The Wandering Moon Tarot is a tarot deck that takes the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith layout and adds new cards to it. This allows for more variety in readings, as well as more flexibility when using the deck.
The the moon tarot card is a card in the Wandering Moon Tarot. It is used to represent intuition and dreams, and can also be seen as representing the subconscious mind.
Pen and ink artwork and black and white decks are two of my favorite things. It’s no wonder, therefore, that the Wandering Moon Tarot by Rachael Jean, an Australian artist and tarot reader, is exactly up my alley. The artist, whose art style I like, gave me this deck as a present.
By the way, you can’t see from these pictures, but the back of the card is holographic, and it glitters when it catches the light at exactly the perfect angle! It’s really magical!
Jean’s compositions are clean, always with strong focal points, and expressive, working with firm outlines and pointillism while dominating white (or negative) space with delicacy. There are a few extra cards in this deck, and one of them is The Wanderer, shown above.
A “solitary wanderer of the universe” rests on the surface of a planet, staring up at a crescent moon. This figure is surrounded by cosmic love and universal energy.” This card encourages you to remain grounded and present in the current moment. Look at the size of the accompanying handbook, too! Rachael Jean and Marion Kirk collaborated on the story.
As tools, there are two types of tarot deck illustrations I like to have in my collection: the first is when each card illustration feels like a complete and comprehensive universe, and perhaps could be considered “busy” with all the detailing, and the second is a deck like Wandering Moon, where each card illustration feels like anatomical parts of a sentence, or thought, and the wands are shaped like anatomical parts of a sentence, or thought, the wands are shaped like
Wandering Moon Tarot is ideal for big multi-card spreads ranging from the Celtic Cross to in-depth 15-card readings because of its minimalist design, with each card seeming more like a peek into a crystal ball. Because of the large amount of white space, this is one of those decks that you could truly personalize with your own pen and ink embellishments if you wanted to.
The guidebook claims that the deck is RWS-based (although with the artist’s own take on the original RWS iconography), however it seems that Key 8 is meant to be Justice (albeit the keys are unnumbered), and Key 11 is meant to be Strength. The cards are shown in the order they came out of the brand new box in these pictures.
I like the image of someone voluntarily falling to their death, complete with comet tails of stardust, on the Fool card. Yes, this individual is acting stupid, but isn’t the folly lovely and admirable?
Death was the first card in the deck to be created. A page in the handbook is dedicated to discussing the artwork of each card. Death is shown as a human skull that is “sunbleached and crumbling.”
When you look at that skull, you can see all the experiences and histories that it has seen throughout the years. The only signs of life here are the twinkling stars, which represent the regeneration of our stardust and a fresh beginning.
The Middle Path is a symbol of temperance. That’s fantastic!
The Moons suit correlates to the Cups suit, thus the Ace of Moons is also the Ace of Cups. Even though they seem to be disks or the Pentacles suit at first sight, I had no difficulty connecting moons with Cups since I equate moons with watery energy. As a result, this works for me.
The Stars suit is paired with the Pentacles suit. Because of the shapes utilized here, stars matching with pentacles works for me. By the way, I’m fascinated by how many pen and ink artists have recently concentrated on painting hands in tarot card pictures.
The court cards in this deck– Page, Knight, Queen, and King– maintain the minimalist style. The leafy vines appear on all pages; the Knights have a feather; the Queens have the elemental glyph of their suit; and the Kings have a crown as the focal point.
The element Fire is represented by this suit of Wands, which has terminated point crystals. I really like your interpretation of the Ten of Wands– both hands are full, yet you’re carrying it gracefully. While the majority of the pips in this deck provide just enough familiar symbolism for the RWS reader to pick up on (such as the sense of exploration in the Three of Wands, competition in the Five of Wands, or the bow and arrow in the Eight of Wands), other cards, particularly those in the earlier suit of Moons, have a Marseilles feel to them.
I believe the Swords suit is my personal favorite in this deck. While Rachael Jean began the project with the intention of creating a more modern tarot deck, her drawings are as ageless and traditional as they are current minimalism. The little touch of using handwritten card descriptions unifies the whole deck.
This deck is more stunning in person, in your hands, than in these pictures taken on an electronic device in terms of production value. The edging is silver semi-matte yet holographic, and it has that shimmering rainbow effect that labradorite has– you know what I mean? It has an iridescent sheen to it.
In my numerous readings with the Wandering Moon, the Four of Swords in this deck was a stalker card. I especially like the message conveyed by Jean’s interpretation of the card using pointillism. The silhouette figure has a deeper, more defined shape, but she then spreads out the dots along the middle meridian, implying Inner Light.
The handbook for the Four of Swords says, “I am the card of repose.” “It’s time for you to take a vacation from all you’ve accomplished.” Surprisingly, Wandering Moon Tarot was developed during the pandemic of 2020.
Overall, Jean’s Wandering Moon seems like contemporary alchemy, and it’s a beautiful black and white deck to add to my black and white tarot collection.
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