Modern Tarot Decks
Modern Tarot cards and decks with contemporary images and themes.
The Adrian Tarot has digitally edited photographic images with a very modern, sexy feel and was created as part of a college project. A figure, usually human, floats in the foreground of the cards on the misty abstract background. Unusual thin white line drawings are overlaid on the borderless cards.
The All Hallow's Tarot is a modern, Halloween-themed art tarot of 22 cards, featuring goths, ghosts, punks, mediums and more. It's been self-published in a limited-edition run of 50 decks with small size, laminated cards. Now also available in a full 78 card edition.
The All Hallows Tarot, previously only available in a 22 card set, is a now full 79 card deck (the regular 78 plus a Happy Squirrel card). It has a modern Halloween theme, with strange people emerging from the dark - goths, ghosts, punks and mediums - drawn in Robyn's trademark style.
The Angel Prayers Oracle is a modern take on angels and archangels, and the wisdom and healing they can provide. The 44 cards have contemporary images of angels from all walks of life, and affirmative prayers linked with the message of each card.
The Avalele Street Deck was inspired by both traditional tarot and the contemporary era. The 78 colourful, expressive cards are collages of the artist's original paintings and photographs. Self-published and available from the artist.
Based on the Tarot structure but with modern artwork, the Bright Idea Deck is a creative tool for brainstorming and business. It has 78 cards, including 22 trumps and 56 minors in four suits titled Red, Blue, Green and Yellow.
The Butler Tarot is a fusion of traditional tarot imagery and modern digital techniques. The Rider-Waite system is loosely adopted but Swords are designated as fire and Wands as air. It was Chris Butler's first deck, designed for his personal use, and has now been revised and updated for a handmade self-published edition.
The Cosmic Tribe Tarot is an 80-card contemporary deck with three different Lovers cards included for various sexual orientations. This gorgeous and striking deck is not for the faint hearted.
The Dirty Tarot is a very non-traditional oracle deck of forty cards. The images in no way ethereal or pure, but are symbols of things we have, touch, desire and tend to in our messy everyday lives.
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 Everyday Enchantment Tarot celebrates the beauty in all forms of experience and daily life, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary in its 78 vibrant and joyful cards. It's the second deck from Poppy Palin, who created the Waking the Wild Spirit Tarot. Expected to be published in 2017.
The Everyman Tarot is a male-centric 78-card tarot created with men in mind. The familiar Rider-Waite imagery has been redrawn to reflect how modern men experience life and relate to the world around them. Each suit is associated with a male character: Mr Buttondown as the Swords, Mr Athletic as Cups, Mr Bear as Wands, and the deck designer himself appears in Pentacles.
The Frideborg Tarot is a 79-card photographic tarot deck, with a modern feel and real life images. A self-published, printed version is available direct from the artist, and there is also a free, downloadable digital version.
The Gaian Tarot is a Schiffer Books edition of Joanna Powell Colbert's modern, inclusive, natural-world based 78-card deck. This edition has large cards, silver edging and a re-edited companion book - as well as Joanna's beautiful original illustrations.
The Gay Tarot focuses on the experience and identity of homosexual men. While men are featured as all the major figures, women are not excluded. The 78 images are fully illustrated, with people are of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes and in modern, contemporary settings.
The Girlfriend's Tarot is a small set of 78 light-hearted Tarot cards. The major arcana and court cards are all illustrated with modern people, while the suits are (unfortunately) pip-style cards illustrated by Umbrellas (Wands), Pens (Swords), Teacups (Cups) and (Flowers) Pentacles.
The Glamour Tarot interprets the traditional Tarot symbolism through the use of fashion models and product photography on its 78 cards. It has been available as a promotional deck but is still a work-in-progress.
The Greight Bits of Tarot has 78 cards influenced by the simple pixelated images of the Eighties gaming world. The cards have brightly coloured, simple art, designed to work as a path of positive affirmation. 78 haikus accompany the cards and hint at characteristics in each card. The deck is complete and seeking a publisher.
