Well well, it would appear that I have a thing for black and white independent tarot decks lately.... and appearances would be correct! How could I not when they are as clever and charming as The Wayward Tarot by Alexandra King? I mean seriously. You have to admire the spirit of this bold D.I.Y deck, with its organic artistry style and modern scenarios. When I first saw it I couldn't stop smiling and oohing & ahhing over the way she cleverly chose to depict the cards, especially in the minor arcana. While definitely based on the Rider Waite (which makes it super easy to pick up and start reading with immediately), it certainly has its own flavor. The scenes are understandable and recognizable to our everyday lives. Some of my favorite examples of this are the 3 of pentacles being depicted as two women cooking together and the pentacles being integrated into the stove and pots; the 3 of cups as three women sitting together & chatting with drinks in hand; and the 8 of pentacles as a girl knitting a scarf. Just. So. Charming.!!
The deck is easy to shuffle and feels great in the hand. It does not come with a book but, as I mentioned, will be easy to read with if you know the tarot system already... and if you don't, use any tarot book! There are two Moon and World cards, due to the creator not being able to decide which she liked best, which I think is so cute and awesome! I personally leave the extras in the deck as I feel they have different energies. It has a very practical, approachable way about it in readings. I especially love how it communicates for relationship dynamics and when asked about best courses of action. It very accurately reflected the issues in a situation twice last week when I asked what the potential energy was.
As always, when I received it, I did my standard deck interview!
Q: Wayward Tarot, how do you see me?
A: Temperance - Working diligently to create your dreams through the alchemy of using your talents, time, passion, and focus.
Q: How would you describe yourself?
A: King of Cups - Kind, balanced, and in touch with both my masculine and feminine sides.
Q: What are your strengths?
A: 7 of Cups - I can help you see the many possibilities available to you and can activate your creative and imaginative sides.
Q: What are your limits?
A: Knight of Wands - I am very bold and in yo' face. I want to be active and used and experienced! I may say things like they are without much sugar coating.
Q: How can I best work with you?
A: 3 of Cups - Treat me like a friend! Let's hang out a lot and talk, get to know each other. We have to develop a bond before we get to the really juicy stuff.
Q: What will be the outcome of our work together?
A: 5 of Cups - I will be the deck you can come to when you are sad and need some comfort and cheer. I will always point out the truth and also help you to get through and move on from difficult situations.
What a badass deck this is! I love it, and I am so glad I get to play with it! Thank you Alexandra for your creativity and genius in creating this piece of art.
To see my video review with a full flip through of the cards, watch this!