I love reading with both over-sized and black and white decks, (I've found my readings are more accurate when I switch back and forth from a vividly colored deck to these). So, I was excited to discover this striking Tarot. The deck's illustrator, Michael Goepferd, describes himself as, "An artist who has found in the iconography of the Tarot all the great themes of life and art." His block prints engagingly reflect the deck's concept, contrasting light and shadow to form images that are perfect for meditation and otherwise increasing focus.
In the deck's book, by Brian Williams, we discover this is not a deck of good vs. evil. The approach to light/dark we find here is a more blended, Eastern one. The contrast and inter-relation of the two extremes takes center stage here. This provides an interesting angle to read through. It can add a layer of comparative focus to readings; giving the up/down side of situations and people, for example.
"The Light and Shadow Tarot" is great for both beginning and advanced diviners. The cards and their meanings are traditionally focused and won't give you a whole new set of meanings to learn. They'll be easily recognizable to readers used to the Rider Waite deck. I think it absolutely helps readers at all levels to try with a black and white deck; you almost always pick up slightly different elements of situations.
There are some unique differences in the symbolism chosen for the cards. For example, the Fool has a crystal ball, the Wheel of Fortune is a Tibetan mandala and Death is "The Endless Dance of Death". Others, like The Moon, Judgment and many of the Court cards, are nearly identical to the Rider Waite.
This is a fun, eye catching and positive deck that I think everyone can enjoy.
Reading the 'Light and Shadow Tarot'
photo by Sydney Tyler Lofton