Tarot of a Moon Garden Review
When I saw the Tarot of a Moon Garden the feeling was immediately right. So many rich illustrations, a profusion of colours and a universe made of dreams, nightmares, flowers and unicorns. I had to have it. If you’re a gardener, like me, you know what a Moon Garden is. One that is especially designed to be appreciated at night, by the moon light. I found it to be such a brilliant idea to combine Tarot, the ultimate tool to connect with your intuition and what is usually kept secret with the concept of a garden that is at its best when the lights are out and the night is quiet.
The first impression I had of this Tarot deck was one of sweetness. The paintings are very feminine but with a moon garden inspired deck, that makes a lot of sense. The illustrations are lush, maybe too much for the clearest, cleanest reading if you are a beginner. My first thought: a great deck to put next to the Victorian Fairy Tarot as it is probably amazing for psychological readings, coaching and guidance more than pure fortune telling. But I soon realized that the Tarot of a Moon Garden was also a powerful prediction tool.
One little disappointment is the print itself as the colours are not as bright as they seem to be on the original paintings. I’m not sure if it’s a copying or printing issue but it takes a bit of the intensity away. You can see on the pictures in the post that the illustrations look a little blurry and faded. They are truly like this. Not a deal breaker for me.
As the name implies this deck is made of fantasy characters evolving in a fantastic Moon Garden. Gardeners will know: a moon garden is a garden specifically arranged to be enjoyed at night when the full moon shines on the different shades of white flowers and light green leaves. In this deck, dragonflies, unicorns, dragons and fairies make for a supernatural atmosphere where dreams become reality. The only light shining in this world is the one of the Moon, revealing our hidden feelings and deepest secrets. You could tell endless stories with these cards while still finding your marks as a Tarot reader. There’s a perfect balance between a unique dreamy universe and the respect of the most important themes and symbols of Tarot. This deck is easily approachable if you already know the RWS or Marseille codes.
Some Cards in details
Here are some cards that stood out for me when first discovering the deck.
The Empress: Sweeter than in many decks, she literally has the world at her feet. She has all the riches she needs. She sits on a corn of abundance and the stars shine over her head. She seems to represent the most all the potential of feminine power. Butterflies surrounding her confirm the symbol of completion and achievement that she is. Gently, she reigns and governs with both her head and intuition and harvests the fruit of her labor, which she shares to nurture those she loves.
The Chariot: The Chariot is always a sign of triumph and success. But not only. A Yin & Yang symbol sits atop of the siamese horses in the middle of the card. A kaleidoscopic heart makes the armour of the rider, who might be a woman. Or a very feminine man. Again, the feminine energy is ruling over the entire deck. This card is more one of emotional balance or crisis (depending on its context of course) and the subtle and difficult “moves” ones has to master to keep this balance and move forward. It can be a warning not to rush hastily into possibly problematic situations. Duplicity is also very present in this representation.
Wheel of Fortune: The Wheel of Fortune in this deck is a carousel. A simple idea really but it works perfectly. All the creatures of the moon garden turn on and on and on on this carousel where runic and astrological symbols coexist. The good, the bad, the sweet, the strong, the virgo and the aquarius are all submitted to the incessant changes and moves of the carousel. What a beautiful symbol and a wonderful movement.
The Hanged Man: The Hanged Man in the Tarot of a Moon Garden is a pretty classic representation of card XII. The position, the ties, the young man, everything is as you’d expect. One detail makes it stand out: the runes on the ground reminding of the legend of Odin who supposedly inspired this card (depending on the sources – see Card by Card – The Hanged Man for more). That’s a nice little touch!
Temperance: I have to say, in the Marseille deck, my point of reference as you might have noticed by now, Temperance is not my favorite card. I’ll write more about her one of these days. And yet here, I immediately connected with this 14. What an explosion of colours. This card is like a rainbow. Full of hope and kindness. The sun is rising right between the wings of Temperance while a Unicorn examines her reflection in the water at her feet enjoying the protection of the angel in this perfectly safe and quiet spot. A very inspiring scene that speaks of healing, patience and protection.
The Minor Arcana
The minor arcana in this deck is made of the suit of Staffs, Cups, Pentacles and Swords. A couple of details are worth noting: the swords are actually fantastic dragonflies that are also present on most major cards. The staffs (a version of the Wands) are actual tree trunks still planted in the ground. Even the King and Queen of Staffs hold on to actual trees with leaves and roots, adding more energy and life to this suit. The pentacles could actually be seen as miniature moons and the cups are pretty classic. The minor suits are very easy to read if you know the RWS. They are very expressive and detailed too.
Readings & Spreads
You can use this deck in any reading or spread. I personally would use it for readings focusing on emotional matters more than anything else. I have also seen great results with questions related to family. Dream interpretation readings, love life analysis, psychological guidance and karma portraits would definitely work great with the lovely Tarot of a Moon Garden. I have now been using it for over 2 years for Past Lives Reading and it works like a charm. I can really connect with it and explore waters that run real deep.