The Rainbow Travellers Tarot
Author: Carmen Waterman
Artist: Carmen Waterman
Soul Clouds Publishing
from the Rainbow Travellers Tarot site
“The Rainbow Travellers Tarot” is a stunning deck – gentle, with modern imagery, and a “WOW!” quality to each of the cards. The inspiration for this deck came from Waterman’s earlier work with mythical and fantasy images. This is a deck where you truly want to enter the world that the cards portray – and it is very easy, as there are no borders! Yes! It is noted in the introduction that both the artwork and the divinatory meanings may stray from the traditional, as they come from the author/artist’s own study.
She also notes that each of the 78 cards has its own story to tell … and indeed it does! Definitely a deck for ceremonial and ritual work, as well as divinatory readings. Rainbows have been heralded as messengers of beauty and hope after a storm – in this deck, they help us through the storms in our lives (the last is my interpretation).
The Minor Arcana provide the messages that support the querent on their journey – Soul/Wands, Heart/Cups, Mind/Swords, and Body/Pentacles. In this way, we create the balance in our lives that allows for growth. While the suit symbol appears in each of the Minor Arcana cards, it does not appear multiple times, as in traditional decks.
The Court Cards have become the Guide Cards in this deck. They are here to teach us.
This is a 78 card Tarot deck, with a traditional foundation of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The Major Arcana carry traditional titles, with the following exceptions: the Fool becomes the Traveller, the Hanged Man becomes Letting Go, the Devil becomes the Shadows, and the World becomes the Universe. Strength is VIII, and Justice is XI.
The Minor Arcana suites are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. The Court cards are Muse (Page), Protector (Knight), Healer (Queen), and Mentor (King).
I am going to take a moment to talk about Waterman’s background – she is a certified Myers-Briggs training consultant, with a passion for helping others to understand themselves, and to develop their greatest potential. Her inner self is an instant fit with the Tarot, making the creation of this deck almost a forgone conclusion! And yes, the foundation of the deck is the Myers-Briggs personality profile, developed by the mother/daughter team of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, based on Carl Jung’s earlier work in his 1921 book “Psychological Types”.
“Knowing yourself is the first step towards
making your dreams come true.”
from the Guidebook
The cards come with a 40 page guidebook, a certificate of authenticity, and a beautiful Tarot bag to act as a home for the cards. The cards are 3” by 5”, on good quality card stock. The backs are beautifully done, showing a blue sky with stars, a multi-colored rainbow on the upper 2/3 of the card, and a gentle green branch coming in from the left hand side of the card, and meeting the rainbow. The whole image is seen slightly out of focus, as through a mist. The backs are not reversible.
The card faces show the imagery out to the sides of the card (there are no borders), with the card name across the bottom. (Roman numerals are used with the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana is written out in text. The art is digital, a nice mixture of reality (the human figures) and fantasy (the background).
I found it interesting that the figures in this deck all look to be thirty-somethings …works for me! They all look to be very self-confident and ready to rock and roll with the Traveller! Cards that drew me in were the Healer of Cups (a dark haired lady with candles in the background), the Mentor of Swords (a male figure with his hands outstretched, and Celtic style horns on his head), the Healer of Swords (a female figure wearing a beautiful, orange/peach dress that swirls around her), the Three of Wands (a female figure shown from the shoulders up, with gorgeous dangling earrings, and a pensive look on her face), the Eight of Cups (a dark haired female figure looking out at the reader), the Nine of Pentacles (showing a fantasy scene of turrets against a night sky), the Ace of Cups (showing a female figure on the same precipice that the Fool is standing on), the Two of Cups (a dark haired ffemale with her hands clasped in front of her), the Five of Cups (a dark haired female figure, wearing elbow length black gloves, with one arm thrown over her eyes), and the Four of Pentacles (showing a cloaked figure holding a lit lamp in their right hand, their back to us as they face the window).
The cards that I chose to include in this review are the Traveller, the Magician, the Empress, the Eight of Swords, the Five of Wands, the Mentor of Pentacles, the Muse of Swords, the Protector of Cups, and the Healer of Pentacles.
The guidebook includes background on the deck, and on the author/artist. Each card is presented with a black and white image, the basic energy of the card, the messages associated with it, and questions to ask yourself when the card appears in a reading.
From the book, for the Mentor of Wands:
Mentor of Wands
The Mentor of Wands is passionate about their beliefs and lead with a sense of ease. They are highly respected and people flock tothem for advice and counsel. They are patient and comfortable giving orders and delegating responsibility. The Mentor of Wands places high importance on traditions. Family, faith and community are sacred to them.
Messages associated with the Mentor of Wands:
When the Mentor of Wands appears you should ask yourself, “Am I participating and doing my part?” “How can I strengthen my spirit?”
Waterman is bringing out an e-book entitled “Intuitive Reading”, available through her site, http://rainbowtravellers.com/ ,which will address selecting a Tarot deck, how to care for your cards, setting the stage for a reading, studying individual cards, guided interpretations, questions to ask yourself, and how to do readings for yourself and others. An online e-course is also in process!
I highly recommend this deck for divinatory readings, daily guidance, ceremonial, and ritual work. The artwork is incredible, the cards very easy to enter, and the wisdom just flows!
© December 2012 Bonnie Cehovet