HALLOWEEN TAROT REVIEW
A Rider-Waite-based Tarot deck that reflects the American Halloween vacation. Halloween Tarot can be performed in a variety of black and orange. Vampires, skeletal systems, bats, as well as jack-o’-lights are all common. Monster is an uncommon Emperor.
The Halloween Tarot was created by a true fan of vacations. It tries to capture the happy, energetic feeling of Halloween, in conjunction with the Rider-Waite Smith style. She has created a seasonal deck that is very easy to use for someone who doesn’t have much experience with RWS.
Some modifications were made to encourage this, evidently. The Imps have changed the Wands (the intense RWS Tarot representations) so that the watery Cups now represent Ghosts. Air-associated swords become the winged Bats and the Earthy Coins turn into Pumpkins.
HALLOWEEN TAROT CARD DETAILS
The Halloween Tarot’s symbolic “styles” follow the RWS system. For instance, the Seven of Bats depicts a devilish creature that is able to sneak away with 7 taken bats. While the Six of Pumpkins represents a group of trick-or–treaters receiving rewards from a humanitarian witch, other cards have seen significant modifications. For instance, the Lovers seems to recall Mina Murray and Count Dracula, while the musician asks, “Can a vampiric visitor corrupt real love?” Although some of the more sophisticated icons that are typical to many decks have been removed, others have been included (e.g., a death’s head moth takes a routine look through the deck, and the words “Nidhogg were below” are sculpted into the World Tree). The styles are nevertheless well-designed and also can be used to convey the RWS meanings.
These cards are easy to shuffle partly because they were printed on very thin board. The greatest success of the musician is, however, her ability to capture the feeling and styles of Halloween night without creating oppressively dark images. She brings the monstrous nighttime frenzy to the deck without sacrificing light or shade.
The deck’s LWB is simple to read, quite captivating, and also provides a brief summary of the deck concept. The deck also includes quick and easy definitions of each card, as well as common spread formats such as the three-card spread and the Celtic Cross.