the This Might Hurt Tarot created by Isabella Rotman recently released in November 2019 after a successful Kickstarter campaign has been making positive waves in the tarot community. I know I probably say this every time but I was SO excited to get this deck! I saw a walkthru/review of the This Might Hurt Tarot on a fellow YouTuber’s site, Simon Harrison at The Hermit’s Cave and within minutes of starting the video I was already on Isabella’s site purchasing the deck! I just HAD to have it!
This 78 card deck comes on 4.75″x2.75″ printed on high quality 350gsm matte art paper. The decks are edged in your choice of either gilded gold or holographic black and is stored in a high quality cardboard box with foil inlays and a magnetic lid. The little book is also very well made with the same quality paper and chocked full of all kinds of good information 🙂
Before we dive into it, I just HAD to include Isabella’s write-up about the deck…
This Might Hurt Tarot is a modern deck in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. Keeping time-honored symbolism, but losing the medieval context, this deck is designed to be both easy to read and highly relatable. Clothing and scenery are modernized, diversity is embraced and queerness is lovingly acknowledged.Isabella Rotman
This is 10000% accurate and more which is why I HAD to have this deck! It is SUCH a refreshing breathe of new life into the traditional RWS deck by giving it a modern twist. This facelift isn’t the only thing benefitial about it. Between that, the coloring (done by Addison Duke) the numbering of the cards in… idk? not roman numeral…?….normal numbers? lol either way… all of the things combined I feel is a perfect working deck especially for those people such as myself that are new or still consider themselves a novice in the RWS system.
If you haven’t seen the deck before I’ll take you on a little tour so you can get a feel for everything were talking about 🙂 Pictured above are some of my favorite cards in the major arcana that display this modern, inclusive twist on an old system.
I feel that Addison Duke did an amazing job with the colors use throughout each of the cards. Each of the suites carries the color theme throughout each of the cards giving the suit a clear definition and easier (for me) to subconsciously connect them. The colors are well balanced…not too bright, not too dark, not too hot, not too cold, but just right! 🙂 It’s very easy on the eyes 🙂
Pictured above are some of my favorite cards in the minors. I picked one from each suite to show off the variety within the deck. The 5 of wands I love this translation of the dogs fighting, I always see this as a very playful thing, although dogs can be very aggressive while playing it’s all in good fun too.
Probably the only card in the whole deck that I am going to have to spend some more time sitting with to understand it is the 4 of swords…. I’m just not sure how sleeping with a knife is safe? lol Comment below what does your translation of this card mean to you?
Showcasing some court cards I wanted to point out some of the nods to the traditional RWS imagery. Notice the salamander in both the page and the queen? I even love in the queen still has the black cat and the sunflower too.
As you can see with the King the mix of genders throughout the deck is another nice touch. I enjoy decks that embrace diversity as this is something I personally practice in my life as well. So having a deck that reflects a bit more of “me” and “my style” makes it fun and easier to connect with as well!
If you would like to purchase the deck you can CLICK HERE to go to her website. Read and see more about the deck as well…
Or…. you can click on the link below 😉 I know you want to… it’s only 3 and a half minutes of your life to be entertained with the full flipthru of the deck so you can see all the pretty cards! Go ahead, we’ll catch up next time!
Until then, much love my Squirrely friend!
…not just because I said so, but because I know you want to 😉 lol