by Julie Cuccia-Watts, New Moon Trading Co. 2006.
Borderless cards. High quality and original artwork. The tarot is tructure around Lunar cycles, the Majors being associated with the festivals within the cycle of the year (the cross quarter days), and the Minors with the four quarters of the Moon through the twelve zodiacal signs. Julie Cuccia-Watts often quotes from classic paintings to create components of her images.
Thus we find pieces of Leonardo's 'Last Supper', various Caravaggios and some Pre-Raphaelites. There is even a section from a Joseph Wright of Derby in the Three of Wands.
This artist also created the Ancestral Path Tarot and the Blue Moon Tarot.
78 cards 140x115mm. No 35 of the edition of 1000. Signed by the artist. With the 292 page hardback book. Heavy item.
by Atle and Jarl Vere, Virtual Magic Inc. 1995.
This is a strategy tarot card game where players duel one another through elaborate combinations of spell attacks. The full instruction are provided in a 60 page booklet.
78 cards 88x63mm.
|Rolla Nordic Tarot
by Rolla Nordic, US Games. 1980.
Rolla Nordic (1900-c.1995) was a British witch and writer from the circles of Madeline Montalban and Gerald Gardner. She wrote several books, including 'Tarot Shows the Path in 1961', and she also appeared on several television shows. Apparently the deck was designed to be coloured by the user.
The Court cards are depicted somewhat in playing card style, without the mirroring.
78 cards 95x57mm.
|Seeing Eye Tarot
by Debra Klopp-Kersey, 2002.
Pen drawn surreal images.
22 cards Majors only deck. 100x73mm. Limited edition no 3 of 100, signed by the artist. Supplied in a cardboard box.
by Mystic Eye, 1998.
The title 'woo-woo' likely refers to someone espousing New Age theories such as spiritual energy work, crystal magic, Reiki, and Westernized pseudo-mysticism. So here it is used in a self-mocking sense.
The artwork was probably created in a vector graphics drawing program, using various template elements.
Mystic Eye was a late 1990's online tarot shop, which sold specialist self-published decks and produced the 'Gothic' and the 'Electric Eye' tarots.
78 cards 105x70mm. Very Rare.
|New Wave Tarot
by Amanda Lee Stilwell, self-published. 2012.
The New Wave Tarot celebrates the style of pop or rock music from between the late 1970s to mid-1980s with ties to the original wave of punk rock. The creator of the deck, Amanda Lee Stilwell, collages photographs of the various personalities, such as Gary Numan, Steve Strange, Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush, et al., within a tarot arcana context.
22 cards Majors only deck. 127x76mm.
by Penny-Farthing Productions, Inc., 2003.
Ken White's Penny-Farthing Press began in 1998 with a small staff and a plan to create comic books and children's books that exemplified quality storytelling, artwork, and printing. This promotional deck was issued using some of the artwork from their books. Underneath each card title is the name of the artist and the book it illustrated.
22 cards Majors only deck. 130x76mm.
|Wheel of Fortune
by Anne Staveley and Jill Sutherland, Livinlargephoto.com. 2014.
Created for the Burning Man Festival 2014. Difficult to find.
22 cards Majors only deck. 121x70mm.
|Zolar's New Astrological
Zolar Publishing Co, New York, 1963.
On one side is printed a set of playing cards. On the other side are the 22 major arcana, 20 planetary and 12 zodiacal cards, the minor arcana being suggested by the suits.
Zolar was the pseudonym of Bruce King (1897-1976). He was born in Chicago, became an actor, stockbroker, and eventually part owner of a radio station in Los Angeles. The station had an astrologer named Kobar as general manager. Kobar was very sucessful as an astrologer and left the station to go to Hollywood.
King later conceived the idea of making horoscopes for chain stores and established a highly successful business. It was then that he took the pseudonym Zolar, derived from the word zodiac with echoes of "Kobar." He later sold approximately 100 million horoscopes and published a variety of popular books on astrology and occultism.
56 cards 127x83mm. Very early deck.
|Flowers of Life Tarot
by Cerrithwen Genetti, Color Wheel Creations. 1999.
This was a high school thesis project by Cerrithwen Genetti, daughter of Alexandra Genetti the creator of the 'Wheel of Change Tarot.'
Photo collage. Appears to be conventional scissors and glue collage, but some aspects of it could have been done digitally.
22 cards Majors only deck. 129x88mm.
|Sacred Art Tarot
by Andre St. Dryden, US Games, 2007.
For the Minors, the images of the objects for the suits have been collaged onto the chosen paintings.
78 cards 120x69mm.
by Leigh J. McCloskey. Olander Press.
Cards plus 300+ page paperback book.
