Art decks vs Accuracy
There are a number of tarot decks I absolutely love - mostly because of the art. One of those, for example, is Charissa Drengsen's Steampunk Tarot, a prized member of my growing deck collection. Beautiful pearled paper, very interesting photo-collage artwork, all together a wonderful trip through 78 pieces of art. There is one observation I must make, however - many of the cards in my estimation don't really express any meaning, period. They're pretty/interesting to look at, but really don't say much. Of course, if you're an experienced tarot reader, this shouldn't/wouldn't matter as you know your cards; but if you're a novice, or a mostly intuitive reader relying on imagery, the lack of well expressed meanings is a shortfall of the deck.
I wrestle with this in my own deck creations - the decorative and pretty vs clear proscribed meaning. Sure you can and should have both in the cards, and many decks do deliver both of these. But what of the ones which don't? Even the famed Baba Studio decks sometimes have this shortfall - at least in some of the cards in a particular deck. Those cards will carry the deck's theme well, but not, in my opinion express a clear point of view - or at least not one which I recognize.
I still treasure beautiful art decks, though I don't find myself reaching as often for the ones which do not express clear interpretations in the imagery. Sure, I can read with any deck, but most often use the ones which deliver both beautiful form and imaginative, but clear, meanings.
I am an intuitive counselor and visionary artist who has studied and worked with Tarot for over 20 years. I am an avid collector of tarot art, as well as a creator. I am the creator of four oracle decks. I also have an extensive collection of tarot art images on Pinterest.com which you can enjoy.