My mom’s birthday is coming up, and like a very dutiful individual, I’ve left it to the last minute to hunt for a gift for her. I wont’ get into the ins and outs of what I looked for or what I decided up on in the end, but I will say that it led me to this post.
My mother is a beach person. She loves beaches, and more specifically, beaches in Wales. So I thought that in her honor, I would see what beach tarot decks are out there.
The closest thing I could find was the Life’s a Beach Tarot, though I have to say that I’m not terribly impressed. I’m not saying that because the deck is no good, but more that it reminds me of motivational posters turned into a tarot deck, and is photographed rather than painted or even photoshopped.
No, I can’t make the claim that it wasn’t photoshopped. Some of the pictures are very clearly altered with the intent of drawing out the intuitive senses. I appreciate these cards more than the others.
Of course, this is just my preference. I think that if I were to ever give my mother a tarot deck, this would be quite perfect for her, now that I’m thinking about it. But that being said, I could never actually picture her using a tarot deck.
The creator of the deck is Licia Sorgie, and it was created in 2015. Game Crafter still carries it, and you can purchase it here (thought I’m not sure how, as I can’t find a purchase button).
I didn’t see too many decks–in fact, non at all–that had a beach theme. So then I looked at water, or oceans. There was a forum in which a woman asked for her daughter after some beach-themed tarot, and there were a list of suggestions that were mostly ocean based.
The first one I clicked on was Tarot of Mermaids, mostly because I used to own that deck.
It truly is a beautiful deck, but it wasn’t meant to be mine and I ended up passing it along. It was several years ago, and I don’t remember too many details about it, other than really just enjoying the artwork in it.
The suits are oars, tritans, shells and pearls, though of course correspond to the traditional wands, swords, cups and pentacles.
The creator is Mauro De Luca and Pietro Alligo, who also created the Tarot of the Nymphs. The deck is still in print and you can find it wherever you search on Amazon.
Another deck I found was the UnderSea Tarot by Frank Fradella.
There isn’t too much I feel like I can say about this deck except that to me it has a very masculin, heavy energy about it. Keeping in mind, I am making this comentary by only seeing images of it online.
However, the art style, though beautifully colored, reminds me of graphic novels, and that actually intrigues me. To me, it promises of a good story behind the scenes, and I hope that this deck can deliver that.
It was first published in 2008 and is still in print, and can be found on Amazon.
I saved the best for last–and it is SO GOOD. I don’t know if you know this, but cephalopods are
kind of the best things in the world. There’s a very definitive period at the end of that sentence.
Anyway, someone else recognized this and turned their amazing image into a deck of tarot cards: The Cephalopod Tarot
They’re delicately colored, in my opinion. They aren’t as bold as say the Life’s a Beach Tarot or the Undersea Tarot. But they are beautiful.
Consider The Magician, and how it holds all of its tools of the universe in its arms rather than keeping them before him. That’s because he can, he has the ability to hold and use them all at once. Surely that makes that card all the mor powerful.
And can we please talk about how The Star is a glowing Starfish?!?
The Cepholapod Tarot was created in Kit Garcia, and is a self-published deck. You can, I believe obtain copies, though it is print-on-demand, so it might be a little costly. But for this deck, I think that surely it’s worth it.
Do you have any amazing tarot decks you want to share? Was there anything that you were sold on? Let me know in the comments!