Slowly but surely I’m adding the decks on my wishlist to my collection, and the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is my latest acquisition.
This vintage / retro style deck exploring a bygone world of travelling entertainment is fun, fascinating and a little creepy.
The Major Arcana cards are unnumbered, so whether you follow the RWS or Thoth tradition, the sequence – especially regarding Adjustment (Justice) and La Force (Strength) – is up to you.
A lot of Major Arcana cards are renamed to fit the circus theme, such as The Clown (Fool) and The Ringmaster (Emperor).
Other card names follow the Thoth tradition, such as Art (Temperance) and The Aeon (Judgement).
The court cards have also been renamed:
Governor – King
Duchess – Queen
Rider – Knight
Billposter – Page
The suits are:
Batons – Wands
Buckets – Cups
Blades – Swords
Rings – Pentacles
The pip cards all have keywords at the bottom, some of which are obvious and others you may have to think about. Here are some examples:
Ace of Batons – Inspiration
Three of Batons – Arrival
Five of Buckets – Regret
Ten of Buckets – Straw House
Three of Blades – Heartache
Seven of Blades – Audacity
Six of Rings – Patronage
Eight of Rings – Transformation
If you would like to see all the cards of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi, here’s a video I have made earlier:
Overall, this is a very readable deck, if the artwork and theme appeals to you, and I look forward to working with these cards over the coming weeks.
The Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi is self-published and available at:
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