I honestly can’t tell you what drew me to the Field Tarot, but I felt immediately connected to it just looking at it on Amazon. After I watched a YouTube where someone did a reading with this deck, I knew it was for me.
This Field Tarot review is designed to help you decide if this tarot deck is for you. I’ll discuss unboxing it, the artwork, the meanings of the cards, and comparison to the Rider-Waite deck. Let’s go!
The Field Tarot Deck
The Field Tarot is a wonderful study of color and texture, which helps to portray the dichotomy of life and everything we experience as humans.
Mountains, the sun, the moon, and the sky are all prominent features of the background of these cards. Many of the cards feature characters, a few feature animals, and some of them feature swords, coins, wands, and cups (as in the four suits).
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Unboxing The Field Tarot
When I first got the Field Tarot, I purchased it with the Spiritsong deck as well, and I opened them at the same time. I made a ritual of it, choosing to do it while my children were asleep for their naps and I could have silence and space.
When I first unwrapped the Field Tarot deck and opened the cards, I was immediately awash in very strong energy. The energy was objective, balanced, and honest, but a little more present and “in your face” than I was expecting.
I examined many of the cards and cleansed them with sage before use.
The Field Tarot Artwork
The artwork of the Field Tarot deck is absolutely stunning. It is simple, with lots of shapes of diamonds, triangles, and circles.
The shapes are usually textures that are cut very starkly and contrast the pattern or texture of what’s going on in the background. While I do have some art training, I’m not sure if there’s a name for this kind of technique. It gives a lot of depth and high contrast to the images, which is part of what drew me to the cards.
In addition to the card name, the primary keyword appears on each card.
My only criticism of the images on the cards is that because of the big sections of texture, many of the smaller details that are present in the Rider-Waite tarot are missing from these cards.
For example, many of the suit cards which had a full scene have been reduced to merely an image representing an idea. We are missing many of the facial expressions, castles in the background, running water, or other images that appear in the scene on the Rider-Waite deck.
Another thing I really like about this deck is that it feels like there is a decent representation of skin tones for the people on the cards. (Not perhaps a good representation of body shapes, however.)
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The Field Tarot Cards
The Field Tarot is a 78 card deck and is based on Rider-Waite, but with small variations.
The Page and Knight Cards
In the Rider-Waite tradition, the court cards are the Page, Knight, Queen, and King. Typically, the Page is a child of either male or female, and the Knight is a younger person (under 30) of either male or female.
In the Field Tarot, they chose instead to balance out the genders by having a Princess and Prince card for each suit instead. This has been done in other decks as well, with the Princess being the equivalent of the Page, and the Prince the equivalent of the Knight.
Justice and Strength
In the Field Tarot, the Justice card and the Strength card are reversed.
In the traditional tarot major arcana, Strength is card #8 and Justice is card #11. In this deck, they are switched, so Justice is #8 and Strength is #11.
I’m not sure why the writers wanted it this way except that perhaps they felt that the journey of the major arcana was better in this order.
The Hanged Man = Perspective
In this deck, the Hanged Man card (#12) is called “Perspective”. The basic premise of the card is the same: looking at things in a different way, and shining a new light on an old path.
The World = The Universe
Last of the changes in cards is the World card. In the Field Tarot, it’s called “The Universe”. Obviously, the premise is the same.
Interpreting the Field Tarot
I find interpreting the Field tarot to be pretty self-explanatory.
The guidebook has a short description for each card, followed by a few keywords. The keywords are plentiful, so it’s easy to be able to understand each card however it fits with the other cards as well as your own current circumstances (or your client’s).
The cards are clear and honest. I found that for my first 3 or 4 readings with this deck I had to look deep and really expand my horizons to understand what the cards were telling me.
Now that I’ve been using this deck for a few months, I know almost immediately what the cards are trying to tell me each time I draw! For any larger spreads that you use, it’s almost always immediately apparent the message or story the cards are trying to convey.
Once you’re familiar with this deck and it is familiar with you, you’ll find it so easy to work with!
This deck is very balanced, but even the negative cards tend to be shown in a way focused on growth or healing.
Even the implications of the more negative cards (such as Death, the Tower, and many of the swords suit) don’t seem scary at all with this deck.
For example, I drew the 3 of Swords (Sorrow) one day when I was feeling energetic and excited. I was starting my new teaching job and my son was starting his first day at preschool. We were starting at the same school!
I was quite confused for a while, until we arrived at school and I was sternly told by my son’s teacher that I was not allowed to drop him off in the classroom because our campus was closed to parents (due to COVID) and because the other students were not allowed to have parents in the classroom, I was kicked out!
I was understanding of the situation, but it made me realize just how much I was holding onto my son (and perhaps even babying him a little). This was the sorrow card! It was all an expression of love!
I’ve also had the Tower for small revelations of a spiritual nature. All good stuff!
Conclusion: My Field Tarot Review Summary
- Visually stunning
- Very balanced energy
- Great for beginners
- Clear and balanced descriptions
- Little knowledge of Rider-Waite is needed to get started with this deck, though it certainly helps
- Representation of skin tones
- Tells a clear story/message
- Some cards are simpler and lack the visual cues of the original tarot and can thus be a little more difficult to interpret
I love the Field Tarot. Each time I draw a card for myself or someone else, I know that I am drawing for our highest good and that I can truly trust the cards that I am being given.
Have you used the Field Tarot? What did you think about it?