Seeing Through the Future
When one thinks of Tarot, they likely think of the many decks out there made up of 78 rectangular pieces of cardboard that are laid out in a spread and read in a linear sort of fashion. And for the great majority of decks, that is an accurate, if limited, description.
That is not, however, an accurate description of the unique and endlessly fascinating Transparent Tarot by Emily Carding.
This deck, published by Schiffer, first displays it’s uniqueness in the box that it is sold in. It is essentially a tray specifically designed for the cards with a clear, plastic covering. There are three sections to the tray, one for the book, one for a white spread cloth that is included, and one for the cards themselves.
The cards are a bit larger than a standard deck, making them a bit more difficult to shuffle for smaller hands, but you quickly get used to the difference. They are not, however, cardboard. Instead, they are made of a clear plastic with full-color images printed onto the plastic. They are see through, and that is where the wonder of these cards comes into play.
A reader can, of course, use them in spreads one by one just as with any other deck of Tarot cards, and will get wonderful readings with them.
However, The Transparent Tarot is designed for the cards to be used in layers. One, two, three or more cards right on top of one another. Because they are transparent, laying one card on top of another allows the reader to build a scene, creating a whole new image made up of the smaller ones.
Take, for example, three cards, which is an ideal number of cards for layering with this deck, the 4 of Swords, the Knight of Cups, and the 10 of Cups. The 4 of swords shows a person at rest. In this deck, it’s depicted as a person lying on top of one sword, with three swords pointing up above them.
The Knight of cups depicts a young man kneeling with a cup in hand, as if he’s presenting it to someone. And the 10 of Cups shows a couple holding up two cups as if in celebration with eight cups above them.
If I were doing this reading for a client, I might tell them that while their love life seems dormant and dull right now, they will be meeting someone who will surprise them, leading to a long-lasting and happy relationship. A good reading.
However, with this deck, you can go more in depth, layering the cards together, as said before, to see how the figures in the cards are interacting. Placing the Knight of Cups on top of the 4 of Swords, the Knight is slightly to the left of the figure in the 4 of Swords.
If we look at time as linear, which is how we experience it, the left is in the past. To me, this might indicate that the Knight here isn’t someone entirely new, but someone from the past, perhaps a friend or an ex-lover.
Adding the 10 of Cups on top of these two further emphasizes again changes the impression of the reading. This couple raising their glasses in toast seem to be somewhat at a distance from the Knight and the resting figure, indicating that perhaps they are watching the relationship, such as family or friends might.
With this new depth to the reading, I might tell my client that a person from the past, either a friend or ex-lover, will be re-entering their life in a romantic way, and that they will have the support of friends and family in this relationship.
The Transparent Tarot is an exciting and fun deck, and gives the reader a whole new way to find depth and meaning in every spread that they lay out for themselves, for friends, or for clients.