Deck Review: The Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alysa Bartha

The Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori

Copyright: All images © 2012 Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha; All article rights © 2012 Sandie Worthy

When I was approached about reviewing this deck, my first impulse was to say Yes, I’d love to!  Why wouldn’t I?  I had read of the Sirian Mysteries, Starchildren, Indigos and Crystals and I was sufficiently intrigued to want to know more.  I began to read what the other reviewers had written about this new and mysterious deck.

They wrote, variously, of cards leaping, energetic pulses and an overwhelming feeling of love.  Such descriptions are de rigeur among writers of esoteric review, and I withheld judgement until I was able to experience the deck for myself.

When Patricia Cori, a leading new-age author, felt compelled to translate her vision into a tarot deck, she approached talented  metaphysical artist, Alysa Bartha.  The result of that co-creation can only be described as stunning.

The set comes in a very sturdy box, which will keep it secure for many years to come.  I was impressed by this, as so many kits are spoiled by their flimsy cases.  As a teacher, I prefer to keep my decks in their original boxes, so that my students can easily recognise the cards within.

The pocket-sized book says everything – in about 80 pages – that it needs to say,  without becoming verbose.  I love it – there’s enough to satisfy even inexperienced readers and still leave plenty of scope for the imagination to take flight.

Measuring a generous 4” x 6” and of substantial weight, the cards have a glossy finish which allows you to fully appreciate the stunning artwork.  Despite the size, I found that the cards rested comfortably in my small hands and, after a little while I was able to shuffle them quite easily.   And to be honest, I wouldn’t want to give up any of that extra space, this artwork demands a large canvas.

Although Patricia wanted to honour the rich heritage of tradition within the tarot, she also wanted to bring a fresh perspective to its ancient wisdom.

The deck retains its standard 78 cards,  comprising the Major Arcana with 22 cards and four suits of 14 cards apiece, but with some differences.  The Majors are quite easily recognisable, despite some name changes.  The suits have been renamed as Orbs, Flames, Chalices and Crystals.

It is the court cards that have undergone the greatest transformation.  Patricia wanted to encourage a more intuitive response to these character cards, which after all, confuse and confound the most experienced among us.

She deals with this by dispensing with the feudal structure of the court hierarchy and referring to them as People Keys, renaming them Seeker, Adept, Sage and Master.  In the companion book she reminds us of their nature.  They are personality traits, experiences, awakenings, indicators, situations and characters that influence our lives and spiritual progress.

Instead of defining each of the 16 personalities, she explains each of those four roles in general and asks us to consider their attributes in relation to the essence of their suits.

The 78 cards of this deck are beautiful, surprising, occasionally disturbing, at times confusing and always challenging.

Indigo bears the number 1, usually depicted by the Magician.  What magic and deep awareness lies within his eyes?  What gift does he hold forth?

The Higher Self, the second card of the Major Arcana, is usually called High Priestess.  She emerges from the water bearing a scroll.  Behind two darkened pillars, we see a multi-coloured universe filled with stars.

Seeker of Orbs attempts to gain control over her own thoughts, which manifest in a glowing orb of green light.  Around her is darkness, but she is quite focused upon the light of her own knowledge.

Look how she has grown and learned from the dull leaden thoughts that surrounded her in the 9 of Orbs.

The Shadow – a spider’s web is all that stands between the two figures and their own freedom, a gossamer threaded web, spun perhaps from the ego’s selfish desires and fears.  How much more expressive is this than the usual depiction of the Devil?  For aren’t we all, at some time, bound by our own doubts and obsessions?

Six of Crystals, in which a beautiful young woman sits upon one side of the balance.  Her white robes express purity, as she offers a perfect pink rose to an outstretched pair of hands.  Do you understand the nature of her gift?  Can you perceive the harmony within the balance of this image?

Five of Orbs.  You will not like this card.  It has a quiet brutality that goes beyond reasoned thought.  It is the faceless thief of power.  This image is disturbingly honest; I have never seen this archetype expressed so accurately, nor have I ever understood it so well.

The real power of this deck is its ability to bring about an intuitive response in the reader.  Read the book, of course, for it contains a wealth of information.

But all knowledge must be tested with understanding.  All lessons must be absorbed, evolved, tried, tasted, tempered with one’s own experiences, compassion and awareness.  Thus is wisdom born and shared.

I cannot do this deck justice in a nine hundred word review.  For the student of the tarot, it offers a unique and fresh perspective upon the ancient wisdom of our art.  For the seeker, it is another step upon the path.  Gaze into and beyond the images, for who knows what wonders lie within this beautiful tarot.  This is more than a tarot, it is a tool for awakening the sleeping Starseed within us all.  Enjoy the journey!

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

Copyright: All images © 2012 Patricia Cori and Alysa Bartha; All article rights © 2012 Sandie Worthy

 

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3 thoughts on “Deck Review: The Sirian Starseed Tarot by Patricia Cori, illustrated by Alysa Bartha

  1. If you have found this article interesting, please leave me a message here! I love to chat with fellow tarot enthusiasts. Whether you are an experienced taroist, or just beginning your journey, we all have lessons to learn and teachings to offer. Brightest Blessings – FS x

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading what you had to say about the Starseed Tarot and found it very interesting. I haven’t had the time yet to really explore it myself but I do think the images are amazing. What is your favourite card in the deck Freespirit ? I did notice though that in the Ace of Orbs there is the face of a tiger in the sea next to the dolphin. It looks as though its intentional but I am not sure what it means. Any ideas?
    Blessings x

  3. What is my favourite card?

    At the moment, I think it has to be Reflection. If I gaze into the image, I can see so much more than at first glance. Isn’t that the nature of reflection and the seeker’s path? To look behind the veil of the obvious world and find reflected within all manner of treasures. I find it very deep.

    Now, I’m really glad you noticed the tiger in the sea! Fascinating, isn’t it? I’m not sure whether this one was put there deliberately, or whether he just turned up. You will find more faces and extra images, some were put there and some surprised the artist herself!

    For me, the tiger represents the awesome power of our own thoughts; this ability we have to breath life into our dreams and to manifest our own realities.

    The tiger lies beneath the surface, he is the raw potential of the intellect. We each come into these physical bodies with the ability to shape events and no matter how impotent we may, at times feel, we all have the power of these incredible human brains to help us shape the world closer to our heart’s desires.

    Blessings – FS x

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