The Heart of Stars Tarot is a modern deck of 78 cards, illustrated with famous movie characters and scenes. Each image was carefully chosen to fit the essence of each card, and create a more familiar link with the traditional Rider-Waite symbolism. The deck is self-published and available from the artist.
The Heart of Stars Tarot has 78 cards featuring movie stars and movie scenes, created to make a more immediate connection with tarot through the use of familiar pop culture icons. The third edition includes two new icons: Wonder Woman as the Nine of Pentacles and Les Miserables as the Five of Pentacles. Self-published and available from the artist.
The Hexen2.0 Tarot is a modern conceptualisation of tarot, with each of the 78 cards filled with images, words, people and concepts from the artistic and edgy to technological. It's a deep and advanced deck with a great deal of layers to study.
The Hillbilly Tarot interprets tarot symbology through the imagery of American Appalachian mountain culture. The 78-card deck has fully illustrated majors, and simpler minor arcana that can also be used as playing cards.
The Karacol Tarot is a contemporary, in-progress deck built upon the idea of Tarot as a dynamic, playful and dark form of divination. It has a fantastic, sometimes gothic style combining traditional imagery with myth and modern culture.
This is the second edition of Major Tom's Tarot of Marseilles, published by Schiffer Books and accompanied by a 96-page book. Major Tom's deck updates the Marseilles by giving the major arcana and court card figures modern dress and costumes.
The Metrosexual Tarot is from the creator of the satirical Silicon Valley Tarot, and describes itself as 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy collides with the Occult'. It pictures scenes of urban life, luxuries, and conveniences essential to the stylish, trendy metrosexual.
The Modern Medieval Tarot is a mix of the contemporary and the Middle Ages, blended in a smooth photographic collage. Rather than aiming for historical accuracy, it's a surreal dream-like combination of eras.
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 New Millennium Tarot was designed as an ultra-modern deck for the Year 2000 and beyond. The cards are completely original images that have been created with Adobe Photoshop.
The New Woman Tarot was published with a British issue of New Woman magazine in 2000. It has 22 cards with young, trendy women in modern situations and fashion - on the Internet, working out, at clubs, and even with piercings.
Omegaland is a 78 card deck set in a dystopian, apocalyptic modern universe of the same name. The illustrations are survivalist and heavy on the rifles, crossbows, and tins of beans. It's both a tarot deck and card game, and instructions for both are included with the deck.
The Oracle Dessuart is a French 52-card oracle based on playing cards. The artwork has modern scenes - from yachts to cities to American football - and divinatory keywords in French and English on each card.
The Pagan Tarot, from Gina M. Pace (known as Wicce on the Internet), combines the joys and problems of everyday life with Wiccan and Pagan spirituality. The art shows Pagan scenes and is also very modern and ultra-realistic: computers feature in several cards.
The Pagan Tarot Mini is the miniature version of Gina M. Pace's Pagan Tarot. The 78 cards have illustrations ranging from the modern and contemporary to Pagan and Wiccan symbolism.
The PoMo Taro by Brian Williams is only loosely associated with the traditional tarot archetypes, featuring renamed suits such as Bottles and Bills, and an interesting array of modern symbols. The art is simple, ink and watercolours.
The Psychobilly Tarot is inspired by the psychobilly music genre, a mix of retro rockabilly, rock'n'roll and punk. It has 26 cards - the major arcana and four aces - with imagery drawn from horror, science fiction, tattoo art, kustom kulture and vintage pin ups. The deck successfully crowd-funded, and the card images will also be part of a clothing line.
The Rohrig Tarot is a sexy, glossy Tarot deck that has been thoroughly modernised - the Chariot shows a Formula One motor racing car - and overall the artwork is beautifully done and finely detailed. There are two versions of the deck: the US edition and an earlier German edition with uncovered nudity.
The Sakki-Sakki Tarot incorporates the structure and divinatory meanings of the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, together with Astrology, the Kabbalah and personal symbolism. The deck has an extra card, The Artist, for our individual and collective creative journeys.
