I don’t normally have decks set aside for the seasons but when I received a copy of the Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes… it was an instant autumn deck for me! For short, I call this gorgeous deck the “Lydia Tarot” and it was created by the talented Bethalynne Bajema, the artist and creator of Attic Cartomancy.
This deck is layered with digital collage featuring monsters, victorian scenes, horror and everything that rings in the Halloween spirit! It’s truly a beautifully crafted deck and one that I’m proud to have in my collection.
The Lydia Tarot started out as only a Major Arcana deck a few years back and was shortly retired, but luckily Bethalynne breathed life back into it and brought it back as a full deck! I can’t help but be reminded of the story of Frankenstein when I look through these cards, it’s one of my favorite stories that I return to, time and time again. The illustrations truly come to life when spread across your reading table.
It was hard to select just a few cards to highlight as my favorite, but a few really jumped out for me while going through the cards! I adore the way Bethalynne took on the 7 of Cups, 8 of Wands and the Chariot. The 7 of Cups gives me an creepy good feeling of victorian medicine and how they conducted medical experiments, not knowing what would work and what this or that does. It sticks true to the RWS imagery that we all know and love, but adds a spooky blanket.
The 8 of Wands just makes me smile! I cherish those little demons, dancing in a circle and holding hands as if they’re raising the energy to manifest what they desire and quickly. I like to think they’re hexing the Patriarchy and having a grand time doing so, makes me want to join them!
One of my favorite Major Arcana cards in the Lydia Tarot is the Chariot! We see here a bandaged wrapped person with a soft smile, it looks as though they have been through some crazy adventures! When I think of the Chariot card in general, it always reminds me to move forward, even if I don’t feel I can. There is always excuses to give and it looks like the person in this card is willing to push through regardless of any pain or injuries they have endured and meet it with a smile. You will be glad you did what you did when it’s over!
CARDSTOCK + SHUFFLING
The one thing that I noticed with this deck right away was how gorgeous the cards felt. They feel like photographs in your hands with a satin finish, they feel divine and shuffle effortlessly! I feel like they will handle all types of shuffling quite well, the cardstock is truly a dream.
The cards measure roughly at 2.75” x 4.75” and are standard tarot size.
Again, the art was created with digital collage and it was also softened with airbrush to flow more fluidly. I love the images that were chosen on each card, you can tell a lot of love and thought went into creating this deck! The Lydia Tarot is a good mix of monsters, decay, illusions, and classic imagery. You get a sense of royalty within these cards!
As a lover of typography, I think Bethalynne used the perfect font for this deck! It’s a small feature that is often overlooked in decks but one that I look at right away. The entire deck is honestly charming!
The card backs feature the intialis of the deck, tiny bats, and gorgeous linework. They feel very victorian meets Halloween to me! It matches well with the design of the cards and suits the deck perfectly.
This deck is currently still funding on Indigogo and has reached the goal set, congrats to Bethalynne! You can still back this project until October 31st as it ends on Halloween!
Also, you can find more images of this deck and info about the release over at www.autumntarot.com
To see Bethalynne’s creative process and other decks, please check out her Instagram page at www.instagram.com/atticcartomancy