I fucking love the Labyrinth Tarot by Luis Royo. Although there are strange and jarring aspects to it (which is normally a good thing, but not necessarily with this one) I have a very strong bond with it.
That’s right. I have a strong bond with a deck of cards.
Okay, so pips aren’t that bad, right?
So wands are medeval club-things, and they’re green.
Pentacles are gold.
Swords are blue.
Which I kind of thought was strange because I might have made Cups blue…
Wait a minute. What the hell am I looking at right now? Why are the cups cards red and have fire in them?
I don’t fucking know. This shit is a mystery.
But sometimes, mysteries are good. Look at these mysterious ass knights. This deck has some of my very favorite knights.
The major arcana are sepia-toned and just amazing. They’re kind of scary, which I like.
I really like this representation of The Fool. The Fool is usually depicted as a young kid happily skipping off on a new adventure, but this Fool is an older man with facial hair. He thinks he’s ready. He’s researched. He’s studied. He thinks he’s badass so he’s wearing some horns. Little does he know…he’s about to learn some shit.
The court cards are fully and richly illustrated. And if you like titties in your tarot cards, you’ve come to the right place.
In fact, the Jack of Cups pictured there is the ONLY female in the deck with her breasts covered. Meanwhile, the King of Wands up there is only one of two men who are bare-chested. Do I have an issue with boobs? Nope. But it gives me pause because it just seems a little bit…
Anyway, the card stock is pretty standard. No complaints there.
They’re actually pretty small cards, which fit perfectly in my small hands. No complaints there.
COMPLAINT: the borders. I am not a person who freaks out over borders. But with amazingly detailed artwork on already small cards, why the fuck is an inch of the card taken up by a damn border?
There you have my only two complaints about this deck: the color of the Cups cards and the size of the pictures vs the cards.
I think my very favorite thing about this deck is the people’s expressions. (When you can see them.)
The Empress might be your mama, but she’s not in the mood for your bullshit today.
If this deck were a person, it would be a quiet man who, when he does speak, likes to say shocking and disturbing things just to see how you’ll react. But regardless of how you respond to him, you’ll think about what he said later.
A NOTE ABOUT PIPS
Don’t be afraid of pips.
Unless you’re a novice tarot reader, try this shit. It won’t kill you to look one up if you have to.