Deck Update: Cards of Chaos Extras

Deck used: Cards of Chaos Third Edition (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter)

Deck used: Cards of Chaos Third Edition (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter)

One of my favorite tarot and oracle artists is Aya Rosen, who created my perfect three-deck suite: the Metro Tarot Cards (my one and only majors only deck), the Black Lilly Tarot (a poker-sized deck with haunting, feminine figures), and Cards of Chaos—a comprehensive, totally intuitive oracle deck. These three decks go together so perfectly, not just because all the art's by one person, but because they build a great foundation for full-bodied, super comprehensive readings I give to clients and friends. 

Recently, I was trolling Instagram's Explore tab (one of the best channels to hop on for those looking for decks, IMHO) and spotted the familiar Cards of Chaos, except with cards that I did not recognize.

Many of the new cards are "named" much like our Major Arcana tarot cards. I like how inventive these key words are and how they give the deck a sense of (perhaps pretend) structure. You'll even spot some similarities between Major Arcana cards and these ones—see The Sun!

Many of the new cards are "named" much like our Major Arcana tarot cards. I like how inventive these key words are and how they give the deck a sense of (perhaps pretend) structure. You'll even spot some similarities between Major Arcana cards and these ones—see The Sun!

My tarot collector heart instantly went into overdrive and I googled, searched, and tracked until I ended up in the Gamecrafter site where Aya Rosen's decks are for sale, and lo and behold, I found out that there was a third edition of the Cards of Chaos, with 20 (!!!) more cards than the second edition, which I already had.

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I couldn't resist! I think if the deck was made by any other artist I would have been okay with skipping the extra 20 cards, but I would buy anything created by Aya Rosen in a heartbeat so without a second thought, I splurged on the $40.99 deck—never mind what I would do with the second edition I already owned (I'm a believer in back ups anyway).

It took a while, but the cards eventually came to me and while they are sized exactly the same as the second edition, they are made of a much sturdier, hardy linen material.

In some ways, this deck is good for both beginners and seasoned readers. For beginners who are looking for a way to access their intuition, this deck could be a make or break. Without a guidebook, you're really left to ponder these rich and vibrant illustrations. I have to admit that sometimes, I draw a blank when it comes to Cards of Chaos, especially when the cards are unnamed or untitled. That said, my intuition fires up when this happens and things begin to click. I find it extra helpful when I pair this deck with a tarot deck because I'm able to append whatever I'm drawing blanks on with something more familiar to me.

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Those who are used to reading intuitively can use this deck to unlock whole new meanings to the cards. I used this deck with a client very recently, and I drew The Emperor card, which isn't technically the Major Arcana's Emperor. Alone, i would have had a little bit more difficulty interpreting the whale and the key, but because I had also drawn the Major Arcana's Emperor in the very same reading, this card gave that message a big boost and helped shaped my reading in a totally new way.

I love how prolific artists are and admire the rate at which they produce and churn out new art. When it comes to decks though, I wish that creators could come up with Starter Packs and have additional cards sold us an Extras Pack instead, just to save us readers the cost of buying again, and again. Then again, the printing process can be complicated and it may only make sense to publish if you have more cards rather than fewer.

In any case, I've been carrying this deck around with me for the most part since I bought it and it's been stretching my imagination and intuition in ways I can only be thankful for. :)