Author and Artist: Beth Seilonen
Introduction “The The purpose of this Tarot is to offer an interpretation to the art of the Tarot Leaves through the artists’ eyes. This deck utilizes symbols that are commonly found throughout Tarot, though it does take departure from the standard, as the images are seen through the silhouettes of leaves.”
Tarot Leaves is a 78 card deck which uses the shapes of Maple, Apple, Oak, and Birch leaves, to illustrate the symbolism utilizing color to help convey the meaning. The deck structure is traditional with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minors. Strength is number eight (8), which makes Justice number eleven (11). The cards are approximately 2.75 x 4.5 and have a high gloss finish on heavy yet pliable, cardstock. The finish felt a little sticky to me when I first started using the deck, but, I found that the more I shuffled and worked with the cards, the smoother they handled. The Court is made up of King, Queen, Knight, and Page. The Major Arcana have retained their traditional titles and the four suits of the minors remain Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. The art is surrounded by a white border and the backs are reversible. The palette runs from lovely pale pastels to rich and vibrant russet.
Beth describes the suits as follows: “The spiritual aspects of this deck were drawn from those memorable places where the connections to the higher self developed a heightened sense to the world around. Seeing abundance (Pentacles and Coins) was more than just about money; thoughts (Wands) developed into ethics and philosophy; spiritual (Cups) grew into greater understanding of the beauty of life itself; and actions (Swords) in daily life had a profound effect on intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships.” As you can see there is only a slight variance to the more commonly applied associations.
The companion book (lwb-little white book) is 95 pages and includes a black and white copy of each card with a definition for upright and reversed orientation. Also included are two spreads and author’s notes. The book and deck both tuck snugly in the beautifully illustrated and very sturdy box.
I met Beth briefly at the Readers Studio Conference this past year at her vendor table where she displayed several of her beautiful self published decks. Beth has created approximately 60 different decks, each with it’s own unique style & flavor. Please visit Beth’s website for more information. CatsEyeArt.com
I have to admit that when I first saw this deck advertised I was a bit skeptical in it’s readability. That was totally unfair, as I soon found out once I started working it. It didn’t take me long to realize just how readable and engaging it is. This deck would be suitable for an experienced as well as a novice reader.
I sat down to have a little chat with Tarot Leaves, and when I asked who would be speaking on behalf of the deck the Chariot immediately volunteered her services. She stated that she was “the most qualified since she is able to maintain balance between the light and dark aspects of life that permits one to be ready for whatever comes along.” Ok, sounds good to me. Lets meet some of the other members and see how the light and dark aspects are balanced.
The Queen of Wands is the creative live wire that exists in everyone. She greets whatever comes at her, head on. On the other hand, the Four of Swords refuses to look at the truth and will be taken by surprise.
Judgment stands on the edge of day and night and faces her reality, releasing the past and accepting the present to move on to her future. The Eight of Cups turns away overwhelmed, fearful, and dissatisfied.
The Tower and the Three of Pentacles, tearing down what has been planned and built.
The hope and healing found in The Star, and the hopelessness and despair as seen in the Three of Swords.
Thank you Tarot Leaves and especially Chariot, for sharing these lovely examples with us. I think we can all see the importance of balance and the lessons we learn in the process of achieving that balance. I have certainly enjoyed working with this deck and look forward to a long relationship into the future. Thumbs up for quality, readability, beauty, and uniqueness.