The Sakki-Sakki Tarot by Sakki-Sakki
Review by Gavin Pugh
This is the first independently-published deck I've owned. At $39 (£22), it costs a little more than I usually spend, but after reading a highly motivating review by Mary K Greer and seeing the images on the website, I thought it worth it, especially considering free universal postage is included.
The delivery was excellent (after an initial hitch) and I canít fault the service (I received a heartfelt and warm apology as my deck was delayed due to a processing error). The deck itself arrived in a jiffy type bag wrapped in bubble wrap. I would have preferred a box, as it did get a little squashed in transit. This might be an issue for collectors. Iím not a collector, although with over thirty decks you could make the argument.
On first opening the cards, I wasnít very impressed. I think this was due more to me being half asleep and not the cards themselves. The images Iíve seen online did seem more vibrant and animť in style. So I put it down, being a little bit disappointed. I started reading through the little white book and saw The Artist's Path Spread which dared me to try it.
It hit the nail on the head, to use a clichť. We made an instant connection, something that rarely happens when I get a new deck. This is definitely a talker. Itís not like the Liber T: Tarot of the Stars, another recent purchase, which is definitely more guarded and secretive.
The Sakki artist definitely has her own brand, which can be seen not only in this deck, but in posters, magnets, and prints which are also available for purchase. Confidence comes across in the boldness of the cards, not only in their design, but in the characters of the people in the cards. They are mostly headless; at least in the minors. This is because they ĎÖare abstract and idealised, making room for the individual reader and querent to fill in the details.í This isnít as disturbing as it sounds.
The cards themselves stick more or less to the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) imagery, like the crossed swords on the Two of Swords or the coin hugging on the Four of Coins. Those that use the RWS suggest its counterpart rather than recreate it and those that donít, like the Ten of Coins, donít stray too far.
One card that makes me laugh is The World, which is also the card on the front of the box. To me this card looks like a man in drag. I donít think that was the intention. Itís not mentioned in the little white book, but that might change when the full-blown companion book is released. I doubt it, though.
This is a 79-card deck. The 78 cards stick to a now-standard format with Eight as Strength and 11 as Justice. The 79th card is The Artist, which represents the artist in each of us. The 80th card is the title card, but also doubles as an Astrological Reference Card. Which is handy for the astrologically-challenged, like myself.
The card meanings are drawn from ĎÖ colour, archetypes, Astrology, the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and personal symbolism.í The little white book is well thought out and packed with information on the above list, well, as much as you can fit into 43 pages. This is one reason that the prospect of big book is so exciting. It shows that a lot of thought has gone into the cards' design and meanings.
In fact, there has been a lot of thought put into this deck as a whole from the padded envelope (which has stamps on it), the box (which is cleverly folded, so no glue, and a stamp saying itís a limited edition with a hand written number and signature), the detailed little white book, and then the cards themselves.
You have to look hard to know that itís a hand produced set. In my set, the little white book has been cut slightly wrong putting the text at a slight angle, and the back of the Knight of Rods has a bit of the back missing from when it was popped out the printing sheet.
But then nothing is perfect.
I forgot to mention the slip around the cards says ĎGood Karmaí and the lip of the box which reads, 'Come on let's play.' With words and cards like these, you canít help smiling. For the care and attention that has gone into it, Iíd recommend this deck to beginners, enthusiasts and collectors alike as each group will be able to gain something from these cards.
Read other reviews of this deck here and here .
Click here to see a sample reading with this deck.
You can read an interview with the deck creator here.
You can see more cards and purchase the deck directly from the artist here.
The Sakki-Sakki Tarot by Sakki-Sakki
Published by: Mpress
Images © 2004 Sakki-Sakki
Review © 2004 Gavin Pugh
Page © 2004 Diane Wilkes