22 cards Majors only deck. 178x128mm.
|Jackdaw's Tarot (second
by Tracy Smith, Self-Published 2007.
Collaged paintings, book illustrations and photographs of paintings set in the frame of the US Games Inspiration Deck. Second edition. The collaged material on the Majors is quite carefully chosen and appropriate.
For the Minors the search for exact imagery is a rather demanding task and obviously difficult, but Tracy Smith sourced some good images.
The 'Jackdaw' of the title was a pseudonym Tracy Smith adopted.
This is number 6, signed and numbered.
78 cards 120x70mm.
|Beauties of the Arabian Night
by Laraine Atherton, self published. 2010.
22 cards Majors only deck. 118x80mm.
Various artists. Wendy Sheridan. 2011.
Etsy.com was established in 2005 to provide an online site where small scale independent artists and craftworkers could sell their productions. It is a good source for a mass of craft and artwork, some excellent, but some embarassingly naive. April Winchell, one of the Etsy members, set up a website Regretsy.com that took an irreverent and humorous view of some of the Etsy productions. This website became a focus for a number of artists and in 2011 Wendy Sheridan set up a project to create an artist collective tarot, the Regretsy Tarot. The 78 card deck takes an ironic and playful glance, parodying the sort of material presented on Etsy and similar outlets, but avoiding descending into cruel and inappropriate targetting. It presents a deliciously light and frothy view of this material through the artwork of 25 artists in the Regretsy collective. 79 cards 121x70mm.
|Tarot of Transition
U. S. Games Systems, 1983.
Idiosyncratic Egyptian themed tarot by an unknown artist. The artwork is a modern recreation of Egyptian tomb wall carvings or images in papyri.
The suits, though titled in English, also adopt Egyptian titles, Ded (Staves), Ankh (Swords), Heset (Cups) and Kheprera (Coins).
78 cards 111x60mm.
|Ishbel's Temple of Isis
by Norman B. Stanley, Llewellyn Publications. 1989.
Majors are represented by Egyptian deities:-
1 - Shu; 2 - Renenet; 3 - Ma'at; 4 - Sekmet; 5 - Bes; 6 - Horus; 7 - Sethan; 8 - Benu; 9 - Min; 10 - Hapi; 11 - Hathor; 12 - Khepera; 13 - Bast; 14 - Anubis; 15 - Abdu and Inet; 16 - Aten; 17 - Buto; 18 - Nut; 19 - Thoth; 20 - Osiris; 21 - Isis; 22 - Amen Ra.
78 cards 114x80mm. Rare early item.
by Rodney Howington, Self-Published - Oracle Forest Studios. 2012.
22 cards, Majors only deck. 118x80mm.
by Rodney Howington, Self-Published - Oracle Forest Studios. 2012.
22 cards, Majors only deck. 120x70mm.
by Robert Wang, Marcus Aurelius Press, 2002.
As befits a 'Jungian' tarot, the imagery here is symbolically very strongly defined. Each of the Major arcana present us with an archetypal figure set within an arch or niche, below which is an area we can suppose is meant to represent the Jungian collective unconscious. Here we usually find various symbols and a mandala.
The first edition of this was issued in 1990.
Cards are untitled and unnumbered.
78 cards 110x75mm.
by various artists, Logan Austeja Daniel, Martin Azevedo, Raven Hanna, Ph.D. 2010.
The Major Arcana are what the creators call 'Science stories', thus Fool = Student, Magician = Ribosome, High Priestess = Benzene Dream, Wheel of Fortune = Schrodinger's Cat and so on. The Court Cards are portraits of scientists. The pips are Wands as Creation, Pentacles as Exchange, Swords as Observation and Cups as Integration.
Wands Suit by Janelle Schneider, Pentacles Suit by Kristy Whitehouse, Swords Suit by Shari Arai DeBoer, Cups Suit by Tammy Stellanova, Major Arcana by Kristian Johnson Michiels adapted from original Major Arcana designs by Suzanne Forbes.
78 cards 120x70mm.
by Leilah Wendell, Westgate Press, 2003.
Photographs of cemetary sculpture and architecture enhanced with collage and hand colouring. Supplied in a cardboard box.
22 cards, Majors only deck. 110x90mm.
by Leilah Wendell with additional works by George Higham. Westgate Press. 1994.
The Necromantic Tarot was issued to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the business venture Westgate Press that Wendell had set up in 1979 to market her books, artwork and prints. She incorporates various elements into her paintings - beings of darkness and beings of light, skeletal figures, lightning strikes, graves and cosmic spaces. Some of the artwork for this deck is photo collage.
