Augury

Manzel Bowman makes art every day in Amityville, NY. His Afrofuturist work is lush and evocative.

His tarot harkens back to the beginning of the form, structuring symbolism from 15th century decks like the Visconti-Sforza.

Bowman says he likes to “create myths rather than believe in them.”

His deeply detailed and expressive images make it easy to spin myths from every card.

PixelOccult is the shop of James Brothwell of Portland, Oregon.

Sinking Wasteland Tarot

He has two decks in his Etsy shop, both so gorgeous I couldn’t feature just one.

The Sinking Wasteland Tarot is his post-apocalyptic vision. Toxic waters threaten his wasted world, which took him about two years to create.

Neon Moon Tarot

The Neon Moon Tarot is another sci-fi deck, this time with a cyberpunk theme.

Like the Sinking Wasteland deck, James aims for diversity in ethnicity and body type.

His bright, limited color palette evokes a vibrant, twisted future. I’d love to have both of these decks on my shelf.

The Dark Exact is the shop of Coleman Stevenson, a Portland, Oregon based artist.

The Dark Exact Tarot, $38

I dig her style, and am itching to add her Tarot to the collection. The shop has a few different augury kits, plus scents, and other odds and ends.

Pin Divination Set, $22

And how cool is a matchbox ritual kit? That’s a stocking stuffer for all your witchy friends.

Ritual Kit, $10

The Wooden Tarot

Death

The Wooden Tarot is not made of wood. Andrew L. Swartz originally painted them on wood, and thus the name.

Swartz uses images from nature to illustrate his 78-card deck. The style is lovely and warm, contrasting with the darkness of the subject matter.

The Devil

The Wooden Tarot is one of a trilogy of decks available on Etsy (where you can get a few other goodies) and his website, Skullgarden.

I have always loved the art of the tarot. I used to read when I was younger, and was considered quite accurate. I believe it was much the same as the man who had a reputation for reading palms. A skeptic convinced him to spend one week telling his clients the opposite of what he saw in the lines. He found that he was just as accurate.  Woo notwithstanding, I am still enchanted with the idea of 78 little paintings, guided (or often not) by a traditional framework of ideas.

James R. Eads actually has two lovely tarot decks out, Prisma Visions and Light Visions.  Both were funded via Kickstarter, and you can see more of the cards at the campaign pages.  The paintings for the cards were done on a large scale, so the finished project is full of exquisite detail. The lower arcana are borderless, as they flow together.

I wanted to do one big art tarot post, but, like dolls, I ended up with too much stuff. So I’ll be posting decks that are on my wishlist from time to time.