Coming from an agricultural background I admit it interests me to see these "farming cards" come together. On the edge of the King we partly see a combine harvester and in the 7 we see workers in the background with a few tractors.
If I had to sum it up I'd say that the best deck for reading about work and job prospects is the Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot because much of the focus is on manual labour jobs. Yes, this deck does have more of a revolutionary / communist leaning than any of our other work due to the nature of the real life artworks we based the imagery on, but the amount of cards depicting work make it a great deck for reading about jobs, income and so on.
In the set of three cards below from the Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot, we see a water theme flowing through three of the cards. (Blog continues after the image)
Below we see the 6 of wands and the Temperance card, who just so happen to merge due to their brick walls.
The Art in the Chinese Propaganda Art mostly depicts a dreamy idealistic view of a communist China under Mao, and while many may disagree with the reality of the actual events of the Cultural Revolution during that time, this is a dreamy idyllic deck. It's overly optimistic because it is based on overly optimistic Propaganda. Lot's of smiley faces all round!
The Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot is not without its share of morbid cards, such is the nature of life and the time period the propaganda art is based on. Below we see the 4 of Swords combine with the 4 of Pentacles. In the 4 of Swords we see a barefoot doctor administer healing to a wounded soldier. I love this card because it combines a range of occupations; medic, soldier, and farmers (in the background). The card can combine with the 4 of Pentacles through the tree, where we see it branch into the pentacles card. In our card we see healing, even feeding through the bowl of water/soup/medicine, to starvation in the pentacles card connected to it.
Occasionally those concerns are deep. Some have deep emotional scars. Some have physical scars. We don't claim to be counsellors, but we supply the tools that help the counsellors in the same way a brick maker may not know how to draw out the blue prints for a house, but without him or her, the house simply wouldn't be.
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This is a great deck to pull out and read with when a client's issues can't be sugar-coated, and can't be ignored. Even the lovers card has an ironic twist with the lovers involved in a sort of "crash and burn" scenario. It's not a deck for everybody, and it wasn't supposed to be. Art is like food, or music; it’s a matter of taste. It also depends on what kind of clients you have and what way you conduct your readings.
A few people have called Twisted Tarot Tales an excellent tool for shadow work and working through personal issues.
Here's a video that we made earlier in the year when we released Twisted Tarot Tales.
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