“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 …

D is for Dust II Onyx

I met Courtney Alexander for the first time at the Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland. She looked regal. I’m not just saying that. Her hair was in twists on the top of her head and she was wearing a crown. There are few people who make me stare because of their beauty and Courtney is one of them. She’s also really nice and funny as hell. She was vending her prints of the Dust II Onyx tarot that was released in late 2017. It was a Kickstarter success, and is one of the few decks that I’ve seen that features …

The Crow’s Journey – IndieGoGo

So, I’m followed by crows, foxes and ducks (don’t ask) in my life. I’m ok with it, and leave them gifts and thank you’s. I’ve never been cyber stalked by them, though.  The Crow Tarot has shown up on every social media site that I go to. I don’t know how they knew about my proclivity for crows, (of course I did, Hi, FBI) but I finally checked it out. I’m so glad I did. These cards are beautiful and I can’t wait to get the deck in my hands. You can find the Indiegogo, and more about the creator, …

If you give up, that’s the end of the game – Coach Anza

I am not a fan of manga, but I have kiddos who are, so I knew this was a thing. I didn’t expect it to be so loyal to the RWS cards. It’s a colorful, fantastical version of the RWS and it’s just lovely. The artwork is eye catching and truly beautiful. I was surprised to see only one person of color in the whole deck, and (I might be mistaken) the rest of the characters were white.  The cardstock is thin, which is good for quick shuffling, but you have to be careful not to tear them. The book …

“When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice’.” Friedrich Nietzsche

I received the Venetian Tarot from Eugene Vinitski, the artist behind this beautiful deck. It isn’t often that I’m surprised by tarot. I’ve seen hundreds of decks, and it’s been a while since i’ve been completely delighted by every facet of a new deck.  The cardstock is an absolute dream. Its gold embossed on the sides and the paper FEELS good in your hands. It’s thicker, so it makes shuffling more deliberate, which I like. The artwork is astoundingly beautiful. It’s based on 16th-18th century Venetian dress and the characters are wearing Carnival masks. Based on the RWS deck, the …

Unicorn + Psychic = Unicorn Psychic? -Pamela Chen

My friend, Leeza asked me to check out a deck from HER friend, Pamela Chen. She said it was called the “Crystal Unicorn Tarot”, and I believe my answer was something like “Oh, holy shit yes!” I’m always cautious, however, that cute decks are insubstantial when it comes to reading. I mean, they look pretty, but they don’t really resonate with the tarot meanings, and they turn out to be just cute pieces of art. Luckily, the Crystal Unicorn tarot is both an adorable deck (the Ace of Cups is held up by a Unicorn Hoof, for Christ’s sake), AND …

I hope this deck finds you well ❤ – Taylor Haigh

I got the Fox Tarot as a gift from my love, Jaymi Elford. I seem to draw Foxen things to myself (I’m not mad about it) and this is the first Fox themed deck that I’ve found. It’s just lovely. It’s astrology based, which is not my jam, but you can read the deck without the astrology aspect coming into play AND if you are an astrology nerd, you are all set.  Card Stock – It’s thick! It’s stiff and doesn’t shuffle easily at first. The thing I like about this is that it’s not going to tear and get …

Augenblick – from Middle High German *ougenblick* meaning “Quick Glance” – Shannon Loftis

A couple of years ago, I was sitting next to the as-yet-unknown-to-me Shannon Loftis a the Northwest Tarot Symposium. We were told to take our tarot decks out for the exercise and she pulled out this gorgeous, square tarot deck that I’d never seen before. What the hell. I began annoying her immediately. Where did it come from? What do you mean you can read it sideways?? WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU MADE IT? Like, created it? What magic is this? The Augenblick tarot was created with images from the Library of Congress. It can be read reversed, right side …

What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera. Aldous Huxley

In my Red Wheel/Weiser package, I found this beautiful (and I mean beautiful) Chakra Reading Card set. Let’s talk about packaging for just a sec. Most tuck boxes go directly into storage for me. If they don’t tear when you open them, they will the next time you use them. Red Wheel has these amazing THICK boxes with magnetic flaps to close the lids. They’re pretty, sturdy and I know that I can keep my cards in them for the life of the deck. Can I get an amen for Red Wheel? The card stock, again, is fantastic. Easy to …