Sakki-Sakki Tarot

Sakki-Sakki Tarot
by Monicka Clio Sakki
Review by Karen ShelleyI’ve been using this deck almost exclusively for the last month, and I love it!   A Sakki-Sakki Tarot is a class act right down to the packaging.  But first, let me tell you a little about it.This deck is published by the creator herself, and what a terrific job!  You’re going to think this is funny, but my first praise of this deck is that all the cards are cut evenly.  Doesn’t sound so important, I know.  But it becomes pretty important when you’re trying to shuffle, and the cards bunch when they’re falling because they’re cut unevenly, which is fairly common in self-published decks.  Plus, they’re not too big.  I have small hands, and these cards fit like a glove.  They measure 4 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ (11.5cm x 6.1cm)  The coating is a matte finish, so the cards aren’t slick when you’re shuffling.  They also come packaged in a box that is folded so that no glue had to be used.  When you open it, you see the phrase “Come on, Let’s Play…” and the paper that holds the deck together says “Good Karma.”  The first printing is a numbered limited edition of 3,000 copies.  Mine is 243/3000, and it’s signed by the artist.

Aside from the basics, this deck is extremely unique.  The art in the cards is made up of small little pieces of Sakki’s art, meshed to create each image.  She explains her process on her website.  Now this art is not what I would call gorgeous (although I know art is very subjective), but it is completely captivating.  Each image grabs your attention and pulls you in.  One of the things that throw some readers off is the headless people in the deck.  No, not all the images are headless, but a good percentage are.  (All the Majors have heads, by the way.)  And while you might think this is disconcerting, I have found that it adds great depth to the reading.

Another aspect of this deck that I love is the bold colors.  Each card’s colors add dimensions to the meanings of that card as if it has its own personality.  For instance, the Five of Swords has a yellow and black polka-dotted dog running off with three swords.  But the kacki ground lends a feeling of discontent.  Then there’s the Sun, which is wonderfully vibrant with yellows, reds, and oranges. The images follow the Rider-Waite tradition, so if you’re familiar with that deck, you could easily read with this deck out of the box.  But be prepared for a trip down the rabbit hole!  The Fool and his trusty pooch are looking straight at you, ready to walk right off the ledge.  And if you really look at this card, the background is black with what looks like curtains above and on the sides, as if he’s on stage ready to go on… so it seems this Fool will lead us through the play of life.
The Wheel of Fortune is quite striking.  It almost looks like a ferris wheel going round and round.  Around this circle are the signs of the zodiac.  Above the wheel are images of outer space, and below, images of land and sea.  But it’s the black circle as the background behind the wheel that really makes this card stand out for me.   The Death card is predominantly black and white, which seems fitting.  The Tower sports an explosion of color atop a dark grey background.  It seems an appropriate blend of colors, because although the Tower brings great upheaval, it also clears the way for new beginnings.
In the Two of Rods we see an addition to the standard image.  You see a person holding a globe in his one had while holding a rod in the other.  But the other rod is being held by someone else.  We don’t know who this other person is, but you can see her hand and one leg as if she’s going to walk right into the picture.  The Six of Cups is another card that strays from the traditional.  There is a muted yellow background with a teapot and a coffee pot in the center.  There are six cups circled around the pots, filled with drink.  There are no people in this card to give us that feeling of nostalgia, but the tea party brings back childhood memories for me.  Of course, I don’t know how men will relate to this image in this card… although maybe they had tea parties but would never admit it.  We’ll just call them picnic parties.
Another thing I like about this deck is the artist’s astrological and Kabbalistic associations incorporated into the cards.  They’re not too intrusive; I haven’t found them distracting at all.  In fact, in some of the cards you almost have to search for the symbols, which would lend a nice level when reading.  I mean, if one of the letters of the Kabbalah buried in an image sticks out for you, then you might want to give that interpretation a little extra attention in your reading.Included with the deck is a generous little white book (LWB).  Although the card meanings are no longer than the standard keywords, there is a lot of information in the front of the book that gives an idea of the artist’s thought process when creating this deck.  After the Artist’s Statement, there is the obligatory “What is Tarot?” section, although she succinctly explains the basic structure of the Tarot and the history in one little paragraph.  She then explores the possibilities of how tarot really “works.”  Fascinating stuff!
There is a little section about the creation of her deck, and then she goes on to explain the Artist’s Card.  Oh, yes!  By the way, there is a 79th card titled the “Artist’s Card.”  “This card comprises pieces from all the Major Arcana and serves to awake the Artist’s point of view – whether towards an artistic creation, or the crafting of one’s life.  An Artist is everyone who wants to creatively affect their life.”   I’ve pulled this card out of the deck for now, but who knows?  I might feel the urge to use it one day.Sakki then explains how she has incorporated Kabbalah and astrology into her images.  I found it really unique how she gives keywords for each of the planets and zodiac signs, independent of the individual cards.  For someone like me, who knows very little about astrology, this was a wonderful little summary.  I can see how some of the signs mirror aspects of certain cards.
Another thing I thought was great was the couple of pages that she set aside for spreads.  The Daily one-card spread is mentioned, but then there is literally a list of possible combinations of three-card spreads.  She also includes a nine-card spread, titled “The Artist’s Path – An exploration for seekers of Higher Creativity.”    After all this, we’re finally at the individual card meanings.  This LWB is only 48 pages long, but it seems like so much more.  And for those that enjoy companion books, Sakki is coming out with the Artist’s Tarot Book: “This full-length companion book will offer the artist’s reflections on the stages of the creative process and essays on her personal symbolism, along with detailed explanations and interpretations for each card.”   Sounds good to me!

I would recommend this deck to collectors, most definitely, and for anyone who enjoys seeing the tarot through new eyes.  You can order this deck directly from the artist at Sakki-Sakki’s Shop.  You can also find this deck at Tarot Garden.

Sakki-Sakki Tarot
Monicka Clio Sakki
Published by MPress
ISBN:  9659068107

Images © Sakki-Sakki
Review and Page © 2004 EarthAngel2911, For the Love of Tarot, and Karen Shelley
Written  16/Nov/2004