deck of curiosity and perspective.
It is a learning experience to read Lisa’s rationalizations for why she
chose the images she did. Her stories
from mythology in combination with the images she’s drawn for the cards are
tremendous memory aids in learning the meaning of the cards.
Lisa’s handling of the Minor Arcana is a pleasant
surprise. She gives them as much weight
and attention as she did the Majors. The
2 wands exemplifies this with her description and depiction of the
“Doppelganger”. “As one’s double, the
appearance of this ghostly twin can presage ill tidings or death. It casts no shadow and bears no reflection in
the mirror or water, lending to its ominous presence…The girl’s red hair
symbolizes fiery ambition. She can
either embrace those qualities that enable her to be focused and energized, or
she can succumb to self-imposed fears as represented by her colorless
counterpart.” A brilliant two of wands! Many of her minors are treated with the same
A Spiritual, Mythical Journey Not to Be Missed
Lisa’s images are detailed and busy! I would love to see this deck much larger to
be able to take in the image in a whole way.
I found myself examining each card very closely, my eyes roaming around
the card taking in pieces at a time which was mildly frustrating. Also the accompanying book is so tiny and so
packed full of great stories. This is
not your typical little white accompanying book and I guarantee you will want
to read it. You will want to know what
those images are referencing and Lisa delivers this to the reader in rich, easy
to read text!
Am I happy I bought this deck? Yes I couldn’t possibly miss it. It’s a spiritual, mythical journey into the
tarot and Lisa is a smart guide. She’s
well versed in this subject and she’s a gifted artist as well.
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