22 cards Majors only deck. 90x50mm. No 723 of limited edition of 1000. Signed by Leilah Wendell. Box bumped but cards perfect.
|Mountain Dream Tarot (2nd
by Bea Nettles, Inky Press Productions. 2001.
This photographic deck was conceived in 1970 and first issued in 1975. In the 2001 edition the Majors are printed in black tones, Swords in a bluish-gray, Wands in green, Pentacles in brown and Cups in a reddish brown. The idea apparently came to Bea Nettles in a dream, thus the title.
Posed black and white photographs with elements collaged in some of the images.
She followed closely the imagery of the Rider-Waite deck.
78 cards 130x85mm. Limited edition. Rare and much sought after.
by Dawn Williams, Mystic Eye. 1996.
Strangely relates tarot imagery to electricity. Mystic eye also produced the Gothic Tarot, Woo - Woo Tarot and the Pet Tarot.
Created in vector graphics drawing program with some importing of images.
22 cards Majors only deck. 105x70mm. No 25 of the edition of 150. Signed by Dawn Williams.
|Winged Spirit Tarot
by David Sexton, US Games. 1998.
Winged Angel figures are set against flat coloured backgrounds - Majors on grey, Spheres on lime-green, Cups on Lilac, Wands on an orange-brown, and Swords on a neutral green.
David Sexton also created the 'Tarot of Oz'. He is known primarily as a comic book writer and artist working for Marvel Comics.
78 cards 120x80mm.
by Dirk Dykstra, AG Mueller for US Games. 1980.
78 cards 93x69mm.
by Shelly Corbett, Stephen Ahlbom. Self-published. 2005.
The Abyssal Tarot was designed to showcase the collected work of over 10 years of Shelly Corbett's art photography. She used the Rider Waite deck as an inspiration for her choice of images. The original titles of the photographs are shown at the top left.
Photographs modified using a computer graphics program.
78 cards 140x86mm.
|Tarot of Initiation
by Emmett Brennan, Steven Marshall. 1984.
High quality, detailed pen and brushed ink drawings.
Rare early deck. Difficult to find.
22 cards Majors only deck. 153x95mm.
by Anthony Max, Self-Published. 2011.
Cards are untitled, but recognisable as they closely follow the Rider-Waite symbolic structure.
78 cards 144x89mm. Signed.
by Samantha Kocsis, Dolphin Daze. 2002.
A handcrafted, personal tarot, with engaging, somewhat naive imagery.
78 cards 71x53mm. Signed deck No 30. Rare.
by Kelley Kolberg, Self-published. 2011.
The artwork uses photographs taken of friends which have been modified in a computer graphics program to produce impressionistic effects, often through 'melting' the forms and flowing areas together probably with a push or smudge tool. Supplied in a rather fine wooden box with a booklet. The creator explains that "Quel" is French for "that" or "which", so the Quel Tarot is that which is that.
22 cards majors only deck. 121x73mm. Number 10 of the edition of 100. Supplied in wooden box.
|Blue Dog Rose Tarot
by Nakisha VanderHoeven, Self-Published. 2011.
78 cards 118x80mm.
|Medicine Woman Tarot
by Carol Bridges, US Games 1990.
A feminist inspired fantasy based on North American Indians. The suits are renamed to Stones, Bowls, Arrows and Pipes, and the Court cards are renamed to Apprentice, Totem, Harvest Lodge and Exemplar.
The Majors bear the conventional names but also have another title, thus The Magician is 'Resources', High Priestess is 'Seeker', Empress is 'Bounty'. Supplied in a printed cloth bag with drawstring.
In 1990 US Games issued this coloured edition of the original line drawn version.
78 cards 110x70mm.
|Jamie Hankin Tarot
by Jamie Hankin, Self-Published. 1999.
Promotional deck for New York based fashion photographer Jamie Hankin. The models are posed to illustrate the familiar tarot imagery.
22 cards majors only deck. 161x107mm.
by Londa Marks, Alchemist Publishing, Inc. 2008.
Cards images were later reused in Londa Marks' Alchemist Tarot. The Alchemist's Spell Tarot includes a spellbook and set of talismans. Images are elongated, long limbed figures.
22 cards majors only deck 120x69mm.
by Londa Marks, Alchemist Publishing, Inc. 2010
Cards are the same as with Londa Marks' Alchemist's Spell Tarot of 2008, but the box is different and the spellbook is not included.
22 cards Majors only deck. 120x89mm.
by Misha Huntting, Self-Published. 2011.
Misha Huntting is especially drawn to old photographs, some of early filmstars. She also creates drawings and paintings which become the basis for posed photographs of models. These are then brought together in Photoshop with a multiplicity of layers of textures. Her work takes a rather sardonic view of American society.
