This was my first Tarot deck. I've always been embarrassed to get it out and use it. The cards themselves are sturdy and feel good in your hand, but the imagery is lacking. Stiff computer art is copied and pasted several times, or recolored in ridiculous ways. I particularly don't like how human bodies with animal heads are used on just a few cards; the recolored art is particularly odd looking and for me it just doesn't fit.One thing I like about this deck is that each card has two words on the bottom. Compared with decks using just one or zero words on the bottom, it can help a beginner and keeps you from focusing on a single meaning. I'm not sure where Londa Marks gets some of these meanings though. I think she was focusing on what was happening in her own life while she made the cards. Undoubtedly she put meditation and consideration into these meanings, but I'm afraid the result is that some cards ended up closer to each other in meaning than they might in other decks.There are some cards whose meanings I like, don't get me wrong. And I'm all for decks having their own voice - the Tarot has always evolved that way, seeking patterns, clarity, connections and essence. So I applaud how she diverges in her interpretation. But now that I have more decks, I find I like the one-word Crowley/Thoth definition more than the two words she gives in more than a few cases.For example: for Knight of Cups the card reads Spellbind, Charisma. This makes it very similar to the Page of Swords' words, Captivation, Entrance, and of course to the Devil, which is labeled Magnetism, Lure. By contrast, Waite describes the Knight of Cups as approach - sometimes of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement. The Page of Swords is authority, vigilance spying. And the Devil is therein Ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, fatality. Londa Marks chose to focus on aspects of the ideas which were interesting to her, possibly relevant to her life; the result was that these three very different cards came to be similar. And there are definitely other examples. I recently sorted the cards into pile by meaning; I would say that going strictly by the two-word summaries, there were at least five piles of three or more cards who were nearly the same in meaning.If you like the rebellious metal attitude of Londa Marks I'd say get her other deck (the Londa Tarot), it's prettier.As with any Tarot deck, what matters is what you personally do with the symbols and whether you like them. The art is printed crisply, if only it were a bit better.
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!]