The Witchy Tarot is a seriously funky, slightly naughty deck, depicting saucy witches with big pointy hats, goats, broomsticks and even scateboards!
At first glance, the images are fun, full of symbolism, and each one really tells a story.
The style is a mix of traditional and contemporary – surrounded by nature and old-fashioned kitchens and gardens, the witches are dressed in mini skirts, flare trousers, stockings and high heels.
This deck certainly has a sense of humour!
The Major Arcana is based on a traditional tarot deck, but it is also divided into groups of 7 cards relating to tools, plants and animals that are part of a witch’s life.
The Devil is the odd one out – he doesn’t belong to any group.
Some of the Major Arcana cards are interpreted differently to my own perception.
For example, the Fool‘s keywords are “chaos, haste, breathlessness, loss, rebellion”, whereas the Hermit‘s interpretation is “sluggishness, delay, cold blood”.
In comparison to the Hermit, the Hanged Man suggests “temptation, punishment, natural therapy”.
The Minor Arcana has been changed the most; the suits and the court cards have been renamed:
Flames – Wands
Cauldrons – Cups
Broomsticks – Swords
Boulders – Pentacles
Celebration – Page
Moon – Knight
Goddess – Queen
Trial – King
There is method to this madness, but you really have to get used to it.
For example, the “celebrations” relate to the four fire festivals of the Wiccan/Pagan wheel of the year:
Celebration of Flames (Page of Wands) – Beltane
Celebration of Cauldrons (Page of Cups) – Imbolc
Celebration of Broomsticks – (Page of Swords) – Samhain
Celebration of Boulders (Page of Pentacles) – Lammas
The Moon seems an apt connection to the Knight expressing volatility and movement. The four phases of the moon are linked to each Knight:
Moon of Flames (Knight of Wands) – Waxing Moon
Moon of Cauldrons (Knight of Cups) – Full Moon
Moon of Broomsticks (Knight of Swords) – New Moon
Moon of Boulders (Knight of Pentacles) – Waning Moon
The Goddesses (Queens) are:
Flames – Holda (German)
Cauldrons – Bona Dea (Roman)
Broomsticks – Morrigan (Celtic)
Boulders – Hekate (Greek)
The Trials (Kings):
Flames – Flight with whip and broomstick
Cauldrons – Sabbath with dancing
Broomsticks – Initiation and kiss
Boulders – The brand of fire
I really like these correspondences and have listed them here, so you can make use of them with any tarot deck, if they resonate with you.
The enclosed mini booklet offers a brief overview of the structure of this deck and card interpretations.
It also contains a 13-card spread, the Circle of Witches, which is useful as a general reading covering all aspects of life.
Overall, I really enjoy getting to know the Witchy Tarot. It’s a deck for 21st century women, who embrace witchcraft as the “Craft of the Wise” and as a tool for empowerment and spiritual growth.
Although this deck may be aimed at the younger generation, it will appeal to the young at heart regardless of age.
Finally, I have drawn a card that expresses the inherent energy of the Witchy Tarot:
3 of Cauldrons
“Witches cuddles, tenderness, assistance, availability, communication, study, love designs with an older man”
Hang on – love designs with an older man?
Good vibes from this deck all around!
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Witchy Tarot, Laura Tuan & Antonella Platano (Artist)
© 2003 Lo Scarabeo