My last post was about an expensive, out of print, indie deck so let's look at the opposite end of the spectrum with this easy to pick up, low cost, mass market offering. What's good about The Linestrider Tarot?
Well, first of all, as you can see the art is watercolours over line drawings and is very beautiful. The images are centred on a white background and are pared back but still give enough to work with.
There are plants, animals and humans in the deck with some anthropomorphic beasts and naked people, so if that's not for you, then avoid. One other very important item on todays tarot readers list of requirements is diversity and this is not the deck if you need all your boxes ticked in that respect. So be aware.
However, the images are lovely and many of the cards follow the RWS system. So, here's the thing with the Linestrider. I've had it for a few years now and just haven't clicked with it. It should be and kind of is, my aesthetic. It's a Llewellyn deck so the card stock is soft and smooth and whereas some would say low quality, I'd say it's fairly decent and most importantly, it's a dream to both riffle and over hand shuffle if you have small hands or any dexterity problems.
I think it might just be one of those decks that you need to spend a little bit of time with in order to get to know it better. If I were to describe it in three words, I'd say it was quiet, reserved and thoughtful.
So if you're doing some online deck shopping and want something that's not too loud or in your face, it's worth looking at The Linestrider Tarot. You'll be able to pick it up and read with it straight away and of course shuffle it all day long. It just might take a bit of time before you develop a close bond.