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Victoria Regina Tarot: A Review

Guest Author - June Kaminski

The Victoria Regina Tarot is a newly released deck, hot off the Llewellyn Press. Created by Sarah Ovenall and Georg Patterson, this Victorian style deck is both unique and enjoyable to hold and work with. The deck consists of 72 black and white stately cards which reflect collages of well-known personages and Victorian artwork. Complete with a companion soft cover book, the deck presents tarot interpretations that reflect the Victorian frame of mind and worldview. An elegant black velvet pouch completes the package, affording a soft covering and distinguished casing to protect the deck.

Sarah Ovenall and Georg Patterson are both Tarot enthusiasts, collage artists and writers living in North Carolina. Sarah is a Duke University graduate (Linguistics) and is also a graphic and web designer. In addition, Sarah works as a disc jockey at the local college radio station, WXDU where she hosts a show every Thursday morning.

This is the first tarot deck to reflect the majesty and graciousness of the Victorian era. It offers a deck that reflects mystery and grace without outright occult connotations. It would appeal to readers interested in using the deck in a mystical yet refined manner. Ms. Ovenall has exercised wonderful ingenuity in ascribing imagery to represent the trumps and suits of the tarot. For instance, her portrayal of the traditional suits - Wands, Swords, Pentacles and Cups are displayed in unique ways.

Victorian SymbolMeaningTraditional
Fountain PenCreativity, ActionWands
Mason JarsEmotionsCups
GunsIntellect, ReasonSwords
Pocket WatchesMaterial Concerns Pentacles

The Major Arcana is both original and elegant. It is obvious that the authors spent considerable time deliberating and choosing the imagery to convey the essence of each archtypical card. For instance, the Magician shows a Victorian gentleman, Baron Sergius Von Holsten giving a lecture to the Royal Geographic Society. The image speaks of the intellectual and scientific mindset that developed during the Victorian period. The industrial revolution promised a creative new lifestyle for modern Victorians, one grounded in careful thought and applied creativity.

The Victoria Moon card shows a lovely, mysterious yet whimsical young woman sitting comfortably in the curve of a crescent moon. She sprinkles stardust on those below, bringing dreams to the sleepy - the personification of dreams, visions and fantasies. She challenges us to realize what is and isn't a dream. The card conveys the image of the delicate female, common to the Victorian frame of mind. Yet it also shows the deep belief in visions and moving forward into the modern era that prevailed at that time in history.

Each card interpretation is carefully worded giving meaning and insight into the intricacies of the card image. In the book, the cards are individually presented with an overall description of the collage imagery, a general interpretation based on Victorian/Industrial Revolution patterns of thought and action, an explanation of how that particular card fits into the reading, and notes related to the source of the original image. The authors also include a generous section on how to conduct tarot readings to find meaningful answers to the querant's questions. The book is a nice size, perfect for quick glimpses into the meaning of the cards as one learns to use the deck. A full graphic image of each card accompanies the interpretations, making it easy to memorize the images and quickly recognize the energy of the cards. A full 262 pages, the companion book adds both clarity and value to this deck. The authors have done a wonderful job of expressing the nuances and wonder of the Victorian age in a pleasant and easy to use tarot system. The effect is mystical yet stately, reminiscent of a bygone era that continues to echo even in this New Millennium.

To Order this Fabulous Deck, Visit the Following:

Official Victoria Regina Site
Victoria Regina Tarot

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