Review by Sally Ann
The Housewives Tarot comes in as a mock recipe box, with 78 cards. It's a domestic divination deck, a light hearted gift set for the Tarot beginner or a novelty deck for the experienced. The art work is from the fifties style, and makes it a must for the collector.
According to the booklet, the Housewives Tarot was introduced by Marlene Louise Wetherbee in the early 1950s. She was a happy little homemaker who had a devoted husband, obedient children and a spotless home. She was always in fashion, made the best recipes, and had a fare of womens intuition. (I suspect she also had a strand of real pearls.) One day while playing bridge with some of the neighborhood gals, Marlene decided it was the right time to reveal the secrets of her success. She removed a mysterious Tarot deck from her fashionable pocketbook. Oh my every one was appalled that Marlene would dare bring such an item to a bridge party. But she knew that this kind of resistance was to be expected. As stories go, Marlene laughed and asked. Hasn't anyone wondered how I can keep my kitchen spotless? Or how I make a perfect cake every time?
Marlene supposedly became known as the mystical Madame Marlena and word spread far and wide about her powers of domestic divination. Housewives seek her out. Her talents were in such demand that Marlene decided to go into business for herself. How did Marlene acquire this mystical knowledge? Know one will ever know for she took the secret to her grave, bless her little heart. The origins of the Housewives Tarot shall be shrouded in mystery forever.
These cards are my inspiration, whenever I have troubles or question they help me sort things out. The cards invite you to take a look at yourself and your life, to motivate you and they may provide clues for you, but they can not give you direct answers to all of life's problems. These are quite powerful cards and at times posses uncanny knowledge they will surprise you. They can empower you to find your own answers and to inspire you to make your own future.
The Major Arcana cards represent various figures of inspiration and influences of the housewife on her long journey through romances, conflicts, trails and tribulations of her suburban existence.
The Minor Arcana depicts specific situations and occurrences in the Housewifes journey and is divided into four suits:
Cups which deals with the ups and downs of love, relationships and anything emotional.
Wands concern growth and taking an active role in your destiny. All you need is a little elbow grease to get things done. But there may be a finger nail or two that get broken on the way.
Swords tackles the troubles of the mind, quarrels, conflicts and aggression. They can represent mental breakthroughs as well as nervous breakdowns.
Pentacles this deals with money matters, possessions, careers and everything real and tangible.
So put your pearls on, the crisp white apron and high heels then go check out this deck so you can bring a little mystery to the next bridge game.
Sally Ann is a Professional Tarot Reader and Clairvoyant, who has been doing readings for the past 20 years.