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Tarot of the Pagan Cats

Important Premise: I love cats as much as I love dogs (and I love animals in general, with very few exceptions). If there are no dog-themed decks with which I do consultations is because - as far as I know - there are no dog-themed decks inspired by the Rider-Waite Tarot.

That being said, I'm going to write a short review of the delightful Tarot of the Pagan Cats, created by Magdelina Messina (and delightful is a term which the author uses twice in her brief introduction to the deck), and illustrated by Lola Airaghi.

Chariot Tarot of the Pagan CatsAs it has already been said, illustrations are inspired by the RWS, and obviously cats appear on each card: sometimes they make you smile, other times they make you sad, but they always are delightful. It is not clear why they were called pagan, and the author does not explain it, but knowing it is not relevant to the ability to read with this deck. Images often are rich with alchemical symbols or with different peculiarities spurring you to study the card in detail, and this is a true treasure if you follow Valerie Sim's Comparative Tarot philosophy. 

People used to ask (and wonder): “Do we really need one more cat-themed Tarot deck?” Well, maybe we don’t really need it, but if the result is as delightful as this one, how can you not appreciate it? Smile