Review: The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid

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My first impression of this deck is that it is half way between a Tarot and Oracle deck. There are 78 cards, and the suits are divided in to Earth, Air, Fire and Water. My initial curiosity was to flick through the cards to find Death and as I thought, no Death but Transformation. 

The borderless cards are beautiful and nice quality, but if you are looking for a traditional Tarot deck then this does not tick the boxes.  There is hardly any visual reference to tarot symbolism, this is explained later in my review. 

Each image is gentle but as a traditional Taroist, I did find them hard to read. For me, I would have to read the images intuitively rather than connect them to the traditional card meaning, as if you know your Tarot, the image does not always relate to the card number , for example 5 of Fire V’s 5 Wands, visually I just don’t get it!

The guidebook is well written and Colette actually mentions that the deck was a calling from spirit and this clearly comes through in the images.  I love the fact that each card has a meaning and an affirmation to work with, I think this would be helpful for some clients.  Colette writes that she was guided to do things differently, in a non conformist way and it will take time to get use to working with them.  I agree with this, but I must reiterate the cards are beautiful, and it is good to see something new hitting the Tarot shelves.

Take a look at the cards, if you want something different then invest in the deck, certain cards will call you as they did me, in particular for me The Magician.  This deck will stretch your imagination and make you think outside the box, as a reader this can only be a good and positive thing.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Good Tarot by Colette Baron-Reid

  1. I did enjoy reading your review Kim, as I also thought initially the deck stood half way between Oracle and Tarot cards. However, I think it has its own place in the mix of things, as some clients just do not fall into one or the other (Oracle/Tarot), and this deck might be easier to understand for some people.

  2. Thank you for this Kim. I’ve been using the deck for a week or so now. I really didn’t like it at all at first but it’s growing on me now. I’ve found that reading it with number, element, image and colour are the only way forward in reading with this deck. There is no RWS in the Good Tarot world. Having said that, I have no problems whatsoever in classing the deck as Tarot despite my sadness that Temperance has become Patience.
    I do see a place for this deck at work. Some folks are just in a fragile place and the familiar, dramatic images of Death, Tower and Devil can be a bit difficult at such times. I do like that she hasn’t taken away the gravity of the effect that such cards represent though, rather she focuses on overcoming.

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