The SPILL Performance Tarot is an artist-led project, created as part of the 2009 SPILL Festival in London, England. The deck was a collaboration between a commissioned photographer and more than 20 artists, and has 22 edgy, innovative major arcana and 56 object-focused minor arcana.
The Tarot Epitome updates the traditional tarot imagery for the contemporary world. The characters wear modern dress, horses become vehicles, the Sun features a swimming pool. This whimsical and still readable 78-card deck is self-published by the artist.
The Tarot of Psychicks has a slight feel of the Vanessa Tarot, with women dressed in the theme of each major arcana card. This miniature deck is a freebie with the Tarot Rikit, and isn't available separately.
The Tarot of the Human Experience is a 98-card tarot deck, created using black and white photography of modern scenes to illustrate the common archetypes of the human condition. The deck has a traditional 78-card foundation, but renames the titles and suits to be more accessible, and adds an extra 20 cards for reversed versions of the Six - Ten cards in each suit.
The Tarot of the Silicon Dawn is an original and modern deck of vivid colours, science fiction imagery and kinetic shapes. There are 97 cards in the deck, including extra majors, extra suit cards, and a new partial suit of the Void. It's an unconventional deck that expands the boundaries of tarot.
The Tattooed Tarot is an unusual style of Tarot, with illustrations of tarot imagery tattooed onto people. The major arcana cards show people with Marseilles tarot images tattooed on their bodies, while the minors show a more generic image that corresponds to the card.
The Charming Tarot uses illustrations based on different eras and art styles to bring its modern characters and their journeys to life. The major arcana are inspired by classical Renaissance revival, Wands by the Carnivalesque style, Cups by the whimsy of Art Nouveau, Daggers (Swords) by the mystery of Film Noir, and Stones (Pentacles) by Art Deco. The 78 card deck is self-published by the artist and available from The Game Crafter.
The Cook's Tarot celebrates cooks: those who gather, create, serve food and physical and spiritual nourishment for others. The deck has 78 lively cards depicting modern scenes of kitchens, restaurants and cooking, all based on the traditional Rider-Waite imagery.
The Fountain Tarot is a 79-card re-envisioning of tarot through the worlds of geometry, internet culture, art and spirituality. The creators aimed to capture the joys and sorrows of life and celebrate 'oneness' through Jonathan Saiz's original oil paintings.
The Today's Journey Tarot is a modern, 78-card tarot that relates the archetypal imagery through everyday experiences instead of esoteric symbolism. It's a gentle and simplified deck, with soft illustrations of modern scenes. An expanded, separate companion book is also now available.
Twisted Tarot Tales is an 83-card (or 117-card, for the full version) tarot deck inspired by vintage horror comic books. It's gruesome and creepy - but also fun and modern and a little cheesy. Successfully crowd-funded, the deck is due to be published very soon.
In the Universe Cards, astronomy, The Universe and quantum physics meld together, forming an oracle deck that shows how the spectacle of the firmament mirrors your inner being. The first edition was originally published by Thorsons in 1999, and for this second edition, Kay worked with artist Chris Butler. Together, they created something more fantasy based than the original whilst still employing the Hubble Telescope images as the artwork's foundation.
The Vanessa Tarot is a cute, sassy, and glamorous deck inspired by pop culture heroines. It's light-hearted, fun, feminine and still very readable deck for the girl in every grown woman (or man). Packaged with a small tin along with a booklet.
The Voyager Tarot is a deck of pure symbolism that reflects our present day circumstances, in bright and colourful photographic collages of images from multiple cultures. James Wanless's deck is intended to be used for self-empowerment and self-awareness.
The Zodiac Tarot focuses on the Golden Dawn's astrological attributions with tarot cards to create an entirely new and unconventional deck of 78 cards. The scenic illustrations of the majors and numbered cards are set in a 1940s era world with symbolism derived from the astrological concepts, while the court cards are more stylised elemental representations.