78 cards 133x80mm.
|Amazing Fortune-Telling Book and
by Kipling West, Karin Lee. 1997.
22 cards Majors only deck. 117x68mm. With paperback book.
|Tarot the Ancient Translation
by Lyndy Lovelady Manwill, Tracey Lynn Manwill, Tanya K. Manwill. School of Medium Arts. 2006.
Cards renamed to reflect Old Testament ideas. Thus the Suits are Aaron's Rods, Rebekah's Pitchers, Solomon's Swords and David's Shields. The Majors are Fool - Hand Of God; Magician - Aaron; High Priestess - Miriam; Empress - Sarah; Emperor - Abraham; Hierophant - David; Lovers - Adam and Eve; Chariot - Abishai; Strength - Samson; Hermit - Isaiah; Wheel of Fortune - Job; Justice - Moses; Hanged Man - Isaac; Death - Cain; Temperance - Deborah; The Devil - Serpent; Tower - Lot's Wife; Star - Joseph; Moon - Delilah; Sun - Daniel; Judgement - Solomon; The World - Noah.
78 cards 120x80mm.
|Alchemical Tarot first edition
by Robert M. Place, Thorsons. 1995
Alchemical symbolism taken from 16th and 17th century woodcuts and engravings illustrating alchemical books. Redrawn and reworked by Robert Place. Line drawings in pen imitating woodcuts. Coloured using computer graphics program using many gradient fills.
78 cards 120x80mm. Cards only. Perfect condition.
|A.F. (Art Fair) Tarot
Art Fair Inc. 1970.
Minor arcana only has Aces and the four Court cards of each suit. Back of each card has a different astrological symbol. Titles also in French. Two cards are provided with the associated meanings of each card. There is also a large printed sheet of instructions. Six additional cards also provide interpretations and keywords.
Line drawings based on Tarot of Marseilles. Interiors of drawings are in white and printed against a yellow background.
42 cards 89x58mm. One of the earliest USA decks. In a strong perspex box. Cards are perfect.
|Badgers Forest Tarot
by Nakisha Vanderhoeven, 2013.
Nakisha is also the creator of the TaRat, Blue Dog Rose and Rabbit Tarots. "Nakisha" is the working name of the Seattle based artist Elsje VanderHoeven.
78 cards 121x70mm.
by Patrick Stillman, Oak Grove Oracle. 2004.
One of the earliest of gay tarots. Posed photographs.
78 cards 120x80mm. Edition limited to 2500.
|Tarot of the Boroughs
by George Courtney and others, Self-Published. 2010.
A contemporary urban deck set in New York City. Card images are original photographs taken in New York, for the most part by George Courtney, with two by Courtney Webber and Derek Jensen. Features images of some well-known writers and performing artists as well as ordinary people in the street. Some are posed, others are naturalistic.
78 cards 120x70mm.
|Tarot of the
Running Skulls Productions. 2006.
Posed photographs with collaged and modified elements. Minors follow the Rider-Waite prototype.
78 cards 150x100mm.
by David Palladini, Morgan Press, 1970.
Images in Art Deco style. Pips of Minors closely follow the established Rider-Waite prototype.
One of the earliest of US tarots.
78 cards 118x75mm. Box rubbed. Cards in very good condition.
|All Bears Tarot
by Tarotlyn (Lynette Monrean). Self-published. 2011.
A collaged deck using photographs of brown bears, grizzlies, pandas, polar bears and other bears. In creating the full deck of 78 cards the artist had the help of many other Aeclectic Tarot members.
78 cards 89x64mm.
by Joanna Cheung, Self-published. 2013.
