If you are looking for a good tarot deck, you may find many tarot decks to choose from. However, if you are looking for a specific deck then you can surely find some tarot decks that are tailored to your needs and interest. The following article will show you the best tarot deck for your needs and interest.
The world of tarot is vast and mysterious. People and places that exist beyond the realms of our normal perception are all around us. Tarot is a way to explore that world. It is a way to understand what is going on in our lives and find clarity and peace when we need it. It is a way to connect to the unseen, to the “deep” and to the “other”.
Some time ago I reviewed the book Maps: The evolution and power of tarot by Professor Patrick Mayll. Eric Maill is her son, the artist and creator of the Ink Witch tarot. Meill is an Oklahoma-based artist and illustrator whose work explores the irony that we humans often feel ill-equipped to live because we struggle with our environment, the people around us, and our own emotions (according to his artist statement). And this theme is central to these beautiful illustrations.
The art style here reminds me of haboku, a traditional Japanese ink and brush painting, done in monochrome, that expresses depth through a sharp use of contrast, an art style that tends to be impressionistic, soft and flowing.
What makes Inky Witch Tarot so delightful is Meill’s story and artistic interpretation of each tarot card. In Key 0, I see the runner as a bird that seems to be in a predicament, but as soon as the cage falls off the table top, the door opens and the bird is free. If you think of the image of the High Priestess as a game of chess, then either the pawn on the other side will hit the bishop, or the bishop will hit the king on the other side. With the queens of both sides side by side in the foreground, resembling the traditional twin columns of the High Priestess.
The stories cover an extensive chronology of human memory. Some are more modern, such as B. the representation of power and justice cards, while others are reminiscent of mythology. I like that the hanged man is Odin with his ravens, and that Death reminds me of Persephone with the grenade of Hades.
Speaking of pomegranates: The only colored piece in the entire game is in sepia tones.
The devil card connects them to the lovers, and the tower card makes me wonder: what the hell is this? How should the cardholder get out of this situation? Assuming the action takes place in the United States or in a country where the driver’s seat is on the left, this character is a seated passenger.
In the photo above I have placed the triptych Star (a falling star surrounded by seven sisters), Moon (with the phases of the moon) and Sun (a view of our solar system) next to each other, because I like how these three cosmic landscapes are connected. Anubis represents the Last Judgment and is an emotional representation of the World Tree in Key XXI.
The chopsticks combination illustrations are my favorite. I love the juxtaposition of magic and science in Ace of Wands and Double of Wands.
There are a few cards where Mayll used an interpretation of themes I’m not so familiar with. In the case of the Five of Sticks, for example, I tend to read that card as an argument, but also as an opportunity that arises in that argument. There is also a certain competitive spirit that underlies these displays of strength. According to Mathers’ interpretations of the cards in the Marseilles games, the five of pointer indicates a victory, and the papus indicates a victory after a confrontation with the opposition.
Here, in the Five of Maill’s Baguette, this image evokes in me a migration, a search for possibilities in other pastures. This seems to be a true synthesis of the numerology of the Five and the spirit of adventure and exploration of the Sticks.
Classically, the key word that immediately comes to mind with the Six of Sticks is victory, which means some kind of progress, i.e. steps forward. Here we see a merry-go-round, and although this image evokes positive emotions, I also think of progress that will eventually be circular. The point is that it is an accurate and truthful divination that I often get when the Six of Sages appears as a prediction of the future. So it works for me. You could call it an unconventional interpretation, but it still works.
The Ink Witches deck felt like a conversation deck to me, meaning that the artist gave me, the tarot reader, many plot points to work with in each drawing. In the Ace of Cups, I read agape love and in the Double of Cups, I read a romantic date. The Four of Cups is charming and gives a nice play on the usual RWS image of this card – instead of rejecting the offer of the fourth bowl by ignoring it, the cat here rejects the fourth bowl by knocking it off the table.
The Five of Cups is another non-traditional interpretation approach, and I’m all for it. My copy of the deck did not come with a small white booklet, and while the cards are easy to read because Maill has already given you so much to work with, I wondered how the artist interpreted some of the cards.
Mayle is not afraid of complex imagery, and this is especially evident in The Color of Swords. The eight of swords is so clever, isn’t it? It brilliantly captures the feeling of being stuck, of being rigid, but it’s an illusion, and there is a way out if you use your mind. It has been a long time since I have seen such ingenuity in the interpretation of colored swords as I have here in the Ink Witch Tarot.
I love the Arthurian feel of this swordsman, and I’m intrigued by this more aggressive take on the double sword stalemate.
For this Nine of Pentacles – before I saw the IX or counted the number of coins in the sky – I intuitively assumed it was the Ten of Pentacles. Oops. =) On the other hand, looking at the Nine of Pentacles (below), its image reminds RWS readers of the Nine of Pentacles. I wonder if this was an intentional play by the artist.
Maill’s reinterpretation of the Three of Pentacles as an artist shows why I love this deck so much. I have a new perspective on the tarot. As a draughtsman, Meill is heavily inspired by comic book art, where a single image must tell a layered story that advances the main plot, hints at subplots, expresses emotions, with dynamic energy in the lines enhancing the dialogue. And all this can be seen in Maill’s illustrations.
By the way, check out Meill’s online portfolio, including his page of colorful bird illustrations, where each work is named after a deity, such as Icarus, Prometheus, Pandora, Medusa, Ariadne….. (!!!) I want a game on the theme of oracle birds with these works where birds are the messengers of gods and goddesses! How awesome would this bridge be!
Do you recognize a reference to Cernunnos the Horned in the King of Wands, or is it just me? And I think of the good fairy when I see the Queen of Wands. And I really like how the chopstick knight takes selfies with his phone!
The images on the barrels broaden my approach to interpreting the tarot dishes, but still make sense to me. For example, when I see the image of that knight with the rod, I think of vanity, both in its etymological Renaissance origin of wit and imagination, and in the sense of self-promotion. Come to think of it, it makes perfect sense for the Knight of Magic, even if it’s not my typical first thought of that card in the original RWS.
The fish swimming on the waves in the bowl on the Cup Page reflects eccentricity, so if this card appears in the interpretation, it will be an important personality trait. The starry sky motif on the cloak of the Knight of Cups expresses the elemental chemistry of the court map: From air (knights) to water (cups).
There is something extraordinarily intriguing about the fact that the kings of active colors (wands and swords) focus on the individual, while the kings of passive colors (chalices and pentacles) focus on the object and its landscape environment. And the reference to Joan of Arc in The Queen of Swords? You got me. I am now irrevocably addicted to this game. (Though personally I think of Joan of Arc as a sword-faced person rather than a queen, but in terms of status in the modern collective consciousness? Yes, definitely the queen of swords).
Ink Witch Tarot is a hand-drawn, pen-and-ink card game that casts spells with a pen. Maill’s shop on Etsy describes her work as witchy and queer-centric art, to which I would also add an eclectic assortment of cultural iconographic references.
Meill’s art is both thematically consistent and tonally diverse. The Maneki Neko cat card above in the Horseman of Pentacles interpretation is full of charm, but the tones go to the point of being shrill and heartbreaking, especially in the color of the swords.
Inky’s Witches Tarot touched a nerve with me. I could spend hours flipping through these cards and meditatively admiring the artwork. The game reads well, too. RWS readers will have no problem.
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FTC Notes: In accordance with Title 16 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 255, Guidelines for the Use of Endorsements and Reviews in Advertising, I received the Ink Witch Tarot from its creator for prospective review. Everything I’ve said here honestly and accurately reflects my opinion of the game.
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