Cat Tarot Decks
Cat Tarot decks, oracles and cards of the feline persuasion, about or featuring cats.
The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot is one-of-a-kind. Three elements: real cats of all colours and breeds, gorgeous Baroque costumes, and a luxurious European environment, have been digitally blended into a workable Tarot deck for all cat lovers.
The Black Cats Tarot is another feline-inspired deck, this one focusing on the magical black cat. The 78 cards mix fantasy and reality in its image of human-like black cats.
The Bleu Cat Tarot has 78 cards with slightly abstract images of a playful and anthropomorphic Siamese cat, illustrated in blue. From Beth Seilonen, artist of the Dream Raven Tarot and Tarot of Leaves, and inspired by observations of her own Siamese cat.
The Cat Wisdom oracle deck has 45 extremely cute cards with a keyword next to studio photos of fluffy kittens in various poses. The companion booklet has light inspirational advice.
The Cat's Eye Tarot is by a feline veterinarian, a person very familiar with cats, their habits and personalities. These cats are very natural and real, and yet have been beautifully adapted to Tarot cards. The deck is now completed and published by US Games.
The Cats Inspirational Oracle has 32 different breeds of cats on its 32 cards. The cards have true-to-life illustrations of each breed, and link their typical behaviour with a card keyword: the Turkish Van is swimming (Boldness), the Burmese seeking attention (Attention), the Maine Coon hunting (Pursue). The set comes with a companion book by Barbara Moore.
The Chat du Marseilles Tarot is a trumps-only deck drawn in French style, based on the 1761 Conver Marseilles. It's quite traditional but for one thing - instead of humans, there are cats!
The Gatti deck is an Italian Tarot of 22 cards, each featuring a cat illustrated in black and white. It's the cat version of the i Cani deck, also by Menegazzi, and is a limited edition with unlaminated and slightly differently sized cards.
The Kissatarot is a Finnish tarot deck, which translates as the 'CatTarot'. It's a calm feeling deck illustrated in a colourful, 'naive' style, where inscrutable cats sometimes replace the human figures on the cards, and are sometimes in addition to them.
The Marseille Cat Tarot light-heartedly merges the historical French tarot tradition and anthropomorphic cats, with various furry felines in place of the human characters on the cards. The deck is illustrated with strong primary colours, but more refined artwork than the traditional woodcut prints. The minor arcana also have small feline scenes amidst the pips.
The Medieval Cat Tarot is an elegant deck of aristocratic felines in Renaissance dress and style. The 78 cards have traditional roots but have been updated and simplified in symbolism, making it suitable for beginners and the more experienced reader.
The Mystical Cats Tarot has 78 borderless images illustrated with realistically drawn cats behaving as cats do - just inside tarot scenes. It's a pleasure to see normal cats (not dressed or in human-like positions) with feline body language matched to the feeling and meaning of each tarot card.
i Taro Gatti is a 22-card Italian deck, from a paper company in Perugia. Cats are the theme and have also become the Tarot symbols in several cards. The artwork is black, white and red printed on thick, strong uncoated cardboard and is quite appealing.
This is a 78 card French Tarot devoted to, what else, cats! The tarot scenes in the Tarot du Chat are European style, and instead of humans they feature regular and anthropomorphised cats.
The Tarot for Cats shows cats instead of humans to illustrate the cards, of which there is only the major arcana. The Hanging Cat is a particular favourite of mine... I could just about frame these cards.
The Tarot of Pagan Cats sees the tarot from a cat's eye view. Based on the Rider-Waite symbolism, the pagan connection is subtle and the cards show cats behaving as natural felines in familiar tarot scenes.
Cats of all varieties, including lions and leopards, accompany the colourful Cat People in this deck for all those cat lovers out there. The artwork in the Tarot of the Cat People is beautifully done.
The Tarot of the White Cats is very much in the tradition of the Rider-Waite Tarot - except for the blue-eyed, white cats drawn in the cards, instead of people. The symbolism is standard and non-threatening enough for use for the Tarot beginner.