BAROQUE BOHEMIAN CATS TAROT REVIEW
The Tarot of the Baroque Bohemian Cats is unique. Three components that are real cats of all colors and breeds, beautiful Baroque costumes as well as a luxurious European setting Digitally integrated into a practical Tarot deck for cat fans. 78 color art cards. The deck is a Rider Waite-style, the 78-card Tarot deck created to assist readers immediately understand the meanings traditional to the cards. By using a simplistic perspective that is vibrantly painted, these cards encourage you to go deeper into your emotions and yet provide interesting subtle nuances that are common to life. The booklet contains exercises that allow you to connect with your own personal story with each card. It also outlines the advantages of attaining emotional detachment in a positive way. Each card is described in both reverse and upright meanings and includes keywords. Discover how easy it is to interpret the Tarot and uncover your personal tale!
The Baroque Bohemian Cats’ Tarot seems like the perfect representation of Twee. Cats dressed in elaborate or fancy costumes? Cats do not have elbows or thumbs What are they doing with objects? What is their posture when walking as well as sitting down on their chairs? How do you make it an authentic Tarot deck?
It could. Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov from baba Studio have managed to replicate their original creation that was The Tarot of Prague, with an even more enjoyable work however of equal quality. The cats from all kinds, colors shapes, and sizes are dressed in a stunning and lavish manner and set in luxurious settings that match the colour in their eye and their fur. It is necessary to suspend belief for these cards however, thanks to the talent and care for detail as well as the skill and attention to detail of the costume designer as well as the artists who brought the images of the cats as well as attractive landscapes together to create a seamless and luxurious total, it’s not difficult to attain.
BAROQUE BOHEMIAN CATS TAROT CARD DETAILS
At first glance, the cards appear to have a feminine look of cats dressed in a frock and floral borders, as well as lavish decadence and extravagant excess however this is line with the theme. Baroque is an extremely extravagant and gilded style because it was associated with the 17th century and the 18th centuries of Europe. In addition to being matched in their eye colour to the outfits, cat faces have been modeled following the archetypes of cards. The calmness of the characters translate to an elegant and well-dressed formality which reminds me of decks from the past. Minors display more of an energy and have a greater variety of cat-related expressions. A handful of cards, including The Aces, Judgement and the Tower include images of real cats. Don’t worry about it about it, the card’s back cover states on the side of the box that the cats were all dressed digitally and were not hurt or altered in any way. (Which would be why the cats can look so calm and collected: if in actuality they were dressed, the only expression would be resigned boredom or an I’m-going-to-remember-this-on-a-dark-night-at-3am evil stare.)
The cards are symbolically designed to be based on the Rider-Waite card and each component is chosen based on its compatibility with the archetype of the card. A lot of thought has been put into the useability of the deck. For instance, the majors in the deck do not have numbers and can be laid out according to the order desired in order to solve the issue of strength/justice.
I had a difficult time selecting my top card from the deck. The Hierophant is one of my favorites. Hierophant with his lynx-like face and his steady eye. The cool and elegant Hanged Man. This is the Wheel of Fortune, with its stylishly put together Russian Blue looking into a mirror, and a sleepy rough-dressed girl looking out. The composition, coloring and expression of The Queen of Wands. The blending of hue and costume of the Two of Swords and Justice. It’s the Three of Wands, with its opera-singing cat with a full vocals on the stage. I am also a fan of the Magician who is a powerful character with gold and blue, however, he’s so similar with the rest of the backgrounds that it can’t appear to stand out (though it could be another aspect of the trickster). I have noticed this to be true for several cards, and some cards are beautiful, but they’re so full of and packed with details that it’s difficult to discern the most significant components until the images become quite familiar.