Deck Review: The Bad Bitches Tarot

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I'm a sucker for a modern, minimalist deck so when Ethony started peppering her Instagram feed with fashion sketches based on the tarot, my collector's heart immediately hopped on that bandwagon. SIGN ME UP!

Everything from the aubergine tones of the magnetic enclosure box, the rose gold highlights, the supremely well-written guidebook, and of course, the sassy, saucy illustrations of the Bad Bitches Tarot are right up my alley. And worth the waiting time necessary for a deck from Australia to reach Manila (patience is truly a virtue).

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First of all, the packaging on this one is ace. I already have Ethony's Awakened Soul Oracle so I know to expect top quality from this indie creator, but her Bad Bitches went above and beyond because this time, we get a flip top box with a lovely patterned lining and premium, thin-enough-to-riffle-shuffle card stock. Plus a book that's the same size as the deck so it its snugly in the box.

I get a little miffed when a tarot deck comes in a ginormous box only because the book is huge. Let's keep things compact so we can tote those decks around!

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The guidebook is well-written (you would expect no less from the super prolific Ethony), and I like how she breaks up the descriptions of the cards into very specific terms. Bare Meaning gives you the basics, Boudoir takes you into the proverbial bedroom, Business talks career (bitches gotta work), Bank revolves around $$$, and Blocked goes into reversed meanings which is helpful for people who are embarking on that journey (lord knows I don't use reversals because I find them too complicated to deal with).

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I don't have the photography skillzzz to properly capture the rose gold gilding on these cards but they are beautiful. Every time I've brought this deck out to read for clients, they talk about the pretty shininess of it. I like how the gilding also doesn't get in the way of shuffling (no sticky cards!) or handling the deck (no weird powder fall out).

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From watching Ethony's videos, I know that diversity and inclusivity are part of her advocacies and she accomplishes this with the many shapes, colors and forms her Bad Bitches take. I love how the fashion so subtly reflects each card's meanings—it's very tongue in cheek. I'm not sure how this would fare as a starter deck, however. I pick up easily on the nuances since I am familiar with the tarot and its structure, but reading this intuitively may be a little more challenging than going with a more picture or scene-heavy deck.

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The color schemes are pastel and pretty—with the swords being a hazy lavender, the cups a light sky blue, the pentacles taking on a subtle green, and the wands using a citrus tone.  The handwriting is modern and swishy, a perfect partner to the type of illustrations used in the deck. I know that the font was one of my major nitpicks for the Awakened Soul Oracle so I'm glad that the type on this one was contemporary and cool.

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I think the concept of the Bad Bitches tarot works particularly well with the Court Cards since each of these women carry a strong and distinct personality shown by their stance and their styling. The Court Cards of most decks get a bad rap for being difficult to read, but because this deck relies heavily on characterization, it totally works.

You can picture these Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings as people you know—whether personally or through pop culture. That makes it easier to associate them with the traits they represent.

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By virtue of its name alone, the Bad Bitches Tarot carries with it a whole lot of sass—which is why, I always pair it off with the Rebel Deck. I pull this deck out for clients who have strong personalities, or whose concerns lead up to autonomy, owning their individuality, or becoming more confident.

This deck is a testament to how inventive, creative and cool tarot has become in the last couple of years. I really think Ethony outdid herself with this one! If you're a feminist, are a strong supporter of women stepping up to the plate, or want to discover your own inner Bad Bitch, then this one's for you.