Books & Literature Tarot Decks
Tarot decks inspired by books, novels and works of literature.
The American Renaissance Tarot is a literary-themed 78-card tarot, featuring 36 American writers and depicting scenes of great American literature from the years 1825-1875. The major arcana focus on Transcendentalism and also tell the story of the abolition of slavery, while the minor arcana illustrates works from Herman Melville (Wands), Edgar Allen Poe (Swords), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Cups), and Frederick Douglass (Coins). Funding now through Indiegogo.
The Avalonian Oracle has 46 cards depicting scenes, goddesses and concepts linked with the priestesses of Avalon, the Arthurian legends and Celtic druidism. The deck is modelled around the concept of the Sevenfold Path and is designed for divination and self-realisation.
The Contemplative Tarot is a thoughtful deck influenced by the works of philosopher P.D. Ouspensky. It has Pagan-inspired, lifelike, three- dimensional major arcana cards, while the minor arcana owe their basis to the el Gran Tarot Esoterico and are in a flatter, less-detailed artistic style.
A compelling and dark tarot deck, with sepia-toned artwork in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, writer of horror and science fiction.
The Hobbit Tarot draws on the world of elves, trolls, dragons and wizards as created by Tolkien in his novel, The Hobbit. The illustrations for the 78 cards have been created by fantasy artist, Peter Pracownik, who also created the Dragon Tarot.
The LiteraTarot Europa is one of the group of collaborative decks with a literature theme from the Museo dei Tarocchi. This one is by European - mainly Italian - artists, and is a limited edition, majors-only deck.
The Lord of the Rings Oracle is a 40 card divination deck, ostensibly based on Tolkien's work. The artwork is illustrated in quick coloured pencil sketches, and the associations between Middle Earth and the cards are not well thought out. By the same author who made the (better) Lord of the Rings Tarot.
A tarot deck and game inspired by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Thick borders surround the complex and busy but nicely coloured artwork, and a quote from one of the books printed on each card.
The Mystic Rubáiyát is a set of seventy-five cards created to illustrate the first edition of Edward Fitzgerald’s ‘translation’ into English of Omar Khayyám’s Rubáiyát, part of a collection of four-line verses that survive from eleventh-century Persia. Published in a limited edition of 100 decks.
The Oz Oracle is inspired by the classic book, the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and is structured around Dorothy's journey from home, through Oz, and to home again. The 60 cards are colourful and positive and designed to guide and inspire. Self-published and available from the artist.
The Poet Tarot is a 70-card deck created by and for poets, writers and artists. It features 30 well-known poets on its major arcana and court cards, and has themed minor arcana suits of Quills (Wands), Muses (Cups), Mentors (Swords), and Letterpresses (Pentacles). Published and available now after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Raven's Prophecy Tarot is the creation of author and artist Maggie Stiefvater, writer of the Raven's Cycle books. The 78 non-traditional cards are stark and brooding, with dark and enigmatic artwork.
The Ring Cycle Tarot is a complex, non-traditional tarot based on The Ring of the Nibelung, an opera by Wagner. The 78 cards are adapted from illustrations by Arthur Rackham and are part of a deep system based on the mythology, symbolism, plot, music and characters of the Ring Cycle.
The Shakespeare Oracle is actually a 78-card Tarot deck, despite the name (which was chosen to differentiate the deck from others with similar themes). The major cards feature characters from the Bard's plays. The minor arcana are pip cards, but feature a relevant Shakespearian quote inscribed on a white banner in the centre.
Also known as the Romeo and Juliet Tarot, the Shakespeare Tarot is a beautiful deck from artist Luigi Scapini where the cards are linked with scenes and characters from the Bard's plays. The minor arcana feature the pips, but also include colourful illustrations.
Based on Shakespeare's many and varied plays, the Shakespearian Tarot deck shows Romeo and Juliet as the Lovers, Hamlet as the Hanged Man and Lear the Hermit. Each card has a quote from a Shakespeare play which matches the image.
The legendary literary detective comes alive in the Sherlock Holmes Tarot. This beautifully themed 79-card deck stays true to the characters, era and stories from the books by Arthur Conan Doyle. The majors are important figures and locations from the books, while the minors each have a scene from a particular story.
The Tarot Card Alice is a decorative Korean-published deck of 22 cards. Its cards are based on the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Sir John Tenniel. The cards are titled in English though the companion book is in Korean only.
The Tarot of Jane Austen is a wonderful tarot with characters and situations from the books of 19th century English author, Jane Austen. The cards are fully-illustrated, and mainly feature scenes from Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. Available as a standalone deck, now in a kit with a companion book.
The Tarot of the Morning Star is a visual representation of the concepts artist Roger Williamson explores in his books, Howling at the Sky, Black Book of the Jackal and Lucifer Diaries. The first edition is a majors-only deck of 75 signed copies.
The Book of Azathoth is an homage to the American sci-fi and horror author, H.P. Lovecraft. The 78 card deck is designed to give the feel of being of Lovecraft's universe, as used by one of his characters. Self-published and available from the artist.
The Oracle of Poets is a set of 44 cards with a tarot basis - two cards in the deck represent each major arcana card. Each card features a watercolour image of a famous poet and one of their well-known quotes. Each poet is designed to act as a key to manifest your talent, potential, abundance, flow and divine nature. The deck is as-yet unpublished but soon to be on Kickstarter.
The Shakespeare Tarot merges the works of William Shakespeare with the art and mysticism of the Renaissance. The 78 images are drawn from alchemical treatises, frescos, etchings, drawings, and masterpieces in oil, and are landscape-oriented to emulate a stage.
The White Rabbit Oracle is a 59-card oracle deck of playful and whimsical art collaged from vintage imagery. The playful white rabbit of the title (who is modelled on Alice's rabbit and pops up throughout) invites you on a journey into your own Wonderland –- a journey of self-discovery, inner adventure, and wonder.
The Wonderland Tarot has all the characters from Alice in Wonderland in this Rider-Waite reworking. There are suits of Oysters, Flamingos, Hats and Peppermills, and it also includes Tweedledee and Tweedledum as the Lovers.