0. The Fool: The Ccara Llama I. The Magician: The Coyote II. The High Priestess: The Striped Owl III. The Empress: The Golden Tiger IV. The Emperor: The Komodo Dragon V. The Hierophant: The Stoat VI. The Lovers: The Long-Snouted Seahorse VII. The Chariot: The Horse VIII: Strength: The Lion and Carmine Bee-Eater IX. The Hermit: The Red Panda X. Wheel of Fortune: The Orb Weaver Spider XI: Justice: The Chimpanzee XII. The Hanged Man: The Opossum XIII. Death: The Raven XIV. Temperance: The Liger XV. The Devil: The Brown Hyena XVI. The Tower: The Scorpion XVII. The Star: The Ibis XVIII. The Moon: The Rabbit XIX. The Sun: The Rooster XX. Judgement: The Siamese Cat XXI. The World: The Asagi Koi Fish XXII. The Happy Squirrel: The Little Pyromaniac
Ace of Wands: The Ram Two of Wands: The Giraffe Three of Wands: The Cougar Four of Wands: The Hummingbird Five of Wands: The Wild Boar Six of Wands: The Caracal Seven of Wands: The Hedgehog Eight of Wands: The Black Mamba Snake Nine of Wands: The Asian Elephant Ten of Wands: The Bactrian Camel Page of Wands: The Chinchilla Knight of Wands: The Cheetah Queen of Wands: The Red Fox King of Wands: The Highland Bull
Ace of Cups: The Otter Two of Cups: The Seal Three of Cups: The Dusky Dolphin Four of Cups: The Sloth Five of Cups: The Marbled Salamander Six of Cups: The Deer Seven of Cups: The Polar Bear Eight of Cups: The Magpie Nine of Cups: The Asiatic Black Bear Ten of Cups: The Mute Swan Page of Cups: The Platypus Knight of Cups: The Hippopotamus Queen of Cups: The Leatherback Sea Turtle King of Cups: The Humpback Whale
Ace of Swords: The Bald Eagle Two of Swords: The Panther Three of Swords: The Bleeding Heart Dove Four of Swords: The Koala Bear Five of Swords: The Mako Shark Six of Swords: The Adélie Penguin Seven of Swords: The Raccoon Eight of Swords: The Octopus Nine of Swords: The Flying Fox Ten of Swords: The Bearded Vulture Page of Swords: The Cayuga Duck Knight of Swords: The Greyhound Queen of Swords: The Osprey King of Swords: The Gray Wolf
Ace of Pentacles: The Scarab Beetle Two of Pentacles: The Kangaroo Three of Pentacles: The Hazel Dormouse Four of Pentacles: The Skunk Five of Pentacles: The Kiwi Six of Pentacles: The Alligator and Plover Seven of Pentacles: The Peacock Eight of Pentacles: The Beaver Nine of Pentacles: The Moose Ten of Pentacles: The Zebra Page of Pentacles: The Chipmunk Knight of Pentacles: The Black Rhinoceros Queen of Pentacles: The Alpine Cow King of Pentacles: The Silverback Gorilla
79 cards 118x80mm.
|Brotherhood of Light
by CC Zain (Elbert Benjamine), Church of Light 1964, reissue.
Based on the Wegener-Falconnier designs from the late 19th century.
78 cards 107x63mm. Early deck. Box worn, but cards are in very fine condition.
by Ed Buryn, 1991.
Original version with large cards of Major arcana. This tarot "explores the mystical vision and artistry of the renowned English painter and poet, correlating his imagery and ideas with the traditional tarot".
22 cards Majors only deck. 216x140mm.
by Bridget Reed, Colin Howard Top That! Publishers 2003.
78 cards 124x86mm.
by Matt Manson and Ujvari Gabor, Diane Rinella and Brett Harrison. InVision Games. 1994.
Twelve or so cards are immediately recognisable as tarot Majors. The others are unique to this deck.
42 cards 95x63mm. In original plastic box.
by Debra Klopp-Kersey, Self-Published 2008.
22 cards Majors only deck. 100x70mm. Number 2 of the edition of 250.
Mischievous crows are shown in tableaux reflecting the tarot archetypes. Debra Klopp-Kersey also created the Clown, the Seeing Eye and the Mystical Cat tarots. The deck comes in a rather fine hand textured box.
by Eden Gallanter, Self-published. 2014.
The Fool is the only black and white card. A first set of designs was made in 2003 and in 2007 a small run was printed. After making some improvements and modifications to her designs she sought funding through Kickstarter and this was published in 2014.
80 cards 100x70mm. Two Extra XXI The World
by Nicole Beland, Cosmopolitan Magazine. 1999.
Issued with August 1999, Vol. 227 Issue 2, p204 of Cosmopolitan magazine.
12 cards 110x55mm.
by Michelle Cohen, Curious Arts. 2001.
Only the Court cards of the Minors were produced. Michelle Cohen uses the device of representing the idea for each card as a human figure with a head collaged on top. Many of these heads are animals, insects, birds, fishes and even human forms. Some images use masks, artwork and sculptures. Supplied in a wooden box with a hand made book. No 8 of the edition of 100. Signed by the artist.
38 cards 125x75mm.
|Celestial Messages of
by H. Alan Roe, Self-Published. 1995.
Metaphysical spiritual deck of 22 cards with little direct connection to traditional tarot imagery. Cards are renamed. Various Christ like figures and angels are seen in cosmic spaces standing above the Earth. Supplied with a booklet of explanations. 22 cards Majors only deck. 130x90mm.
|Divine Goddess Tarot
by Lisa Green, self-published, Pink Sugah Publications, 2014.
Digital collage possibly using figure drawing software such as Poser.
