Surreal Tarot Decks
Tarot decks with surreal imagery.
The Akron Tarot is a German set with 80 cards and a large 395 companion book. The surreal Tarot scenes depart from standard imagery and emphasise the female energies.
Strikingly vibrant, the Bosch Tarot deck depicts humans, monsters, and visions as Tarot cards. The art style is modelled on that of Dutch artist Hieronymous Bosch and has elements from his paintings. Fascinating.
The Dali Universal Tarot was purportedly created by Salvador Dali himself, as a commission in the 1970s. The 78 card has been published in two editions: the rare gold enhanced version and now this less pricey and more obtainable edition from Taschen.
Inspired and directed by the life and works of the medieval Italian poet Dante, who is perhaps best known for his Divine Comedy. The Dante Tarot is a stunning and unique tarot deck that has tranformed the traditional tarot symbols.
The Dreams Tarot is an unpublished deck, based on dream imagery and illustrated in a surrealist, photo-collage style. The artist, Tamara, also created a 78-card Romanian-published deck called the Tarotul Visurilor.
The Japaridze Tarot is a fine art tarot of 78 cards with original artwork by Parisian contemporary artist, Nino Japaridze. Her tarot artwork is bold and evocative, exploring tarot symbolism through collage-style surrealistic paintings. Published in a deluxe set by US Games, and with a full-colour 176-page companion book.
For some reason, the art in the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot reminds me of Rugrats cartoons. It has slightly crazy and surreal tarot deck with a clashingly bright art style and symbols personal to the author.
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 Tarocchi del Respiro is a majors-only art deck from Italy. The artwork is a darkish and surreal collage landscape, the uneven edges of the scene set inside thin white borders. Published in a limited edition of 500 copies.
El Tarot Murciano is Spanish published, 22 card tarot deck. The cards are very glossy on the top surface and painted in a surreal two dimensional style. An atypical collector's deck.
The Tarot Mystique has 22 major arcana cards of surreal imagery in strong colours. The deck, by Alexander Mourouzi, was published in 1983 in Switzerland.
The Tarot of Creativity consists of 78 cards grounded in numerology, psychology, Kabbalah and the tarot. Illustrated with original surreal paintings, the major arcana, aces and royal cards all use unique images, and derive their meaning from traditional tarot keywords. The lower cards 2-10 display a painting for each suit, with dual meanings (upright and reversed) written right on each card. These titles are based upon numerology and the energy of the suit. This deck is designed to be a positive and empowering tool for creative manifestation as well as for intuitive insight.
Tarot of Metamorphosis illustrates the transformation of beings or objects into something else. The 78 cards are somewhat surreal and the art ranges from dreamlike fantasies to futuristic anime art.
The Tarot of the Imagination is a surreal tarot deck painted in fine oils. Its structure is that of a standard tarot deck, but its minor arcana images are very non-traditional in both symbol and meaning.