Uh, because, mermaids. Duh.
I was given the Oceanic Tarot deck to review from Cico books and, therefore, *squeee*. The Oceanic Tarot deck is how it sounds: ocean themed. The author scuba dives and their work reflects their love for the ocean. It’s no surprise that this is the theme of the deck. Her love for the ocean shines through the cards.
The deck comes in a very sturdy box, made to be proudly displayed. The box opens from the side, a cute feature that I haven’t come across yet. I still can’t get over how cool the box is. It now lives beside my Beautiful Creatures deck.
Let’s talk about the book
The booklet that comes with the Oceanic Tarot deck is more than a LWB (little white booklet). It’s just as much a work of art as the deck is. A female mermaid reaching up to the sky is displayed on the matte cover: “Oceanic Tarot: Discover the Secrets and Wisdom of the Sea.” The Oceanic Tarot LWB is in full color and the size of a small, square book.
Each card, the author explains, has both an “easy meaning” and a “quick advice.” Those two features make the deck ideal for a beginner and a one-card drawing. Practical tips are included, covering imprinting your energy to reading the cards.
How one begins to read the cards follows in the next section. That part of the book goes step-by-step to guide the beginner through the cards. For instance, the Oceanic Tarot book suggests that you start by setting your intention, and addresses the idea that no one else is to touch your cards. Following that, the author outlines some simple spreads, and then spreads that are more complicated. I, personally, won’t be at the point where I can do those anytime soon.
How the book makes reading so simple
The LWB follows other decks in the sense that it gives the basics generally in the same order as others. However, the author adds not only the basic introduction for Tarot, but also suggestions on how to read the cards. You’ll find in the next section that there is a basic something or other that the author includes in the cards.
For the ease of the reader, the author lays out the Oceanic symbols for each suit in a chart. She also goes on to give a one word key term from Ace through Ten by the numbers. I found this incredibly beneficial for the beginner because it’s a guide through the cards that still allows your intuition to prosper through the reading. Another feature of the Oceanic Tarot in the LWB for the minor arcana is that there are meanings for “you” cards. Those cards are the o=positions of a spread that reveal you and your current situation.
The Oceanic Tarot cards
The cards are meant to stimulate your intuition. I’ve heard that the proper way to read Tarot is by using your intuition rather than memorizing the meanings. I appreciate the simplicity of the cards. The Oceanic Tarot deck, much like the Under the Roses Lenormand deck, has little else going on in the background of the major arcana. I mention only the major Arcana because the minor arcana are simply the number of the suit with a generic background.
The Oceanic Tarot deck’s Minor Arcana at first disappointed me. I wanted to see more artwork than what it was giving me but I quickly learned that the lack of unique pictures didn’t detract from the cards. At the bottom of every card, both major arcana and minor arcana, have a keyword. I absolutely love that. For instance, the King of Cups’ keyword is “understanding.” The book goes on to say that the King can be distant sometimes. By the look on his face I could tell that he was out of focus, transfixed by some thought he had.
The illustrations of the cards is simple water-works, unlike the Tarot of the Night or Tarot Gothica. This is simple and doesn’t try to make the pictures seem realistic. The artist embraces what she’s good at and it works well with the cards. In fact, I don’t think more “realistic” (for lack of a better word) illustrations would look as good as this. Whereas Tarot Gothica looks like a picture taken on a camera, the Oceanic Tarot doesn’t try to pretend to be something it’s not.