22 cards Majors only deck. 120x70mm.
by Aime Jalon, Cedric Peyravernay, Jean Luc Monnet, Arkane Studios. 2012.
Dishonored is a computer game released in October 2012 on the X-Box platform. As a promotional gift for those who pre-ordered the game, the company supplied a tarot deck. This is primarily intended as a Jeu de Tarot for the 'Game of Nancy' the complex rules for which are supplied with the deck.
The deck has the familiar 22 + 56 structure, though the trumps do not directly link to the tarot archetypes.
The pips are in playing card style. The images used in the trumps appear to be based on characters in the computer game. The trumps are for the most part renamed though some are retained - Judgment, The Hermit, The Empress, The World and Death.
78 cards 118x62mm.
|Original Dog Tarot
by Marty Blake, Heidi Schulman. Potter Style - Random House. 2012.
Photographs collaged digitally onto painted style backgrounds, possibly also created digitally.
Eighteen Majors, Fool being numbered '1', with twelve Minors, being numbers 1, 3 and 7 of the four suits.
30 cards restricted set of tarot cards. 127x89mm.
|Distant Past Tarot
by Jae Larson, Jae Larson Designs. 2018.
Additional version of Death, the Hanged Man and the Devil. 81 cards 145x89mm.
|Deck of Heroes
by Richard Shadowfox, Schiffer Books, 2012.
Supposedly celebrating the "dreamy men like those of romance novel covers". The artwork, however, with its stiff mannikin-like figures, appears clumsy and somewhat contrived.
Digitally created using figure drawing software similar to Poser.
78 cards 123x73mm.
|Cephalopod Tarot Deck
by Kitsune Garcia, self-published. 2013.
78 cards 121x70mm.
by David Chastain, Self-Published. 1996.
Majors not numbered. Chastain stated that his deck was "created over the course of about three years, encapsulating some very personal symbolism and dream images, but hopefully connecting on a more universal level as well." Emblematic imagery for the Minors are created by David Chastain without much reference to the Rider-Waite prototype.
78 cards 140x85mm.
by Janden Hale, Everwind Publishing. 2015.
This can be labelled as a 'dark deck', tarot designs that dwell on the negative, dark side of humanity, often with images of grim horror and decay. This is similar to the Tarot der Schatten, the Savage Tarot, the Marilyn Manson Tarot, the Devil's Tarot, the Alchemical Wedding Tarot and a number more. The Darkana adopts a palette almost devoid of colour, with a background texture of inkblots and scratches. Imposed on this are digitally modified photographs in grey tones. Often the imagery on the card is perverse, the opposite of the stated meaning of the card. Thus the smiling Queen of Cups with "Loving empathy" fires off an Uzi machine pistol gangster style, the Two of Swords has a conventional image of a pair of scissors, but at the bottom left is a young child handling a bomb consisting of some sticks of gelignite set with a timer. The pregnant Empress holds up a child wearing a gas mask. Some images are more positive, but one loses sight of this positivity in a grim dark sea. This negative imagery is part of modern tarot art. It can be seen as the antithesis, and perhaps a response to, the delightful and engaging imagery of some tarots. Darkana is not without humour and postmodern irony.
79 cards 120x70mm. Extra card 'The Badass'. Digitally modified photographs.
by Virginia Gallagher, Self- Published. 2006.
Created in October 2006 for a senior project at Summerfield Waldorf school.
Creative exploration of tarot imagery.
Very small edition. This is number 2. Hand made. Pen and felt tip pen.
Included are a set of 22 cards with text explaining the imagery.
22 cards + 22 printed explanatory cards. Majors only deck. 130x93mm. This is numbered '2'. Almost unknown to collectors.
by Sally Anne Glassman, Gerald and Betty Schueler, Llewellyn Publications. 1989.
This is based on the magical writings of the 16th century Dr John Dee and in particular on the Enochian magical system derived in the late 19th and early 20th century from the magical work of Dee and Edward Kelly. It has 30 Majors some of which seem to correspond directly to traditional tarot imagery, but numbered and named differently. The Minors are in suits of Fire, Air, Water and Earth. These are structured into six Seniors, six Angels, a King and a card of Demons of each element. The Enochian system is extremely complex with many ramifications, so much so that the 12 page booklet has to have a 10 page glossary. Supplied in a sleeve with a small paperback.
86 cards 140x75mm. Extra 8 Majors.
by various artists, Bruce Peltz. 1980.
The idea for this deck arose out of some of the Science fiction and fantasy conventions in the 1960's which started giving space to a show of artwork. Bruce Peltz had the idea of asking some of these artists each to contribute a design for a tarot card. The artists took the established Rider-Waite deck as an exemplar, but some radically altered the imagery. 85 artists took part in the project. Not all the card designs incorporate the title of the card.
