I met so many amazing people at my first Readers Studio in New York. One of those was Shelley Carter, Shelley is an artist and a tarot reader who lives in probably the most beautiful place I've ever seen - Elora, Ontario, Canada.
Shelley and 65 of her fellow artists created a tarot deck comprised of 78 works of art. I've owned a couple of decks with contributions from various artists - the Amanda Palmer tarot, for example. One of the drawbacks to a multi-artist deck is that the different artistic styles can seem disjointed. I'm happy to say this is not the case in the Elora Tarot. All of the cards go together - even though they're full of wildly different styles. I wish I could have been there for the gallery showing of all of the works! You can see pictures below.
Shelley let me have a copy of this beauty for review, and it did not disappoint. She also answered the questionnaire so we could get to know her better!
Artwork - This deck is ridiculously beautiful. Each card is unique in both the style and interpretation of tarot meanings. And the Devil Card holds a secret.
The Suits - This isn't a standard tarot deck, so there isn't a standard across the suits. You can tell what each card represents (and there are titles just in case).
Representation - There are both queer folks and people of color!
Cardstock - Larger cards with pretty sturdy cardstock.
The Book! - The card descriptors come from the artists themselves, which is fantastic. You also get to learn a little about each artist. The descriptions are succinct and helpful.
Shufflability - They're big, but manageable.
Should you buy this deck? Yes. Not only are they lovely, but you'll be supporting a community of artists. Can't get much better than that.
What you appreciate the most in your friends. A sense of humour, creativity and intelligence
Your idea of happiness. Discovering a new destination with my family
Your idea of misery. Being in a cramped space with no escape for an extended period
Your favorite colors and flowers. Periwinkle blue, and purple … irises and peonies
Your favorite poets. No one specific, but I enjoy a good haiku
Your heroes/heroines in fiction. Morgaine in The Mists of Avalon
What role does divination play in your life? More than a hobby, less than a career, it’s a persona
Your heroes/heroines in real life. Stephen Lewis, Canadian politician, brilliant speaker, former UN Special Envoy for HIV in Africa
What is your present state of mind? Grateful, engaged
What is your favorite tarot deck or divination tool? The Elora Tarot, of course! I know the back stories and read with them in mind
Your favorite songs? Anything I can dance to!
What is your favorite word? Diaphanous … so onomatopoeic!
What is your least favorite word? Must … I instantly want to rebel!
What sound or noise do you love? My family laughing together
What sound or noise do you hate? Taunting
What turns you on? Cleverness, a brilliant use of language
What turns you off? Dogma
What is your favorite curse word? Horseshit … bullshit doesn’t quite cut it
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Psych!