The Wild Unknown: My All Time Favourite Deck

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The first time I saw this tarot deck was on Tumblr and I never really thought that I could get it here in Malaysia until I tried my luck on Kinokuniya. I was so excited when I arrived I didn't know what to do with myself. hahaha
It took me a while until I finally decided to whip them out for a reading because the cards were so beautiful and I didn't want anything to happen to them. Now that I've had this deck for more than a year and have done countless readings with it, travelled with it, and took lots of pictures of the deck, I am finally ready to write my review.



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The Packaging



This is what the deck looked like right out of my package. It came with a beautifully made box that was matte and felt really good under my fingers. I couldn't stop running my hands over the box but I eventually stopped cause I was scared of leaving fingerprints. I even washed my hands before I handled the cards. 😂😂😂


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The Art, Design & Quality



The art on the Wild Unknown tarot deck was inspired by nature, which is why you will a lot of flora and fauna elements included in both the Major and Minor Arcana. The backs of the cards have this kind of snakeskin-like pattern on it so it's hard to tell which cards are upright or not when they're face down in a reading. I tend to eye decks which have indicators like the Llewellyn tarot deck and consciously try to prevent any reversed cards from appearing in my reading. If you're like me, this deck will definitely prevent you from doing that. 

The cards are made of thick cardstock so if you like to riffle shuffle your cards, it might be a little difficult. Plus, why would you even want to riffle shuffle this deck is beyond me.

One thing I don't like about the deck is some of the imperfections you can see on the card backs. It was brand new but I think some of the cards stuck together and got damaged when I tried to take them apart. Thankfully, I have a horrible memory so I don't remember which cards have the imperfections.

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The Cards


I definitely want to list down all the cards in a gallery but then this post would be too long. haha
Instead, I'm going to just show you some of my favourite cards in the Major Arcana and the face cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King cards) in each of the suits.

Unlike other traditional tarot decks like the Raider Waite deck, this deck's face cards are represented by Daughter, Son, Mother and Father cards respectively. Each suit's face cards are also represented by a certain animal which embodies the main energy of each suit. So the Cups are represented by swans, the Wands by snakes, the Swords by Owls and the Pentacles by deer as you will see below. 








As a bonus, here are the Ace cards from each suit.
Aren't they just beautiful? ❤


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Price


The price of these cards vary depending on the website but I got them from Kinokuniya for RM198.35 (Yes, I know... What the heck right?). However, I now know better and you can get them in the websites listed below for much less!

(recommended)

(not original)

(if you're in the US)

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Tarot Readings & Final Thoughts



Doing readings with this deck is so much fun. Especially when I get a card that I've never seen before in a reading. Plus, they're so beautiful that I can't help just taking pictures whenever I pull some cards. The overall energy of the card is one of a very reassuring friend that's honest but nice about it. I've done many great readings for friends with this deck. In fact, it has become my go-to deck for readings. I highly recommend this deck if you're looking for a gorgeous and well-made deck. 
It's definitely worth the money! ❤

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