Hail and welcome, the Wayfarer.
The Wayfarer Tarot has been on and off my wishlist for a number of months now. I missed its limited edition runs in the past and have been a bit salty about it. The name alone inspired this weird wanderlust in me. There’s a connection I have to the Wayfarer Tarot that I can’t quite define just yet. Maybe it’s the way the people are moving through the deck, maybe it’s how the minors hold their colors like a filter. I’m not sure, but I’m going to spend a long time figuring it out.
I really enjoy that the majors and minors are so different. My method of reading involves layering decks, and this gives me that same feeling, without losing the continuity of the art. I really like the way they’ve done this. The High Priestess is a modern representation of stillness. While this lovely Empress is fierce in the way we often forget mothers can be. Her chosen creation is clearly a child, but not all Empress moments in our life beget children. Sometimes they are businesses, magazines, art, volunteering, really anything that is bigger than we are. This World card really messes with me. I see it differently almost every time I look at it. Is he falling backward or diving forward? I suppose that’s part of the worlds energy, isn’t it? It’s going to all be different perspectives.
The minor suits are awash with their elemental colors. I like looking at the scene through the element. Seeing the red in the fire (wands) cards colors my perspective. All of that red shows me the spark of creativity and the very real chance that our passions can consume us. In the earth (pentacles) suit that green lends an air of abundance and stability, shows me the possibilities of growth. In the suit of water (cups) we see a softer kind of emotion. Lighter blues, a few greys, speak to me of the softness of everyday love. In air (swords) we find the black and white of decisive thought. It isn’t that we don’t have shades of grey in our logic, it’s that decisions that become feelings are most often either/or.
Working with this deck is truly a joy, and I’m often surprised at how well it all flows. It’s sometimes difficult to commit to a deck that isn’t all matchy-matchy. I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to work with the Wayfarer. Stacy Salpietro-Babb and Margaret Shipman have created a deck that challenges me and rewards me with new information. That’s still one of my favorite things after 28 years of reading tarot.
The Wayfarer is still live on Kickstarter, you still have a chance to get your own deck. They’ve got a book, and a dayplanner, available as well. You can find it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wayfarertarot/the-wayfarer-tarot
It ends on November 15, 2018 at 11:00pm CST. I hope you’ll find your way over to order yours. I’d love to hear what you think about it.