84 cards 118x75mm. Extra court card 'The Lady' in each suit. Two extra majors XXII 'Separation' and XXIII 'The Farrier'.
|Fatal Fortune Tarot
by Ariana Overton, Elizabeth Delisi, Self-Published, 1998.
The Fatal Fortune Tarot was commissioned to accompany the Lottie Baldwin mystery series books which feature a heroine who is a psychic and reads the Tarot to solve mysteries. The cards appear in every book.
The images are for the most part photographs of sculptures. Cards are laminated in pouches.
This tarot is also known as the Lottie Baldwin Tarot.
78 cards 118x80mm.
by Renee Christine Yates, Kisma K. Stepanich, Llewellyn. 1999.
Majors renamed but recognisable as tarot arcana.
00 - The Tree Of Life, 0 - The Seeker; 1 - Druid; 2 - High Priestess; 3 - Mother Goddess; 4 - Father God; 5 - Guide; 6 - Beloved; 7 - Chariot; 8 - Poetical Justice; 9 - Holy Man; 10 - Sun Wheel; 11 - Strength of Will; 12 - Hangman; 13 - Banshee Crone; 14 - Holy Water; 15 - Old One; 16 - Round Tower; 17 - Star; 18 - Old Witch Moon Hill; 19 - Sun Child; 20 - Judgement; 21 - Weaver Goddess.
Emblems on the Minors do not appear to draw on the Rider-Waite prototype. Titles and imagery are derived from Irish Celtic mythology. The Faery Wicca Tarot was apparently inspired by a vision of the Danu while Kisma Stepanich was meditating on the hill of Sliabh na Cailligh in Ireland.
83 cards 120x70mm. Five extra cards. 00 - The Tree of Life. The Apple Branch, the Crane Bag, the hazel Wand, the holy Stone.
by Mary Hoy, self-published 2011.
Cute foxes set within tarot imagery. Supplied in a transparent plastic box.
78 cards 89x64mm. Digitally created.
|Frau Grand Duchess
by J. M. Kruch, Self-Published. 2013.
Traditional scissors and paste collage.
78 cards 127x76mm.
by Jessica Clayman, Self-Published. 2012.
Jessica Clayman has also issued the Twilight Rabbit tarot, and she publishes her material under the name of Twilight Rabbit Creations. The emblematic pips are based on the Rider-Waite sequence, but they do not slavishly follow this.
78 cards 102x76mm.
by Staci Mendosa, David Bourne.
This is the earier version of these tarot images. They are more elongated than the version used for the Harper Collins edition.
78 cards 120x65mm. Pen drawn lines coloured with gouache.
by Derek Dykes, self-published. 2006.
The Enlightenment Tarot was inspired by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and its devastating effects on people. It is a modern reworking of the tarot, using photographs collaged and edited together to make the 78 cards, but has a strong elemental feel. Suits are Wind, Waves, Flames, and Stone.
Computer generated and modified photocollage.
78 cards 120x70mm.
by Elaine Moerti, self-published 2003.
The images for the Majors draw on the ideas rather than the forms of the traditional tarot arcana. The images used for the Minors do not draw significantly on the imagery of the Rider-Waite Minors.
78 cards 100x65mm. Pen drawings.
by Indigo Kelleigh, Self-Published, 2009.
Each card in this deck was designed, based on the traditional Rider-Waite deck at a resolution of 88x152 pixels, using only the default Mac 08 256-colour palette.
78 cards 82x52mm.
by Londa Marks, Alchemist Publishing Inc. 2010.
Londa Marks has taken components of paintings by Fabio Borbottoni (1820-1902)who had reconstructed a vision of the architecture of Renaissance Florence. Marks has found elements of these paintings which she has built into a tarot deck. Though these images do not directly connect to the traditional tarot forms she finds ways of analysing these in a tarot inspired context.
22 cards Majors only deck. 120x69mm.
|USA Fountain Tarot
by Jonathan Saiz, Andi Todaro, Jason Gruhl. Self-published. 2014.
79 cards 118x80mm. Extra card 'The Fountain'.
|Golden Dawn Magical
by Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Chic Cicero. Llewellyn Publications. 2001.
Draws on tarot ideas from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Thus The Lovers depicts Perseus and Andromeda. Two version of the Temperance cards are provided, one in the style of the Rider-Waite and the other in that of the Crowley-Harris. Supplied in a sleeve with an extensive book.
Line work drawn in pen using different coloured inks, then coloured with watercolour.
79 cards 116x81mm. Alternative Temperance card.
by various artists, Raven Kaldera. Asphodel Press. 2009.
