Deck Update: The Illest Tarot v 2.0

Deck used:  The Illest Tarot  (Kristi Prokopiak, Ritual Tarot)

Deck used: The Illest Tarot (Kristi Prokopiak, Ritual Tarot)

FACT: I'm never going to stop talking about how much I love the Illest Tarot. SERIOUSLY. It's been six months (!) since I've been using this deck exclusively for my daily draws and I am still in the can't stop won't stop zone. I reviewed this deck (on Valentine's Day this year, as it turns out) here and if you haven't yet heard about this amazing indie creation yet, please get yourself out from under your rock, click on the link and learn everything you can about it RIGHT NOW.

On with the story… as some of you may have surmised after all my ramblings on tarot decks, I am a collector at heart. Give me something I will love forever and I will willingly buy all versions of it. So when creator Kristi Prokopiak announced that some cards from the Illest were getting a makeover, how could I not jump on the bandwagon? Of course I had to have the second edition.


If you're one of the early adopters who got the first edition, it'll be good to know that not a lothas changed—just a couple of court cards. If you're not finicky and not as big of a collector as I am, I think you'll be fine carrying the first edition. If you're very particular however, this one's worth another $50.

First of all, I wholly and fully agree with the changes that were made. I appreciate them because the updated courts (all 90s figures, still) are actually people I relate to more than the first batch of celebrities on the deck.

The switch from Jennifer Lopez to Reese Witherspoon as the Queen of Pentacles, for example was awesome for me. I remember watching Reese in the cinema for the first time as a 12 or 13 year old, watching "Man in the Moon" (anyone remember this?) with my best friend and my mom. It was the early 90s and Reese was a fresh-faced teen. To see how she fits the Queen of Pentacles archetype is to really think about how she's grown over the past decades and what she's done with her celebrity to nurture others.


I have a love-hate relationship with Lena Dunham, who appeared in the first edition as the Knight of Swords. I get why she was the pick for this court card, and I did somewhat appreciate her acerbic wit on "Girls." But when I think about the Lena Dunham-ness of Lena Dunham, I'm also a little put off. Which is why I was SO delighted to see Robin Tunney (Sarah) from "The Craft" appear as this archetype. 

I was all about "The Craft" in high school, like a lot of us 90s folks are. So YAY. This switch made me want to do "light as a feather, stiff as a board" all over again.

And finally, the switch from Lykke Li as the Queen of Cups to India Arie was also a positive change for me. Not because I have anything against Lykke Li, but I'm actually more familiar with India Arie's music than I am with hers. I loved "Video" when it came out, I remember, and "I am Light" has been a constant and consistent yoga song for me. So YES, India Arie, YES.

I am, however, wildly attached to my first edition since I haven't stopped using it since I got it, so my second edition is laying still, at the moment, in my cabinet, waiting to be used at another time.

What do you think about decks that have minor changes—are they worth investing in a second time? Would you dismiss this change or are you all about getting all the decks? Let's talk in the comments below!