Review - Tarot of the Human Experience

I received a deck and book called the Tarot of the Human Experience from Friend of a Friend, Dr. Philip Young. This deck is interesting, in that it's super cerebral. It's a black and white deck of photographs that evoke the feelings in the traditional tarot. They're pretty spot on, too.

The Tarot of the Human Experience has 98 cards, instead of the traditional 78. The 20 extra cards are reversed meanings for cards numbered 6 to 10 of the minor arcana suits. For example, the 9 of Water is named Accepting and the 9 of Water reversed is named Rejecting). The Tarot of the Human Experience is printed on card stock that is equivalent to playing cards. Each card measures 2 3/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches, which makes the deck very easy to shuffle and hold.

I played with these cards for about a month and shared them with my tarot crew. It's such an interesting deck. My friends said that if Agent Mulder had a tarot deck, it would be these. :) I'm going to have to trust them on that because I've never seen X-Files. :)

Dr. Young included games, spreads and astrology in the book and the cards. I really like the use of action verbs for most of the cards. Lying, suppressing, Poisoning, etc. They're succinct keywords and carry forward the pictures in the reading.

I feel these cards would be really helpful in tandem with a professional counseling session. They work beautifully for one card draws + conversation I wasn't able to do straight reads with them (the extra 20 cards messed with me) but that doesn't mean that you won't be able to. The card stock is good, and I'm happy to report that there are people of color in the deck. I love that this is becoming a trend.

You can purchase the deck here, and watch a video about it here. I have to say that this is one of the most interesting decks I've gotten to play with, and I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

xo LFT