I backed the Cosmic Cycles Tarot on Kickstarter last year and due to various issues it's taken a lot longer to arrive than the date estimated during the campaign. However, now it's here, I wanted to do a quick first impressions review, so those of you who have been considering purchasing it, can decide for yourselves.
This deck has a kind of graphic novel feel about it, the art work is great and, as it says on the side of the box, it is a 'modernised deck' following the Rider-Waite-Smith system. All 78 cards are full colour images and I got the 250 page guidebook to go along with it. So what can you expect?
What's Not so Good?
Stand Out Cards
It's just not possible to pick any favourite cards this early but I've picked a few cards to illustrate what you can expect to see in this deck.
So I picked one card from each suit. As you can see there is some diversity but overall it is mainly youthful slim folks. The colour in the cards is fantastic. There's a great range of colours and some darker cards showing night scenes and shadows as well as sunshine and rainbows like in the Three of Swords and Six of Wands. I loved how the options are depicted in the Seven of Cups and apparently the King of Pentacles is inspired by George Clooney. Aren't we all?
It was the image of The Fool card that caught my attention with this deck and although there's plenty of decks on the market with a cartoon-style interpretation of the RWS, this one really does seem more of a graphic-novel style. Each of these Major Arcana cards really tell a story just within a single image and even the more difficult messages are so well interpreted.
So this isn't a full review of the deck, as I've only just got my hands on my copy. I'll be interested to see how well it's story-telling potential works during readings. I'm already very impressed with the level of detail and the colour within the deck so if you're interested to check it out for yourself, I'll put the links to where you can look out for it's retail release below. As always, these are not affiliate links, just there to help you find what you're looking for.
Where can I buy it?
I don't know if the creative team will have any spare decks but here are their contact details:
Martina Razo at www.themodernizedshop.com IG:@martinasatria (US based)
Miriam E.G. at www.etsy.com/shop/nairimart IG: @nairim_art (Europe based)
If you're in the UK, Little Red Tarot shows they are planning to stock as soon as this is available littleredtarot.com/product/cosmic-cycles-tarot/