Morgan-Greer Tarot Card Deck Review
The Morgan-Greer Tarot deck combines the classic Rider-Waite system with a new visual style. It was created in 1979 by the artist Bill F. Greer under the guidance of Lloyd Morgan, and its look conveys the atmosphere of the 1970s.
The authors of the deck, alongside with using the Arthur Waite Tarot system, were inspired by the ideas of Paul Foster Case, one of the most significant occultists of the mid-20th century.
Case was a founder of B.O.T.A. (Builders of the Adytum, an esoteric society), and also developed his own original interpretation of Tarot cards.
The first thing which makes an impression is the colors – not too bright, but very saturated. Magical color combinations. Greer was telling that the colors had been chosen on Case`s instruction and matched the symbolism of each card. Each card was supposed to trigger emotional response at the first glance, even before you start to examine it closely.
In the Morgan Greer tarot, the main focus is put on the characters, not on the scenery. Unlike the RWS (Rider-Waite-Smith) tarot cards, these cards don`t depict the people figures in full height, but rather the portraits – their heads and shoulders. When the faces are as close as possible, the details take the back seat. Looking at the cards we feel the emotional closeness to these characters. Lacking borders magnify the effect.
These cards look very modern compared to the classic Rider-Waite deck. But nevertheless, they reproduce the spirit of the old epoch, embodied in a distinctive vintage style of the pictures, including art nouveau elements. Images of the characters complement the atmosphere – their clothes, women`s haircuts, men`s mustache and long hair, naked bodies…
Some of the human images here can be androgynous – that`s why a hero can be either a man or a woman in a card`s interpretation. Querents of any gender will find it easier to identify themselves with such characters.
The plots and images of the Arcana largely correspond to those from the classic Rider-Waite deck, but some cards have their own characteristics, and sometimes even have a slightly different meaning. For example, the card called “Wheel of Fortune” has another, more precise plot, which in fact has already been met in older decks. A man and a woman fete on top of the Wheel of Fortune, but the invisible hand is ready to make a turn, and soon they will be all downhill joining other losers. But we should remember that everything goes in a circle, and this card may also mean changes from the worst to the best.
The Morgan-Greer deck is issued by the U.S. Games Systems publishing house. The card paper is heavy, but not too thick. Their velvety cover is nice to the touch. The cards are easily shuffled. A standard-size deck comes in a cardboard box, and a very cute pocket edition in a tin is also available.
This deck may be recommended to both Tarot newbies and professionals. It will suit those who use classic Rider-Waite interpretations but also prefer to work with more picturesque and detailed images. These cards evoke strong feelings, and they are truly beautiful!