Humorous Tarot Decks
Tarot decks that are intentionally humorous, satirical or amusing.
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.
Inspired by the rich and detailed artistic style of Flemish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, these cards show the daily life of the medieval peasant in lively fashion. It's a rather more earthy Tarot than the Giotto Tarot by the same author - this one features drunk peasants!
The Comic Tarot is a large-size humorous deck of 22 cards, with illustrations inspired by comic books, graphic novels and cartoons. The deck also includes a previously unpublished mini graphic novel. Self-published by the artist through The Game Crafter.
The Electronic Republican Tarot is a satirical deck, twelve years in the making, that adapts the Rider-Waite cards to modern American political headlines. The Emperor is Ronald Reagan, Death is Richard Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt the Six of Arms, and the Star is multinational corporations. The deck comes as a digital file that includes the 80 cards, a small booklet, and a box image, and is designed to be printed out. There is also a 200+ page companion book that fully explains the tarot associations.
The Fantod Pack is an oracle deck - a humourous take on tarot. Amongst its 20 black and white cards are titles like 'The Limb' and 'The Waltzing Mouse'. Originally published in Esquire magazine in the sixties, it's also been published as a deck and booklet edition since.
The Ferret Tarot is an amusing, unique and readable Tarot focusing on the perspective and life of the ferret. The symbolism of the 78 cards is loosely based on the Rider-Waite. Printed in black and white on non-laminated card.
The Housewives Tarot is a kitschy "domestic divination deck" packaged in a mock recipe box. The artwork is thoroughly fifties in style, attitude, furnishings, and fashion. It's a light-hearted gift set for the complete Tarot beginner, or a novelty deck for the more experienced reader or collector.
The Kilted Rubber Chicken Tarot is an off-the-wall deck from Beth Seilonen. It has 78 cards with rubber chickens in a hand-drawn emulation of Marseille-style decks. Self-published in a very limited and sold out edition of 35 decks.
This Millennium Tarot is a full 78 card deck from the very talented (and prolific) artist, Amerigo Folchi. It's almost a Rider-Waite clone - but for the historical and famous figures from the last millennium who have become the faces on the cards.
Morgan's Tarot is not really a tarot in the strict sense, but 88 cards of modern, alternative, amusing and strange archetypes and situations. It was first self-published in the seventies, and then in the eighties and again in 2009 by US Games.
The Mystic Pug Tarot is an amusing deck designed to promote Topkote paper products. It's not really a Tarot deck, more of a humourous corporate oracle. It has 14 colour-illustrated major cards (with titles like The Ego, Bob, The Deadline, and The Boss) plus sixteen black and white minor cards in four suits: Pugs, Ferrets, Carp and Gerbils.
The tarot deck for the employed computer nerd. The Silicon Valley Tarot art is a little roughly drawn, but the symbology is perfect. The Spam card certainly strikes a chord.
The Taboo Tarot brings the tarot trumps into the modern world - and then takes them to the extreme. It's a black and white novelty deck with some very amusing interpretations of the traditional archetypes. There are 23 cards in total, as there is are two versions of the Hanged Man.
The Tarocchi della Buona Tavola translates as 'Tarot of the Good Table' and has light-hearted Tarot images celebrating food. Not actually a tarot deck, these images are from a portfolio by Antonio Lupatella with the 22 cards on 11 sheets. A limited edition of 50 copies.
Il Tarocco Bizzarro interprets the Piedmontese style of Tarot with an ironic twist to reduce the seriousness of Tarot. The art is the creation of Italian artist Franco Bruna, who was known for his caricatures of local politicians and celebrities. The majors are fully illustrated, but the suit cards are less so.
The Tarot Corrumpe is a humourous, sacrilegious and just plain weird deck. It has 22 standard major arcana cards plus two extra (for Truth and Intuition), which are unusually ordered following the style of the 'Tarot in de herstelde orde'. Originally published in a limited edition of 250 decks.