Learn more about the tarot decks I am currently using, along with my retired ones and those in my wishlist.
From Aeclectic Tarot: The Shadowscapes Tarot is a stunning Tarot deck from artist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, with gorgeous watercolour Tarot imagery in her unique flowing yet detailed style. Long-awaited by its many fans, the deck is now out from Llewellyn in a bordered edition with a companion book.
I first encountered this deck years ago when my mentor lent it to me. Back then, I was just starting to learn the craft. The art is indeed very captivating. Each card presents warm yet strong messages through its symbolism, and I admire the artist’s work she has done here.
When I was choosing a replacement for my Dream Enchantress Tarot, I was contemplating between this and the Byzantine Tarot. It was difficult to choose, but I eventually went with Shadowscapes. I now use it for almost all of my sessions.
Prisma Visions Tarot
From Aeclectic Tarot: The Prisma Visions Tarot is a beautiful 79-card deck from James R. Eads, creator of the Light Visions Tarot. His second deck has full-colour cards in an impressionistic, surreal artistic style. The major arcana cards are bordered, while the minor arcana cards are borderless – and each suit can be lined up into one continuous image.
My colleague at work showed me this deck online, and I literally fell in love with it at first sight. Each card is enigmatic, and even the box that holds the cards is a sight to behold. The art is heavily inspired by Impressionism, of which the greatest example could arguably be “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh. One thing that is remarkably unique about this deck is about its Minor Arcana. Each of the suits can paint a larger panorama.
I’m still studying this deck and I’m so excited to use it.
Dream Enchantress Tarot
From Aeclectic Tarot: The Dream Enchantress Tarot is from the same artist who created the Secret Tarot. It’s a fantasy, mysterious, feminine deck, and with minimal black borders to set off the luminous images.
This was the first-ever deck I used for readings. It started when my mentor gave me another deck, and I was really having difficulties reading it. What she did was, she let me switch that deck with the Dream Enchantress which another friend was using.
What followed is years of solid usage of this deck. I’ve grown attached to this, as this has helped countless of people, including myself. I believe that the time has come for the Dream Enchantress to take its long-overdue rest, so I decided to retire it. Maybe, I’ll give this to an apprentice, someday.
Dark Exact Tarot
From Aeclectic Tarot: The Dark Exact Tarot is a minimalist tarot of 78 cards with simple line drawings and symbols on a black background. It’s designed to be universally accessible by representing the conventional characters of the tarot as plants, animals, objects, and alchemical symbols instead of human figures. The deck is self-published and available from the artist.
I am a big fan of minimalism and simplicity. In the case of tarot, however simple a card is, it can still deliver powerful messages. In addition, I mostly prefer “hand-crafted” things, or things are not exactly mass-produced. The fact that this deck is self-published gives it additional charm.
From Aeclectic Tarot: The Golden Tarot is a sumptuous collage Tarot deck, skillfully blending medieval and Renaissance artwork into whole Tarot scenes. Long known as a digital deck, the Golden Tarot is now in print from US Games. The edition comes in a sturdy box with a companion book, and cards with gilt edges.
I am absolutely a history junkie. Anything from TV shows, to films, to just about anything, I usually end up engrossed in historical topics. When I saw this deck along with the words “medieval” and “Renaissance”, I was sold. I want this deck.