The Cracked Amethyst is a graphic designer and tarot reader who has been working on their own tarot deck – interim name of the Idiosyncradeck – and yesterday they announced that the last card is done! This is very exciting moment for an artist (and for tarot readers and collectors who might one day hold this deck in their hands) so I’d like to take this opportunity to generate some love and interest for this project!
The deck is done in a simplified – but not simple – vector style, that makes the cards very approachable and easy to understand, while incorporating several unique artistic touches and interpretations. The art style makes it especially good for projecting your own set of meanings and associations; the illustrations have an “open” feeling to them – it’s easy to enter their worlds and see what you can find there for yourself.
If the deck gets published, I could see it being very attractive to beginners, or people who are otherwise intimidated by the tarot, due to this welcoming nature of the art. It would also be wonderful for public readings where a more “lowkey”, all ages-friendly deck is required. There are very few decks that are 100% “safe” for younger readers, but the Idiosyncradeck definitely fulfils any of the standard requirements (no graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, gore etc.)
Below are a few of my favourite cards: