Review: The Steampunk Tarot

The Steampunk Tarot
The Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book #10 for 2017
PopSugar Challenge Prompts:
– A book with career advice
– A book involving a mythical creature
– A book with pictures
– A book you bought on a trip
– A book based on mythology
Book Bingo Square: A Book with Pictures
Personal Challenge Task: A book with a woman on the cover
Better World Books: A book by a female writer
The Legendary Book Club of Habitica’s Ultimate Reading Challenge: A book with pictures
Abandoned Book Rescue: Abandoned more than once

This is a great resource for tarot in general, not just this particular deck. And it’s a gorgeous deck, with some unusual detail work and fascinating imagery. Moore’s commentary draws out some amazing insights from Fell’s artwork, and I love how she weaves so much together meaningfully yet leaves so much open to interpretation.

You really don’t have to be into tarot or divination to appreciate a lot of things in this book. There are discussions of art history, myths and legends, the steampunk aesthetic, and subconscious associations. But if you are into tarot (or looking to get into it), you will find a wealth of information here. I enjoyed Moore’s suggestions for spreads, especially the “Difference Engine” spread, which also keeps to the steampunk theme of the book and the deck.

This book is normally packaged with the deck, but if one were to have only the book, they might be a little disappointed that the book’s illustrations are not in color. Of course, the expense for color illustrations is a little hard to justify when the intent is for the book to be a companion to the deck. But if you do find yourself with a deck-less book, never fear, this is well worth the read on its own merits.

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