Monday, July 24, 2017

Ostara Tarot

Ostara Tarot

By Molly Applejohn, Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard, and Julia Iredale

The Ostara Tarot , owing its name to the pagan vernal equinox, marks the midpoint of  spring and ushers in a time of light, rebirth, and new growth. In this deck, you will discover a journey that loosely follows traditional Tarot symbolism, while also exploring themes of wilderness, surrealism, and feminine intuition.

The Tarot is a tool for self-exploration, and this deck questions the user’s relationship with the earth beyond our concrete city life. The illustration pays homage to the natural world and those romantic moments in history where we return to nature. Mysticism and fantasy grow green in our hearts and beckon us home to the forest.

This is a 78-card Tarot deck and guidebook connecting to Vernal equinox to the reader’s life. It has the traditional symbolism with contemporary themes, teaching core lessons and diverse messages.

My favorite card is The Fool, beginnings, innocence, trust, and freedom. A girl rides her broomstick through a sky filled with birds, getting dangerously close to the sun. The Fool is shown at the beginnings of her journey, symbolizing unlimited potential. This card tells us that each day is an adventure. The Fool tells us that now is the time to be “foolhardy” and to set out on a new adventure without worrying too much about the consequences. It is easy to hum and haw about the dangers of living, without ever actually going for what we want. This card tells you to trust and enjoy life, and that we will only grow through experience. 

I was given this deck from Schiffer Books for an honest review. 
About the Author
Molly Applejohn, Eden Cooke, Krista Gibbard, and Julia Iredale are four illustrators living in Vancouver, Canada. After meeting at art school and discovering a shared love for the occult, they decided to tackle the ambitious task of illustrating a Tarot deck.