In this article, we are going to take a look at one of the decks I have had for quite a while, the Akashic Tarot by Sharon Anne Klingler & Sandra Anne Taylor. This is an adaptation of a standard tarot deck, with a different number of cards to the traditional set. Therefore, it is slightly different to get used to, but that is part of the joy, in our opinion.
We will go through the deck and take a look at how it is set out, including the book, the meanings, and how it may all fit together for the perfect addition to your collection.
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The Akashic Tarot Deck Overview
This specific deck contains 62 cards and a guidebook. While some people can use all types of reading cards without a book, it is always handy to have one so that you can reference it if you ever need to.
The guidebook and cards are all the same size (3.5 inches wide by 5 inches high), so they fit into the box nicely.
(Believe it or not, I do have one or two decks that have a different-sized guidebook, which means they kind of slosh around in the box).
First printed in November 2017, these are not the newest cards available. However, they do have a different feel to them than a lot of other cards, given the design and layout of the cards.
The theme of the cards has an old-time feel to the artwork, and some with a more mystical element to them, too. All of this beautiful artwork is attributed to Cheri Polk and Emiliano Villani, while the design of the cards is thanks to Nick C. Welch – all very skilled in their areas.
And honestly, you can tell. You kind of get the feeling of looking out of an old train window at different scenes from around the Akashic world.
Akashic Tarot Card Descriptions
Within the 62 cards, you get a Major and Minor Arcana, in the same way as you do with a standard tarot deck. However, here you get:
- 22 Major Arcana
- 4 suits, each comprising 8 standard cards (1-8) and 2 court cards (Queen and King).
The four suits are:
We will go through the suits and their meanings in the next section.
The first thing that I want to look at, as it is almost a comparison to the Rider Waite deck, is the meanings of the suits.
In the standard set of Tarot, you expect the suits to have the following meanings:
- Wands – Creativity, inspiration, and action.
- Cups – Emotions, relationships, and intuition.
- Swords – Intellect, challenges, and decision-making.
- Pentacles – Material wealth, practicality, and abundance.
In the Akashic Tarot deck, the suits are as follows:
- Roses – Relationships, emotions, families, children, homes, personal and inner conflict
- Scrolls – Mind, communication, and study.
- Keys – Values, wealth, success, worth, abundance, career, authority, confidence, achievement, and power.
- Forces – Energy, consciousness, and natural law.
- The Major Arcana references the spirit, the inner soul, the higher self, and the divine source.
One of the great things about this deck is that the cards are numbered and named. It is not often that you see a tarot deck
with names alongside the numbers. You would usually get the 1 of pentacles, for example. However, in this deck, you get a number and suit, followed by a name.
E.g., 1 of Scrolls – On Track.
That makes intuitive reading and finding the meanings in the book much easier and more manageable.
Both sides of the cards have a matte finish, so they are not too slippery when you are handling them. All of the designs on the cards are well thought out, with an element of digital art and what seems like photography. However, I am unsure if it is actual photography, which only increases the allure of the cards.
If some of the people in the cards are digital, drawn art, I am even more impressed by them than I would normally be.
The card stock is thick and durable, and the box is amazingly strong, which will help you protect the cards and book. Therefore, these are long-term spiritual investment.
Having a guidebook is a great yet common addition to any deck of spiritual cards. While some books only have very brief messages in them that you have to interpret, the messages in the Akashic Tarot book are well thought out.
The book provides you with an insight into the Akashic world, how to access the Akashic records with the cards, and why this deck is different to other tarot.
Furthermore, the book goes into depth about what each of the suits and the Major Arcana focuses on before telling you how to use the cards and spreads to use.
When you have finished a spread, the book is a simple yet resourceful addition that makes it easy to understand. You get about 2-3 sides of writing for each card that tells you what the card means in the upright and reversed position, with an added Akashic force section for further insight.
It really is quite an all-in-one pack for beginners and advanced.
Akashic Tarot Deck Review – Suitability and Intuitiveness
There is no doubt that these cards are very suitable for people who are just starting with card readings. The names of the cards and the book explanations go above and beyond expectations. However, the artwork and symbolism throughout the deck also make it a very easy deck to read intuitively for more advanced readers, too.
The Akashic Tarot deck also has a very old-time feeling, which brings a feeling of peace and serenity that is uncommon with many.
Truth be told, I did myself a 3-card reading (past, present, and future) for this review, and all three cards were extremely accurate and focused on something very significant in my life.
Price and Availability
The price on the back of the box is:
- US $21.99
- CAN $28.99
The price at the moment is exactly the same when you look on Amazon – well worth the price.
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Personally, I really like the deck. The guidebook helps you make sense of the Akashic records without sending you into a spiral of need to learn more. However, it leaves enough open for the intrigue to guide you.
Many of the reviews on Amazon share my personal feelings about the deck, which only cements my thoughts that this is a great deck for beginners and advanced readers.
No matter whether you are a newcomer to the world of cards or have some knowledge of Tarot or oracle cards, this deck is a great intermediary between the two. I think that it is something that many people should take a look at.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many cards are in the Akashic Tarot deck?
What is the theme or concept of the Akashic Tarot deck?
It is a spin on the traditional Tarot, made to feel slightly more like oracle cards.
Can this deck be used by beginners?
Where can I purchase The Akashic Tarot deck?
Amazon (paid link) is the best place. However, some book retailers may still sell it.
Are there any limited edition versions available?
Is a guidebook or interpretation guide included with the deck?