For people who would like to see a Tarot deck that is relevant and fresh and speaks to modern, 21st century sensibilities, this is the one you've been waiting for. The Gaian Tarot is the creation of Joanna Powell Colbert, an internationally famous artist who is well-known to subscribers of SageWoman Magazine, Circle Sanctuary, and the earlier years of The Beltane Papers.
But don't be misled. Although this deck is clearly in harmony with Earth/Wiccan/Pagan/Goddess spirituality, it will appeal to a much broader audience. It is truly a deck for our times.
Many older Tarot decks are steeped in complex esoterica of the Renaissance and obscure Judeo-Christian mystical references. For many, this is understandably off-putting. Alternative decks, attempting to overcome such limitations, have swung to the other extreme, using trendy themes of movies, celebrities, dragons, vampires, and other pop culture material.
But Joanna has re-imagined the Tarot from top to bottom with beautiful, accessible images that more closely resemble our own, actual modern lives. Yet each card remains true to its traditional Tarot roots.
The people in this deck are as diverse, multicultural, young and old, beautiful and ordinary as you and me. Its beautiful watercolor pencil art is lush and vibrant. The scenery is primarily, but not exclusively, in Joanna's beloved Pacific Northwest. Much of the imagery is based in her many years of wilderness and Nature studies and her own work as a spiritual leader and teacher. As a result, these are places, situations and locations that anyone can relate to.
Gone are the symbols of monarchy in the "court" cards. Instead, the Gaian's people cards speak to the natural progression of human living and wisdom. We begin as Children and grow into Explorers, Guardians and then Elders.
I have been working with, first Joanna's Major Arcana-only version of this deck, and then her collector's edition of the entire deck for many years. As a full-time professional reader, I have seen an overwhelming response to this deck that is utterly unique.
The images, interpretations, and overall feeling it imparts are instantly recognizable to my clients. Even in the most challenging of situations, these cards are infused with wisdom about the goodness of Life, the wholeness of the cycles of Nature, and our ability to be nurtured and sustained by Source.
This is a powerful, beautiful gift of a Tarot deck that is meant for all walks of life, all backgrounds, Tarot skill levels, and all spiritual paths that honor the Love that is All.