Show and tell time!
Day 2: Top 5 Tarot Decks of 2018 (ones you purchased and/or released in 2018)
Well, this will be easy to list as I only bought five decks last year. (“Only.” Sheesh.)
In order of acquisition:
Arcanum Tarot. I bought this at the North Star Tarot Conference last February, but I’d been planning the purchase for months. I have Renata Lechner’s Thelema Tarot as well, and I was looking forward to seeing more of her art. While I like Lechner’s art, I haven’t used either deck much for readings. I’ve admired individual cards, and I can get good readings from the decks, but I have more emotional connection to other decks in my collection. But have I mentioned the art?
Orbifold Tarot. Unlike the Arcanum Tarot, I’d never heard of the Orbifold Tarot before I saw it at the North Star Tarot Conference. Every now and then, a deck insists on coming home with me, even when I can’t come up with a single rational reason for it to do so. As you can see, the Orbifold’s illustrations are brightly colored arrangements of circles. It makes a Marseille deck look heavily illustrated by comparison. How on earth was I going to read the darn thing? And then I ended up using it for readings and writing blog posts about it.
Seventh Sphere Tarot de Marseille. For whatever reason, many artists take the symbolism of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and create decks in completely different styles. Most don’t feel obliged to imitate Pamela Colman Smith’s art too closely. But so many Marseille tarots look nearly identical to my untrained eye, and all of them in the style of old woodcuts—a look I just don’t care for. Make a Marseille deck in a different style, and I’m willing to consider it. (I also own the Marseille Cat Tarot.) The Seventh Sphere Tarot de Marseille is definitely modern, while keeping many of the characteristics of the old decks, like an unnamed thirteenth trump and a giant cup at the top of the Ten of Cups. Unlike most tarot decks, the cards are thin plastic. The deck comes with two new trumps, the Return and the Tree of Life, but I haven’t used them.
New Era Elements Tarot. I like color. I also like not-modern imagery in my tarot decks. So I have no easy explanation of why I decided to buy this deck soon after seeing a photo that a friend posted of it. Sepia. Modern, 21st century imagery. Nice illustrations, yes, but not my kind of deck at all. Did you catch the bit back at the Orbifold Tarot where I said sometimes decks come home with me for no rational reason?
The Simple Tarot. Because I needed more decks with modern imagery? I learned about this deck on Kickstarter, and dutifully tried to resist—after all, I’d already bought four tarot decks this year!—but in the end, I committed to it. I chose the Classic Deck, but there’s also a Beginners Deck version with keywords for the main symbols printed on the cards. Sometimes simple is good.