I was thinking about our chickens last night, and all their distinct personalities, and it hit me: there needs to be a chicken tarot deck. I wondered if I was up to the task, with my limited art experience. I still haven’t come up with an answer, but then I considered…what’s it called? Rule 34 or something?
There’s an internet rule which states that no matter what the idea is, there’s a porn made of it. I think that it also extends to tarot cards—no matter the idea, there’s a tarot deck made of it.
What better place to find out than to check Aeclectic Tarot?
For those of you who don’t know, this fantastic website lists just about every tarot, oracle, and lenormand deck that has ever been created, in print and out of print, self-published and traditionally published. So if you’re going to look for a unique deck tailored to your own interests without you actually contacting an artist to do the tailoring, then this is the site for you.
Here’s what I found:
Behold, the Kilted Rubber Chicken Tarot
This deck, whose medium is marker it would seem, follows the plight of the rubber chicken. It’s by Beth Seilonen, and, is not in circulation. Or so I thought. I had a bit of a hunt around, and found Beth’s website, in which she writes that anyone interested in this deck can email her about potential purchase.
This deck is Marseille inspired, and all things considered, quite pretty—at least, I think so. I personally quite like the 60’s and 70’s throwback style of cartoony art that you see in Beetles-related things. For example, La Matson Dieu (The Tower), and La Luna (The Moon) both have multi-layered celestial depictions, which different colors.
After the Rubber Chicken Tarot, the only thing I could really find on Aeclectic was forums asking about chickens that appear in other decks, but not decks centered around chickens. However, I had a bit of a wander and found some other delightfully random decks out there.
So in the last few years, I think it’s safe to say there has been a vastly increased political charge in the U.S., with more people getting involved and learned on their topics of interest that relate to their morals and ways of life. I think as this blog progresses, it’ll be pretty easy to see where I stand, though I’ll avoid any political posts if I can help it…for the most part.
With that in mind, here’s the Electronic Republican Tarot!
This is an 80-card, out of print deck created by Mariann G. Wizard in 2007. It’s based on the Rider-Waite tradition, and the suits—instead of your standard cups, wands, swords, and coins—are pineapples, bushes, arms, and coins. It also has a companion book, which isn’t the little booklet that generally comes with decks, but instead a full-on 200 page book called The Pictorial Key to the Republican Tarot.
After a little bit of a hunt, the good news is that the book is still pretty easy to find, and is even found on the Barns & Noble website.
However, the bad news is that I couldn’t find the deck itself for sale on Ebay or anywhere else.
Alright, when I clicked on this link, I have to say I was a bit disappointed with what came up, but I thought would share it any way. It’s winter, it’s the season for chocolate, in my very firm opinion. But, you know, so is spring and summer and autumn.
The Chocolate Tarot is a deck created by Lynn Atkinson Ph.D., keeping to the full 78 cards. Total Recall Press picked up the deck, though the deck itself is now out of print. The review on Aeclecitc says that ‘The cards show its progression from discovery as an Aztec food until the present popularity in a range of styles and old-time advertisements.’
The sad thing about this deck is that while there are some beautiful cards like the ones above, there are also some that just don’t jive with the artwork, jolting me away from aestetic pleasure.
I can appreciate that there might be a reason for this change of art, and probably a message behind it, but if I were to be using this deck, I think it would distract me too much.
I couldn’t find too much on the deck or the creator, unfortunately, in my very limited scan of the whole internet universe.
This isn’t actually a tarot deck, but it was something else I came across while I was looking up chicken-related tarot. It’s a book by Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford called Chicken Qabalah. The blurb reads:
A unique and humorous — and also practical — approach to the increasingly popular study of Qabalah. … DuQuette spices up the Qabalah and makes it come alive, restoring the joy of learning the fundamentals of this admittedly arcane system by using simple, amusing anecdotes and metaphors.
The best part is that this book is not out of print. So you can find it on Amazon, Ebay, and wherever else for non-extortionate prices.
And, as a side note, I do highly endorse studying the Kabala (as I like to spell it). I think that it is essential if you’re studying tarot, as so much of the imagery and symbolism derives from it—especially if you study the Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot.
So we started with chickens, which led to politics, which led to chocolate, which led back to chickens. I kind of find that this is my cycle in life for the most part, so I think this is a very accurate window into my world.
This concludes my first in the series of Random Tarot Finds, which I hope to become weekly.
Do you have a random deck you’ve found that you want to share? Let me know. I would love to write a post on it, or invite you to share your thoughts on it in a guest post!
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