I recently got the second edition of the World Spirit Tarot, and I like it a lot. I’ve been struggling to find a second deck for day-to-day readings--I love Shadowscapes dearly, but I've been using it exclusively for over a year and a half, and almost all of the people pictured in the cards are thin and white and heterosexual. I want to have more choices and new perspectives!
This deck has lots of racial diversity and some size, gender, and sexual orientation/relationship style diversity. The images are hand-colored linocuts, with strong, intense colors, and there’s lots of imagery in each card to draw on. It follows RWS pretty closely, with a few detours I like and some I’m not in love with, particularly the Three of Swords, but I’m interested to see how they grow on me. One slight change that I like is The Tower, which shows the Tower from the perspective of the storm. There’s also a Little White Book (LWB) that is brief but well-written (one 3.5 x 5 inch page for each minor arcana, sometimes longer for the majors). Finally, a few of the cards in the second edition have been redesigned, particularly The Sun, and I like the new designs. Here's a sampler of cards:
The cards are quite big (I can shuffle them like playing cards, but barely), and have a shiny finish. The cuts are not perfect and some of the curved corners look a little funky, with tiny tags/imperfections. It doesn't impact use, just aesthetics. Also, the backs have an asymmetrical image, so they aren't fully reversible.
Overall, I like the deck a lot and I’m looking forward to working with it more! I pulled a few cards for an interview, using questions I’ve seen on Little Red Tarot for other deck interviews. Here's what I got (behind a cut because I cussed one time and I don't want to get you in trouble at work):