Thursday, March 29, 2012
This tarot set was manufactured by Greenbrier International, Inc. which makes a lot of the merchandise sold by Dollar Tree, including the suncatcher. I wasn't able to find a lot of info on the company, and I googled all different forms of "Greenbrier International Inc." with "sweatshop" and "environment" and "responsibility" but didn't come up with anything concrete (because you know from my previous posts that I really try to buy green when I can...)
One of the stranger things about this tarot set is that it is basically being marketed as a toy. I found it with all the other toys and card games, like Old Maid and Go Fish, and it's marked "age 6+." Upon opening the deck, I also discovered that beyond a few phrases on some (not all) of the cards, there are no instructions on the card meanings, and that to play the "game" means to do a tarot layout, which they vaguely describe in the pamphlet included.
Now, the bad news.
For starters, there is no information whatsoever (even on the cards themselves) for the pip cards. Just a picture of the suit and the number. Which would be fine if you already know the meanings of each card. You could even just look them up online or grab a book about tarot.
For some weird reason, they only included cards 1 - 7 in each suit. And, there is an ace card for each suit, which makes the 1 cards redundant, except that the ace cards are fully illustrated and have descriptions. The same is true with all the court cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page) for each suit.
* There is another interesting post on this deck and further ideas how to read it here: http://www.silverspiral.org/index.php/home/item/114-the-dollar-tree-tarot