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 Tarotsmiths is on the Tarot deck and the symbolism it contains.
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-styled 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 favor of easy-to-interpret scenarios pictured on the Minor Arcana. The elimination of elemental dignities in favor 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 (shown by choice of automobiles). This deck’s quirky style of humor invokes images reminiscent of everything from Star Trek to Super Mario Bros.
Diary of a Broken Soul
by Ash Abdullah
A very dark deck, 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 search. Jahanam is a mysterious world that shadows the commonly perceived mundane reality. In Jahanam thoughts and ideas are tangible and emotions have faces. This is a sublime Diary of personal exploration and therapy, encouraging the often painful process of digging deep into the unconscious mind in order to face one’s deepest fears.
The text for the (e)LWB and the key phrases for the Diary’s online readings (for the Minor Arcana) was written by Davina Powell. 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 corners of history. bifrost was designed for those who have a strong appreciation for the highest mystical traditions, as well as an acceptance of new spiritual understandings, which often serve to debase one’s convictions. Despite having modernized and easy to recognize symbolism which departs from the old occult style of Thoth, the nature of bifrost’s rich occult depth may make it potentially difficult for beginners, as it would take years of study to fully grasp. Those who are not prepared to deal with uncomfortable revelations may not want to use this deck, as it is intended for spiritually-developed individuals who are not prone to making ordinary egocentric judgements.
by Stephan “Langustl” Lange
The Langustl Tarot‘s simplistic style of art is vibrant with life, relying on brilliant color 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, Kabbalah, and numerology. While simple enough for beginners to easily interpret, the deck is also challenging for students to learn its deeper layers of symbolism.