Review of the Sharman-Caselli Tarot Deck

Hello lovelies,

It seems to be another sleepless night so I can review one of my tarot decks and today it is Sharman-Caselli deck. I must say that this deck have blown my mind in ways I can not describe. I have learned so much the last two to three weeks than I have the last four months.

I had tried to learn tarot fo a long time and about 1999-2001 I bought my first deck together with a book "tarot" by Jane Lyle. I tried and tried - and "failed" and I felt nothing would stick and I became confused and angry at myself because I "couldn't" learn the tarot. So I sadly gave up and I hadn't touched a tarot deck for 10 years or so. What I should have done is to buy another deck, but I didn't have enough knowledge about tarot because I had one thought in my head and that was if I didn't learn from deck I won't learn from another deck. THAT IS SO WRONG! I know that now, but I didn't knew it then.


When I bought the sharman-Caselli deck I thought it was a nice deck and it came in a sturdy box which contain the 78 card deck and the little white book. Ok.. so, the book are a little book , but still it is one of the better ones I have seen. First of all it gives you an introduction and then it goes into the minor arcana. Along with the minor arcana they give you what element is where..Cups are water, wands are fire, pentacles are earth and the swords are air. In this book they give you the meaning of every card + they give few clues on what the symols on the cards means.

Let us see a card and I picked Eight of pentacles.. this man is in his workshop making pentacles and
he have eight of them. It represent work and he takes pride in his work. He is concentrated and has an eye for details or he is not afraid to take on a new project or task. There are no clouds on the sky (clouds can mean confusion, not knowing, thoughts - depends on what neighbour cards). The trees are not moving so there is no wind. Wind often represent energy and it depends if you have the wind with you or against you. The trees can represent shelter, regeneration, strength. For me the trees also represent roots, knowledge, visdom. So, for me the eight of pentacles represent a good day for business.
At the bottom of every card there is a theme and for the eight of pentacles it is learning new skills.

The Major arcana is represented the same way as the minors, it gives you five or so pointers of meanning + a theme at the bottom of each card. Like the card number 9 - the Hermit (or like I like to call him, Gandalf.. :) ) and the hermit's theme is patience and prudence.
After the majors there a spread at the end and kudos to Sharman and Caselli for not choosing the celtic cross, like 95% of the other authors do.
Sharman chose the 5 cards horseshoe spread which they show you an example a reading for Cathrine. Like the other little books there is 6 note pages where you can write your notes.

One of things I didn't like at first was overused with the yellow and orange. There is not numbers at the majors.. I can't put my fingers on what I didn't like about it and I was thinking I would give this a new home, so I put on my shelf and I forgot about them for a while.

For a month or so I took the deck held it in my hand while I took a quick meditation and my thought was: it's time! So I started to do 3 card readnings for myself, started to trust my instict and intuition (refused open the books like I always do). I also put the deck back in order and did the same with the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck and for the fist time in my life I compared each card. I noticed that I got more out of Sharman-Caselli. So I have been working non-stop with this deck for two to three weeks now and it became my go to deck.

One of the things I like about this deck is how detailed the cards is and it has alot more symbols so you really could find your meaning of these.
Yes, I still think it is a lot of yellow/orange in this deck, but I feel spring and summer - I will work with these till the fall and see where I am and choose my decks for autumn/winter:)



Blessed be,
Susann

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