What to say about the Everyday Tarot? This little mini deck seems to be everywhere, thanks in part with its association with Biddy Tarot. At around $12 USD, it’s not hard to see why. The deck features smartly done images based strongly on the RWS system in a limited color palette that makes the deck look fresh and modern.
The artist worked solely in purple, gold and white, which are standard colors for Biddy Tarot. The images are almost silhouetted in most cards, but with some distinguishing detail. Like a typical RWS deck, all of the cards are illustrated. However, I found it interesting that many of the characters are in profile. This makes sense with the limited colors, but may affect any “directionality” in a reading. Of course, not all readers care about that aspect.
One of the things I quite like about these cards is that, despite the limited palette, the faces are done in all three colors. This gives a sense of diversity to the otherwise very RWS-bound conventions of the deck. I appreciate this subtle nod to our multicultural society in the design. Smartly done artwork seems to be a theme here. Overall, I find the design of these cards is superior to many budget-minded decks
Another thing that I quite appreciate is that the cards are edged in a somewhat toned down gold gilding. The cards are bordered on the faces, but could be trimmed, although it would mean losing the gilding and would make the cards very small. The backs are “almost” reversible. The pattern is fully reversible. However, there is a white cloud effect against the purple background that is present on both sides of the cards that is not symmetrical. Someone paying close attention would be able to tell if a card is reversed from this effect.
The box flap houses the LWB. Thankfully, the LWB is removable. The little book (it’s more than a booklet) is in the three theme colors. It has limited illustrations and is nicely bound. Rather than giving just keywords, the book has a short statement for the upright and reversed meanings of each card. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the book. There are no spreads or introductory materials in the book, but the two ad cards also give advice about how to do readings and a few spreads. These are limited but would be useful for someone brand new to tarot.
Layout and Feel
The card stock is good for a mini deck, though I would say it is slightly on the thinner side. The cards are matte.
Where this little set falls short is in the box. Four sides of the box are rigid board with a magnetic closure to house the book and see the cards through a clear window. However, to actually access the cards, one has to open the box like a tuck box. The issue is that the tuck box tabs are made of clear plastic. Consequently, it is very hard to get the cards out of their box.
With the caveat that the box needs a design overhaul, the rest of this is very well done and looks great. The Everyday Tarot deck is a great first deck, travel deck or “clarifying” deck. I can also say that the accompanying book and website are both well done and provide good information with the same aesthetic.
Name: Everyday Tarot
Card Number: 78 plus 2 art cards
Backs: Mostly reversible
Card Size: 2.5 x 3.5 in (6.35 x 8.89 cm)
Box: Hybrid tuck box
Author: Brigit Esselmont
Illustrator: Eleanor Grosch
Publisher: Running Press, 2018
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