Archive for the ‘Tarot Decks’ Category

Choose your card for the week of 11/29/09

November 29, 2009

Choose your card for the week from The Tarot of Trees by Dana Driscoll. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment! (Put your cursor over each card to see its title.)

Isn’t this a gorgeous deck?! I recently stumbled onto tarotoftrees.com and was mesmerized. On her site, Dana Driscoll includes images of each of the 78 cards and discusses her artistic process, which I find fascinating. She even includes photos of the Three of Swords in various stages. There are decks and deck sets for purchase on the site along with other Tarot of Trees goodies such as incense tins, original prints, hand painted boxes, and silk wraps.

The cards are tactilely pleasing. They are a nice size for shuffling—2.5″ x 3.5″, have rounded corners and are thin and flexible, yet sturdy and slick with a glossy lamination. The colors are vibrant and the cards have a nice thin black border—not shown above.

It is fun to look through the images and discover all the creative ways Dana has used trees as metaphor. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck is a clear influence, but the tree theme provides new interpretations. See the Five of Cups and Six of Pentacles above and compare:

There are also refreshing and surprising departures such as the Ten of Wands. Compare the card above with this one:

This deck would make a great holiday gift for a tarot enthusiast, art or nature lover.

Choose your card for the week of 11/8/09

November 8, 2009

Touchstone Tarot, 3 of Swords Touchstone Tarot, 4 of Swords Touchstone Tarot, 5 of Cups

Touchstone Tarot, 8 of Wands Touchstone Tarot, 10 of Coins Touchstone Tarot, Empress

Choose your card for the week from the Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment!

I love the Touchstone Tarot and carry it everywhere in my iPhone. See the Little White Book Tarot iPhone app for details.

Did you know this deck was made possible with the support of a secret benefactor, who admired Kat Black’s first deck, The Golden Tarot?  How cool is that?!

Like the Golden Tarot, Touchstone Tarot is a digital collage, blending elements from old European paintings. What makes the deck unique is that each card features a portrait of a figure whose posture and expression conveys the meaning of the card. Black says in the book that accompanies the Kunati edition, “I felt like a casting agent, seeking the perfect candidate for each role within the deck.” Because the deck features personalities, it is particularly suited for those who enjoy using the tarot to tell stories and inspire creative writing.

Leisa ReFalo of Tarot Connection published the first print edition of this deck, and then Kunati Books put out a second edition. I’m sad to learn that Kunati closed their doors in September due to the economic crisis. On her site, Black says that decks will be available for some time through Amazon. I see that Leisa ReFalo also has a few more left at the Tarot Connection shop.

The Tarot Connection edition comes in a special pouch made by Kat Black’s mom, and a touchstone amulet made by Kat Black.  The Kunati edition comes in a nice, sturdy flip top box. The cards are larger in the second edition and the coloring is a bit lighter—the details therefore more clear. The Kunati edition also comes with a terrific book that includes a list of the painting sources for each card as well as card meanings. The book also includes deck reviews by Dan Pelletier, and Bonnie Cehovet, a dedication by Mary Greer, a foreward by the secret benefactor, and an introduction by Kat Black. Deck collectors will want to have both editions.

Tarot Connection has a fascinating interview with Kat Black on the making of this deck. You can find it here.

Choose your card for the week of 10/11/09

October 10, 2009

Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Two of Pentacles Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Three of Cups Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Four of Cups

Gothic Tarot of Vampires, Six of Swords Gothic Tarot of Vampires, 0 Gothic Vampire Tarot, 1 of Wands

When I entered SF BATS last weekend, I got to pull a random deck from a cauldron—a gift donated by Lo Scarabeo. I picked this very dark gritty deck. So, this week, please choose your card from the Gothic Tarot of Vampires by Riccardo Minetti and Emiliano Mammucari. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment!

(Put your cursor over each card to see its title.)

Treat yourself to a new deck this Halloween!

October 10, 2009

Halloween Decks

There are so many wonderful decks that go nicely with Halloween. Here are a few you might consider, if you don’t already have them. I would love it if you would post a comment suggesting others.

