The Slow HolLer Tarot Deck: A Review
Folk say you should only work with decks which are given to you…
Folk say only the ones which come to you are the ones you will ever bond with for real. I am not a particularly superstitious person, and the path I followed to get into Tarot was so twisty, secondary and bumpy that I bought myself the decks I first practised with (Rider Waite Smith, Serpentfire Tarot and The Wild Unknown Tarot). I bonded with them, I learnt with them. And I barely ever used the minimal and cryptical Marseille deck my mum bought for me when I was 16.
Then I won the Slow Holler in an Instagram giveaway by Moondust Darling. It came to me; it was shipped to me from Tacoma (WA) to my home in Bristol (UK). It's hard to describe to anyone who does not read Tarot or Oracle decks the feelings that unboxing a new deck can awake in you. The thrill, the discovery, the first moment of bonding…
The Slow Holler Deck is nothing if not a unique project. The result of community work by the Slow Holler Collective. This group of Southern- and by Southern, I mean USA Southern- ‘fluid group of creative people and makers. We hope to be a platform for making/doing/catalyzing/organizing and sharing creative projects. We are based in North Carolina and The South and all over.' (http://slowholler.com/about-slow-holler/)
I received the deck on April 12, and I am still working through it. That is my process, I get a new deck, and I work with it solidly and solely for months. I pull a card (almost) every morning, I journal, I read with it… The Slow Holler is wise, raw, multi-layered, modern and ancient at the same time. This deck is powerful. Powerful with an energy that transpires in her colours, her images and the words of the Little Black Book that accompanies the deck. I once said this book was making me a better Tarot reader, and a better person. The subtle deep levels of wisdom unfolding in the just the few paragraphs explaining each card are mind blowing and probably the reason I am still ‘learning' this deck. I am savouring it; it humbles me as a reader with every card I pull.
This is a deck for people not afraid to seek without and transform within. This is not a fluffy, comforting deck. But believe me, if you decide to step into its dark and profound medicine this deck, will, ultimately, bring much-needed comfort and transformation.
I know this deck was granted to me, I know the bonding was strong from the first moment. But, believe me, Slow Holler Tarot deserves this praise in all her beautiful right. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece and a revolutionary addition to the Tarot legacy.