The Modern Witch Tarot by Lisa Sterle is a 78 card deck in a quality two piece durable box accompanied by an embroidered tarot bag. This deck had been on my wishlist for quite some time, so it’s finally nice to welcome her into my collection!
One thing that Pappa ALWAYS pays attention to is the quality of the packaging and the product itself! The MW Tarot certainly delivers in this category.
Witch each deck purchase you get the tarot bag as an added bonus, and in my case (because sometimes I don’t pay attention) it was a pleasant surprise!
I was actually rather impressed with the embroiderier to be quite honest. The velvet material used isn’t the softest ever BUT that just tells me storing my deck in the bag will be safe and not wear its way out quickly….
…Then again you KNOW how I love a good quality box! So the reality is: The deck stays stored in the box to protect the art, the bag I’ll use for some fun witchy stuff 🙂
The attention to detail and the craftsmanship of the packaging is something very important to me. It tells me this wasn’t an afterthought to the creator and is something important to them as well. Personally, I love a good sturdy box as this protects my investment; To me they are works of art!
The book is a hardcover book which is nice. I’m not a big book reader (you can probably tell) but for those of you that are, be aware, this book is a bit malnourished. There are short descriptors of the cards, along with introductions, about the author and some tarot spreads (which I like seeing new spreads) but it certainly is not an indepth chunky chunkster!
I’ll tell you what IS a chunky chunkster though……THE DECK!!!
Produced on quality card stock with a semi-gloss finish this deck is THICK! Even with my big hands I still have a little difficulty. I find it a bit easier to tame the deck by doing a handover shuffle vs. a riffle. Although possible, its just thick enough and quality enough cards that make it difficult to accomplish this. I could imagine people with smaller hands having a much more difficult time than myself, so keep this in mind!
Acclaimed illustrator Lisa Sterle marries the symbolism of the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck with youthful, stylish characters and items from our modern lives. With its diversity and all-female celebration of womanhood, this vibrant, fashion-forward, and colorful deck brings fun and fresh air to the tarot!
So right away one of the things I noticed was there are no men in the deck. (Which is quite alright, there doesn’t have to be) Aside from that this deck is very inclusive within the female gender. Above we see diversity in race, age, body positivity and sexual orientation. This certainly makes the deck more relatable as it brings the classic imagery into the modern world.
Some of my favorite cards are pictured above. These really show case the more up-to-date spin on the classic imagery that make me smile when I see some of the cards. The Fool on her phone, aloof jamming out to music on her smart phone with the city skyline in the background. The Seven of Swords looking FIERCE in her high heels stealing the swords lol. And the Four of Cups with her hoodie saying ‘Over It’ is just too funny to me 🙂
I really really love that Lisa created the ‘Everything is fine’ card to add to the deck. A lot of people have a problem with the 10 of swords so this is a nice alternative to be able to interchange into your deck as you see fit!
Overall I’d rate this deck 3.5/5 acorns. It’s not my personal aesthetic when it comes to a deck so it’s not likely to be a deck I reach for often… however the artists choices within the cards and the overall quality of the deck and packaging are really where it hits home for me!
Do you have this deck? What are your thoughts and opinions on it? Comment down below and share with the rest of the Squirrel Nest so we can all learn and grow together!
Thanks again for joining me today! Much love Baby Squirrel!