The Witches Tarot Deck
Here, the Hierophant becomes the High Priest, Wheel of Fortune becomes Wheel of the Year, and Judgement becomes Karma.
Based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck and filled with images that speak to today's magickal practitioner, witchcraft takes center stage in this stunning deck designed by highly respected Witch and Tarot reader Ellen Dugan. Featuring the vibrant artwork of award-winning artist Mark Evans, Witches Tarot is the perfect combination of Tarot and the Craft.
In addition to card descriptions and meanings, Dugan's companion guide features spell-enhancing spreads-such as the Triple Goddess Spread, the Four Elements Spread, and the Wheel of the Year Spread-that you can use in both Tarot readings and magickal practice.
This deck is for every witch who wants a deck rich with magickal symbolism. In the magickal world as in tarot, associations and correspondences are of major importance. Ellen Dugan combines tarot and witchcraft together to create something that feels fresh and yet also familiar. It's like coming home to the magickal world of your dreams.
Ellen Dugan, the creator of this deck, came by her understanding and love of tarot organically. She was already a practicing witch when she picked up her first deck of tarot cards over twenty years ago to use as an aid to help her clients relax while she did psychic readings. Through solitary study, she discovered a natural connection between her spiritual path and tarot. Eventually she wanted a deck that would be a strong, elegant deck that would be a loved tool in her magickal work. She never found that deck, so she decided to create one.
The art is beautiful, very evocative. The images are based on the Rider Waite Smith traditional (but minus the Christian symbolism), so it is a very easy deck to pick up and start reading with right away, if you are already familiar with RWS symbolism. But the images are more than RWS images in witchy clothes on a witchy stage. These cards are symbolically rich. Every flower, landscape, clothing color, type of jewel, tree, fruit, and animal in these scenes has meaning and significance to the practicing witch. Consequently, this makes it a perfect deck for experienced witches, familiar with all these associations, to learn tarot more easily. It is also a great deck for tarot lovers wishing to deepen their magickal practice.
In terms of the images themselves, other than a few name changes, anyone familiar with RWS will find this deck extremely easy to work with. Here are the name changes:
Hierophant is now High Priest
The Wheel of Fortune is now The Wheel of the Year
The Devil is now The Shadow Side
Judgement is now Karma
Mark Evans' art combines a look of fantasy that incorporates photographs of real people, grounding the images in the real world. This works on both an artistic and symbolic level. Witches are said to be people with a foot in this world and one in the spiritual world. These cards have one foot in fantasy and one foot in reality. Each image is indeed a portal.
This is a standard size tarot deck.
What is Tarot Card Reading?
Tarot card reading is the practice of using tarot cards to gain insight into the past, present or future by formulating a question, then drawing and interpreting cards, essentially using the cards as a divination/intuition tool.