After Tarot was created by Pietro Alligo and Corrine Kenner with artwork by Giulia Francesca Massaglia. The deck was published by Lo Scarabeo in 2016.
It is an interesting take on the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck as this is a spin on what happens 1 second after the moments captured in the RWS cards we have come to know and love so well over the decades. 1 second after The Fool walks off of that cliff, what do you think happens? The After Tarot is here to help us answer those questions in a fun and unique way!
I love how the deck still honors the original meanings however there seems to be an added edge to them or an extra piece of the puzzle. If you read with RWS a lot, give this deck a try for a new perspective - it won't disappoint.
I am not one for Lo Scarabeo decks honestly. I don't have many and the ones I do have I tend to use a handful of times and never pick up again. For some reason, I just don't resonate with their decks. After Tarot is the exception! From the concept to the card stock and overall feel of the deck - I AM IN LOVE! I like the RWS yes, but dare I say that I may end up using this version more? It really has freed my mind in how I look at traditional tarot.
The Box & Guidebook
The Box and packaging were great! The box is nice and sturdy with a magnetized closure on the side to keep your guidebook and cards dry, clean, and secure. I also love the reproduction of The Moon on the inside cover! It was definitely a nice surprise.
The Guidebook (written by Corrine Kenner) is 160 pages and comes with small color reproductions of the cards. The guidebook is divided into sections in a unique way. It is organized by The Fool and then by the numbers - The Ones, The Twos, The Threes, and so on. Each card has archetype or phrase associated with it as well as the card description, key symbols, and suggested interpretations.
It then goes into The Four Pages, The Four Knights, etc. The only problem I have with this however is that it may require a bit more work to find your desired page if you're in a hurry as the Major Arcana are not separated. I also have an issue with the fact that The Four Pages in the guidebook don't have the same layout as the other court cards in the guidebook. I also wish that the author had gone into the same amount of detail with the court cards as she had with the Major and Minor Arcana. The way the court cards are written about just has a different feel from the rest of the guidebook.
Here are some of my favorite images in the deck. Click on the image to expand it.
Deck Interview Spread
- Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
- What are your strengths as a deck?
- What are your limits as a deck?
- What are you here to teach me?
- How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
- What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Here are the cards I received...
1. 3 of Wands
This deck is an adventurer, an explorer, a hunter. It likes to take a birds eye view of the situation in order to see the bigger picture.
2. Page of Swords
This deck is helpful for determining what to do with a new skill. It also likes to aid you in thinking in a new way and may even push you to use your skills, talents, and abilities.
3. The Sun
This deck is not going to sugarcoat anything. It will tell you like it is. It may even like to play around or could be a bit childish. It will present you with your options however, you may have to decipher the truth for yourself.
4. The Hierophant
Spiritual Truth and Divine Universal Law is the name of the game! This deck wants to unfold high wisdom and guidance unto its users, in this case - me :)
5. Ace of Pentacles
The best way for me to collaborate with this deck is when planting new seeds and digging deep to find answers. This deck may even be particular to readings concerning the material - health, career, family, or finances.
6. The Lovers
Love! Pure and simple. Lovingly helping in decision making. There will be a sense of partnership and unity that comes when we work together. What more could I ask for!
All in all, I am really enjoying this deck thus far. I love the different spin it gives on traditional tarot and I think you will too! Do you work with this deck? What have your experiences been with it?