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The Herbcrafter’s Tarot

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I looked for quite a while for a deck of tarot cards with a tie to plant magic and nature – and I’m so glad this is the one I went with.

It's not as thick as I like, but that said, it's about as good as it gets with mass market decks, so can't complain too much about that! Finally, these cards are not just about the plants – they’re about the magic and medicines of the plants and most importantly, the people (and practices) that work with them. This card refers to the holy days and using them to help move along in cycles, and sure enough we do have Lughnasadh (Lammas) coming up! I love the inclusion of garlic snapes and the detailing of honey-preserved garlic (one of my favorite recipes, by the way). A campaign targeting people of color criminalized marijuana use and shifted popular opinion, leading to the perception of cannabis as a dangerous drug.This is the first tarot deck that I bought and was immediately drawn to the art, Arcana and Suit descriptions and herbal histories behind each plant, weed, flower, bulb, or root (forgive me if I missed any). Also, it’s been a while since I shared a Tarot Kitty pic – today, Cerridwen was all over it, even while I was posting the card. Thankfully, I’m a little wiser now and realize what a wonderful and resilient plant yucca is – and useful.

Created by folk herbalist Latisha Guthrie, and delicately rendered by artist Joanna Powell Colbert (creator of the Gaian Tarot), the correspondences are both well-considered and useful. It comes in a lovely presentation box which includes an instruction manual, explaining the meanings of the cards. White Sage is frequently used and heralded for purification and cleansing; however, the plant is endangered and over harvested in the wild. She spent nine years creating the Gaian Tarot, which combines her love of symbolic, archetypal art with the mysteries of the natural world. It has become my favorite card-back illustration of all time, the little tincture bottles, butterflies, and sprigs of herbs prompting a sense of discovery and joy every time I touch one.We are living in abundant times when it comes to tarot decks and many feature botanical imagery, but the connection between tarot and the plant world is nothing new as the cards have long been connected to plant lore, healing, and magick. Find whatever it is – a comforting ritual, a creative outlet, time for yourself – to find your center through turbulent times. Herbcrafter's Tarot is an engaging introduction to herbalism and plant spirit magic, and can be used as a profound divinatory tool.

We live in the world filling in stories with subconscious archetypal assumptions on a daily basis, but most of us only are aware of it as it relates to human beings. Each card is alive with vibrant detail and thoughtful connection, most of the illustrations containing very subtle nods to the original major and minor arcana cards of traditional tarot decks. On every page they recommend ways you can craft with the plant on the card and sometimes this includes suggestions like “make infused honey” or “create a tincture” but it obviously doesn’t list a recipe. No matter what is on your plate, we can only do things one at a time, so plot a course and keep going. I’m also fascinated by the herb choice for Death and Devil and would like to understand more about that.Drawing inspiration from the shared Celtic heritage of the authors as well as from Latisha’s Mexican-American heritage, The Herbcrafter’s Tarot is a sister deck in many ways to The Gaian Tarot.

Long-held beliefs may not be rooted in reality; refuse to go along with the crowd; believe the threatened, oppressed ones.As a long-term fan of The Gaian Tarot, I eagerly awaited receipt of the new Herbcrafter’s Tarot deck illustrated by Joanna Powell Colbert and written by Latisha Guthrie. The set includes a 78—card deck and a 124—page book full of herbal inspiration and ideas for crafting with the cards. That means each plant is explained, it’s environment is described, and even it’s uses in magic and folk healing. When she’s not writing, you can find her mixing potions, foraging for snacks on her family homestead, and re-learning geometry with her homeschooled kiddos.

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