Deck – The Urban Tarot
Creator/Artist – Robin Scott
Publisher - US Games Systems Ltd
Date purchased - 2019
Frank Sinatra sang about it and Casey Neistat vlogged about it, now Robin Scott has created a Tarot deck with New York as her muse. When I first saw this deck online, I had that: "I've got to have it" feeling. I desperately searched for places to buy it but at that time the original deck from the Kickstarter campaign had sold out. The good news was that US Games had picked it up. The bad news was that I had to wait till now to get my hands on it. Now that I have my copy of this deck, the best news is that the collaboration between the Artist and the Publishers has produced an even better product that the independent version. That's not something I find often. So here's what's good and bad about The Urban Tarot.
Favourite/Stand Out Cards
The Queen of Cups. There is no doubting this card as the symbolism is clear. I love that they are sitting in a pool of fish within the therapists office, steeped in emotion. XVI Art is a striking depiction of balance and harmony between the traditional RWS Temperance image, modern day street art and fine art materials.
XX The Aeon shows a modern person reflected in a wall celebrating immigration. Their reflection is of someone dressed in clothes of the period so, to me, this card is about where you've come from more than about where you are going to. The Ace of Wands uses the tourist icon of the Statue of Liberty flame. Where this could easily have been brash and obvious, Robin has created an interesting image with colour layering.
The 9 of Cups is traditionally the wish card, here it shows a wish for happiness in a family or community setting. I really liked the colours in this card. It took me a little while to work out the 10 of Discs. Its a very clever angle showing a jewellers shop window with all the sparkle, wealth and success associated with this card.
The Princess of Cups looks like she is dancing around her costume design studio, loving her work and dreaming of what might be. She is bringing a message to the wearer of the costume and viewers of the performance. In contrast, the 3 of Swords shows the sorrow, misery and heartbreak with the bath almost empty but for the ribbons of blood. The blade perched on the edge gives it a sinister tone but reminds us of the potential harshness of life.
This is the best deck for…anyone who wants a diverse and modern deck. Having used this deck, the problem I've found is that although the production is good, it seems to contradict the images. I feel that with these images the deck could be used anywhere, indoors or outdoors, so it should be transportable. However, the size of the cards restrict where they can be used. I like to be able to see images clearly so would usually prefer larger cards but in this case, if they were just a little bit smaller and a little bit brighter, it would make this deck much easier to recommend.
Where to Buy?
This deck can be picked up from Amazon for a very reasonable price www.amazon.co.uk/Urban-Tarot-Robin-Scott/dp/1572819707/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=urban+tarot&qid=1564386278&s=gateway&sr=8-1