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Cat Tarot Deck and Book Set

Sealed in mint condition with plastic on it


Cats of all varieties, including lions and leopards, accompany the colourful Cat People in this deck for all those cat lovers out there. The artwork in the Tarot of the Cat People is beautifully done.


Tarot of the Cat People Review by Chris Norfolk

The Tarot of the Cat People is very much an unusual deck, for several reasons. The deck has at least one cat on every card (as it should!) making it different for a start, but also the style of Kuykendall’s artwork is unique. All the people in the cards have an Asian/Indian look to them, and the clothing is bizarre and in many cases the hair/headdresses (I can’t distinguish between the two on some cards!) is extremely strange, almost as if it came from the 70’s. But when you look at the cards and the whole way the images have been done, it looks quite good. Another interesting thing about the deck is the fantasy type story that accompanies the deck, in which each suit represents a kingdom and its people in some sort of parallel dimension called the Outer Regions, home to the Cat People, a race of humans that love, honour and even obey cats.

Each kingdom gets its name and its people’s name through a combination of the meanings that each suit (all traditional titles, Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles) entails and characteristics of the area and people that the cards of that suit depict. The Major Arcana show the people of Vapala, the Diamond Kingdom, whose inhabitants are called the Sky People. Swords show Thnossis, the Ruby Kingdom and home to the Fire People, Wands show Twahihic, the Emerald Kingdom whose inhabitants are called the Sand People, Cups have Azhengir, the Topaz Kingdom and whose people are known as the Salt People, and Kahulawe, the Sapphire Kingdom whose inhabitants are the Rock People have the suit of Pentacles. It is the people and their cats from these kingdoms and their lifestyles that form the basis for the symbolism for the deck.

 like this deck a lot due to the way in which the creator has given the deck an unusual theme of a fantastical world with cats, but has stuck closely to Rider-Waite style symbolism, and the way the cats themselves play a large part in the actual meanings of the cards, as they do in the culture of the humans shown in the cards. They don’t just happen to be there, which is the feeling I gotten from other decks that have used animals or other creatures as a theme for the deck. I particularly like the Knights of this deck; each one depicts a member of the Kingdom involved, riding a big cat native to that part of the Outer Regions instead of a plain old horse. For readings, this deck is a fun alternative to other Waite based decks, with enough symbolism to be useable when reading for others or yourself. There is a fine balance of fun with this deck, as well as seriousness. There are two title changes in the Major Arcana; the Hierophant is the High Priest, and Judgement has become Rejuvenation, but both cards convey the same meanings as before. Strength is number 11 and Justice 8.

A final word, if you were going to buy this deck, I would definitely recommend getting the deck-and-book set, as while the booklet is very detailed, the actual information that it gives on the cats and the Cat People is very limited, and the book provides even more insight into what goes on in the Outer Regions and what goes on there and in the cards, both with the people, the cats and in geographical terms, as it all adds to the symbolism and the fun of using this deck.

Complete Details of Tarot of the Cat People

Creators: Karen Kuykendall
Publisher: US Games 1985
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Mixed
Minor Arcana Style: Unique Scenes With Suit Symbols
Suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The High Prist, The Lovers, The Chariot, Justice, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Strength, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Rejuvenation, The World
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Stylized, rotational symmetric picture of two cats.
Companion Material: A LWB. A 179 pages companion book "Tarot of the "Cat People: A Traveler's Report".


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Cat Tarot Deck and Book Set

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