When I first laid eyes on this captivating tarot set tucked away in Kinokuniya KLCC’s display cabinet, my curiosity was immediately piqued. It possessed an alluring aura, although I couldn’t help but notice that its art style leaned towards the darker side, a tad different from what I usually gravitate towards. Yet, this divergence from the norm exuded an undeniable charm, setting it apart in a world of conventional decks. What struck me most was the elegance behind the deck’s name—simple yet profound, as it beautifully translated to “Be” in Arabic. Within its pages, I found myself immersed in a profound exploration of transformation, a journey adorned with a kaleidoscope of vivid colors, intricate symbolism, and the very essence of life itself.
Qun Oracle Tarot
The meaning behind the name for the oracle is simple, in Arabic it means “Be” This deck chronicles transformation; layered in color, symbolism, and life. Pick from sixty-five hand-illustrated narratives to bring a fresh perspective to an old problem: What do I do next?
Price: RM204.18 or RM183.76 Kinokuniya Member Price
Item Type: English Books
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Human Sketchbook
Size/Pages: 163 pages
Printed in Malaysia
Deck Retouch: Suha Fatima
It’s worth noting that while this card deck bears the label “tarot,” it more closely aligns with the essence of an oracle deck. Traditional tarot references are somewhat scarce, replaced by images and words that distinctly resonate with the realm of oracle cards. The inclusion of a hardcover guidebook was a thoughtful touch, promising durability and a sense of quality. However, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of frustration when I encountered the index page and the seemingly arbitrary arrangement of cards within the book. An alphabetical order or even numerical identifiers would have been immensely helpful, yet they were conspicuously absent. Navigating the guidebook for card meanings became an unwelcome challenge alongside interpreting the cards themselves.
What sets these cards apart, aside from their aesthetic appeal, is their unique choice of words, a departure from the conventional language found in many oracle decks. A particularly intriguing example is the card named “Hokkien Time,” which unexpectedly reflects a diverse cultural influence. Yet, the lack of information about the deck’s creator, Inji Darwish, left me pondering about the background and spiritual inspiration behind these cards. While I respect the artist’s desire for privacy, a deeper understanding of their motivations and creative journey would undoubtedly enhance the connection between the cards and those who use them.
It’s important to mention that these cards are designed without specific reversed meanings, indicating their primary intention for upright readings. Nevertheless, users are provided with the freedom to interpret the cards in a reversed manner should they choose to explore both upright and reversed interpretations in their readings. This flexibility enhances the deck’s overall versatility and interpretive depth.
One of the most pleasant surprises came in the form of the card quality. Having grown accustomed to mass-produced decks from the US and the UK, I was taken aback by the superior texture and overall craftsmanship of the Qun Oracle card deck. The tactile experience was a genuine delight. These cards are thin yet durable, making shuffling a breeze. Each card glides smoothly in a riffle shuffle, staying perfectly separated. However, the drawbacks I encountered—insufficient information about the deck and the haphazard organization of its content—cast a shadow on the overall user experience. Considering the price point and the unique energy and artistry this deck brings, I’m left contemplating whether it’s truly the right fit for me, despite its undeniable allure.
Disclaimer: This post is not a paid content, and the featured deck resides happily on someone else’s bookshelf.