For this week’s post, I decided to do another review but this time for a deck that has a simple take on the traditional Tarot cards. The colour scheme is fairly basic, and the deck itself is a little smaller than a standard deck of playing cards. Today I’m going to introduce you to the ‘Everyday Tarot Deck’. At first, this deck doesn’t look like much but there is a lot to like about it, as we will soon discover.
- What is the Deck?
The deck is called ‘Everyday Tarot’. It’s printed by Running Press and created by Bridget Esselmont and Illustrated by Eleanor Grosch
- What does it look like?
It’s small for a Tarot deck. The cards are closer to playing card size and it comes with a beautiful purple, white and gold box. The front also shows off the card back design with representations of the four Minor Arcana suits.
Purple, white and gold is the colour scheme for the deck as a whole, allowing for a simple but striking style.
- How does it feel in the hand (size and materials)?
Due to the smaller size chosen for this deck, I found that it fits quite comfortably in my hands. I also have rather small hands so if you have larger than average hands, this deck might be rather fiddly for you.
As a point of reference, I’d say you should be able to shuffle them with ease if you can shuffle a deck of playing cards.
The card stock is a little thicker than I’m used to, and they have a decorative gold coating on the edges which actually felt a little rough to me.
- What stands out about it?
The choice of such a simple colour scheme (the choice of gold alongside purple is a wonderful contrast.) If you know your colour theory from art class, you’d likely know that purple and yellow are opposites and as such contrast strongly.
Even with this limited palette, each card is simply stunning. The cards really benefit from the basic style as there just isn’t the space for a lot of hidden details.
- What do I like about this deck?
I simply can’t praise the art style enough; it’s subtle enough not to overwhelm somebody new to the cards while being attractive enough to earn a spot in a collection. For more experienced readers the size makes it wonderful to take with you for readings on the go.
The book is small but that means that it’s focused on the meanings and that it doesn’t befuddle you with long paragraphs. This is a deck aimed at making Tarot accessible to everyone. In this regard, I think that it’s mostly successful.
- What would I change about it?
My main issue with the deck is that the box, although attractive, is awkward to open and to get the cards out of (or put them back into.) The compartment for the deck is also made of plastic, which can be fiddly to work with.
The other issue is the lack of any real space for the book to be stored, instead, we have to slot the back under a flap to hold it in place. As the box isn’t that large it can be a little awkward to get the book back in place without damaging the back pages.
This, to me, lets down the deck but is easily solved by using another box or even a Tarot card bag instead.
- How easy is it to use?
I would say that it’s fairly easy to use; it’s bright and attractive to look at, and each card’s title is clearly printed along the bottom. The Major and Minor Arcana are clearly laid out inside the guide book with summaries of the meaning for each.
Every card has its own page, explaining both the upright and reversed reading. Also, the back design is reversible, so you don’t know the orientation of any cards until you flip them over. This is a personal preference of mine as I believe that it helps prevent bias – it’s easy to associate negativity with cards being drawn reversed.
- Is it beginner-friendly?
It’s easy to store, hold in your hand and shuffle. The guide book is simple and focuses on what you need – the meanings.
This deck doesn’t have any fun twists on the traditional 78 cards; the cards are numbered the way you’d expect, the court cards are the Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages that we associated with the Minor Arcana, and each card has a simple but gorgeous design that draws you in without layers and layers of hidden symbols.
- Would you recommend it and why?
I would happily recommend this to anyone interested in Tarot. In my opinion, it’s an easily overlooked hidden gem amongst Tarot decks out there.
The compact size has both advantages and drawbacks but that can be said for the larger decks out there as well. If you want to learn but find it hard to hold larger cards, then this is the deck for you.
Want a deck without all the bells and whistles? This is definitely worth a look.
If you want one that you can keep in your bag to read on the go or something to keep by your bed for a morning single card draw, then this is ideal.
- What’s your overall impression?
Overall, I think that the Everyday Tarot lives up to the name, and you can also get a larger guide book to compliment the one that you get with your cards. Both can be found online, just make sure that, as with any deck that I will show you, to look for the ISBN.
In the interest of not repeating myself anymore, I think I’ll leave it here for this week. I can not stress enough how much I like these cards and if you have this deck I’d love to know how you find them.
If you’re umming and arring about getting them, I say go for it. I much prefer these to the usual beginner type decks out there.