Creating My First Tarot Deck!

Hey y’all! Big news…

I am currently working on my first original Tarot deck!

Yep, I’m finally doing a proper full Tarot deck. It’s going to be full color and fully illustrated, and will largely follow the Rider-Waite-Smith system. I’m drawing inspiration a lot from the Millennial generation – no, please don’t wince; we’re not ALL bad. (Mostly. Not all.)

I’m bringing in a lot of the “aesthetics” (sadly accepting that this is the new meaning of this word) that have become so popular on online platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and yes, to an extent, Tumblr. The “boho/hippie” revival will be featured in the suit of Wands; “pastel goth” and Lolita fashion in the Cups; “emo/scene” in the Swords; and, my personal favorite, the “Witchy Aesthetic” in the Pentacles (what other suit could I choose?).

I also intend to incorporate, to an extent, the Millennial attempt to embrace diversity. I realize that this is probably a controversial decision, since representation is so painfully heavy-handedly (and badly) overdone in a lot of media. I do not intend to, like some movies and TV series, populate my world with a perfect collection of token stereotypes (which is not, by the way, good representation). Representation in Tarot and in art is a topic for another blog (perhaps a series) but rest assured that not everyone in my deck will be a fully-abled neurotypical straight white cis male who conforms to all of society’s rules about how he should behave.

Nope, I get bored WAY too easily to just stick with THAT. 😉

I’ve completed two cards.

Eight of Swords:
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Four of Wands:
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These are just very rough previews – the actual cards will likely be quite different.

If you’d like to hear more about the process of creating these cards, here’s a video I made rambling about everything from Cardcaptor Sakura to inaccurate representation in media to Instagram and Pinterest fashion boards…

Yes, it’s a terrible thumbnail. No, I don’t like YouTube either.

I also have a big announcement to make soon, though I can’t make it yet because it’s a collaboration of sorts, and I don’t make a habit of revealing my commissioned works before the commissioner permits it. But rest assured…something big is in the works. Something…epic.

~Julian

Tarot For Recovery: Recovery Profile Spread [VIDEO]

Hey y’all! Here’s the first thing I’ve made for the Tarot For Recovery series. It’s just a 12 card spread to tell you a bit about how you’re doing in your recovery! As always, you can use a virtual tarot deck website or app if you don’t have cards of your own.

Of course, this is all assuming you know the meanings of various Tarot cards, and that you’re familiar with the tradition. If you’re new, I highly recommend learntarot.com and biddytarot.com, or Kelly-Ann Maddox, Owlmoon513, and The Truth in Story on YouTube. All are great resources for learning the Tarot.

Tarot For Recovery is an upcoming Tarot course/resource/website that focuses on using Tarot and oracle cards to promote recovery from mental illness, trauma, addiction, codependency, or really anything else you want to “recover” from. All are welcome in TfR.

Please follow julianjaymes.com for updates!

~Julian