I have little hands, so I don’t know how well I’d be able to hack these, but I’ve always really liked the idea of a circle deck. It makes it easier to ensure that there are reversed cards mixed in with the upright cards and just makes for something different all around. However, I haven’t really been able to find small circular decks–that being said, I haven’t really looked.
But this is the theme of this week’s weird deck Wednesday!
I wanted to start with this one for two reasons:
- I think it’s the most known round deck out there
- It’s recently been brought to my attention it’s controversial position
While this deck is loved and has guided many people in their journeys and does have a diverse chast of figures within the cards, which is worth celebrating, Lindsay Mack in her podcast relayed the point that many of the images depicted are culturally harmful. I won’t get into it, but I do strongly encourage you to listen to the episode.
However, the MotherPeace Tarot is one I’ve come across a few times, and knjow many people who have loved it. I personally am not a fan of the artwork in it, but there is something to it that has reached fantastically into other readers’ hearts and remained there.
It was produced in the 80’s initially, but was republished in 1997. The creators are Karen Vogel and Vickie Nobel. It is still widely available.
Circle of Life Tarot
The Circle of LIfe Tarot by Maria Distefano is just beautiful. This is a deck that has made it onto my list of decks to collect.
The images are whimsicle, unique, and strike me as being full of passion. There is a power behind the images, and I particularly am drawn to the depiction of Death in this deck.
Initially published in 2008 by Lo Scarabeo, it’s been reprinted in 2016, which offers and affordable version of the deck for £23 instead of the £164 I initially found.
Daughters of the Moon Tarot
The Daughters of the Moon Tarot is absolutely beautiful. I was torn because I didn’t want to mention this deck just yet, as I plan on doing a Feminine deck post another time, and this deck is compiled completely of women. It’s described as a feminist deck, but I just see it as beautiful.
Fun fact–or odd fact. I’m not really sure why this is, but the creators’ website sells the deck and book combo for $43, though if you look for it on Amazon, you can expect to pay between (are you ready for this?) £150-£995. I don’t know if this is because it’s not available in the UK, or what. But just do yourself a favor and go through the actual website.
Initially published in 2000 by Daughters of the Moon (yay self-publishing success!), the creator is Ffiona Morgan.
Songs for the Journey Home Tarot
Alright, so I’m very quickly finding that I have a love of the round decks. Every one of them absolutely seems to be phenominally beautiful, and Songs for the Journey Home Tarot
Clearly created with colored pencils as a medium, the colors are still quite vivide and the details intriate. This is a non-traditional deck, pulling its own images together to create the meanings of the cards. The suits differ as well, each one being named the element the suit represents. However, I haven’t been able to find anything that mentions the Songs in the picture below. For example there Fire Song, Wave Song, etc. I can only guess that they represent the courtcards.
It’s a New Zealand-based deck, and can be found at the creator’s website, TarotJourney.co.nz for NZ $30, plus shipping.
There are three other decks I wanted to touch upon, but I think I’ll save those for another post.
What are your thoughts on round decks? Have you used them? Would you use them? Let me know in the comments!