It would appear that Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine have geared these cards towards the mainstream, and I’m sure that their target audience will be delighted with them. They have stayed safely within the usual perimeters of all the other Tarot and Oracle cards they have produced.
On the upside, the messages for each card is appropriate, according to the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, with words of wisdom described in a positive and uplifting manner. Howard David Johnson’s artwork is exquisite, very pleasing to the eye! He has captured the true feeling and meaning of each card in harmony with classic Tarot ideas.
Now, on the downside, there are two things that become immediately apparent upon observing the cards. The fairies are all depicted as humans, basically just people with wings or pointed ears, devoid of imagination to how fairies may actually look considering that they are Nature Spirits. Then, as with all of Doreen Virtue’s Tarot/Oracle cards (with the exception of Indigo Angel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue and Charles Virtue), they are lacking in racial/ethnic diversity. Most, but not all, of the figures presented are white and pretty with flawless pale skin. I counted approximately 136 figures in the deck, of which 11 may be considered non-caucasian…that’s approximately only 8%.
Having said all that, overall, the cards are enjoyable and safe. I take pleasure in occasionally using Doreen Virtue’s cards in my readings. But…just a huge suggestion (if anyone is listening) for future cards to be more diverse, as is appropriate in this day and age.