Created by Kitty Kahane and Lilo Schwarz
Illustrated by Kitty Kahane
Published by AGM AGMuller Urania, 2006
78 Cards: 22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana
Card Size: 120 x 70mm
Suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Justice 8, Strength 11
When I first opened the Kitty Kahane Tarot and flicked through the cards I couldn’t help but smile. This is such a charming deck, it really is. This modernised Tarot deck brings traditional Tarot alive to produce what really can be called a Tarot for the 21st Century.
The unique illustrations of award-winning German artist and product designer Kitty Kahane have graced carpets, Rosenthal porcelain and books, among other things. Now she brings her vibrant, contemporary artwork to the world of Tarot and I’m personally very glad that she has.
The Kitty Kahane Tarot is largely based on the RWS system however it is not merely a Rider-Waite clone. Kahane’s unique visual language is quirky and whimsical and she brings vitality to the imagery on the cards to create a striking deck with its own distinct personality. There are also a few personal yet valid interpretations such as the Hierophant who we see surfing on a boat down the River of Wisdom.
The unusual colour scheme that continues throughout all 78 cards is as delicious as candy. Kahane’s striking palette of pinks, purples, greens, blues and yellow marry beautifully with her contemporary style. The card backs are just as lush as the fronts with an argyle patterned background and a sun and four flowers nestled within. It is not reversible.
The cards have been printed on high quality laminated stock that shuffle and hold up well. Also of high quality is the accompanying book. There is no LWB here, but rather a lovely little 56 page colour booklet entitled The Magic Mirrors of Kitty Kahane’s Tarot. Written by Swiss psychologist and Tarot expert Lilo Schwarz, the 56 pages are packed with information about the creators, the artwork, Tarot, how to learn, use and immerse yourself in the images and readings, seven varied 4-card spreads as well as insightful interpretations of each of the 78 cards. It is a little gem.
This is such a pleasant deck to use. The Kitty Kahane Tarot is quirky and fun yet is still a powerful divinatory tool. The deck brings out the inner child and every reading is an enjoyable yet insightful experience. I think many people will love this deck, particularly those drawn to all things whimsical. The Kitty Kahane Tarot is a sweet deck with a lot of pizazz. I recommend this deck to beginners and experts alike.
In the words of Lilo Schwarz “This tarot set awakens our sense of fun and uses it to draw us out of our shells back into our own creativity, into the realm of dreams and visions which instil meaning into our lives. All the secrets of our being are there to be discovered, each turn of the path opens a new landscape to be investigated. Kitty Kahane’s Tarot represents a compact but immensely powerful course in personal development: It stands out amongst the other decks like a poppy in a wheatfield.”
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