The deck is produced by Lo Scarabeo with art by Franco Rivolli, an Italian illustrator who produces some of the world’s best pagan-inspired art. So the Elford-Rivolli team is going to be a powerhouse. The color palette was well thought out, as you can see above, and I love how Triple Goddess uses the structure of tarot to tell the story of the Triple Goddess, an archetypal motif found across many cultures, East and West, and not just in specific strands of pagan faiths.
The card backs are reversible and I love the blue hues, with the center dual triquetras encircled by the four phases of the moon. The blue can call to mind the sky or it can call to mind the water. Either way, it expresses the pagan and nature-based themes of the deck beautifully.
That being said, I don’t know if this is a good beginner’s deck because it doesn’t have card titles. I tend to recommend a RWS-based deck with card titles for beginners.
However, anyone with intermediate proficiency and beyond will work fluently with this deck. A lot of creativity and thought went into the deck and you don’t get regurgitated Tarot de Marseille, Rider-Waite-Smith, or Thoth clones here. Take, for instance, The Magician, or The High Priestess, The Hierophant, or Strength.
A point that the Triple Goddess Tarot stirred me to contemplate is the difference between a tarot deck created by someone with decades of seasoned tarot experience under her belt and her finger on the pulse of the tarot community versus someone who is not in touch with the tarot community at all and who read a little white book or two and then decided to create a deck. Not only do you see the difference in the approach to the symbolism of details, but you feel it, too. The Triple Goddess Tarot feels like experience. It feels like the product of mastery, arduous hours of study, and wisdom.
TRIPLE GODDESS TAROT