Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea Deck (英語) カード – 1997/7/1
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Sail away in search of new perspectives with this electrifying deck featuring luminescent figures. Created as a guided, meditative path in the search for self-knowledge.
So let's start this off like I do all my deck reviews... the box. Sadly the box is a normal tuck box. I didn't expect it to be different, and it's not a deal breaker, just always prefer hard sided boxes as they keep the cards protected longer. Still, the box isn't as flimsy as some tuck boxes I've seen so it's not so bad.
The deck comes with a small booklet, which is the norm when the deck is packaged in a tuck box. This booklet is unique in how it categorizes the cards though. After the major arcana is listed it puts all the court cards together. I've seen that before so that didn't seem strange, but when it got to the pip cards it counts them down. That seemed odd to me as all the books and booklets I can recall seeing before count up. Ace, 2, 3, 4... and so on. This booklet is backwards in that... 10, 9, 8, 7... and so on. Nothing wrong with that, just caught me off guard. The book is all in English so it has a little more room per card for explanations, and I liked that.
Now, the cards themselves. The cardstock is pretty basic. Not overly flimsy, not overly thick, pretty standard stuff. The cards aren't glossy, nor are they matte. I'm not really sure how to describe their finish, but I will say it doesn't feel weird to my hands, and they shuffle really nicely. The size is close to 'standard' tarot decks but maybe slightly wider. I admit, I haven't actually compared them directly to my other 'standard' cards. They aren't really small and they aren't really large. Nice size for shuffling. Have I mentioned I like how they shuffle? It's a pretty important part of a deck for me.
The deck also comes with a card that has a poem on it about the deck and it's meaning. I loved this! Something about seeing that little touch just grabbed on to me.
The artwork on the cards is not a normal style I would care for and when I saw some pictures of the cards online I almost passed by this deck because of it but something kept drawing me back to it. Something in this art just connects to a piece of my spirit and fulfills what I've been looking for. I don't know how else to describe it really. I am not an 'art person' so I don't even know what style art this is considered. It's very bold. In some ways it feels modern to me, but it feels ancient in some ways as well. Yeah, not an 'art person', I don't know the right terminology for it. In the end all that matters to me is that I connected with the art right away.
I love how each card gives a key word on the top border. Some of the key words I never would have considered for that particular card but when I really stop and think about it, it makes sense. Most of the major arcana has been renamed but that is not a problem for me, just be aware of that if it's something you don't like.
There is one thing that may be a 'flaw' in the deck. The Magician is titled Magian. Is it a misspelling, or is it intentional? All the other titles, even when renamed, are in recognizable English terms. Magian is, in my understanding, a title for the magi of ancient times in Persia. I suppose I could see it being a title for a magus though, but it just seemed out of place when all other titles were easily recognizable. Again, not a problem for me, but something to keep in mind if you are considering this deck.
I am amazed at how instantly I connected with this deck. The readings I have done with it are remarkably accurate and have brought things to the surface that I may not have considered with other decks. I received the deck yesterday and I don't want to put it down. Last night, after I was finished with my readings for the day I put all my decks away, but I kept thinking about this one. I just wanted to be near it, touch it, even if I didn't use it for a reading. It even appeared in one of my dreams. I can say honestly, despite my connection and love for many other decks, I have never connected so quickly and strongly to any other deck. I can not recommend this deck enough!
A few words of opinion: This deck is near supreme in its depictions of the major arcana and court cards. The pips will challenge you to lock into Julia Turk's perspective. which produces a deceptively complex rendition of the RWS interpretations. I think this is valuable, as it injects some humanity into the tarot, balancing the practical and spiritual values in the cards. This almost feels like an artistic choice, but one which begs engagement.