Regional Tarot Decks
Tarot cards and decks with a strong sense of place, celebrating or entirely featuring a region or locality such as Prague or Paris.
The Cornish Tarot - Tarot Kernow in the Cornish language - celebrates the English area of Cornwall, with 78 computer-generated cards featuring images relevant to the area and its legends. Self-published as a limited edition.
The Elora Tarot is a collaborative deck created by 65 artists from the small town of Elora, Ontario in Canada. Each artist created up to three cards in their own choice of style and medium. The 79-card deck (it also includes a Happy Squirrel card) is self-published by group coordinator, Shelley Carter.
The Hawaiian Oracle has very pretty cards of the animal spirits of Hawaii, drawing on the Hawaiian mythology and traditions. There are 36 cards and a 144-page guidebook with explanations.
HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot is a joyful celebration of the beliefs and nature of ancient and modern Hawaii - the ocean, volcanoes, birds, deities and the 'Aloha Spirit'. The 78 card set is self-published, and comes with an 108-page companion book.
The Icelandic Tarot is an interesting black and white tarot deck. The art is simple and somewhat abstract, using blocks of solid colour rather than sharp detail. The cards have the titles in English, and short phrases and keywords at the base.
A deck based on the Kalevala, a Finnish national epic, constructed in the nineteenth century and based on rural poems and songs. The card art of the Kalevala Tarot is brightly coloured in strong primaries.
The Korean Cultural Heritage Tarot is a 22-card set celebrating Korea's religion, history and culture. The delicately illustrated cards follow traditional tarot symbolism and have titles in English, though are accompanied by a companion book only in Korean.
The LiteraTarot decks are the brain-child of the Italian Museo dei Tarocchi. In 2008 the theme of their yearly collaborative decks was the great classics of literature, and a deck was put together in each of the continents. The American deck was hosted by Arnell Ando.
The Minoan Oracle has 54 black and white images drawn from Minoan sculpture, frescoes, seal stones and archeological sites. The cards depict their gods and goddesses, animals, plant, geography, daily life and events (such as the Theran eruption). The deck and 200-page companion book is complete and due for release later in 2015.
The Minoan Tarot is inspired by the female-oriented, peaceful civilisation of Ancient Crete, who celebrated the Goddess, the beauty and sacredness of nature, creativity and sexuality. The 78 cards are rooted in the art, archeology and artifacts of the culture, with each card based on an original Minoan artwork. It's a well-researched and beautiful set.
The Portland Tarot is a love letter to one of my favourite cities - Portland, Oregon in the USA - by local artist Theresa Pridemore. It features assorted weird and quirky characters set against backdrops from the city itself. The deck is an ongoing project: this is the 23-card majors only deck (there's an extra card that represents 'The Weird'). The complete 79-card deck is to come in future.
The Romantic Tarot is a 78-card deck of courtly love, emotion, passion and romance. It's set in the Victorian era and in the four most romantic European cities: the major arcana and suits are linked with Paris, Vienna, Venice and Rome. It's ideally suited for for advice, insight and solutions for matters of the heart.
The Sedona Vortex Tarot has drawn its inspiration, in imagery and titling, from the Sedona area in Arizona. The art is a colourful collage of illustrations, photographs and scenery.
The Southern Cross Oracle is a 36-card deck inspired by the Bellinger Valley in coastal New South Wales, Australia. Each card was dot painted with the end of a feather, and features local flora and fauna, landmarks, and sacred spaces. This self-published edition has since sold out, but it's now available in a mass-market edition as the Dreamtime Reading Cards.
Another locality-based Italian tarot from Amerigo Folchi, celebrating the city of Pistoia and its historical horse-race, the Palio. The Tarocco Storico del Palio di Pistoia deck comes in two sizes - 48 cards (majors and court cards) and the full 78 card deck.
An amazing limited edition Italian Tarot deck, with warmly coloured and finely detailed art by Amerigo Folchi. The Tarocco Storico della Citta Di Ferrara is titled in both Italian and English.
Le Tarot de Gruyeres is an unusual black and white, majors-only Tarot, created for a Swiss Tarot exhibition in 1993. Gruyeres is a small village in Switzerland, home to the museum of artist H. R. Giger, and the card imagery in this deck is similarly detailed and surreal.
Tarot des Regions de France is a French gaming deck illustrated with scenes of typical peasant life in the last century on the trump cards. The court cards have traditional costumes from the Provence, Alsace, Brittany and Burgundy areas, and the suits are standard playing cards.
Awe-inspiring collages created from thousands of images of Paris's classic and modern art and architecture. The photographs in the Tarot of Paris are original and were taken by the artist over a twenty year period.
The Tarot of Prague is a very beautiful Tarot, composed of collaged photographs of Prague's art and architecture. Suitable for readings, and for beginners, the Tarot of Prague is now a classic, and is highly recommended.
The Tarot of the Black Mountain is a majors-only deck based on the landscape, people, myths, and history of Montenegro, and is being created to accompany a book of short stories by Lena Ruth Stefanovic. From Emily Carding, creator of the Tarot of the Sidhe.
The Tarot of the Boroughs is a full 78-card deck composed of original photography set in New York City. The deck is urban and contemporary, and features New Yorkers from all walks of life as well as well-known artists and writers.
The TaRota Paris is a consciousness-based tarot system designed to make meaningful choices in the present tense. It has 78 cards with illustrations inspired by the statues and architectural monuments of Paris, which are also packaged with intuitive tools to extend the scope of the cards.
Trump L'Oeil: Tarot of Portmeirion presents the Tarot archetypes through photographs of Portmeirion, a picturesque, intentionally created, coastal Welsh village. The 78 cards feature sculpture, paintings, and architecture from different styles and eras.
The Venetian Historical Tarot is a majors-only Italian Tarot set, with detailed and fanciful images on its rectangular cards; illustrations of the city of Venice in the Renaissance and later times.
The Venice Tarot pays homage to one of the most fascinating cities in the world, a city of lovers, of the Carnivale, of masks and a little magic, in its heyday during the 16th to 18th century. The majors are linked to Venetian historical characters, and the majors are fully illustrated, some in a Rider-Waite style, others unique to this deck.