Samurai Tarot (英語) カード – 2006/7/15
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From the mists of a not-so-distant past, the figure of the warrior Samurai still stands as a powerful symbol of personal quests and self-realization. This deck can help you forge your own path of the Samurai, a spiritual journey through the secrets of the soul.
The Samurai Tarot is a beautiful deck. The soft, pastel colors and watercolor-like washes, certainly evoke another time and place, a tribute to the styles of art known as Ukiyo-e. It is a delightful "art deck."
With that said, I also have to clarify a preconception on my part. One of the things Western civilizations have done is borrow a tiny bit from native cultures, thinking they have caught the essence of that culture while allowing them to steal and destroy that culture. The most famous example of this is in the Americas. Today, people wear a leather vest, put a feather in their hair and a dream catcher over their beds, have meetings where they say, "Ho!" a lot, and think they are honoring Native American traditions while Native Americans on reservations suffer poverty, alcoholism, unemployment and other problems. Occultists in the West have adopted traditions [read more]
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The major arcana renames "the High Priestess" to "the Goddess", "the Hierophant" as "the Priest", "the Hermit" to "the Monk". The imagery on the cards is hard for me to understand in many cases without looking at the LWB.
According to the LWB, The Majors and all the suits have a Buddhist element assigned to them as well. There are five elements with Space, KU, assigned to the Majors. CHI, HI, MIZU, KAZE for Pentacles, Wands, Cups, Swords. The face cards are based on famous figures from Japanese tradition.
I think this deck would be best appreciated by those who are into Samurai culture. The deck is interesting but is not a traditional tarot deck. This makes it hard to use in readings without consulting the LWB. For instance, 7 of coins shows women on a boat and swimming in white smocks. They are diving for pearls of happiness, and the card means wealth.
I really don't have anything bad to say about the deck. Just be sure that you understand the deck doesn't follow traditional tarot meanings and the imagery may be hard to use by itself unless you are familiar with the subject matter.