There are many "cat" theme decks out there and why not? Cats seem to have a air of mysticism about them. Their alluring eyes, the twitch of the tail, the long association with magic and as witches' "familiars".....
This is such a charming deck. What better representative of paganism than cats? Following in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, the illustrations are colorful and rich in symbolism. Suits are wands, chalices, swords and pentacles. This deck is the brainchild of Wiccan High Priestess and prolific author on all things pagan, Dorothy Morrison. Like all decks produced by Lo Scarabeo, the card label is printed in several languages along the upper and lower borders. This is is distracting.
The cat on the Temperance card is pouring water out of a fishbowl. But where, I asked myself, was the fire in the card? The cat is wearing a collar with a tag engraved with the alchemical symbol for fire. Then it struck me that the cat itself represents fire in this card. All the Kings are seated on emperor-style squares with animals engraved on the boxes that represent the element of the suit.
|Note alchemical elemental symbols on the cups in foreground.|
|Eight of Wands, a stone circle with the addition of a cup, pentacle and athame (sword)|