Crysalis Crystallized:

Crysalis Tarot:

I received the Crysalis Tarot as a present a few weeks ago and had been looking forward for some time to look at it and work with it. Finally that time came 🙂

I was quite sure, that I would like this deck; it features many Animals and Nature in the Minors – and yes, I quite like the Minor Arkanas.

But I do have quite a few problems with the Mayors.

Here is the first and biggest:

Merlin

Merlin as the Hero/ Fool and a “divine Child” as the Hierophant!??

Now in her website

http://www.chrysalistarot.com/

the deck creator talks at lengths about, why she made that choice and it sounds all plausible enough, but for me personally, it just does not work.

It is a mayor stumbling block.

I however could live just fine with an androgynous Divine Child as the Hero/ Fool and wise old Merlin as my Hierophant!

And so my very first act with this deck became to exchange and re-position these 2 cards and change the wording on the cards.

Done!

Happy now?

Well Let’s see:

Oh, what is That???

2 Ravens as the Magician?

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OK: Hugin and Munin – – and Odin’s Eye is on Igdrasil, the Tree of Wisdom. OK, that is different, but I like it!

Iffff only there were more cards like this, abstract, making you think, but sadly, this one is a stand alone one – at least in the Mayor Arkana. – Leaving through this deck as a whole however, the Raven card come across as if one of the Minors by accident got stuck with the mayors.

Next we have a Sorceress, a young girl with flowing tresses sitting by a cauldron.

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Isn’t she a bit young to already BE a Sorceress?

The LWB introduces her as Morgana Le Fay. Morgana certainly is ageless, but to portray an archetype like her as a teen in a Gypsy outfit?

Sure, there is a Crow with her. Sadly my Crow has a printing mistake – there is no colour on the paper, where her head is …… To me that also points to > no Power<

A few years ago I had a very powerful vision about Morgana Le Fey an I think because I “have seen her”as a lady in her 40ties, beautiful, decisive and wise, gathering the souls of fallen soldiers – of our time- I can not see Morgana in the image presented on this card. My bad.

Next in line is Gaia, the Empress – when she was about 11 years old.

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Iffff this one were pregnant now, a crime would have been committed.

Can I live with Gaia’s pubescent innocence?

She does have a cornucopia of abundance with Birds, Snails, Cacti, Butterflies and Flowers around her.

I will have to look towards the little Mouse on the bottom of the image to find an answer to the questions I would liked to ask a more mature Gaia in her womanly/ motherly power

Next is the Green Man as the Emperor! Yaaaaay! I like him!

 

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A wonderful Archetype overlooking the Wren, the king of the Birds in Celtic lore and legends, and his nest.

Remember, in MY deck Merlin comes next, as the Hierophant. The image I quite like and the Cat, a being that can have 9 lives and 9 wisdoms is befitting more for a Hierophant than a Fool. I personally had Merlin figured more as a “dog man”, but – what do I know… I will have to ask him about that 🙂

 

6 - Lovers

Merlin and “Murseka” also appear in the Lovers card! Together with an array of other Animals:

Rabbit – fertility

Owl -wisdom

Stag – virility

Sheep – sacrifice

Horse – the Journey

And last but not least the Lovers themselves beneath a mighty Tree of Life.

Again VERY young people are shown.

On is a girl for sure.

The other?

Could be either.

I do like that.

But how would a guy, a male reader like this card?

Maleness is represented by good oooold Merlin and the Stag.

Would that be “enough”

How would a gay guy feel, when neither lover is shown as clearly male?

All of a sudden a voice in my head says:

This is a girly girl deck!”

I am stunned!

I start to loooook through the images of the Mayors to find strong male archetypes. Charterers that show maleness – maybe even just a little “sex-appeal” for good oooold me and other woman readers – and for the guys that love guys…..

In the Mayors I am finding – yes, Merlin, I know

and the Green man as well as Herne the Hunter in the position of the Chariot. He looks like a shaman Elder with his white goat face –

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Papa Legba as Strengths is sort of in his 40ties and so the only guy in the Mayors that is shown as fully human and NOT a grizzled Elder.

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He is also a lonely character, a Vodoun/Voodoo Llwa among mostly Celtic archetypes…… Some of his cohorts however are to be found in the 3 of Mirrors

While having written all these somewhat critical words a biiig nasty thunderstorm came up and bloooows out the hydro= electricity supply to the house!!

= the wrath of the Gods and the deck creator – so I better stop for now.

To be continued ….. in better weather, when the Gods cooled down a bit!

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