How Do They Measure Up?

This deck is a bigger, sparklier version of the Wiccan Oracle Cards.  I’m not sure if there was an intention to differentiate them by calling these the Wicca Oracle Cards (Lo Scarabeo, 2012).  This newer deck is about twice the size of the earlier deck, as you can see in the photo.  Less obvious is Continue reading »

Consistently Inconsistent

Perhaps it is only right and fitting that a faery deck be inconsistent.  After all, there are a great many different fae described in just the folklore of Europe, never mind the tales that come from further afield. So, it may come as no surprise to find a great many beauties (the fae were sometimes Continue reading »

Seven by Seven

Holly de Fount’s A Curious Oracle (2015 – currently OOP) is a delightful little deck with bright, deceptively simple artwork.  The card stock is a good thickness, and feels durable while still shuffling well.  The backs show a bluish-grey sea- and skyscape with crossed keys at the centre.  The deck works perfectly well as a Continue reading »

From Pink Flamingos to Dung Beetles…

One thing I like about animal tarots is the reminder of how diverse and beautiful our planet is.  That certainly comes through in Eugene Smith’s artwork for the Animal Totem Tarot (Llewellyn, 2016) .  On the other hand, one downside is that sometimes finding the traditional interpretations is a bit of a stretch.  I must Continue reading »

Welcome to the Parallel World!

Andrea Aste’s Kickstarter-funded Book of Shadows Tarot (2016) will soon be available from Lo Scarabeo, though I’m reliably informed that he has a few copies left that he can autograph and post out! The kit comes in a lovely black box with shiny laminated sections and a good magnetic flap holding it closed.  Inside there Continue reading »

What’s graphically textured art when it’s at home?

It’s nice to find self-published decks that experiment with different art styles, things which might not count as “fine art” in the eyes of publishers, but which are certainly elegant, creative and well-drawn.  The Meta Land Tarot (Jon Law, 2016) fits in that category.  It’s creator describes the Majors as “graphically textured art prints” and Continue reading »