Novelty Tarot Decks
Novelty Tarot cards and decks with humourous, fun or light-hearted themes.
An amusing English tarot deck paying homage to all aspects of drinking. Beginning with The Drunken Fool, the majors of the Alcohol Tarot cover beer, spirits, wine, pubs, raucous ladies, even the dreaded morning after, in true-to-life photographic style.
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 Cyberrealism Tarot is a wacky, edgy Tarot with surrealist watercolours and digital images combined. The deck is loosely based on Tarot and has six extra major arcana cards, and is to be published in a limited edition of 500 decks.
The Epicurean Tarot matches cooking and Tarot in its 78 recipe cards. Each card has an American-style recipe, an image from the Universal Waite Tarot, and a small blurb about its traditional meaning.
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 Get Some Therapy Cards are a simple, hilarious and painfully honest - even brutal - set of 70 oracular advice cards. In the words of the creator, find out 'what your therapist is really thinking!'.
The black and white images are standard Rider-Waite... but with one very special feature. The Glow in the Dark Tarot cards glow that unearthly pale green for a few minutes after being exposed to bright light.
The Gummy Bear Tarot has cards in Rider-Waite style, featuring those chewy lollies, Gummibears. The deck was originally published in German as the Gummibear Tarot, but the English version - with English titles - was released in 2005 by US Games.
The Halloween Lenormand is a 36-card light-heartedly spooky deck, roughly based on the Petit Lenormand style. It has simple symbols traditionally associated with Halloween - pumpkins, the headless horseman, bats, and more. Self-published and available from The Game Crafter.
A fun Rider-Waite-based Tarot deck in the theme of the American Halloween holiday. The Halloween Tarot is done in lots of black and orange, vampires, skeletons, bats and jack o' lanterns abound. Frankenstein makes an unusual Emperor.
The Happy Tarot is a whimsical, fun and light-hearted deck that invites the reader to see the positive side of life. The 78 cards by Serena Ficca are set in a cutesy world with sweets, ice cream and candy canes at every turn.
The International Icon Tarot is a reworking of the Rider-Waite images, applicable to a universal audience by using simple iconic signs with neutral, faceless figures without sex or race. A modern classic (with the addition of The Happy Squirrel card).
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.
The Linweave Tarot is a 42 card deck printed in 1967 to promote a range of Linweave brand papers produced by the publishers. The huge - over 15cm by 22cm - cards were created by several artists and include only the majors, court cards and the Aces.
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.
Miss Cleo's Tarot Power was a 78 card deck designed for the notorious 'psychic' reader of the same name. The artwork is Ancient Egyptian themed and has random changes to standard tarot symbolism.
The Monstarot is a 78-card deck of little monsters, helpful bugs and whimsical creatures such as bunny-flies and flynosaurs. It's a light-hearted and positive deck suitable for children, but especially for connecting to your inner child. Funding now through Kickstarter.
The Movie Monster Tarot is a fun deck of 23 cards, featuring well-known monsters and horror movie stars like Frankenstein, Elvira, Freddy Krueger, Dracula and more.
The Original Dog Tarot is a light-hearted tarot-inspired oracle, with 'Major Barkana' and 'Minor Barkana' cards. It's designed specifically for divining the canine mind.
The Raccoon Tarot is a cute set of novelty cards featuring photographs of raccoons. There are 24 major arcana cards in the deck (the two extras are The Angel, and Chaos) and each card has a different photo and reading keywords below. Self-published and available from the artist.
The Rock &am; Roll Tarot is a groovy deck featuring a digital collage of popular musicians and rock stars of the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties - Elvis is the Emperor, Madonna is the Libido card. The popular deck was published in two editions of 500 copies in 2000 and 2002, and the second edition has extra 'alternate' cards.
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 Stick Figure Tarot is a wonderful humourous deck, using all the essential Tarot symbology and artwork hand-drawn in black on white. Minimalistic tarot at its finest, but now unfortunately out of print.
The Stickee Critters Tarot is a whimsical tarot deck based directly on the Rider-Waite Tarot, with characters that are animal stick figures. It was created on the request of the artist's son and is a cute deck suited for a younger audience.
The TaRat is a cute miniature novelty deck, painted in watercolour, that features white rats as the tarot characters. It's in similar style to Nakisha's previous deck, the Rabbit Tarot. Originally designed as a mini deck, it's now available as a full size deck with color backs.
The Tarot 3D is the first of its kind, a tarot deck with a shifting, three-dimensional effect to its cards due to a plastic lens over the card image. The 22 large sized cards take their images from the Pictorial Key Tarot.
The Tarot Giguil is a fun miniature deck from Lynyrd Narciso. Similar in size to the Tarot Parac, it's different in feel with a cute, retro vibe to the cards. Giguil is a Filipino word that very roughly translates as 'squee'!
The Tarot Mondo Lirondo has 22 cute, playing-card size cards. The card art features hand-drawn stick-figures, and each of the majors is printed in a different colour. The title, 'Mondo Lirondo' is a play on a Spanish saying.
The Tarot Tags are major arcana tarot images that started as a deck and have been made into jewellery. Kathleen King's original, diverse, full-colour Tarot scenes have been stamped onto stainless steel dog tags that can be worn on a necklace.
A stunning innovation in the world of Tarot, the Transparent Tarot uses clear sheets with symbolic elements that can be combined in layers, to make combined pictures and meanings. The full deck of 78 transparent cards is now out from Schiffer Books.
The Universal Transparent Tarot uses images from the Universal Tarot in an innovative way - by making a part of the card transparent, and so allowing up to six cards to layer together into a mosaic. It's similar to the Transparent Tarot but uses more standard tarot imagery.
The Wizard's Pets Tarot is a cute, child-friendly version of the Rider-Waite, featuring a mix of dragons and people on its colourful cards. The deck is the creation of Pamela Steele, whose first project was the Steele Wizard Tarot.