Tarot of the Divine Deck Review
This is not a simple traditional Tarot deck. This deck is based on the myths, legends, and fairy tales of the peoples of the world. Tarot of the Divine can be called a real encyclopedia of fairy tales and magic stories.
The style of the drawing of the creator of the deck Yoshi Yoshitani resembles bright illustrations from fairy-tale books. But it is quite modern and made in a stylish color scheme. The images on the cards are very expressive and symbolic.
"By the light of the moon, Scheherazade told a story so witty and interesting that when dawn broke and the story was only half done, Shahryar allowed her to live another night to finish her story. In this way, Scheherazade spent 1001 nights telling stories that were romantic, epic, moralistic, ridiculous, and righteous. Through these stories, Shahryar forgot his hate, became a compassionate monarch again, and relearned how to love with Scheherazade. "
Yoshi has done a great job of reworking the heritage of world folklore and combining it with traditional Tarot symbols. Here are stories from all parts of the globe. These are children's fairy tales known to everyone, and legendary heroes of the epos and small magic stories.
The idea of linking fairy-tale folklore and the Tarot is very interesting. These phenomena have a lot in common. Legends and fairy tales are the concentration of the wisdom of our ancestors. This is a collection of symbols and archetypes, ideas about the world, about good and evil.
Each local story has its own national flavor, but many of them have common motifs and similar plots. Myths and legends are passed down from generation to generation and unite different cultures and peoples around the world.
"Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, felt compelled to liberate all creatures from suffering. Able to manifest as many different genders, ages, and shapes, Avalokiteshvara looked out upon all the beings in the universe and saw how many of them were embroiled in their sufferings by their attachments and delusions. Being chained to their egos trapped them in the cycle of death and rebirth, and the creatures of the universe were unable to achieve enlightenment."
The creator of Tarot of the Divine is the artist, illustrator, author of graphic novels and comics Yoshi Yoshitani from California. She grew up in a multicultural family: her mother is American, and her father is Japanese. Since childhood, Yoshi has heard both the European fairy tale about Cinderella and the traditional Japanese story about Princess Kaguya. Therefore, the mix of national traditions for Yoshi to come so naturally. Her deck is "a small window into many different cultures." This Tarot deck shows the differences and similarities of the peoples of the world and helps to better understand each other.
Among the images of the deck you will find the Little Mermaid from the fairy tale of Hans-Christian Andersen (this is a Fool card), Beauty and the Beast (but in the interpretation of Chinese folklore), Scheherazade from Arabic fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, as well as Moses and Bodhisattva. And many other striking characters from Japanese, Persian, English, Norwegian, Greek, Indian folklore and from the myths of other nations.
"There are many gods and goddesses of the islands of Hawai‘i, and one of the most famous is the volcano goddess, Pele. Pele was born to the earth and fertility goddess, Haumea, and to the ferocious god Ku-waha-ilo. In the beginning she lived in peace with her many siblings, but peace did not last. Pele used her pa‘oa, a long stick used to till land, to turn the earth and draw up lava..."
Tarot of the Divine: A Deck and Guidebook Inspired by Deities, Folklore, and Fairy Tales from Around the World. Included with the Tarot deck is a small guide that explains the meaning of each card and indicates which legend or fairy tale is associated with this image.
But I recommend buying a separate book: Beneath the moon: fairy tales, myths, and divine stories from around the world. It contains a detailed retelling of all the stories and myths from this deck with beautiful illustrations by Yoshi Yoshitani. This book itself can serve as a detailed guide to national folklore and magical stories of different nations.