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Shadowscapes Tarot



Author: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Barbara Moore

Artist: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Publisher: Llewellyn

Country: USA

Year Published: 2010

Cards size: 70×127 mm

Suitable for beginners? No 

Theme: Fantasy, Elves, Magical Creatures


Suites: Pentacles, Swords, Cups, Wands

Court Cards: Pages, Knights, Queens, Kings

Numerology: Fool – 0, Strength – 8, Justice – 11


Other works of the author: Mage the Awakening Tarot (Cups suite only)


A truly stunning and one-of-a-kind Tarot deck created by a Californian artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, known for her fantasy creative art work.

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The cards are truly a piece of art and the theme is fantasy-elvish. 


It is worth to mention that the drawings are not of a child fantasy. They are quite adult and not at all boring or infantile. 


This Tarot deck is very alive. I spent a lot of time looking at the cards and their details, thinking about the authors interpretation of Tarot cards. I’ve had a lot of “a-ha!” moment, when realizing what she meant when drawing a certain thing in relation to the card meaning.



The whole Shadowscapes Tarot deck is a string of bright and beautiful drawings that are almost entirely lacking any negative effects. 


I would say that this Tarot deck is quite overly positive, even the Tower card completely lacks any frightening connotation and can really somewhat scare you if you look into all the details for a long time. 


This brings me to my next point which is not so much of a negative aspect but rather a feature of this deck some may not appreciate. The illustrations can get a bit overwhelming and complex. Some Tarot readers that prefer simplicity because they are just starting out or want to be able to show cards to clients, may find this deck a bit difficult to work with.


Some readers have noticed being lost in the art so much, they have noticed a disconnect from their intuitive part.


Shadowscapes Tarot Deck – My Take


In my personal opinion, Major Arcana card’s display quite traditional meanings. Minor Arcana cards are divided by colours: pentacles – green, cups – blue, swords – violet and wands – orange & yellow. These are not bright colours, they are very pastel and it’s a joy to look at them. Pages are beautiful maidens, Knights are actual masculine figures, Kings and Queens are also quite noticeably royal.


I don’t use this deck for readings with clients, as I like to show the cards and explain their traditional meanings and elements (for example, why the water on the Six of Swords cards is calm on one side, but not on the other, what does the boar represent, why there are multiple people in it, etc).


I regularly use this deck for my Instagram card pulls and for Tarot aesthetic photography.



How Many Cards Are in The Shadowscapes Tarot Deck?

There are 78 Cards in the Shadowscapes Tarot Deck.


Is The Shadowscapes Tarot Deck Reversable?

In reality, any Tarot deck is reversible, if you read Tarot cards reversed.

The issue you may face with this deck is that there are many features and small drawings on cards and you may have a hard time to see them clearly, when reversed.

If you are reading for clients, you may also have difficulties to show them what’s on the card, so you will need to show it in an upright position.

If you are wondering, Should I Read the Shadowscapes Tarot Deck with Reversed Cards, check out this blog post.

Does Shadowscapes Deck come with a book?

The deck itself comes with a small guidebook (64 pages).

You may purchase this deck with a complete book by the author Barbara Moore (264 pages), if you’d like. The book features the artwork of Major Arcana cards and a short description. It also contains some sketches from the original deck designing process.

Any other questions about this deck? Ask me in the comment section!


This Tarot deck was really long-awaited. The artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law was

teasing people with already made drawings while working on the deck. 


The technique used was pencil first and coloration after. 


You can look at the black and white drawings in the book that comes with the Tarot deck. 


Major Arcana cards are mostly recognizable, so to speak, but it is definitely not a traditional deck. For example, the Hierophant card is portrayed as a Tree, resembling an Ent from the Lord of the Rings movies/books. But if you think about it on a deeper lever, you will be able to understand the connection between the meaning of the card and the wisdom of an ancient tree, its memory and life lessons they can teach us, much like a Hierophant.


Shadowscapes Tarot Meanings


The interpretation of cards meanings is said to be related to the Golden Dawn Tarot deck. But there are obviously unique details attributed to the author’s view and opinion of the card’s meanings which is totally understandable.

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