There are so many really wonderful decks out there. A lot of the time, the only access we have to tarot cards is either via Amazon or through a local shop who uses Llewellyn for a supplier. There of course is nothing wrong with this, but with self-publishing becoming increasingly popular, there are so many decks that we’re missing out on!
So, with that in mind, I thought I might throw in the occasional self-published deck tribute. There are actually so many, that I thought I might have to do this letter by letter, thus, starting with A.
The idea behind the Analytic Tarot is to use non-traditional and faceless images that are set a beautiful, borderless painting.
Unfortuantely, I didn’t find too much information on the deck other than that it’s self-published and by George Hess and Rose Szalewski. I wish I could say more. Even the images I provided are from Aeclectic Tarot, and don’t have card names. My guess is the moon one is either Temperance or the 2 of Cups, the middle card is the Ace of Wands or the Magician (possibly the World?), and the final one potentially the 3 of Wands (becuase of the world). I have absolutely no idea, but I do find the paintings just stunning.
This is a black and white deck, whith lots of wonderful white space that just makes you want to break out the colored pencils (or at least it does for me).
This 2013 deck is available currently on Etsy (shop name Zaheroux from Michigan, USA), and was created with the intent of providing a different view of each of the tarot cards by using animas and bones.
(For whatever reason, technical issues are happening again, and I can’t add a caption to the above image. But, image credit: Sohu)
The last of the A decks I’m going to look at (for now) is the Animism Tarot by Joanna Cheung.
This deck comes with an additional card, thus making the total 79 cards. It is a beautiful and vibrant deck–still available on The Game Crafter (link in Image Credit). Each card focuses on a different animal, combining animal and tarot.
The Cards were designe with the meanings of the Rider-Waite Tarot in mind to make for an easier read. I personally see myself obtaining this deck in the future.
Have any decks you’d like me to talk about? Let me know in the comments!