Tarot Deck Review: Mystic Mondays Tarot Deck
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Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel! 🙂 Today, I have another tarot deck review for you, and we are going to be talking about the Mystic Mondays tarot deck, which most of you probably already know, but I just wanted to give a review on it and talk about my thoughts. The Mystic Mondays deck was first published in 2018 by Chronicle Books, and its amazing artwork was created by Grace Duong. I really hope that’s how you pronounce her last name! The deck actually started out as a Kickstarter, but it’s so popular that you can buy it on Amazon now, or well, on their website, of course. And what I find really awesome, is that since a lot of people really enjoy this deck, there has formed an actual little community around the Mystic Mondays brand. You can get merchandise. You can purchase pins and prints. I think they have a notebook on their website, well, a journal. There even is a free Mystical Mondays app for iOS and Android. Which I really like. I’m going to put a little video clip right here so you can look at it. It’s very interesting. I love the design, you can pull a daily tarot card on there, and you can get information about all of the cards in the deck. I really enjoy the design of the Mystic Mondays cardboard box. The box is intricately designed, with holographic detailing on it. And it feels really luxurious in comparison to some of the flimsy packaging other decks come in. It is very sturdy, really protects the cards without being too big. The size of the Mystic Mondays deck is right in the middle. It’s a little bigger than the standard cardboard packages, but it wouldn’t take up too much space if you’d like to take it with you. The overall design is just gorgeous. It’s black with holographic detail that reflects in the light in a super pretty way. Also, here’s a little side note, which is kind of random. But when you first get the deck, the cards are stuck together pretty tightly. So I had to separate them, which I really liked doing. But it is a little extra step you have to make, in order to enjoy the cards. But I just wanted to show you a little clip of me doing that, when I first got the deck a couple of weeks or months ago. It was really relaxing. It was kind of like tarot ASMR, which I really liked. The guidebook that comes with this deck is seriously one of the best guidebooks I own. It is quite thick and gives very elaborate card descriptions, that I think are very useful and valuable. Especially for tarot beginners. What I like is that the guide book also offers interpretations for reversed cards, which is a nice little extra, and not every booklet does that. Each card is described with three keywords. And then there is a very elaborate text about each card. I like this because you can use this booklet to learn more about the cards, but you can also just use it as a kind of cheat sheet and quickly find keywords at first glance, without being forced to read the whole text. However, on the other hand, the guidebook doesn’t give an introduction. No explanations on how to conduct proper readings, and no other additional information. I find the very in-depth explanations for the cards make up for it. But if you are a complete beginner, you would definitely need some additional sources on how to go about everything, since there isn’t really an introduction to tarot itself. Okay, let’s talk about the Major Arcana. I really love the color scheme of this deck. The designs are super minimalistic on the one hand, but they are still extremely colorful and looking at them just brightens up my mood. All of the “people” cards in the Major Arcana, besides the Emperor, are represented by women. I really like the overall female empowerment vibe this deck giving off, without being too much in your face. That’s something I really enjoy. It’s a subtle little tweak to the original imagery, which is really nice. Throughout the deck, there are a few cards that have a little bit of nudity in them. But the ones that do, don’t really show much, actually. Breasts are covered by leaves, and nudity in lower regions are censored by the overall simplicity by this deck. Okay, let’s talk about the court cards. Within the court cards, I realized that the color scheme of the entire deck is a little bit jumbled. The color scheme of the Swords court cards is blue, which fits perfectly with the element of air, and the wands are red, because they represent fire. But all of the other court cards don’t really fit together. Generally speaking, I felt like especially the court cards felt a bit off within the stack. I would have preferred if at least all of the Kings and all of the Queens and all of the Knights and all of the Pages, which are called Princesses in this deck, had a theme to them, but everything is just kind of jumbled. Some of the figures look like modern-day businesspeople, some look like mystical fairytale figures, while, for example, the Knight of Swords actually looks like a Knight, whereas the Knight of Pentacles kind of looks like my basketball coach from elementary school. Of course, this is my personal opinion and it’s something I don’t 100% enjoy about this deck, but at the same time, it’s such a small detail that this shouldn’t keep you from buying this deck. Because other than that, I really like everything about the cards which I am going to talk about now. So the suits, just like the other cards, their design is super minimalistic, colorful, and abstract. I love the design of the cards, and I really enjoy how colorful everything is. The only gripe I have about the suits is that, just like with the Major Arcana, sometimes I don’t get why they didn’t stick to one theme of design. I’m sure there must be a reason behind this but to me, the whole deck would feel a little bit more put together if they had the same amount of detail or the same theme with every suit card. For every suit, there are some cards that include quite a bit of symbolism, which makes them pretty easy to read. Quite a few of the cards are based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. So if you are used to this, being able to read the cards will come easy to you, and this won’t be much of a hassle to you. But if you aren’t used to the symbolism or imagery of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, or you are generally new to Tarot, then there will still be quite a few cards that will be easy to read because the imagery on them makes sense or is more or less self-explanatory. But for every suit, there are a couple of cards that are so abstract, that you cannot possibly know what they stand for if you see them for the first time and have no experience with Tarot Some of the