Queer Tarot Cards and the #TarotoftheQTPOC

If I could rewrite (IPPY Award and double COVR Award winning book whaaaaaat) Kitchen Table Tarot again, I would spend more time talking about the importance of seeing your face in the cards. Since that book was published in 2017, SO MANY decks have come out featuring all kinds of folks that are noticeably not all straight and not all white.  So here is a list of queer decks that are available. You can also follow the hashtag started by Asali on Twitter of #tarotoftheQTPOC. This features decks with queer folks and people of color AND queer people of color. …

The Bohemian Animal Tarot | Deck Review

Y’all know I’m a sucker for a fox. The Bohemian Animal Tarot has many foxen, and they’re cleverly used in this deck. The animals that are chosen to represent each card has something in common with them. The Magician is a Fox, staring straight at you – confidence. The Jackal is the animal for Judgement, and the card depicts ancient Egypt. This is a lovely deck. The artwork is beautiful and the colors are nice. The cardstock is great (Go Rockpool Publishing!) and even though it’s a little big, it’s fine for shuffling. No issues with diversity as it’s all …

This Might Hurt Tarot Deck | New Deck Alert

Kickstarter is a pain in my ass. I don’t go on it often, because I have almost 300 decks, and that’s just plenty, you know? I’m working on streamlining my house and stuff and Kickstarter is the antithesis of streamlining. So, I logged in just for funsies, and ended up backing a deck within seconds. Goddamnit. It’s not my fault, truly. This deck has sweet men, strong women, butch women, genderqueer people of color, a SMILING hierophant that changes the whole feel of the card. The World has a belly, and the Star has pubic hair. I mean, I couldn’t …

Modern Witch Tarot | New Deck Alert

You guys know how I look for diversity in decks. Trust and believe me that I am over the MOON for the Modern Witch Tarot. These are the same folks who brought us the beautiful Luna Sol tarot (also diverse). They are releasing 1,111 special edition decks (that are half sold out already) with the swag that you see below. If the cards are anything like the Luna Sol deck, the card stock will be fantastic and the rest of the artwork will be amazing. Reading these cards for 30 years, and I never knew that the Magician I was …

Wild Harmonic Oracle | Deck Review

The Wild Harmonic cards were sent to me by the creator, Gabriel Marihugh. As you know, I don’t like oracle cards generally. I only use them for readings for myself. This deck is going to be one that I use often. The art is very pretty and accurate to the card, but not distracting. The thing that I love the most is that instead of giving you answers, this deck gives you questions. If you ask, “What should I focus on right now?” The answer is a question that points you in the right direction. You might get one of the …

Skeleton Tarot

The Skeleton Tarot | Deck Review

First of all, I have the Skeleton Tarot because of my friend Potter, and their unyielding peer pressure. They had the nerve to say, “Do you want to see my new deck?” and “Isn’t it cute?” Clearly, i was strong armed into this purchase. I like black and white decks, as long as they have some depth. The Animalis os Fortuna is my favorite, and the Skeleton is now my second favorite. The artist left their sketch marks (I’m not an artist) on the cards, and the black lines overlay them. It makes the simple images pop, and gives them …

Marshmallow Marseille | Tarot Deck Review

I got a wonderfully sweet, travel-sized deck created by Jorge Cuaik of the Wandering Oracle. Let me tell you, I absolutely spent a really long time playing with the reflections on this deck. Not sorry. Now – to be completely honest, I don’t like Marseille decks. Mostly because I learned with the RWS deck, and also because it looks like a bunch of sticks for me. HOWEVER, my friend Ryan Edward is changing my mind with his beautiful work, and then I get THIS shiny gorgeous thing in the mail. I like small decks (and I cannot lie) because I …

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho

It’s review time! I got quite a haul at Reader’s Studio this year, and am also in the cool position to receive decks from publishers to review. I’m not mad about it. I haven’t had a lot o time lately (what with finishing my next book and all), but I wanted to knock these out and tell you what I think of them.  I think I should also share that if I get a deck from a publisher that I don’t like, I won’t review it. I think that’s fair considering they send them for free. So if I get …

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

I like to noodle around Instagram to find new tarot decks. I like decks with diversity, creative interpretations of the cards, and a sense of whimsy. I found the Hip Chick Tarot, by Maria Strom, checks all of those categories.  The suits are renamed, here, with Majors, Create (Wands), Feel (Cups), Think (Swords), and Earth (Pentacles). I just love this – they’re intuitively connected with the suits so I won’t have to have a sticky note to remind me that Swords/Think.  The artwork reminds me of the 70’s – kind of an Electric Company vibe. I have no idea why, …

What is the universe but a lot of waves And a craving desire is a wave…” ― Jack Kerouac

I first saw the Nomad Tarot in Beth Maiden’s shop. I try to buy from Beth as often as I can, because I know that she truly adores everything in her shop, and she supports creators and writers. HOWEVER, I have a problem with non-illustrative pips. I didn’t learn tarot with one, and they somehow seem less-than my trusty RWS.  I have found, though, in the last year, that my opinion is less ‘bunch of sticks’ and more ‘pared down beauty’. It really annoys me, though, because I can no longer harass my Marseilles friends and be a brat about …