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Deck Interview: Mona Lisa Tarot

March 8, 2013

This is a gorgeous, very not typical tarot deck.  The LWB sucks big time (though it does have an interesting spread that I want to try).  There are so many stories being told in this deck and I can’t quite puzzle them out which is a tad frustrating but also very fascinating.  Because it is such an original deck that I’d hesitate to even call it tarot.  While the imagery can be similar to Rider-Waite, it seems more different than similar.

Sorry about the flash but the picture I took without the flash was blurry.

Sorry about the flash but the picture I took without the flash was blurry.


  1. What is your most important characteristic?  7 of Cups – Uncovering secrets (shows a woman secretively pouring something into a cup)
  2. What can you do? High Priestess – aid with spiritual practice (shows a female priest with offerings)
  3. What can’t you do? 5 of Coins – be all doom and gloom; let you wallow in despair/fear (shows a figure on knees)
  4. What is your curriculum? 3 of Wands – Cooperation, planning, direction, moving upwards (male and female working to build a ladder)
  5. How should I use you? 2 of Swords – to see what you have missed (priest eating while a hungry looking woman is behind him)
  6. Final thoughts? Emperor – use me when worried or at a loss (man looking fearful)
  7. Who wants to work through you? 9 of Swords – a group (a group peering through a frame at a landscape)
    1. Clarifier – Star – fortunetellers (man having his palm read)
    2. Clarifier – Queen of Cups – spirits; focus; female (female figure floating in the air)
    3. Clarifier – 4 of Swords – Fortune teller (woman with pendulum)
  8. Should I trim you? Queen of Swords – (happy crowd) yes!

If you look, the pictures on the card just do not match the “standard” tarot meaning for the title of the card.  These are SO getting trimmed and used as oracle cards.  Even the LWB meanings often do not make much sense or even match IMO.  Not sure if I’ll leave them blank, put numbers or titles on them yet…

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne permalink
    March 8, 2013 10:23 PM

    Oh nice layout!


  2. seanmcdh permalink
    March 9, 2013 5:59 AM

    I love specialty decks! I have the Shakespeare Oracle (its actually a Tarot deck, not an oracle deck) and its fantastic! I also just got the Camelot Oracle yesterday and love it.


    • March 9, 2013 9:48 AM

      I hope you post a review (with pictures)! No wait. Don’t! I don’t need the temptation! 🙂


  3. March 9, 2013 3:40 PM

    Oh, this is fascinating! I’m very intrigued by this deck now (and I’m happy at the excitement to being trimmed!). You’re right; those illustrations are very different, but they’re saying so much! Man, so many decks to wish for…


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