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Everyday Witch Tarot | Deck Review + Interview

Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake with art by Elisabeth Alba was published by Llewellyn Publications in 2017.

Here are my thoughts and first impressions of this deck as well as some of my favorite cards and a deck interview!

 

the box

I love the box the deck comes in. Nice, strong, and sturdy! You can definitely keep your deck in it without worry of it being damaged. The side of the box is magnetized for easy and secure opening and closing. I like the images from the deck they chose for the box and guidebook which are that of the Judgment card and The High Priestess. 

 

The guidebook

I am really digging the guidebook! It is in full color with nice glossy pages! It is 252 pages long and includes the authors version of the Celtic Cross tarot spread, card images, cards meanings complete with a section for each card called "Things to Consider," and comes with space for Notes alongside each card interpretation which I thought was a great addition. Great job on the guidebook! The only thing I would have liked to see is perhaps an "Everyday Witch Tarot Spread". 

 

the cards

Tucked away, safe and sound. 

Tucked away, safe and sound. 

I think the back of the deck is pretty cute! 

I think the back of the deck is pretty cute! 

 

Cardstock...but why??

But why Llewellyn?

You went all out for a banging box and guidebook but went super cheap on the card stock! Why? Ugh...it is pretty flimsy. If you have the Green Witch Tarot, the card stock is pretty similar, but I think Everyday Witch's may be a tad bit more thin. Everyday Witch Tarot however, takes the cake on the box. (My Green Witch Tarot box is pretty much destroyed). 

I normally don't complain about card stock too much and I love a deck that can give me a good riffle shuffle without having to work it too hard, but this is a bit comical. I feel that these would bend and crease very easily. I'm honestly afraid to give them a rifle shuffle. Considering it is my only gripe with the deck, it is something I am willing to overlook however, next edition - please get better card stock! 

 

Here are some of my favorite cards in the deck

    Temperance  - I love how this depiction of Temperance really says to me, "Everything in moderation, whether it be sweets or social media."    The Lovers  - This image of The Lovers talks to me about how powerful manifesting and ritual can be with both a male and female party. I have only done ceremony with a male friend a few times however, I could feel a different type of power behind it! There is much magic in joining the divine masculine and the divine feminine in your workings.    The High Priestess  - Tarot cards, runes, books, and a crystal ball. Need I say more?   Three of Swords  - Dear Diary. Your first break up or realizing your crush is not that into you. This card really takes me there.   Six of Pentacles  - This Six of Pentacles for me is about knowing what each person needs. Everyone is different. Tune in to that energy.   The Devil  - Temptation is sweet, but do you know what you're really in for? This image of The Devil almost reminds me of Hanzel and Gretel or The Little Mermaid when she sacrifices her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs.   King of Wands  - I love how this makes me think of the King of Wands a bit differently. A strategist, a planner, a military commander - a worldly man with a plan!   Nine of Swords  - This Nine of Swords takes me back to studying for a big final exam and feeling overwhelmed. Like reading the text but not fully comprehending or absorbing what you're reading.    

 

Temperance - I love how this depiction of Temperance really says to me, "Everything in moderation, whether it be sweets or social media." 

The Lovers - This image of The Lovers talks to me about how powerful manifesting and ritual can be with both a male and female party. I have only done ceremony with a male friend a few times however, I could feel a different type of power behind it! There is much magic in joining the divine masculine and the divine feminine in your workings. 

The High Priestess - Tarot cards, runes, books, and a crystal ball. Need I say more?

Three of Swords - Dear Diary. Your first break up or realizing your crush is not that into you. This card really takes me there.

Six of Pentacles - This Six of Pentacles for me is about knowing what each person needs. Everyone is different. Tune in to that energy.

The Devil - Temptation is sweet, but do you know what you're really in for? This image of The Devil almost reminds me of Hanzel and Gretel or The Little Mermaid when she sacrifices her voice to Ursula in exchange for legs.

King of Wands - I love how this makes me think of the King of Wands a bit differently. A strategist, a planner, a military commander - a worldly man with a plan!

Nine of Swords - This Nine of Swords takes me back to studying for a big final exam and feeling overwhelmed. Like reading the text but not fully comprehending or absorbing what you're reading. 

 

everyday witch tarot deck interview

I love using this Deck Interview Tarot Spread by Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot. You can read her original blog post here

    1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?    The Fool  - It is a young, fresh, and fun deck. Its definitely not afraid to go out on a limb and take a leap of faith!    2. What are your strengths as a deck?    The Lovers -  I think it would be a good deck to use in magical workings and love readings. It also joins the divine masculine and the divine feminine in a beautifully balanced way.    3. What are your limits as a deck?    Knight of Cups -  It tends to be pretty optimistic and follows its heart. Focusing on love, feeling, emotion, and flying high - not necessarily unforeseen risk or danger.    4. What are you here to teach me?    The Hermit -  How to be meditative, rely on myself, and listen to my inner wisdom.    5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?    Two of Swords -  This really feels like having blind faith and trust. Tune out the world and come within and to Spirit for direction, guidance, or instruction.   6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?    Ace of Cups  -   A new relationship (perhaps of even a spiritual nature) that is overflowing with love and creative energy!   7.  I also pulled an additional card for this interview with no set position or question attached to it. The card I received was the  Six of Cups . Childhood memories and nostalgia. This deck definitely takes me to that place. Maybe that is why I like it so much!

