- What was your Gateway Deck?
My first introduction to tarot was with the Wizards Tarot over a decade ago. Then I was given a Shadowscapes deck. Both are beautiful & wonderful, but terrible for beginners (or at least terrible for me)!
My first real Gateway Deck was Morgan-Greer. I love the 1970-ish pornstache vibes and it was the first tarot deck where I could really remember and understand the cards.
- Do you still read with/have that deck?
Yes! Whenever I’m feeling nostalgic or want info related to the past, I’ll turn to my Morgan-Greer. It reads so clearly for me and I really appreciate the history I have with it.
- How did your Gateway Deck influence your tarot preferences and reading style?
Great question! It’s a borderless deck, which I strongly prefer, and it’s RWS-based, which I appreciate. It’s also frank and weird, and that just speaks to me.
- What prompted you to create your own deck?
About 5 years ago, I began a blog (called Learn Tarot With Me) to document my journey of learning the cards. The blog transformed from a personal project into a full-time business (now called The Simple Tarot) where I create resources and tools for tarot beginners.
I created The Simple Tarot Deck in response to the #1 problem tarot beginners have – remembering the card meanings. It’s the deck I wish had been around when I was first learning to read tarot.
- What is your favorite thing about your creation?
I absolutely dreaded taking on a project this big, and I avoided it for years. But once I committed to it, it came together with such ease. I went from designing the first card to holding a draft prototype of the entire deck, book, and package in my hand within 7 weeks. Everything just flowed together so easily, and I’ve learned SO much.
- Tell us about your favorite card, please.
Before creating this deck, I never connected with the Judgment card. I’m not religious at all and it always made me uncomfortable. But when I combined the trumpeter blowing his horn to an attentive audience, it immediately made sense. One of the most transformative experiences in my life happened while listening to Rebirth Brass Band in New Orleans – and this card perfectly represents that “finding your true calling” experience for me. I fell in love with this card while creating it.
- What deck is at the top of your wishlist?
The Marigold Tarot. It’s gorgeous, dark, sparkly, and reads so deeply. I love it!
- Which card do you most identify with?
People say I’m very much like the Queen of Swords, but I’d prefer to think of myself more as the Knight of Wands. Or The Magician, if I’m in the flow of myself.
- Where do your interests lie outside of tarot?
Professionally and creatively, I’m a writer, an artist, and a maker of things. Although I consider New Orleans home, I travel full-time in search of art, stories, tango, and perfect 70 degree days.
- What is your favorite part of the creation process?
Refining and paring things down to their core. I’m one of those writers who hates first drafts. I love the process of simplifying and editing and organizing chaos. I feel most creative when I am eliminating things.
- What are some misconceptions or illusions you think people have about creators’ lives?
Most people think being a creator is all sketch-pads and writing in cafes and brainstorming fun ideas. I wish! This project is fueled by spreadsheets, algorithms, and budgets. I’m not even joking – I have a spreadsheet to organize my spreadsheets and I can tell you down to the penny how much every variation of each design decision will cost.
- How can we support you, purchase your deck?
The Simple Tarot Deck in on Kickstarter at www.TheSimpleTarot.com/Kickstarter