January 14, 2012

The Top 5 Most Awaited Tarot Decks of 2012

We all love new Tarot decks, don't we? Why do we need to keep buying new decks to add to our collection? For one, we see different versions of the same 78 archetypal cards of the Tarot. The different themes give us a feel of the nature of the artist and different cultures and points of view. This year has begun with a bang with so many artists coming up with their new Tarot decks. They are just awesome!! The art work is fantastic and we can't wait to purchase these decks as soon as they're out! Here is the list of the most awaited Tarot decks of 2012.

1.Alice Tarot
Artist: Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov, Baba Studio
Release date: Sometime in 2012

I have a great love for Alice in Wonderland. I loved the original Disney movie, love the books and the newest version by Tim Burton. She is a daydreamer and a whimsical girl who is out on her own journey, much like our very own Fool of the Tarot. The cards have my favourite characters: Alice, the poor little oysters, the Cheshire Cat and the hookah smoking caterpillar and many other crazy, eccentric characters. This deck is definitely going to be a must-have and will be a collector's item one day. Baba Studio also have very sweet Alice items on their website baba-store.com like bags, tarot pouches and cushions. Awwww... :-D

Website: www.alicetarot.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AliceTarot

2.Ghosts and Spirits Tarot
Artist: Lisa Hunt
Release date: Early 2012

One of my favourite artists is Lisa Hunt. She is so imaginative and creative and the worlds she creates in her paintings takes you to a different universe of fantastical creatures and fairytales. Her Fairy Tale Tarot is one of my favourite decks and I am looking forward to her newest deck which promises to give you the chills! It is a deck on ghosts and spirits. That is super cool. Another thing, today happens to be her birthday! Happy birthday!! Her other decks include Shapeshifter tarot, Fantastical Creatures tarot, Celtic Dragons tarot, Animals Divine tarot and the Fairy tale tarot. She also specializes in Jungian psychology making her companion books much more than just a book, they are a complete illustrated guide, and all that you will ever need.

Website: http://ghostsandspiritstarot.com/
Facebook Group: Lisa Hunt Art

3. Gilded Tarot Royale
Artist: Ciro Marchetti
Release date: Early 2012

Ciro Marchetti has got to be the greatest innovators of tarot in recent times. He has revolutionized the tarot world through his digital paintings. My favourite deck is the Legacy of the Divine tarot which I use most of the time for my client readings. Ciro Marchetti has also created the Oracle of Visions deck which is currently being used for my Card of the Day readings this month. His first deck was the Gilded Tarot, which he is revising this year and making some very interesting changes and creating the new and highly awaited Gilded Tarot Royale. I must admit I didn't feel that they needed any changes, but the newer cards are simply out of this world.

Website: www.ciromarchetti.com
Facebook page: Ciro Marchetti's Mystic Pallete

4.Steampunk Tarot
Artist: Barbara Moore
Release date: April 2012

Barbara Moore is a very well-known name in the Tarot world. She has been a part of many important tarot books and decks including Shadowscapes Tarot, Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, Mystic Faerie Tarot, Mystic Dreamer, Dream Enchantress Tarot and the Pagan Cats Tarot. The Steampunk Tarot is the most highly awaited deck and the most highly awaited deck for me. I love the artwork and the images, which give a very Victorian, Gothic and Steampunky look. This is a very modern deck, a deck of the future.

Website: steampunktarot.wordpress.com

5.Tarot Illuminati
Artist: Elric
Release date: Early 2012

This deck has the most eyecatching and captivating artwork I have ever seen. The colours of the art are very bright and neon. I always feel that Tarot cards should be more brighter and vibrant. This card has so much energy, and I love its pagan theme. Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful cards forming a beautiful story together. Recently the High Priestess card was on the cover of the Tarosophist International magazine. I am already in love with this deck and hope it comes really soon. The Lovers card is the best I have ever seen in any deck.

Website: http://elric2012.deviantart.com/
Facebook Page: Tarot Illuminati

So which of these is your most awaited Tarot deck?? Which artwork do you feel is the most beautiful and which deck do you think will read very well? Each of the decks is unique in their own way with different themes and a unique vision of the artist. I wish all of them all the very best for their wonderful decks which look very promising.

All the pictures and images are taken from the websites and Facebook pages/groups mentioned above belonging to the respective artists. For more images, please visit the links above. 


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  3. I have to agree with you on both the steampunk tarot and tarot illuminati. Both decks are so beautiful. I have the steampunk in my hands right now. I have to place and order for the other.

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