Pearls of Wisdom Tarot by Roxi Sim and Caeli Fullbrite: A card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm
A visually stunning deck, rich in detail, cross-tradition symbolism, iconology and colour. This is a traditional 78 card tarot conceived with amazing colour and detail, a feast of universally understood symbolism and iconography.
Appealing as a collector’s item for the glorious artwork alone, this deck is ultimately designed as a tool for divination or magick; both mysterious and impenetrable at the same time. Each card details associations to Runes, Triple Goddess mysteries and the language of flowers and plants.
Product Details (Amazon.com)
Cards: 78 pages
Publisher: 7th House; Second edition (December 5, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.4 x 1.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
We are Divine children playing knowingly or unknowingly with the greatness of our potential…As we consult this ledger of Divine gifts, we can afford to be ultimately hopeful. This deck is intended to be gloriously optimistic and deeply impenetrable all at the same time. – From the companion booklet
The Pearls of Wisdom Tarot deck is a prime example of why–and when–a deck creator’s back story matters. At first glance, the day-glo colors and kaleidoscopically busy artwork of this deck points to a bubbly worldview and childlike spirit. This is not a criticism, because it just so happens that I *like* these kinds of decks, which is why I bought it from Amazon.com. But can such decks be used for intense spiritual contemplation or for readings about serious matters? Maybe…but I had my doubts. However, after reading the first paragraph, I was surprised, intrigued and awe-struck. Roxi Sim writes: The Pearls of Wisdom Tarot was a healing journey begun from a place of deep grief and physical pain. This was a `painted journey’ through Tarot. I started in 2000 after the deaths of my mother and nine-year-old son and after the loss of my health. Wow. After I read that, I had tears in my eyes. The Pearls of Wisdom Tarot looked entirely different to me now.
Here was an artist who had been through heart-wrenching personal tragedy and illness, yet managed to paint the most optimistic, cheerful deck I had ever seen. And not just a Tarot deck, but a series of paintings–art therapy–that catalogued a seven-year journey of spiritual and emotional healing. The pearls scattered among the images of this deck were no longer extraneous decorations to keep the cards in alignment with its title. No, these were the result of serious life irritations resulting in the luminous Pearls of Wisdom Tarot deck. The nooks and crannies of each card brims with pleasant visages, interesting objects and esoteric glyphs–it’s difficult to decide where to focus first!
Amid the bright hues are the liberal use of runes–a Nordic spiritual and divination tool adding additional insight into the cards. Their meanings are briefly explained in the 150-page companion book. –Janet Boyer – author Back in Time Tarot Book