I am absolutely in love with this deck. I don’t even have a cat. My mom has always had cats and still does but I’ve lived with only a dog for more than a decade. What I’m saying is that you may find this deck stunning even if you’re not a “cat person.”
Soul Cats Tarot comes in a large magnetic box with a gorgeous full-size, full-color guidebook. The card stock is pretty typical for a Llewellyn deck, but a bit glossier than, say, the Everyday Witch. The cards are borderless and the back shows a cat’s eye peering through foliage; the design is reversible.
Strength is 8; Justice is 11. All of the cards are fully illustrated, including the Minor Arcana (it’s thankfully not a pips deck). The minors seem to follow one cat through from Ace to Ten and the cats on the court cards seem to be the same cat or from the same family or breed of cats.
As there are cats rather than humans, issues like nudity and diversity don’t arise. There is a tiny nude Adam and Eve depicted on the chest of the Devil card, but they’re like the size of my fingernail not graphic or gratutious.
Who might like this deck? Anyone who loves cats. Anyone who loves the artwork. There aren’t any ugly images, and about the most unpleasant thing is a rodent has been killed by the cat on the Death card. There is nothing else objectionable in the deck, and there is a lot of cleverness and some really sweet cards.
Who might not like this deck? Anyone who groaned and said, “Not another cat deck for crying out loud!” Although, even if you did say that you still might want to take a look because it’s an especially beautiful cat deck. If you hate themed decks or you hate cats or you just can’t read cards that don’t have humans depicted, you might want to pass on this one.
Personally, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. It’s quickly moving to the top of my list of favorite decks.
Soul Cats Tarot
Leeza Robertson (art by Adam Oehlers)
Llewellyn Publications, 2022