Hello, soul friends!
Today's review is covering a deck that caught my attention as soon as I saw it on Instagram. I tell ya, I gotta stay off - or I am going to go broke buying all the decks I see! I love seeing other Indie decks, and checking them out!
I hope you enjoy my review and generous pictures!
Tarot in Thyme
I purchased this deck from another card deck enthusiast who was cleaning her collection out (as I often do, as well). I thought they were an intriguing set and decided to go ahead and pick them up. The Tarot in Thyme Deck focuses on the artwork by Katherine Thyme with her use of vivid colors and a simple details. She has also created an actual Tarot deck, called the Disciples Tarot. The deck I am reviewing today is more of an oracle.
About the author
From A Witch of the North's website:
I am Kathryn Thyme, a down to earth mid 30s witch and artist from Maine, where I live with my husband and our pets in an old funky house. I was first called to the craft when I was about 13 years old. I was inspired at first by the witches of pop culture but very quickly realized the craft was my calling. I practice practical folk magic and dabble in wholesome mystical guidance. As an artist , I graduated art school with a degree in Jewelry and Metals but I have always been drawn to the crafts and creating usable pieces. I’m currently working on publishing my second tarot deck. I am available, on a limited basis, in Southern Maine and Seacoast NH for in person tarot readings , divination and practical magic guidance.
My Personal Review
This 42-card deck is meant to be used as an interesting oracle that assists you in connecting with it's simple images, colorful scheme, and clean artwork. The first thing that really drew my into this deck was the color scheme. My tastes ranges and I love finding eclectic little decks to check out. So when I see these unique and funky little decks, I can't wait to get them into my little paws to fawn over.
The artwork is colorful and instinctual. Katherine is a talented artist. I did enjoy her beautiful pieces. The symbolism is pretty direct in this deck. It has some Lenormand style leanings in the artwork, but includes unique additions that would open one up to using oracle cards.
I could see this deck being a little cumbersome or difficult for those who aren't used to reading without much guidance. But if you aren't used to finding meaning in everything, luckily there is a booklet! The deck I purchased was used, so the "booklet" I received looked like a bunch of printed notes. It was unbound and in no order. It was also missing a few pages. It only has a few sentences per card but it offers surprisingly profound information.
The cards have keywords, allowing one to take just a minute to think about the messages and also trying to understand the overall theme of what you currently are facing. The font was a little off to me, and had some odd kerneling on some of the cards, but overall, it leaves a beautiful image paired with the whimsical artwork. All in all I felt that this deck does promote and encourage a deeper connection to your intuition. There was also the inclusion of a few odd cards, that felt out of place with the rest of the deck. I typically remove them when I was use the deck.
The card stock is decent quality which is always a happy surprise in indie decks. The card stock is slightly matte (which is my preference) and allows you get a nice bend without cracking the card stock. They do bend easily and will hold the bend. For an Indie deck, I really enjoyed this card stock, as I was able to get great pictures in natural light. No packaging was included with my purchase of this deck secondhand.
It is a smaller deck, at only 42 cards, but it is easy to travel with and store away. Don't let the small amount of cards fool you. There is plenty to use here and value to be extracted as an affirmation deck, or indicator of where you need to focus attention. I thought at first I wouldn't care for the back design as they are not reversible or mirrored, but with most Oracle decks, they may not be created with the intentions of having reversed meanings.
I could see this deck being great for visualization and meditation. This may even be a great deck to get your feet wet in the Oracle card world. The pictures are simple, but represent deep ideas, but don't overload you with so much information that you get jumbled up on the messages.
All in all, this is a fun little deck that I think most people could pick up and have fun with.
Here are some extra images of this deck:
My overall opinion is that this deck is a 3 star choice.
Artwork - 4 stars
Card stock - 3 stars
Ease - 2 stars
Guidebook - 1 star
I hope that you enjoyed my deck review, and also enjoy other deck reviews that I add to this site. I have a passion for exploring new decks and also finding various ways of connecting to my intuition. I appreciate you checking out my site and taking the time to read my review.