Victorian Era Tarot Decks
Victorian era tarot decks, either set in or themed around Victorian artists, times or culture.
The Antiquarian Tarot features 78 tarot scenes crafted from handmade collaged art of 19th century and older photographs and artwork. The illustrations have an antiqued look and include handwritten astrological signs alongside each title. The deck leans towards the Hermetic/Mystical tradition, and draws on the colour symbolism and principles of Paul Foster Case via the Albano-Waite Tarot. Self-published and available in three sizes from the artist.
The Botanical Inspirations Deck has 44 cards based around the secret language of flowers, common to the Victorian era where flowers conveyed specific meanings and messages. Each card features a different botanical image of a flower, its meaning, and a relevant quote.
The Chelsea Lenormand takes its inspiration from prints and posters of the Arts and Crafts movement. The 39-card Lenormand deck is available in two differently coloured editions: the 'Blue' in Rider-Waite-Smith style colours, and the 'Red' in a more restricted colour palette. Both decks are self-published in limited editions of 500 decks, and are packaged in a vintage-style tin box.
The Decadent Dream Tarot pays homage to artists of the later Victorian era, in particular those from the Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Decadent and Art Nouveau movements. Artworks from the era have been carefully chosen to match each of the 78 cards.
The Fin de Siecle Kipper is a set of German divination cards illustrated in Victorian style by veteran tarot artist, Ciro Marchetti. A Kipper deck is similar to Lenormand, but focuses more on people than events in its cards. This set has 39 cards: the 36 standard for a Kipper deck, plus three new additions.
The Flonz Victorian Lenormand is a Victorian-inspired stamp deck, created from hand-drawn images that were turned into stamps and in turn stamped onto aged card. Self-published and available direct from the artist.
The Harmonious Tarot is pretty, light and flowery, like sitting in a rose garden on a sunny spring afternoon. The Tarot art, mostly by Victorian artist Walter Crane (with some additions by Fitzpatrick) is romantic, heavily floral, and quite easily readable.
The Harmonious Tarot Mini is the pocket-sized edition of the flowery Victorian cards of the Harmonious Tarot. The 78 miniature cards are just pretty as the originals, but the details are harder to make out at the smaller size.
The Isidore Tarot uses vintage illustrations by J.J. Granville to recreate the symbolism of the Rider-Waite. The 78 cards have collage style art with a combination of the original Victorian era illustrations, and the artist's own pen work. Available in a small limited edition, in the USA only.
The Licuc Lenormand is a 44-card Petit Lenormand, with the traditional 36 cards plus extra variations for Scythe, Boy, Girl and others to open up more divinatory meanings. The illustrations have clear symbols with a vintage, industrial look, and the corresponding playing card inset at the base. Available in multiple editions with no titles or titles in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and German.
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 legendary literary detective comes alive in the Sherlock Holmes Tarot. This beautifully themed 79-card deck stays true to the characters, era and stories from the books by Arthur Conan Doyle. The majors are important figures and locations from the books, while the minors each have a scene from a particular story.
The Tarot Card Alice is a decorative Korean-published deck of 22 cards. Its cards are based on the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Sir John Tenniel. The cards are titled in English though the companion book is in Korean only.
The Tarot of Delphi is a fine art deck composed of original Neoclassical art from the Victorian era. The 78 cards are populated with Greco-Roman gods, heroes, enchantresses, oracles, and legends. It also depicts daily life, art, and the cultures of the ancient world.
The Tarot of Sidney Sime is an extended major arcana only deck celebrating the work of fantastical and satirical artist Sidney Sime. The deck has 27 cards: the regular 22 major arcana plus five extra un-numbered majors. Self-published and available from the artist.
The Tarot of the Wyrd has 78 cards, heavily influenced by the artist's love of Victoriana and dark gothic imagery. The deck is based on Rider-Waite symbolism, and has collaged images of Victorian era photography with added psychedelic colour.
Made from a collage of Victorian era steel engravings of late nineteenth century figures and settings, these black and white cards in the Victoria Regina Tarot are complicated and fascinating.
The Victorian Fairy Tarot has 78 borderless cards combining the feel, detail and flower lore of the Victorian era, and the magic and mystique of the fairy realm. It's appealing, readable and very consistent in art across the whole deck.
The Victorian Flower Oracle is a charming set of 40 cards that brings the symbolism and language of flowers to life. Each flower is depicted as a woman, dressed in petals, in these cards based on the art of Victorian artist, JJ Grandville.
The Victorian Romantic Tarot is based on original engravings from 19th century artists, perfectly collaged to create fully-illustrated, Rider-Waite-based Tarot scenes. It's available for order in gold and standard editions.
The Victorian Steampunk Tarot is a semi-illustrated 78-card tarot from tarot author Liz Dean, who created the Art of Tarot. Each of the major arcana is a collage of steampunk-related elements, while the minors are arrangements of the suit element and symbol (Dragonflies, Bees, Beetles and Moths).
The Victorian Trade Card Tarot is a 79 card deck (the standard 78 plus a Happy Squirrel card) with images created from trade cards of the 1870s to 1890s. This is the third deck from Marcia McCord, available in a limited edition of 100 sets.