Wand cards simply show … well … wands. But nothing else. Without any other detail on them, not the slightest bit of indicator on the overall topic of the card. These kinds of cards still look super cool, and I still love their design, but they require you to actually learn their meanings, instead of basing your thoughts about your cards off of the imagery on the cards. However, unlike with the Ink & Intuition deck from last video, I do think tarot beginners could still try to learn the tarot with this deck. You can probably tell that I’m one of those people who do recommend starting out with the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. However, if you don’t want to do that, or if you want a second deck to accompany your Rider-Waite-Smith deck, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to pick this deck up. Of course, it will definitely be harder to learn the meanings of some of the cards, but the uniqueness, the color scheme, and the overall design of the cards, could really help you get your intuition flowing, if you’re willing to spend some extra time on studying those cards that are less detailed, or that don’t show anything in particular. So let’s talk about the quality of the cards. The cards, as well as the cardboard box they come in, are super high quality. The card stock doesn’t feel like other cards, because it is super thick and sturdy, and almost feels like vinyl something. It’s definitely coated with something. And I feel like they are pretty waterproof, I wouldn’t recommend you to put them in water, but I feel like they are very sturdy. The only thing I noticed, though, which to me is no big deal, but I thought I’d mention, is that some of the cards were cut quite poorly, so they have a white border on the back of them, which could be a bit distracting if you are someone that wants everything to be super tidy. Also the edges wear out after a couple of times of using the cards. I personally like this more used look on cards, but it is something to consider if you do not like it. The cards don’t really bend, and feel good in my hand. They are a little bit bigger than my RWS cards, but a little bit less wide, so I can handle them super easily in my smaller hands. They just feel good to the touch. They are very comfortable to hold. If you are reading reversals, then I guess it is important to note that the back of the cards does look a little different when reversed, but at the same time, it isn’t too obvious, and something my husband actually had to point out to me because I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. It’s a very small detail, which of course, if you know it, you will notice it, but I didn’t notice it at first at all. Other than that, you can fan out the cards quite easily on the table. They aren’t as smooth as other cards I own, but it’s still possible. The other thing I don’t really enjoy about these cards is that if you are holding them in a certain angle, and the light hits them at a certain angle, you will see greasy fingerprints and smudges on the cards. Which is because the cards are pretty glossy, so, yeah, you can see dirt on them, or grease, on them quite easily. Okay. So here’s my overall opinion on this deck. I really, really love this deck. Of course, there are some aspects I don’t fully appreciate, or some things that I don’t really understand, like the color scheme that only seems to be coherent in the suit of Swords and suit off Wands, but only in the court cards. This is something I don’t really understand, but Other than that, I really like this. The imagery is quite abstract and some cards don’t seem to have a real story to them, which could be confusing if you are only just starting out with the tarot, but at the same time, I don’t think that tarot beginners should stay away from this deck. I believe that having the Mystic Mondays deck as a second deck next to a RWS deck, could actually come in handy. If you do feel drawn to the design of and/or this if you are a visual learner, and bright colors help you learn, this could be an excellent deck for you. Though you have to be aware that it could take a little longer than with other decks to fully comprehend the meanings of each card, since quite a few cards aren’t based off the RWS deck. So they don’t have much imagery to them. If you are a beginner and you want to purchase the deck because you think that the abstract imagery on these cards wouldn’t be a disadvantage for you, then I’d say: Go for it! If you do think that you would struggle with that and you aren’t 100% confident in reading the cards, then I’d take some extra time to really think about purchasing this deck. The guidebook is super helpful and gives detailed information about the cards, but it doesn’t really tell you much about how to actually conduct a reading. Though, at the same time, there is still a lot of valuable information about the cards themselves, which makes up for it if you are okay with finding different resources, which I mean there are plenty of to find out how to conduct a reading. All in all, I personally am a big fan of this deck and it’s abstract imagery. I feel very drawn to it, and I highly recommend to at least give it a try, to see if this is the deck for you … aaaand … yeah, that’s it for today’s video. Thank you so much for watching. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this review and see you in my next video. Bye

Thank you so much for watching! Here are the time-stamps for this video:

00:17: General Information
02:58: Guidebook
04:14: Major Arcana
05:18: Court Cards
06:36: Suits
09:16: Quality
11:45: Overall Opinion

How do you like this deck? Do you find it too abstract or do you love the artwork? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below!

See you in my next video!

Love & Light

Another informative and stylish review! Your energy is so light and calm. For the colors, I related them to chakra colors, if that helps anyone. 😀 I think you are spot on in terms of the pros and cons of this deck. Thank you!

Great review! These cards look super sturdy and thick and I love that, I'm kind of looking for a deck that would be like that, but although I love the black back of the deck I can't get with the bright colors at all, it's very off-putting for me… If, like you said, there was more of a theme to the different suits, each majorly of one color then maybe, but the gradients and the abstract together just doesn't attract me at all…

I love the holographic edges on this deck! As you said though, I find it a little harder to read as a beginner since some of them are so simple. Also some of the colors are confusing if that makes any sense. Anyhow, lovely review and thanks for sharing! ☺️

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