"Tarot of the Sorceress" deck review
Last Updated: October 4, 2022
The Tarot of the Sorceress deck is a new tarot deck that is released in November 2022 in the UK with Rockpool Publishing. It’s based on the Tarot de Marseille tarot deck but has been re-imagined and updated with modern elements.
The black, white and gold artwork in this deck is stunning, and it’s perfect for people who are interested in practising witchcraft or magick. Seasonal festivals, rituals and events that appear in the Wheel of The Year (with all the elements) make this deck really stand out.
What's in the box?
- Guidebook: Yes, over 120 pages including tarot spreads, exploring numerology and witchcraft symbolism.
- Artwork: Black, white illustrations and gold gilded card edges with what looks to be gold paint on the imagery of the cards (but to my ND brain I just want to scratch it.. like a scratch card almost! I promise I will resist!)
- Total Cards: 78 – 22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana
- Inclusivity: Features humanoid figures who are androgynous, and potentially of colour, but it’s hard to confirm with a black & white deck. The deck does include “sacred masculine” etc too but goes on to discuss this in a Unique Personal Gnosis (UPG) sense.
- Environmental Impact: TBC; Printed & Bound in China
- Unique Deck Points: Minor Arcana artwork is completely unique, not carrying on, and the tool it relates to (whether a constellation, a ritual item or a spell ingredient) doesn’t repeat and is relevant.
The downside of the deck
The only downside I can think of for this deck is that because of its gold gilded edges – it will show wear & tear over time much quicker than a standard tarot deck would. But for me, that’s a small price to pay for such stunning artwork and potent readings. I would recommend using a tarot cloth to read on top of, and keeping the deck in a tarot pouch if not using the magnetic seal box it comes with.
My favourite card
“The Card With No Name” also known as Death, in the Major Arcana. The “Strength” card has the best artwork for me, but the card meaning behind this Samhain-related card brought me so much realisation during my first reading. The love of nature and the cyclical seasons is so abundant with this deck – for Ostara, and “the Moon” I was transfixed by the image of “The Lady in the Lake”. It really resonates with my upbringing here in the UK, especially with the Avalon themes and mythology.
Why I love this deck
I personally have been after a “special Sabbat only” deck for a while. I think I’m very privileged to be able to have more than one deck as it is, but now to have a sabbat deck specifically …for sabbats and seasons, makes my heart soar. The imagery is gorgeous, and I love the new knowledge I can incorporate into my own personal witchcraft based on this deck. The notes on introspection closely follow my own intuition; using this deck is like reading with a friend who holds me with love and celebration, yet isn’t shy to cut to the point.
I feel that those who would love this deck are the eternal students; the followers of the Wheel of the Year (regardless of religion or if you are secular like myself), and those who are looking to explore and expand their personal witchcraft practice. If you don’t fit into any of those categories, I would still highly recommend giving this deck a go as it is so incredibly beautiful, and the messages it gives are powerful and accurate.
It’s going to be my go-to deck to use for personal readings at Sabbats, and perfect for using in tarot spreads when I need to look into “tools/timings/offerings/ritual” advice.
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Thank you for reading my review! Until next time xox
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