 

1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

The Fool - It is a young, fresh, and fun deck. Its definitely not afraid to go out on a limb and take a leap of faith! 

2. What are your strengths as a deck?

The Lovers - I think it would be a good deck to use in magical workings and love readings. It also joins the divine masculine and the divine feminine in a beautifully balanced way. 

3. What are your limits as a deck?

Knight of Cups - It tends to be pretty optimistic and follows its heart. Focusing on love, feeling, emotion, and flying high - not necessarily unforeseen risk or danger. 

4. What are you here to teach me?

The Hermit - How to be meditative, rely on myself, and listen to my inner wisdom. 

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Two of Swords - This really feels like having blind faith and trust. Tune out the world and come within and to Spirit for direction, guidance, or instruction.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Ace of Cups - A new relationship (perhaps of even a spiritual nature) that is overflowing with love and creative energy!

7. I also pulled an additional card for this interview with no set position or question attached to it. The card I received was the Six of Cups. Childhood memories and nostalgia. This deck definitely takes me to that place. Maybe that is why I like it so much!

 

Final thoughts...

Here are my final thoughts. All in all, I really like Everyday Witch Tarot. I think it's a good deck for someone new to tarot, of a younger age, or is very in touch with their inner child. I also think it may pack a powerful punch when you least expect it. I used it after spending time at my altar and it was pretty spot on! It will also hammer away at a message it needs to get across. It's a fun, sweet, and colorful deck that is very much in the RWS (Rider-Waite Smith) style that comes with a great box and guidebook. If the flimsy card stock isn't too much of an issue for you, I would give it a try!

Happy Shuffling,

xo Ariel

Gaian Tarot Deck Interview

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The Gaian Tarot has had my eye for almost a year now and for good reason. She is a breath of fresh air! I especially love how the artist included people of all colors, shapes, ages, and sizes in this deck, as well as the elements of nature and the beautiful creatures of our planet. The images are stunning and it feels like a 'welcome home old friend' kind of deck. Relaxed, inspired, down to earth, comforting, and loving - just as any deck with 'Gaia' in the name should be! I decided immediately upon her unboxing, that it was important to do a deck interview with her, and right away too. I don't always get this feeling from decks, however I knew our relationship would be different. She had something very important to share with me. The questions in this deck interview tarot spread were either created by TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles) or someone on Aeclectic Tarot, I'm not sure which. I however, found this spread through the lovely tarotista Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot

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Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

Elder of Earth - She is the ultimate provider. Crafty and kind. Resourceful and knowledgeable. Fruitful, abundant, and well loved. Seasoned and wise. Understanding and sympathetic. Responsible. She is connected to all of time, to the weaving of fate, for there is no beginning and no end to her wisdom.

What are your strengths as a deck?

Elder of Air - She is a fantastic communicator! Her words a melodious symphony. Her voice is like the whisper of the wind and clear as a bell. She communicates in such a grounded and reachable way, so that all who encounter her can comprehend her message. A language of divine wisdom, that we as humans, creatures who live on this planet, inherently understand. When you hear what she has to stay, you will stop and listen.

What are your limits as a deck?

The Moon - This deck is not what you would call intuitive. She is earthy. Her concepts are very tangible and real. She will not give you all of the answers as she realizes the importance of facing the fear of the unknown. The importance of being present in the moment and living your journey. Part of the wisdom she shares is the paramount power contained in the learning of lessons.

What are you here to teach me?

Three of Fire - Freedom of expression. To allow my soul to dance in warmth and light. She is here to get me moving to the beat of the Universe again! To ignite my passion and celebrate life. To be strong in my creativity and to know that it is safe to do so. I also feel that she is here to remind me of the importance of working with my lower 3 chakras (Root, Sacral, & Solar Plexus) and the role they play in my sense of joy and independence. She wants me to remember the full expression of who I am. To acknowledge the earth plane and rejoice with her. Thanks Gaian Tarot :)

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Explorer of Fire - Dare and do. All I need to do is to pick her up and give her a shuffle. She is ready, waiting, and willing to help! She invites me to have confidence and to act on the knowledge she gives me - especially seeing as she has been around a time or two and knows the ropes (remember the Elder of Earth). She does not give empty guidance. Don't ask if I am not willing to listen. Create with her and do not be afraid to share the results!

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

The Seeker - Discovery. Adventure. Wonderment and freedom. Play and new beginnings. The excavation of the truth of my soul. She will bring a refreshed and soul nurturing energy to my readings. We can create anything we wish together. The story has yet to be written, but she is excited for the journey of our spiritual quest together.

As I'm writing this, having completed this interview, the lyrics of Natasha Beddingfield's song "Unwritten" comes to mind: "Feel the rain on your skin. No one else can feel it for you. Only you can let it in. No one else, no one else, can speak the words on your lips...Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten."

If you'd like to learn more about the creator behind this work of art, please check out the author's website here

Do you have this gem of a deck? If so, what are your thoughts? What has the Gaian Tarot taught you thus far in your journey together?

Blessings,

xo Ariel