Thursday, 5 April 2018

First Impressions: The Dragon Tarot

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling has been on and off my list for a few months.  On because of the Dragons and the Major Arcana - off because of the pips.  I decided to take the chance when the deck presented itself to me at a price that wouldn't make me sad if I didn't like the entire deck.

So what are my first impressions?

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The box is attractive, good and sturdy and opens from the side revealing the book and the deck. These are held in position by a contraption made of thin white cardstock.  Sadly the configuration within the box becomes problematic once the deck has the plastic strip holding it together removed.  On putting the deck back into the box with the book, some cards slip down between the side of the box and the contraption and could potentially cause damage to the cards themselves. Ideally this should be taken out and thrown away - which I did.  The book and cards sit rather comfortably and free from harm inside the box without it.

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The guidebook is soft covered and measures 13.5cm x 16cm,  containing 63 glossy and ornate pages in full colour.  The book by Nigel Suckling is informative in terms of the description of the card, upright and reversed meaning but doesn't go on to provide information to help with learning to read with pip cards. Five spreads are included in the book.

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The cards measure 8.2cm x 13cm and are quite thin however being quite glossy are provided with some support and protection.   The beautifully painted images are by Roger and Linda Garland.  The illustrations in the Major Arcana, Courts and Aces are really lovely, with gorgeous dragons and lots of little details.

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The pips are pleasing in that a landscape scene runs though each card which, when placed alongside another from it's suit, joins together to form a broader landscape view.  Although the borders are rather wide, this expanding landscape effect isn't really affected.  Each suit has a different setting from the others.

I've not used the deck in a reading just yet so can't comment further from that point of view. However I can say at this stage of our relationship that it's a charming deck and is already providing lots of pleasure through the illustrations.

The Dragon Tarot published by Cico Books.  Text by Nigel Suckling, editing by Liz Dean and illustrations by Roger and Linda Garland.

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