We are at the onset of the holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year. With so many things to do, we tend to make lists so we stay focused and on track. I make several lists — of foods I want to make or buy, of the decorations I want to put up, people I send cards to, and those I’m getting a gift for. Gift buying or making is personal so I like to take inventory and decide what exactly I want to give them. But, sometimes we can get stumped.
A lot of families and work environments have a Secret Santa gift exchange where you draw a name out of a hat and buy something for the person. Maybe you got that unusual mystical, metaphysical, new age person and you’re not sure where to look for a gift because that scene is not your vibe. You can never go wrong with a Tarot deck. There are a plethora of different themes, so it’s a matter of finding a deck that you think will resonate with the recipient. The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot is one of those options and it’s stunning.
There is no question that we’ve all heard of and learned about Leonardo Da Vinci. This remarkable man was an artist, sculptor, draftsman, architect, inventor, visionary and engineer. In short, he was a genius. He lived during the Renaissance era yet his intellect, ingenuity, and inventions like diving suits, parachutes, scissors, and his flying machine affect us today. He made detailed sketches, drawings, and blueprints of his insights, ideas, nature, and artwork and it’s from these that the Da Vinci Engima Tarot Deck was influenced.
The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot comes in a fairly large box. It implies that the deck will be huge, but no, it’s a standard size. The accompanying guidebook is large, filling the size of the box it comes in. The deck has the usual 78 cards, plus two extra cards. One card shows all the images used in the deck and the other card shows the pattern if you join the cards. The onset of the book explores the enigma and shares some insights and history into Leonardo’s life. You will notice that they changed some of the names in the deck. So if you are a tarot fledgling, you will need to read the chapter ‘Finding Your Way” first so you can grasp these changes. Or you may choose to start with an unaltered deck instead.
Each card features a colorless image, background history, soul code, and what the upright, reverse and disconnected versions mean. Plus, you will see two questions under the title that will encourage you to ponder and reflect. The back of this book also shares an abundance of different spreads.
The backs of the cards have a lovely grey and burgundy design that form a pattern if you connect them. So each back is slightly different; I thought that was kinda cool. All the images on the cards are from drawings or sketches made by Leonardo, including unfinished pieces. I love this deck. It’s romantic, artistic, and beautiful. Any tarot lover will love to have this deck in their collection.
Disclaimer: I received products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.