Deck Name: The Truth Tarot
Publisher & Year: 2019
The Truth Tarot created by NKH is a psychedelic, technicolor, creation of collage art that recreates the 78 cards of a traditional RWS tarot deck. The standard 70mm x 120mm cards are a sturdy and flexible 300 gsm. The smooth coat is not glossy so the depth of color and dimension show up beautifully in photos. They slip and slide over each other and fan without effort. The cards come shrink wrapped in a black, satin, drawstring, bag which has a vinyl transfer identifying the name of the deck on the front. There is not a companion guidebook.
The first word that came to mind upon seeing The Truth Tarot for the first time was, chaos. Typically, chaos is not associated with a positive experience but these cards vibrate the type of chaos you’d find in chaos magic. As I understand it, chaos magic combines elements and aspects from many different sources to create a magical practice that is uniquely your own. With collage art you use bits and pieces from several other sources to create a new work of art that is one of a kind. I think The Truth Tarot fits in perfectly with the ideals of chaos magic.
Other words I’d use to describe this deck are loud, high vibe, colorful, rich, primitive, and intuitive. I had a visceral experience with this deck that invited more than a few of my senses to the party. I can almost hear this deck and to me it sounds like a combination of rock, reggae, a bit of hip hop, some tribal beats, edm and a touch of classical music to finish it off. I bet if I put all of these music genres together in a musical piece it would sound like a cacophony of sounds but somehow it works visually.
Although the Truth Tarot is based on the traditional RWS symbology, the images stray far into a more modern futurism. The symbols are all there, the suites retain their classic names except for pentacles which is retitled to coins, the courts retain their titles, and some images are still very familiar such as the 8 of wands, 10 of swords, and the 3 of cups. Even with the familiar images there are additional layers that add new meaning and depth to each card and this lends itself nicely with intuitive readings. If you are very used to traditional meanings of the RWS they can be applied to each card in this deck however, this deck is ripe for intuitive interpretations as well.
Likes and Dislikes:
One of the things I really enjoy about this deck is that the backs of the cards are not all the same. They look like an abstract, stained glass puzzle but they do not form a puzzle. I think it’s interesting and a fun take on a part of the deck many of us take for granted. It adds a lot of visual interest to a spread when the cards are face down or when they are fanned out. I think it shows that the creator doesn’t take themselves too seriously and I would like to encourage other deck creators to play around with this idea.
I wish this deck came with a small pamphlet giving me some more information about the artist and their inspiration. Some cards are really unique and I’d love to learn more about them. I’m always happy to hear about an artist’s creative inspirations regarding a deck. Personally, I find it enhances my connection to the deck and how I use it. I don’t love the drawstring bag the deck arrives in. The material is very stiff and I worry that the vinyl transfer may get snagged and pulled off. As usual, I can forgive my dislikes because the deck as a whole is more exciting and functions with or without my dislikes.
Real World Representation:
I was surprised by the amount of representation in this collage deck. Typically I don’t think about this aspect when it comes to decks with found art pieces but NKH did a really good job of mindfully creating a deck that includes a variety of representations. There are different body sizes, different ages, where you can clearly see the features of individuals you can see multiple ethnicities depicted through not only skin color but also features, and multiple cultural influences can be seen as well. I appreciate this amount of representation because I know it can be hard to find sources of print material that are available publicly and feature a diverse group of individuals.
This deck may not be for everyone but it is raw and the readings I’ve done with it have cut straight to the chase. It definitely earned its name, The Truth Tarot. If you are someone who loves collage art, who is into chaos magic, who likes lots of color, enjoys unique RWS clones, or someone who likes to read intuitively, I suggest you consider adding The Truth Tarot to your deck collection.