Revamp Your Readings with the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot Deck

If you know me at all, you'll know I'm a big fan of tarot. I'm also a big fan of Uusi, a design studio run by the fantastically talented Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham, and when I saw they'd finally created a tarot deck, I jumped on that Kickstarter quicker than it would take you to ask why I even need another deck.

Uusi makes everything from playing cards to decorative wooden animals to storage boxes and display cases. Everything they make is created from scratch with the utmost care and attention to detail. I already own some of their playing card decks, and sometimes I'll play solitaire or build card houses just so I can revel in their beauty. This tarot deck, though, has me on a whole different level of excitement.

According to Uusi's Kickstarter page, 

"Our inspiration for our tarot came from this everyday magic and wisdom of nature. Some of humanity's most ancient symbols and narratives—like those found in the tarot—are bewitching representations of our natural world created and arranged to connect us to nature and each other more meaningfully. And meaning combined with knowledge is humanity's unique, superpower."

Connection is the key to tarot. When we read, we're not telling the future; we're connecting with God, the spirits, whatever you want to call that unknown thing that's bigger than us. We're connecting with the energies constantly surrounding us, flowing through us and directing us.

That pagan connection to nature isn't the only reason I love this deck. In recent years creators of new decks have interpreted the tarot in interesting and beautiful new ways. Uusi's interpretation of the tarot includes luna cards. 

These five cards represent the eight phases of the moon: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter and waning crescent. Three of the cards represent two different phases, depending on how the card is oriented.

I've always been drawn to and felt a connection with the moon, and I can't wait to enhance my readings with these lunar cards. I also love Uusi's reason for including these luna cards in their deck:

"The moon—Earth's soulmate and eternal companion—has charmed and affected all life on this planet since the beginning of time. It's quiet hold on us is foundational and for this reason we felt our tarot wouldn't be complete without it." 

The Pagan Otherworlds Tarot has been successfully funded, but Uusi has some pretty cool stretch goals like goal foil printing on the luna cards. If tarot is your thing, this is a pretty cool deck to add to your collection (or to start your collection if you're new to tarot). Head over to the Kickstarter page and back this beautiful deck. You won't be sorry you did.