This tarot is based on Norse mythology, which has a considerable cycle of tales involving giants or Jotnar. Some of these are well known through the Norse myths but others are more obscure. Happily in the booklet which comes with the deck, Raven Kaldera gives us a little detail about each of the giant, and Raven has written (with some others) a more extensive book on the giants The Jotunbok: Working with the Giants of the Northern Tradition also published by Asphodel Press. This tarot has been created by Raven Kaldera in the USA. Perhaps "conceived and orchestrated" might be a better description of the role of Raven Kaldera, as the images for the deck were created by over twenty different individuals, which are neatly described collectively as "Many Hands".
78 cards 128x76mm. Mostly paintings, some coloured pencil and some are digitally created. With 68 page paperback book.
by Dawn Williams, Mystic Eye, 1995.
This tarot focuses on the Bram Stocker vampire theme. The suits thus are Stakes (second death is final), Blood (life everlasting begins with the blood), Fangs (the dead are ever hungry) and Coins (human loyalty can be bought with gold).
The Majors each have a subtitle making a reference to the underlying 'vampire' mythology and many are re-named to fit into the vampire agenda. The artwork is in the style of a graphic artist who does advertisements for newspapers or magazines.
It is well executed with bold black outlines, strongly coloured areas with much use of fades and merges. Though it was done on a computer it mimics the style of airbrushed graphics. Some of the Majors are renamed. Thus Chariot to Hearse, Strength to Dracul, Justice to Vengence.
Computer graphics drawing program. Much use of gradient fills.
78 cards 105x69mm. Number 15 of the edition of 150. Signed by the artist.
Card 13 not named Death but White Goddess. Each Major has a tree, an animal a Celtic deity associated with it. Each Minor has an animal and tree or plant associated with it.
78 cards 120x85mm.
by Holly DeFount, 2011.
Apparently, Holly Defount did not initially intend to create a tarot deck, but she set herself the task of creating one piece of original art every day, usually in ACEO format. This discipline eventually took the form of creating a tarot deck, thus it arose 'incidentally'. Many of the cards in the Majors are renamed. Thus, The Magician is now the Red King, The Hierophant - the Cathedral, the Hermit - Blue Buddha, Hanged Man - Eclipse, Tower - Phoenix, and so on. The Suits are Arrows, Roses, Quills, and Oaks. The Princess and Prince of each suit are individually named, thus Princess of Arrows is 'The Messenger', Prince is renamed to 'The Archer'; Princess of Roses is 'The Muse', while the Prince of Roses is 'The Bard'.
80 cards 120x82mm. Two extra Arcana - The Labyrinth and Ariadne.
|Tarot of the Holy
by Michael Dowers, Christine Payne-Towler, Noreah/Brownfield Press. 2011.
Michael Dowers draws on alchemical and other emblematic material found in woodcuts and engravings in early books on alchemy and mystical matters. These have been redrawn, coloured and collaged using Photoshop to create the imagery for each of the cards. It is interesting to identify the source of all the components, however, one does not need to be familiar with the original source material to appreciate their intriguing and delightful artwork. The Tower, for example, uses an illustration of an alchemical furnace from one of the alchemical engravings in the well known Mutus Liber. The artwork could be seen as being similar to that of Robert Place's Alchemical Tarot though he redraws the images in a lean modern style while Michael Dowers create a more dense gathering of symbolism into each card image. Dowers often adopts a non-natural colouring for components of the images. It is issued in a fine solid box.
78 cards 127x80mm.
by Gloria Jean, Self-Published. 2010.
Some photocollage decks can be a bit sloppy. This deck, however, demonstrates the highest skill at collaging. The choice of images and their integration into the final image is exquisite. Gloria Jean must have a phenomenal library of artbooks and a great memory for images, as she is able to find so very appropriate visuals for many of the tarot arcana in Old Masters' paintings. The additional collaged elements are seamlessly integrated into the final image. Her Three of Pentacles is a clear example of what can be achieved through collage. Well printed and laminated with rounded corners and borderless.
80 cards 110x63mm. Two extra cards - the Dark Magician and the Dark Priestess. No 10 of the edition of 31. Signed by the artist.
by James Battersby, Chanel Bayless, Self-Published. 2010.
All cards unnumbered and untitled. The King's Journey Tarot is based on the Fool's journey of spiritual growth as he progresses through the trumps.
Supplied with book.
94 cards 100x65mm. Extra suit of Spirit. No 13 of edition of 60, signed by Chanel Bayless.
|Rider Waite Tarot
by Pamela Coman Smith, www.Lioncard.co.il U.S. Games Systems Inc, USA.
Printed for U.S. Games for sale in Israel. Titles in Hebrew.
78 cards 120x70mm. Rare item.