THE HALLOWEEN TAROT
Deck Review by Melissa Zurow, CTC
By Kipling West
I encountered this deck about a year
ago. Though it wasn't until now that I really had a chance to thumb through
the deck and look
Created by Kipling West, the artistry of the cards are somewhat
very mild in regards to the pictures in my opinion. The colors are
This deck does differ in suits of the Minor Arcana. They are as follows:
Pumpkins represent the Pentacles.
When I was looking through these cards, my nephew came in and joined me. As I would put a card down, he would scoop up the pile and look at the cards. He would stare for a few seconds before he would say anything. As if he were trying to see what he could find in the cards.
As to my surprise, he did indeed relate to some of the cards in this deck. The Emperor to him was the "Hulk", the Devil was "Spiderman". A black cat shows up on every card and he related it to our black cat named Psychic. He also related the stars in some of the cards as the planet Mars- as I took him out to see the planet during the Mars Mania craze.
There are two cards in the Halloween deck that I would like to talk about in comparison to the traditional Rider-Waite deck. They are Ace of Pumpkins (pentacles) and The Chariot. I chose these two cards to compare because I absolutely enjoy the images on these cards.
ACE OF PUMPKINS/ ACE OF PENTACLES:
The Ace of Pumpkins offers the same concept of the
hand extending from the clouds but in the Halloween tarot the hand is
holding a pumpkin full of treats. In the Rider-Waite deck you can see
a yellow pentacle. We know that this card offers good things and new beginnings
but it doesn't
In the Halloween deck, the Ace of Pumpkins offers a black background with nine stars on it. This may offer on a larger spectrum that there may be endless possibilities for new beginnings, and recognition.
THE CHARIOT (HEARSE) / THE CHARIOT:
In the Halloween Tarot, The Chariot is also known as the Hearse from the little book that comes with the deck. In this card there is a pumpkin head like figure behind the steering wheel with a black cat sitting next to him. The vehicle does resemble a hearse with curtains covering the side windows which has what looks to be an eye peeking through the curtain and shows part of a wheel on the front drivers side. There is a fence along the roadside with deformed pumpkin faces as a decor. When I look into this card I see the driver of the hearse driving through what may be a cemetary.
Can we assume that someone may have passed away? Now they are being driven in a hearse? NO! I don't read any card in any deck with the physical sense of death. I don't know a reader who would.
In comparing these two cards from these two different decks I can visualize through the Rider-Waite deck that a person can be seeking help and trying to move on through a mental state of mind. Through the card in the Halloween deck, I visualize a person seeking and finding the help they may need and driving themselves away from turmoil with strength through spirituality.
In reality we would never see a pumpkin head like person driving around in a hearse unless it's on Halloween playing a practical joke. I read pumpkins as someone having potential. I also associate the color orange with vitality, strength and good energy. Pumpkins can grow to become many different shapes and sizes and there is a great potential to each one. What can become of a pumpkin? One's potential to create the perfect pumpkin carving, baking the pumpkin seeds to taste, making homemade pumpkin pies. So which one can you relate to? The pumpkin head like figure in the drivers seat? Or the eye peeking through the closed curtain?
In the Halloween deck some of the Major Arcana do differ in pictures from that of the name of the card of the traditional pictures found in the Rider-Waite deck.
In the Halloween deck they are as follows:
The Fool image of a clown
I like this deck because it's a fun-loving, great entertaining
and very appropriate for the Halloween Holiday. I especially like it because
knowing that a two year old can relate to some of the cards in this deck
for what they know and what their vocabulary is at that age, I know that
anyone can relate to it. Most of all anyone can have fun with this deck.
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