|Name :||Persian Tarot from Miss Indira|
|Publisher :||Editions Grimaud|
|Packaging :||Soft cardboard box / 12.6 x 7.9 x 3.2 cm|
|Deck :||55 cards / thin, satin, glossy cards / 12.2 cm x 7.7 cm|
|Handbook :||Leaflet of 40 pages in color|
|Reverse side :||Yes, the backs of the cards are reversible.|
|Switch of 8/11 :||No|
|Universe :||Magic / Wicca / Druid / Shaman|
|Use :||Prediction , Voyance|
The game is delivered in a soft cardboard box. The cards are satin and glossy. A small booklet is slipped into the box.
Created in 1981, the game consists of 55 cards. It is freely inspired by a classic card deck with French brands. Indeed the spades become scimitars, the squares become sickles, the hearts are preserved and the clubs could be écus, knowing that the King and Queen of Clubs exists as such. The sign cards therefore include pip cards and court cards. In addition, there is a series of cards associated with no sign as is the Major Arcana of the Tarot. The comparison with a classic deck of cards or even a Tarot stops there because for the rest, this oracle proposes archetypes and symbols rather far from the divinatory Tarot or even from a Lenormand.
The illustrations of the deck are set in the universe of the thousand and one nights. In that, this game is original and denotes the current production very anchored in the medieval-fantastic and Celtic or steampunk universes.
The small booklet is translated into 3 languages: French, English, German. Each translation is spread over a dozen pages. This makes the booklet very summary in its descriptions and explanations.
The 55 cards are explained on 12 pages. Each card is explained with a black and white thumbnail of its illustration and a few keywords. Some cards have an additional text on its meaning in association with other cards. Obviously, a practitioner who wants to deepen the use of this game will have to acquire a more complete guide. Unless he relies on his only intuition to interpret the cards.
The booklet offers 3 printing methods that are not named :
For once we have animals other than the lion, like the tiger and the panther to evoke the archetype of the big feline. Nothing so that these cards deserve our interest. Concerning the black panther that speaks of jealousy and sensuality, I find it a pity that the author stopped at a meaning taken from popular culture, without trying to evoke anything else through this animal. Of course it is up to the reader to grasp the archetype and meaning of the panther. But here again, the booklet does not do the game any favors.
The Fish Wheel is rather original in its concept even if its meaning is largely borrowed from the Tarot's "Wheel of Fortune".
I appreciate the presence of this symbol which is quite well known but rarely used in a divinatory card game. I regret however that one of the meanings of the card which is "luck" is probably too close to the meaning of the "fish wheel" card. Here again, we would have liked a more in-depth work on the divinatory dimension of the deck, either in coherence or in diversity.
There are 4 cards with 1, 3, 7, or 9 owls in the deck. It is undoubtedly original and even intriguing. But on closer reading of the booklet, in search of meaning for these 4 cards, the reader has only a few disparate keywords. And it's hard to understand the common thread of the cards. Let's say that we can think of a meaning close to "newness" (the bird being seen as a kind of messenger). But then what about the Peacock card that has precisely this meaning? Don't these owl cards duplicate the Peacock card? Moreover, according to what we can read in the booklet, the 3 owls card is negative, while the 7 owls card is positive, without being able to understand why.
The two cards seem too redundant to me even if they both basically speak of a different symbolism, on one side the boat and on the other side the island. But without any additional reference and without adding other symbols, the cards talk about the same things, since you have to take the boat to go to the island, one doesn't go without the other. These two symbols should have been merged into a single card
Very clearly, all these cards seem to carry the same meanings. A bird remains a bird in its symbolism. The absence of additional details (except for the letter in the peacock's beak) prevents us from nuancing the interpretation of each of these cards.
On this card, we find again two owl faces. One can wonder about the diversity of symbols used in this oracle. Is it enough? Certainly the symbolism of the torch, which is of the order of lighting what is hidden, comes of course to reinforce the symbolism of the owl that sees in the night. But we already have the cards of the Peacock, the 3 Swallows, the 1, 3, 7, 9 owls which all announce the arrival of new events. Since the oracle itself is a divinatory tool that can announce and predict future events, what is the point of making and designing such cards ? We don't want to know that something is going to happen, we imagine it and we are already waiting for it, but we want to know what is going to happen ...
There are few or no Arabizing games on the market inspired by the tales of a thousand and one nights. Even the prolific Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot market contains very few decks on this universe. These cards therefore offer a truly refreshing atmosphere in a market dominated by medieval fantasy in all its forms. I appreciate the presence of symbols such as the hand of Fatma or the Taj Mahal. The atmosphere of the game is rather positive thanks to its bright colors and the joyful posture of the characters. Only the Death card can be perceived as really negative.
After the rather positive first impression, unfortunately one quickly realizes that the booklet dates from a vanished era and that it deserves to be updated. Fortunately, there are on the market, other boxes or books on the Persian Tarot of Mrs. Indira certainly better designed. However, I think that the deck suffers from a real design flaw in its structure. It is rare that redundancies, duplicate cards appear to me in such a obvious way in the study of a deck. Moreover, some cards can be as abstract as the numeral cards of the Tarot de Marseille such as the 6 of Ecu. Certainly the abstract nature of the Minor Arcana of the Tarot de Marseille is well known, and assumed by its users. But one does not expect to find this level of abstraction in an oracle. The Lenormand system includes keywords or images in addition to card values (on pip cards) to give it meaning. In this oracle this is not the case for some cards.
For all these reasons, I willingly give up such a game to use a Lenormand instead (review of Pitanik here or review of Gilded Reverie here) or possibly the Gé oracle (review here) or the oracle of the Triad (review here). Even an oracle from Belline (review here) seems more relevant to me. And this, even if the reader can find boxes of Mrs. Indira's Persian Tarot with a deeper and more pedagogical book.
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