View and study full tarot card galleries of the Surrealist Tarot, the Diary of a Broken Soul, bifrost, and the Langustl Tarot. Though we do make use of other oracles, our primary focus as tarot smiths is on the cards and the symbolism they contain.
The Rider-Waite is easily the most popular Tarot deck, having sold by far the most copies, as well as having inspired countless clones and other RWS-style offshoots. The RWS is the easiest deck for beginners to pick up and use right away without much, if any, need for study of occult concepts. This deck departs from tradition (and started a tradition of its own), replacing pip cards in favour of easy-to-interpret scenarios pictured on the Minor Arcana. The elimination of elemental dignities in favour of using Etteilla’s cartomancy reversals simplified the reading process even further. The RWS delivers blunt readings that can be difficult to misinterpret. Today, the vast majority of readers learn how to use this deck before any other.
Click the deck images below to learn about each tarot deck.
by Ari Bach
The Surrealist Tarot is an unorthodox deck structured around a set of 12 core Majors based on the LaVey Personality Synthesizer. The LPS is a system of classifying personality types similar to using astrology, but more basic and practical. Instead, the LPS uses criteria such as mentality, body type, and ego (demonstrated by choice of automobiles). This deck’s quirky style of humour invokes images reminiscent of everything from Star Trek to Super Mario Bros.
Diary of a Broken Soul
by Ash Abdullah
The Diary of a Broken Soul is a gateway to the dimension of Jahanam, rendered from the visions of Ash Abdullah’s three-year soul quest. Jahanam is a mysterious world that shadows the mundane view of reality. In Jahanam, thoughts and ideas are tangible and emotions have faces. The sublime Diary documents personal exploration and therapy, encouraging the often painful process of probing the unconscious mind to find and face one’s deepest fears.
The text for the (e)LWB and the key phrases for Diary‘s online readings (for the Minor Arcana) was written by Davina Powell. Also, the full deck contains a few alternate cards from the majors-only release.
by Jeremy Lampkin
The bifrost (stylized lower case) Tarot is an occult deck rooted in Thoth/GD tradition, also influenced by the teachings of several of those who followed in Aleister Crowley’s footsteps, as well as mystical teachings from all through history. bifrost was designed for those who appreciate mystical traditions and new spiritual understandings (which often serve to undermine one’s convictions). Despite having modernized and easy to recognise symbolism, the nature of bifrost’s rich occult depth may make it potentially difficult for beginners. Those who are not prepared to deal with uncomfortable revelations may not want to use this deck, as it is intended to be used to break down the psyche, and therefore can cause major cognitive dissonance.
by Stephan “Langustl” Lange
The Langustl Tarot‘s simplistic style of art is vibrant with life, relying on brilliant colour and contrast to portray the feelings of each card. The deck is based on both Crowley’s and Waite’s tarot methods, along with other systems such as astrology, Kabbala, and numerology. While simple enough for beginners to easily interpret, the deck is also challenging for students to learn its deep layers of symbolism.