  1. Robin Tisch-Hollister’s All Hallows Tarot was a limited-edition deck that is being republished by Leisa ReFalo at Tarot Connection. I just pre-ordered my deck, and I can’t wait to get it! Go to the Tarot Connection Shop to see lots of sample images.
  2. Another terrific newish deck is Robert Place’s Vampire Tarot. Click here for a review by Bonnie Cehovet.
  3. Speaking of vampires, there’s also the Gothic Tarot of Vampires by Ricardo Minetti and Emiliano Mammucari. Click here for a review by Dan Pelletier.
  4. One of my favorite decks that is perfect for Halloween is the Bohemian Gothic Tarot. Click here for a review by Solandia.
  5. And there is, of course, the wonderful classic Halloween Tarot by Kipling West and Karin Lee. Click here for a review by Tom LeBlanc.

As Halloween approaches, I will feature a few of these decks in my Choose Your Card for the Week posts on Sundays.

Choose your card for the week of 9/28/08

September 30, 2008

Big thanks to Bob at Carte Karuta for generously donating this deck!

Choose your card for the week from Egorov Tarot, Gold Edition, by Alexander Egorov (published by Piatnik). When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Choose your card for the week of 9/14/08

September 14, 2008

Big thanks to Bob at Carte Karuta for generously donating this deck!

Choose your card for the week from Eclectic Tarot by Josef Machynka (published by Piatnik). When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Choose your card for the week of 9/7/08

September 7, 2008

Big thanks to Bob at Carte Karuta for generously donating this deck!

Choose your card for the week from The Deva Tarot by Herta Drnec and Roberta Lanpher (published by Piatnik). When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

You may notice that there is an additional suit to this deck, Triax. According to the LWB, “The fifth suit is called Triax and represents the etheric or spirit. This suit is the bridge between the earhtly and the divine, the physical and the non-physical. When the Triax suit is seen in a reading, it generally refers to events and influences on a higher or soul level.”

Choose your card for the week of 8/31/08

August 30, 2008

I’m excited to include the just-released Quantum Tarot: A Tarot of New Physics for the “Choose your card for the week” series! Congratulations to Kay Stopforth and Chris Butler for bringing this beautiful deck to fruition.

Kay and Chris are hosting a Quantum Tarot Virtual Launch Party on Monday, September 1, and there will be a raffle with fabulous Quantum goodies. Don’t miss your chance to win a signed deck.

This is a must-have, folks. What a unique concept:

“Quantum Tarot combines the revolutionary theories of 20th century physics with the traditional 78-card structure of a tarot deck. Quantum mechanics, Einstein’s theories of relativity and superstring theory offer new and strange views of our world. The Quantum Tarot makes these startling ideas accessible through the symbolism of the tarot, giving poetic expression to dry theory. The deck examines how the most important theories in modern physics play out in two extreme worlds; the vast expanses of the universe and the strange, invisible world inside the atom.” —Kay Stopforth

Intriguing, huh? You can also see how vibrant and electric the images are. The cards feel good in the hands, too—nice thick matte stock paper, with silver edges. The book that comes with the deck is comprehensive, beautifully written, and nicely designed, too. You’ll want to supplement your reading with Kay’s blog. She expands on each of the Majors there.

Okay, so let’s choose our card for the week from the Quantum Tarot: A Tarot of New Physics, published by Kunati, Inc. As always, when making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

A mid-week preview

August 26, 2008


I’ve got some very interesting decks lined up to share with you over the next few weeks on the “Choose your card” posts. My Quantum Tarot has arrived, and it’s beautiful! I’ll be starting with that this Sunday. I also received three new tarot decks and a fortune telling deck from Bob at Carte Karuta, who generously and unexpectedly donated them for use in the Writing with the Tarot classes that Evelyn and I teach. I was unfamiliar with these decks, so you can imagine the fun I had today when they arrived in the mail. Thank you so much, Bob!

Choose your card for the week of 7/20/08

July 20, 2008

Choose your card for the week from The Housewives Tarot by designers Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you chose—post a comment!

Fun deck, huh? It even comes in a recipe box with tabs and everything!