Merry Day Tarot

I’ve owned the Merry Day deck for years, but honestly, I’ve never been able to read with it.  I think it’s because the imagery is so varied and there’s so much detail packed into each card’s drawing.  But so many people love the Merry Day Tarot that I’m sure I’m in the minority.

Above all else, the Merry Day Tarot is a nature themed deck, drawn with heavy fantasy elements.  Merry Day is also a multi-cultural deck, with figures of all races pictured and a definite Native American influence.

Numerological values are also assigned to each card, and if you’re not familiar with the system, the numbers become a bit confusing.  Keywords are also written on the bottom of each card, which is a personal gripe of mine.  For beginners, though, keywords might be useful and welcome.

The symbolism is drawn from Rider-Waite, but there are changes in the naming and interpretations of the cards in both the Major and Minor Arcana.

Seasonal and elemental/alchemical correspondences are assigned to some cards as well: The King of Pentacles is the Winter King, while the King of Swords is the King of Air.  The Knight of Cups is the Water Warrior; the Knight of Wands is the Summer Warrior.

Aces are replaced with elemental/alchemical Dragons and Pages have become Elementals, as in a mermaid or a unicorn.

Changes in the Major Arcana include one I love, Death into Metamorphosis, pictured as an eagle flying with a phoenix.  Trump 10, the Wheel of Fortune is drawn as Lady Destiny with the keywords ‘Karmic Activator,’ but the interpretation remains nearly the same as a traditional deck.

The artist’s style complements the fantasy/nature theme well, with bold colors and figures that often appear elven.  The cardstock itself is rather thin, but after several years of occasional use have not deteriorated much.

If you love extra information in your Tarot decks and art that overflows with symbolism, chances are you’ll love the Merry Day.  If you’re coming to Tarot from another occult background, such as astrology, numerology or Quabbala studies, the correspondences on the cards might prove more helpful than not.

Artist: Louisa Poole

Publisher: Mill House McCabe, Inc. Salem, MA.

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