Journey of the Sacred Bee Tarot

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Title

Journey of the Sacred Bee Tarot

Subject

Bees
Sacred geometry

Description

78 cards + a small, softcover guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box with a magnetic flip-top.

A drawstring bag was also included; it is made of an unbleached burlap-type fabric with the deck's title stamped on the front. I also received a small enamel pin with my copy, which I've attached to the bag for safekeeping.

A paper "thank you" insert was included as well, noting that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the deck will go to the "Honeybee foundation." However, when I Google searched for it, it was unclear which Honeybee foundation is being referenced. 

The cards measure 7.7 cm wide x 12.9 cm long. (Page 81 of the guidebook gives the length as 5 inches, but after repeated measurements, I find them to be slightly over 5 inches.)

The cardstock is mildly flexible and has a very flat, matte finish, but is embellished with blue foil stamped bees on the card backs. The deck is edged in blue foil, as well. There's something about the feel of the cards in my hand that leads me to caution against riffle shuffling, as this could lead to accidental creases. 

The card back design is fully reversible.

Strength is VIII and Justice is XI. The Fool is numbered 0. 

The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Disks. The court cards are Princess, Knight, Queen, and King.

The minor arcana are semi-scenic, with occasional nods to the RWS, but not enough so to be easily readable.

On reflection, I mildly regret purchasing this deck. It's beautiful, but not usable. Every card gives me the same impression -- "pretty! bee!" -- rather than drawing me into a divinatory headspace.

Artistically, it is extremely consistent, competent, and thoughtful. It is lovely. It would look fantastic in Instagram photos. But it doesn't succeed as a tarot deck.

The bottom of the box notes that this is the first edition. This deck was initially marketed and funded via a Kickstarter campaign; I was a backer for one signed copy. Inside the flip top portion of the box, my copy is signed by the artist and numbered as #301 of 840. The deck itself is not signed.

Creator

Burton, Kelly

Publisher

Sacred Soul Productions

Date

2020

Format

78 cards

Language

English

Type

Other

Identifier

1st edition, signed, #301 of 840

Citation

Burton, Kelly, “Journey of the Sacred Bee Tarot,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed June 17, 2021, http://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/434.

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