Tarot Top 5: Decks I'm Excited About

A little disclaimer before I dive into these exciting decks that will be part of my collection—through hell or high water! I write my posts way in advance so as of this writing (it's the beginning of August right now), none of these decks are actually available. Some may be shipping quite soon and are on my pre-order list, so by the time this blog is published, I may already have them in possession—and, good news, they just may be available for you to snap up too. ;)

Photo: Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak, Ritual Tarot

Photo: Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak, Ritual Tarot

Photo: Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak, Ritual Tarot

Photo: Illest Tarot by Kristi Prokopiak, Ritual Tarot

1. Illest Tarot. God bless her 90s heart, when Ritual Tarot's Kristi Prokopiak released photos of her pop culture icon-based Major Arcana, I was smitten enough to take the plunge and press pre-order. I've never pre-ordered a deck before, but my Tori Amos loving high school freshman self could not resist. Still in production and with a constant stream of super exciting email updates (I can't even begin to describe how I excited I get when an email from Kristi pops in), the Illest Tarot takes some of the 90s most celebrated figures from the music and entertainment world and spins them into the archetypes we tarot types know and love. The nostalgia factor is strong with this deck and I cannot wait to read Kristi's associations. I'm okay with pips over scenic illustrations, but this grungy, collage-y, zine-y deck may just be beautiful enough to make me fall in love with pips. I'm going to pull out a red plaid shirt to read with this one, that's for sure.

Photo: Game of Thrones Tarot by Chronicle Books

Photo: Game of Thrones Tarot by Chronicle Books

Photo: Game of Thrones Tarot by Chronicle Books

Photo: Game of Thrones Tarot by Chronicle Books

2. Game of Thrones Tarot. I saw Game of Thrones when the first season came out and was privy to all the hype—until the second season rolled in and I felt like it had gone from great to meh. It took me five seasons to get back into the spirit of things, because I developed a mad fangirl crush on Richard Madden (Robb Stark) in Cinderella (there is no guilt in this guilty pleasure for me). As I write this, we're into the third episode of Season 7 and it has made my Mondays 10,000 times better. One of my favorite publishers, Chronicle Books, announced at this year's Comic Con that it would be teaming writer Liz Dean (of my first Lenormand deck, Fairy Tale Fortune Cards) with the fantastical world created by George RR Martin. Now available for pre-order on Amazon, the deck is supposed to drop on November 7th. It's going to be a very happy Christmas for me! 

Photo: Bad Bitches Tarot by Ethony

Photo: Bad Bitches Tarot by Ethony

Photo: Bad Bitches Tarot by Ethony

Photo: Bad Bitches Tarot by Ethony

3. Bad Bitches Tarot. If you frequently navigate the many tarot channels on YouTube, there is no way you haven't come across the beautiful, sassy and humorous Ethony. One of the creators, teachers and deck enablers that has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of modern divination and psycho-spiritual practice, Ethony has already created several decks, one of which I cover this month on the blog (have you seen the Awakened Soul Oracle yet?). This year, Ethony launches the Bad Bitches Tarot, which takes the 78 cards and splashes them with ultra modern women, the kind we can all relate to. This is exactly up my alley—not super woo woo, fun and fresh, and hello—who can resist those gilded rose gold backings? As I write this, Ethony had just sent an update that the decks would be reaching Canadian shores by next week, which means I could very well have my pre-ordered deck in my hands by the time this post goes up (clearly, this has been the year of pre-orders for me) . Look forward to a review coming up!

Photo: Mesquite Tarot

Photo: Mesquite Tarot

4. Mesquite Tarot. I was feeling particularly speedy last month because I just went on a pre-order bender. The Mesquite Tarot was the second deck that I bought into. I love its light lines, soft pastel tones, and simplistic design. The thing about backing a deck on Kickstarter is it makes your heart happy too—to be able to support indie artists (like moi!) is a huge deal. It's also been such a fun adventure, trailing this Texas-based production. There are a lot of bare, stripped down tarot decks around but this one in particular caught my eye because of its beautiful use of color. I can already imagine using this deck for readings at my favorite naturally lit coffee shops around town.

Photo: Bonestone & Earthflesh Tarot by Avalon Cameron

Photo: Bonestone & Earthflesh Tarot by Avalon Cameron

Photo: Bonestone & Earthflesh Tarot by Avalon Cameron

Photo: Bonestone & Earthflesh Tarot by Avalon Cameron

5. Bonestone & Earthflesh Tarot. Like Ethony, Avalon is just one of those tarot teachers and figures that you can't miss if you begin to drop into the YouTube rabbit hole. Over the last couple of months, she and deck creator / artist / illustrator Ana Tourian have been holding livestreams to document the process of creating this ethereal deck. I'm not particularly immersed in the world of gods, goddesses, tribes, shamans and pagans, but this deck captivated me because of the genius of its two creators. This is one of the most well-thought out decks I've ever seen, and the way in which Avalon and Ana have integrated feedback from the tarot community to help shape the cards in real time has been so fascinating. Up for pre-order (with just a few decks left), the Bonestone & Earthflesh Tarot is set to be out by next year. (Unfortunately, because of the pre-order bender I was on last month, I'm stopping myself from purchasing right now. Fingers crossed there are still copies left when the budget finally permits!)

Hope you enjoyed my tour through all the decks on my wishlist. Are you looking to buy any of these too? What else is on your shopping list? Share your thoughts with me and drop me a line, I'd love to know.