This theme was inspired by Instagram–Thank you Instagram. Actually, it was inspired by my inability to actually see things as they are, but instead fill in the gaps. I’m pretty certain the card that I saw posted on Instagram was an Elf themed deck judging by the font used, but I glanced at it and saw a Klingon riding a horse through the woods.
This of course generates several questions – would Klingons ride horses? Where would they do so? And is there a Star Trek tarot?
By the way, I’m not a major sci-fi follower at all. I watch the occasional thing, and I do enjoy sci-fi, but I’ve only watched on Star Trek episode (and seen a couple of the movies, not sure how many there are these days), and I’m burnt out on Star Wars (*waits to hear the ping of followers leaving*). However, I really do appreciate where they come from, and I do believe that science fiction has a very important role in culture, but that’s a rant for an entirely diferent blog.
The Good News:
There is in fact a Star Trek tarot (though I have to admit, I’d be a little dissapointed if there wasn’t).
The Bad News:
It’s not in print. At all. Not out of print, but was just never printed. It was made for personal use and never published.
But due to the amazing nature of Aeclectic Tarot, there is a preview of the deck, which I’m sure would be sought after by many.
So of course, just not to show favorites (but really, if I’m going to fall anywhere on this spectrum, I might be more trekky than Star Wars fan, but then again, I don’t really do either), I thought I’d look into a Star Wars deck.
And Etsy was the winner on this one. I was able to find a deck produced by a creator in Canada (I couldn’t find their name), and at the time that I’m writing this, there are only two left (so you should shimmy on over there if you want to obtain a copy).
Also, just for funsies, I managed to find a Star Wars tarot Spread.
Initially posted by Flash Fighter on an Aeclectic Forum, the layout runs like this:
And the layout looks something like this (according to this forum–which, by the way, I thought was quite clever to portray)
x x 7 x x
x x 6 x x
5 x x x 4
x 2 x 3 x
x x 1 x x
I wanted to continue on with the theme of Sci-Fi, and thought that there was actually a sci-fi theme within Aeclectic. But apparently not. So I just opted for scientific, and came across the Science Tarot.
It’s made up of differnt mediums, or so it seems, and its suits differ from the classic suits of Wands, Swords, Cups and Coins. Instead it goes for Bunson Burners (Wands), Magnifying Glasses (Coins_, Beakers (Cups), and Scalples (Swords). In the description for the deck, it says it has an assortment of creators (hence the multiple mediums) and is in print and available on Amazon.com (not .co.uk, fyi).
Not entirely satisfied that I had exhausted the schi-fi theme, I had another look and came across the Mutation Tarot.
The deck is of Rider-Waite style, but takes on a sci-fi/fantasy twist, and replaces the humans in the depictions with other creatures. I personally find the Five of Pentacles particularly striking, as it replaces the down-and-outs with skeletons, seeming to say that if this continues, this will be the result.
The creator is Mario Rosa, and it is at least a self-distributed deck (so I can only assume also self-published). You can find the deck on his website linked above.
So, I feel pretty silly because I completely forgot one of my FAVORITE decks of all time, the H. R. Giger Tarot.
For those of you who don’t know, Giger is the designer behind the Alien movies, and has some phenominally dark and twisted sci-fi style art. And I’m not joking, it is pretty dark and twisted.
As is his tarot deck.
This is a rarer deck, but it is around (though as I write this, the cheapest deck I found was around the £150 range). This deck only consists of the 22 Major Arcana, and thus is more for the collector than for the reader. But the depth of the images is pretty intense. But if you like hard science fiction, if you’re a fan of dark imagery, this is probably for you.
I was going to end the post after the Giger Tarot, but I thought it might be too dark to leave off. So I found one more deck to hopefully make you like me again.
Behold, the UFO Tarot.
I actually quite like this deck. I think it’s really beautifully depicted, and varied in its range. It doesn’t just focus on aliens, but forming life in outter space (see 7 of…Plants?). And I think that the Magician is absolutely stunning.
The creator if this deck is Bepi Vigna and Arturo Picca, published by Lo Scarabeo (2007), and is is for sale on Amazon but at out-of-print prices (£200+), unfortunately. Otherwise I would absolutely have this deck in my collection–and I’m not even a sci-fi buff.
However, Vigna is also a creator of the Tarot of Atlantis, Tarot of the Druids, and Tarot of the Spirit World. Aruro Picca is also a creator of the Impressionist Tarot (which you might recognize from my posts) and Tarot of the Angels, and they are both the creators of the Tarot of Pirates,