Once in a while as a tarot enthusiast and collector, you will find a truly unique deck that you know is unlike any other. May I call your attention to this tiny, magical work of art, The Spirit Speak Tarot, by Mary Evans. At 2.5" x 3.5", this cute baby will fit easily in the palm of your hand, but don't be surprised that it also packs a punch in your readings.
Structured like a traditional tarot deck with 78 cards and all traditional names, the Spirit Speak is nonetheless decidedly unconventional. It is black and white, with hand drawn images featuring lots of hands, roses, and faces. The images are easy to read and accessible if you know the Rider Waite system. And even if you don't, I still find them to be quite intuitive to read with based on universal symbols used.
The guidebook that comes with it is invaluable in understanding and appreciating the meanings the author chose to infuse in the cards, as well as her personal associations with them. She explains the symbols and meanings in a very friendly, approachable, and positive way.
Everyone that has seen this deck wants to play with it and use it! It's just so interesting and fun to look at! I find myself just wanting to hold it all the time and soak up its good energy! I have done over a dozen diverse readings with it so far and it reads well in all situations. I love it's voice on relationship issues, and it is starkly honest when it comes to personal development and career. I even did a past life reading on myself that was extremely rich and meaningful.
As per the usual I did a deck interview with it when I first received it...
Q: Hello Spirit Speak! How do you see me?
A: The Hermit - Finding your own magic within, on an inner journey of growth. (VERY much my theme this summer! Right on!)
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: I am the Magician! I will help you see and communicate the answers you and your querents are looking for. I believe in unlimited possibilities, and am very optimistic and creative.
Q: What are your strengths?
A: 8 of Pentacles - I am all business and focus when it comes to my job. I will buckle down and do good work... I'm not all flight and fancy!
Q: What are your limits?
A: 2 of wands - I cannot choose your path for you.. I will only show you the options and help illuminate the desires of your heart. You must take it from there and forge your own way.
Q: How can we best work together?
A: The Fool - Approach me and our time together with a beginner's mind and a sense of freedom. I am unlike any deck you've ever worked with, so be open to new messages and impressions!
Q: What will be the outcome of our work together?
A: Ace of Swords - Fresh insights and illumination! Flashes of inspiration and always, always, truth.
I love this small but mighty deck!! I can't wait to work with it more!!
If you would like to see my unboxing:
And here is my formal review...