CATTarot Deck – a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm

By (author) Carol-Anne Eschenazi, by (artwork) Diana Cammarano

Discover a world much like our own, where iconic people from history and literature come to life?not as humans, but as cats! Will you face the rage of Genghis Cat or be seduced by Catlyn Monroe?

Will you fall in love with Cyrano de Bergecat or traverse new worlds alongside Christopher Catlumbus? With incredible artwork to bring each persona to life, the CatTarot deck invites you to take a wondrous journey of enlightenment through a fabulous feline dimension.

CATTarot Deck – Tarot deck card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.

Dimensions 69.85 x 120.65mm | 249g
Publication date 08 Feb 2017
Publisher Llewellyn Publications
Publication City/Country United States
Language English
ISBN10 0738752398
ISBN13 9780738752396

From an Reviewer: 4 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous artwork & design, but provides some reading difficulties as a traditional deck By H. Blairon, January 9, 2017

When I first saw this come on I think I was one of the many oracle deck collectors that slammed on the pre-release button. Lo Scarabeo has an incredible track record of getting high quality artists to do art decks for them and I still have yet to find a deck from them that I don’t like at least on design purposes. However, when I opened this up there was something that struck me as a bit odd: This deck is lovely, but serves almost as a memento mori to the greats of entertainment/literary history in cat form, and has some issues that would prevent it from being a “daily-use” deck.

The Good:
As I said before, the main reason I buy from Lo Scarabeo is for the art. I have a few preferred decks of my own that I use, many of them LS decks. Even when they don’t work well as a traditional tarot deck (see below), you still have a very lovingly crafted product with a lot of amazing images, not to mention that you are supporting the artists to make additional decks in the future if possible. I’ll be honest in that the reason I was infatuated with this deck was because it was a cat deck– Call it what you want, but a lot of the readers I know tend to have at least one furry four-legged child in the family of the feline persuasion. I wasn’t entirely sure how well it would work as a deck, but I was willing to give it a go for the kitties alone.

The base card design (backs of the cards, holding ornamentation around the artwork itself, display of the suits and numbers) are well executed. A little far into the steampunk realm for my personal tastes, but otherwise well done. The colors are clear and there are quite a number of ‘traditional’ symbolism in the cards to help you get your bearings if you’re trying to intuit from the art alone, although that is mainly for the major arcana cards and not the minor arcana.

The not-so Good:
This deck is going to be difficult for even seasoned readers, in part because there are a lot of the normal visuals that are not present in the artwork. Simple things like how many of the suit’s totem (cups/wands/discs/swords) that would normally be present in the artwork are not there, and the icons that they chose for particular cards (Freddy Mercury in particular), don’t seem like a natural choice for what they are representing. Unless you were working on some very solemn memorization, you’re probably going to have to ‘read the card’ from the number/suit information on the top and bottom, and by then you’re losing a lot of the point of the deck.
The back of the card also only represents the male portion of the sexual spectrum, which was frustrating since this is a tool of duality and all of the shades in-between.

Why I gave it 4 stars:
I’m not sure this works so much as a tarot deck, but it has some very gorgeous artwork and I would think that fans of cinematic and literary history would be excited to at least have the cards to frame. It covers a large gamut, from robin-hood and jack the ripper, to Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, all the way up to harry potter and superman, they certainly did a lot of research into getting the paintings to match the feel of who(m) they were representing.
I would *not* recommend this deck for doing a reading unless the person you are reading for asks for this deck specifically and/or is just interested in the tributes it pays to those depicted in it. Normally I would have given someth rating and reviews:
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