Atavist Tarot Review (All 78 Atavist Tarot Cards REVEALED!)

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The Atavist Tarot is a non-traditional and unique deck that features abstract images from different sources, fully illustrated cards. It is recommended for readers with more experience.

The deck is 78 cards featuring illustrations from Sally Annett and a 256-page companion book available in paperback and hardcover composed by Rowena Shepherd.

However, the majority of positive reviews of this deck come directly from the creators themselves and there isn’t much favorable feedback from outside sources. The book that is the companion to the deck says the deck is “A magical combination of knowledge and inspiration from two extraordinarily psychic people, Sally Annett and Rowena Shepherd,” and the TABI store declares it to be “Penetrating into the core the heart of Tarot Tradition. The deck is striking and has vivid imagery with beautifully soft and stimulating colors. It is designed to be an opportunity for spiritual guidance. It’s a spiritual journey of force. The book that comes with it is definitely contemporary in its thinking and is among the most exquisitely written Tarot informational books you can get.”

Although the artwork is appealing and unique in many locations The deliberate use of a camera that is not in focus for most of the landscape photos renders the images blurry and distracting. A lot of the photos are digitally altered, often shifting focus to reflect the number or the suit of the card, but most of the time disorienting the reader to the point that they are unable to understand the cards in the first place. A lot of Major Arcana cards are so abstract that the viewer really does not know which card is being examined. An excellent example is a Death. The book states that the card contains hidden skeletal figures within the image, yet it’s so obscure few have had the chance to locate it. The design is unique and extremely colorful in its design regardless of how dark and dark they appear. However, that’s not the only thing this deck is able to boast about.


The deck is the traditional format that the majority of users know such as Cups, Swords Disks, and Wands instead of Pentacles and Coins. It is the Strength card that is number 11 within this deck and The Justice Card as number 8. The court cards include Man Girl, Woman, and Boy, more than the standard King Queen, Knight, and Page. There is a recurrence of images on the court cards, with the same image for the Girl and Woman and the same face for Man and Boy and a bit of digital fuzzing in order to create the illusion of more old. If the reader isn’t attentive and concentrates on the particulars of the image it’s difficult to determine the card you’ve drawn without looking up the information printed that appears on cards. This makes it difficult to comprehend the cards in any way, which is why it is not the ideal deck for people who like to read these cards this way. The cards themselves aren’t extremely well-constructed, with the majority having very rough edges due to the pull-apart cardboard used in the printing process. Some have large pieces of cardboard sticking out from the edges of cards. They’re printed on thin cardstock and are not particularly sturdy. Packaging also leaves a little to be left to be. The storage container that the deck is housed in is constructed of cardboard flaps, which allow the cards to fall through, which means that the player will need to purchase an extra solid Tarot box to protect the cards safe from damage. Even the Tarot bag isn’t enough to shield these fragile cards.

The book that comes with it is well written and instructive It’s a good option since you absolutely require it to understand the cards. The normal meanings of the cards are changed and rearranged to match the design and layout of this deck. The book is split into sections like you’re on the inside of a house that includes titles like “The Front Door” for getting to know the deck, or “The Hallway” for instructions on how to read the cards, along with spreads. Shepherd offers a poetic to introduce every card, with key meanings, detailed explanationsof the tips, and details of the meaning of the card. She provides a thorough introduction to Qabala with a variety of readings, as well as a comprehensive section on Tarot background and history. However the articles in the book may be more about the publication of some of her beliefs out there rather and not having anything to do with relate to the deck that the book examines. One of the main complaints from readers who have expressed their opinions about the publication is that they are awash in self-congratulation writing the authors have written to the book in place of real reviews of their work. Since its publication in 2003, there’s been just a couple of lines that acknowledge or praises the deck. So the self-congratulation from the authors is virtually the only praise that is look at. This book serves as an extensive reference of Tarot knowledge and the history of the deck, constructed and designed to last. If only the book’s publisher would have taken the same care with the cards, the cards could be as durable as the book.

Atavist Tarot


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