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The Good Tarot Deck Review

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Hey, all you amazing people out there!

If you're here, I'm guessing you want all the deets on this deck right here.

And I'm more than happy to give them to you!

As always, please take note that these are my own personal opinions and experiences. You could have something similar or completely different. That's the beauty of our being so different and having our own unique experiences in life, no cookie-cutter molds here.

Let's get down to the meat and potatoes of this deck, shall we?

This deck is called The Good Tarot and is by Colette Baron-Reid, with art by Jena DellaGrottaglia. This is actually the fifth deck she's done with Baron-Reid! And may I just say? The art is marvelously done in this deck, intricate and finely detailed with an air of dreamworld magic about it. The eyes are so compelling in the artwork, the gazes seem to pierce right through you as if you were laying your soul bare before them.

Of course, that is sort of the idea, isn't it? But not everyone can pull something like that off. Being a dabbler in art myself, I can tell you that eyes can make or break a piece. And they are in no way easy to master how they look, let alone learn the portrayal of emotion that she has. I may be going off on a bit of a tangent. But you know... the art of a deck and its ability to resonate with people is an essential aspect of connecting with it and being able to read tarot with it.

They have the standard 78 cards in the deck, which are of okayish cardstock. Not the best I've ever seen but no where near the worst! The deck box is pretty sturdy, and still going strong 3 years later. The cards are bit larger than some other decks and definitely bigger than your average playing cards. They come in at 5" in length and 3 1/2" in width with a high gloss laminate finish.

To be completely honest, my BIGGEST problem with this deck is that high gloss laminate finish it has. The cards stick together because of it, and it makes it difficult to shuffle them. Sometimes the cards almost form a suction with each other and create a static charge. Even after having them for 3 years now and cleansing them multiple times, meditating with them, trying flour, and once trying baby powder on them (I didn't like the way either of those made them feel and didn't want to take the chance of damaging my cards.), they're still like that.

  • *Note - I will not use fanning powder at all because of its mildly toxic nature. Magicians came up with it because of their need for their cards not to stick when they did their tricks. And many people also use it with tarot cards.

  • IF you do want to use or try fanning powder, which I don't advise, please be careful. DO NOT breathe it in, use it around children, or pets! And always carefully clean up after yourself.

  • Personally, I don't care how time-honored a tradition it is. We've got enough toxic things in this world. I don't want to purposefully introduce it to my environment or put it on my cards that I spend so much time cleansing. It seems a tad counterintuitive to me...

I might try flour again at some point, but I've mostly learned to live with it. Often, I just use my big bed to spread them all out and shuffle them that way. It takes you longer to shuffle, but that's not always a bad thing. Sometimes, you just need a little longer to center yourself and commune with the cards anyway. Another thing that's because of the finish is whenever you try to take pictures of it, it'll pick up glare or reflections. You can work around this without too much difficulty, sometimes it's just a pain to have to deal with getting the exact right angle.

In this deck, the suits are the elements instead of the standard ones. So, Air is Swords, Water is Cups, Fire is Wands, and Earth is Pentacles. Easy enough to remember since those are the elements that correspond to the traditional suits anyway. She also calls some cards different things. Like the Knights (see above) in this deck are all called Messengers. In the Major Arcana, you have cards like #15 Temptation instead of The Devil. (There are a few more but you get the idea.)

Or #13 Transformation instead of Death. Incidentally, this one is my very favorite card in any deck! This one, in particular, is also my favorite of all my cards. (I just love the symbolism of the phoenix here!)

I'm completely ok with these changes. The words she chose to use are more in line with what those cards represent anyway. And then you also won't have the negative essence associated with them that the Devil and Death cards do.

I like the guidebook that Baron-Reid has put together to go with it. It's a bit on the minimal side, in the sense that it has keywords and phrases for each card, but not a lengthy interpretation. I like that she leaves it more open-ended and wants you to use your intuition. What you can tell she put a lot of time and work into are the affirmations. In the guidebook underneath the keywords and phrases, you'll find a positive affirmation for each card. I really enjoy these and always make sure to look them up after I'm done reading the cards.

Overall, it's a highly positive and optimistic deck. Even the cards that have a tendency to sock you right in the gut have a positive spin put on them. Since that's the case, it's not gonna be everybody's cup of tea. I know a lot of people who don't want any punches pulled. So to those people, I say, you may want to look elsewhere. Frankly, I... balance(?) this deck out by reading reversals with it. I'm not pulled to use reversals on all my decks, but this is one where I feel it needs it, simply to keep it more even-keeled.

All that being said, I know that this deck is still worth getting and checking out. I absolutely love this deck and always return to it, especially when I need some calm clarity and to know everything will work out. I honestly think that it would be great for all you lightworkers and positive affirmation souls out there. Another group which would definitely benefit from this deck are all those tarot reading newbies that are just starting out. It gives you enough information to start learning to read the cards but encourages you to use your intuition and is gentle enough not to scare someone. Then, later on, if they feel like it needs some oomph, they could add reading the reversals in.

Well, for whatever its worth, those are my 2 cents on The Good Tarot Deck. I hope it was helpful to some of you out there, and I hope some of you also decide to give it a try.

Don't forget to check in on Monday for your tarot outlook for the week. Then on Wednesday, I'll be posting a new Tarot Class all about Major Arcana card #1 The Magician! If you're a total tarot newbie, I recommend you go ahead, click and check out the first class, Tarot Class: Intro to the Cards, plus Tarot Class: #0 The Fool. A new class is posted every Wednesday, so come check it out!

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