Tarot x 5: Tarot of the Wild Unknown
My introduction to tarot had a lot of stops and starts, but I can confidently say that everything clicked and fell into place the minute I got Kim Krans' Tarot of the Wild Unknown. I know this deck gets a lot of flack for being hipster, and all I can say is the minute I saw this deck online, I knew that my reintroduction to cards (through the Fairy Tale Fortunes Lenormand deck and the Tarot of Jane Austen) was perfectly, serendipitously timed.
What's my favorite card? The Hermit. Right away, this is the card that completely took me over. The Hermit is my birth card and the simple image of a tortoise with a lamp on its shell just spoke to me. The Wild Unknown has images that to speak to me in a very deep way without any words.
What's my least favorite card? The Father of Wands. When I first got this deck, I still didn't 'get' the system of tarot, much more the court cards. Because the Wild Unknown makes use of animals instead of human figures, I had an extra tough time figuring out what the courts mean—especially with the snakes of the wand suit. At first glance, they all looked like the same snake! (Thankfully, I soldiered on and took a very helpful Court Cards course by Elle North and slowly, things began to make sense).
Who I was when I got this deck? Still deep in the yoga world, I was slowly finding my interests leading me to a more introspective restorative, and yin yoga practice. When I got this deck, I was taking a 20-hour training on restorative and therapeutic yoga.
When did I buy it? 2014. I got the first edition, and once I fell in love I was hooked. I bought the second edition when Kim Krans announced that they would be going mass-produced and were on their last batch of second editions. My good friend gave me the mass market edition as a gift from when she actually met Kim Krans at a tarot event in California!
Where did I buy it? Online at the Urban Outfitters website.
How did I find it then and how do I use it now? This deck will always and forever be my go-to because, like I said, it was the deck that really helped me learn the tarot. Right now, I go through phases with this deck—when I love it, I use it non-stop. This is also one of the staples I use for one on one readings because clients LOVE the imagery.
Why is it part of my collection? I think The Wild Unknown marks a major shift in tarot, and I love that in my own little way, I'm part of that new shift (as are all of you!).
See me wax poetic about my Top 5 Favorite tarot decks in one of my first blog posts here.