Deck Name: Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot (3rd Edition)
Creator(s): Dame Darcy
Publisher & Year: Self-Published, 2018
When I was little, I used to fantasize about growing a mermaid tail and, when my best friend at the time would come over to go swimming, we would talk about what our mermaid tails would look like. I would be lying if I said this wasn’t still a fantasy! When the new edition of Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot popped into my mailbox, it brought back so many childhood memories of wishing I was a mermaid.
The Dame Darcy Mermaid Tarot is gorgeous, no doubt! There has been some talk over the art on some of the cards in the past editions that were heavily inspired (some were nearly clones) of another deck and this was something I wanted to look at when the deck landed in my hands. As an artist myself, it was important to me to mention this factor in the review. All of the cards in question have been changed, minus three cards from what I can see (Ace of Cups, Queen of Swords and the Sun). While I’m glad the other cards were redone and it was clear that the artist understood this concern, I do wish the others would have been changed as well. If you are curious what all this is that I’m talking, please feel free to do your own research.
The cards measure average size at: 2.75” x 4.75”
I absolutely adore the color palette that Dame Darcy works with in her art. It’s muted and subtle, yet bold and bright at the same time. I’m pretty sure she works with watercolor in this deck and it’s inspiring!
One card I especially loved is the 4 of Swords, where we see a person resting their head in a patch of seagrass. I get such a relaxed feel just looking at this card, between the colors and the serene look on the person’s face, it’s just a really neat perspective and I like how she illustrated this card.
Another favorite card in this deck comes from the 9 of Swords, this was one of the several cards that were redone for this 3rd edition and I love how it turned out! For being a newly added card, it blends in very well with the other cards in this deck. Slipping into this mermaids fins, I too would feel stressed out and worried over being hunted down – what a nightmare!
Lastly, I really wanted to include The Fool card in my list of favorites! It’s such a cheeky card and I adore the “ha ha ha!” written at the bottom. Just like the Fool, this mermaid is no exception, she just wants to be carefree and have fun!
CARD STOCK + SHUFFLING
When I opened the deck for the first time, I was instantly reminded of the Spolia Tarot’s cardstock. While it’s not the same, it’s pretty damn close and that made me happy! I really love the feel of the cards, it’s like a matte satin finish and the cardstock in general is generously thicker than the previous two editions of this deck from what I can remember. As a riffle shuffle lover, it is a tad bit tricky to bend the cards fully but I can still get in some great riffle shuffles with this deck, enough to make me content.
As mentioned earlier, I really love the color palette that Dame Darcy works with. Some of the cards really pop in color, while some remain very muted and muddy (in a good way). The cards in general are all edged in a matte gold gilding, which I find blends in really well with the new tan borders. I will say, I really loved how the borders looked on the last two editions, no two borders were alike and it reflected the indie quality of the deck well. I’m pretty pleased with how the deck flows now though with all uniform borders. Either way, I’m loving it!
The card backs remain the same from the previous editions, so no change there. The colors are bold and I love the design, the backs are perfect if you use reversed cards in a reading – no telling which way is upright or not.
GUIDEBOOK + PACKAGING
One thing I quickly noticed was the upgraded deck box! The new box features a magnetic closure and opens like a treasure box, I love when decks come with boxes like these. It’s sturdy and stays closed well!
The deck does not come with a guidebook, but there is an artist card in the deck mentioning where you can download one from on her website. I will note that the guidebook is very general and not very specific to this deck, meaning it doesn’t touch base on the imagery of each card but will work with any tarot deck that follows closely to a RWS card system. For someone who is just getting this deck as their first, it’s a great starting guide!
All in all, I think this new edition was beautifully done. It seems a lot more attention and care was put into this edition with the card art changes, box design and newly added gilded edges. I’ve been reading with this deck for a little while now and I really love how it reads for me, it’s been a go-to for my daily draws lately and I’m not mad, haha! The heavily mermaid theme doesn’t take away from my day to day reading at all, I don’t feel that it’s hard to interpret the cards at all. It’s a great addition to my deck collection for sure!
Artist Website – https://www.damedarcy.com
Buy the deck – http://www.etsy.com/shop/DameDarcy