This deck is way beyond beautiful to me. I find it works the best in a 3 card spread of past, present, future or body mind soul, or this person/choice, that person/choice and outcome. Often I do not have to look at the meanings in the book, the pictures speak straight to my spirit. But this is not a traditional set of Tarot by any means and the book definitely takes you into the zen meanings of the cards which is pretty unfamiliar to me. That would be why I think the deck is fantastic!