Last Tuesday I couldn’t resist myself. I don’t even know how I came across the video, but I did, and it was an unboxing of the Trippin’ Waite Tarot. The neon colors and 60’s and 70’s theme got me immediately looking for the deck, and ordering it.
The deck is a James Battersby and Christine Aguiar creation, the latter being the artist. Together they create tarot decks found at TarotCollectables.com. This new release does not fail to please, at least not this hippie any way.
‘Every card radiates with life and is designed to bring color to your readings. Based on the popular Rider Waite Smith imagery, the Trippin’ Waite is recolored, designed and reimagined by Christine Aguiar,’ reads the box.
The deck doesn’t come with a Little White Book, but instead makes available a downloadable PDF on the above mentioned website. I definitely recommend it, as it gives a little bit of insight to some of the cards.
My Excitement (Overly Zealous Commentary)
The majority of the cards are very close to the Rider-Waite deck, just colored differently. However, there are some that are almost completely different. The Tower is underwater, meant to be the Lost City of Atlantis, and bringing a strong element of Water to the definition, which I quite dig.
The Ace of Coins and the 9 of Swords are melting, which remind me of imagery of a bad trip. I love the element of the youth playing the trumpet in Judgement, which makes me think of soul music reviving people.
This is the first diverse deck I’ve owned, though I’d have liked it to be more diverse. The majority of the diversity occurs in the Major Arcana, with only two non-white individuals in the Minor Arcana.
The Devil is a particular favorite of mine, with a depiction of the US’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The LWB PDF reads:
With his Nixonian salutes, The Devil lingers above a Vietnamese villager and an American G. I., both victims, it could be argued, of the war machine. We see in the background the napalm being dropped. For the G. I., the chains represent a forced draft into the military, and for the Vietnamese lady, the chains represent her being chained to an event she had no say in.
And I love the 2 of Cups, which also reads, ‘Make Love, Not War,’ a message I’ve worn on several shirts.
I was also able to get a signed copy of the box, which was fun too.
The cards themselves come on a really good cardstock. The box was thicker than most of my other boxes. I compared it to the Vampire Tarot box, and the Trippin’ Waite perhaps got a centimetre or two on it (in my very bad estimation).
The first shuffle was a little awkward. My Spiral Tarot and now the Aquarian Tarot in a Tin are for the most part th only decks I use, and thus, I’m used to a smaller deck. I have a bit of a hand injury, and I was a little nervous stretching my hand that much and applying the pressure. But I was able to do it, and after the first couple poker-style shuffles and bridge, the cards limbered up enough to be comfortable but still hold their rigidity.
I got this deck because it reminds me of my more excitable days (not long ago, like 10 years ago, if that), when I was going to festivals a lot. I was around the hula-hoopin’ crowd, the magical rainbow people in my life who brought so much color to my days. This deck is exactly reminiscent of that. And my colorful days aren’t over, I just don’t have as much access to my colorful people.
When I saw it, I first thought of reading at festivals. In particular, I thought of going to my favorite festival in Washington, Melt Down, and reading for people there. I think this is the perfect deck for that setting, unless folks are after some more serious questions. And I think that more fun events will get this deck when I read at them.
I really enjoy some of the political messaging that came from the 60’s and 70’s that are in the deck, as I think a lot of them are still warranted today. It’s fun but still brings a little bit of a serious tone to it, if that’s what you’re after.
I’m extremely pleased with this deck, and look forward to including it in my practice.
It should be noted that I am not affiliated with the creators of this deck, nor with any other distributor at the time of writing this. I bought this on my own and reviewed it on my own.