I’ve just received the Pages of Shustah from a friend. It’s a little known deck, created by Ann Master and Cecil North in the 70’s. I was initially intrigued with the artwork, and then started reading a few people’s experiences with the cards and I knew that one day I would have to have them too.
I broke down, and ordered the book that was written for the deck, and look forward to exploring them deeper.
As an introduction, I thought I’d just share a couple of immediate thoughts about them, now that I have them in front of me.
The deck consists of 70 cards, made up of 5 suits.
I was surprised to see common cards in this deck that remind me of the tarot, and also of the Lenormand.
There are a few more corresponding to the Lenormand. Then I noticed that there are 4 Knights and 4 Pages as in the Tarot:
The Divine Horse is shown with Water, so he reminds me of the The Knight of Cups; in the tarot it’s associated with feelings and intuition and Water.
The Magical Horse is shown running along, this I associated with the Knight of Wands. It’s a card of movement & action.
The Pale Horse is bolting swiftly, galloping; as you can see with his mane. At least that’s my first assessment! Otherwise he is rearing suddenly- one’s taken by surprise and things happen suddenly. For this reason, I would compare him to the (Knight of Swords) It looks like the same kind of energy to me.
The Victory Horse reminds me of the Knight of Pentacles. Both are standing still, both have the “gold” in common. I might be wrong with these correlations, but they certainly jumped out at me.
And the red Page looks as though he/she is holding a sword!
The green Page, looks like it could correspond to the Page of Wands, but the 2 swirling coils pictured reminds me of the 2 of Pentacles….of needing to balance more than one thing! so I’m not really sure here!
The gold Page has something to do with effort and perseverance, so as the Page of Pentacles is also the student card, working towards something, they might match……… These last 2 I don’t feel convinced of though.
I don’t have the book to look deeply into meanings yet, so they’re meanings might not match at all! but I was intrigued at the familiar symbols in the deck.
There is also a Ring card,and a Paths card like the Lenormand! The artwork is just beautiful- they look like wood carving prints!
I look forward to delving into these…………