The Spolia Tarot deck landed in my hands back in July and it’s still one of my favorite go-to decks! I had pre-ordered this deck back in early May after missing the Kickstarter, I always miss them it seems. I was a bit on the fence with this deck at first since I haven’t yet owned a deck that was collage themed at the time, so I wasn’t sure how I would connect with it but… (spoiler alert) I absolutely love it!
The deck’s artwork was done by Jen May, the little white book was written by Jessa Crispin, and the deck was designed by Tara Romeo – what a team! I’m a massive fan of Jessa Crispin’s work, in fact the book The Creative Tarot is one of my absolute favorite tarot books on the market. It’s one that really speaks my language best and I recommend it to everyone who asks for book recommendations!
This deck really blew me away! I created a big hype for myself while waiting for this deck to arrive so I was really afraid I was setting myself up to be disappointed… but it was far from that, I was massively in love! From the artwork to the booklet to the card stock and the box, everything was on point with my expectations and more.
The deck comes with 16 extra cards – 12 zodiac cards and 4 elemental cards. You can choose to use these or not, I decided to leave them in the deck as I find they add an extra layer to a reading, almost like combining oracle and tarot. They can also be used as significator cards in a reading!
The deck was printed in Italy and it has a very rich feel to it, the cards feel really good to the touch and feels like they will stand up to some rough shuffling. The box is gorgeous and simple, I was afraid to break the seal so I popped it open from the bottom with a butter knife – a little trick I learned when opening playing card decks. The deck was well worth the wait and I’m so glad they did a 2nd printing!
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE CARDS
It was really hard to pick just a few cards, I love them all! Several cards speak really loud and clear for me, while others are just beautifully done and well executed. My absolute favorite card in the deck is the Devil. It’s simple and it leaves much room for interpretation. The Devil has been a favorite card of mine lately and it’s one I look for first in a deck, I love a good Devil!
The 6 of Coins – I really like the exchange being played out in this card. There are hands giving, receiving, and waiting. It just speaks really well for me and I love how it was done. I also love the Judgement and Justice cards, the hand shake in the Justice card and the snake changing in the other card just makes
me smile. Lastly, I adore the 9 of Swords in this deck, you can really feel this energy and the mental torment, the booklet describes it perfectly:
“The brain can eat itself if you let it… we can spin demons out of thin air”
The cardstock lives up to the price of the deck, which was around $50 at the time when I ordered it. I hate when you pay a lot for a deck and the card stock falls flat, that was not the case with this deck at all! The cards have a satin like finish that feels divine in your hands. While the cards are thick, they aren’t super stiff like some decks I’ve had. I’m fairly rough with my cards and I haven’t seen any chips at all in the card stock or any notice of wear, which I normally see after only one day of use… again, I’m rough. I think the cards will hold up really well over time!
This deck shuffles like butter! This is one of those satin finished decks that shuffles so nicely. You can hear the cards slide while shuffling too, it’s a satisfying sound. Now, this is a fat stacked deck, I’m not kidding…. it’s thick! It’s a bit wider and taller than your standard tarot deck, it’s like a brick. I have to shuffle it a little bit differently than I normally do. I can overhand shuffle the whole deck just fine, it’s just the riffle shuffle that is a bit tricky. If you have small hands it may be a bit tedious, just a heads up.
In the package
There are two options for this deck – the first being just the deck, and the second is the deck with spread cloth. I’m kicking myself for not getting the second option but in reality, I know I won’t use the spread cloth often so I’ll live. The second option may or may not be available anymore as well.
The deck comes with a box (which is beautifully made), the booklet, and the cards themselves. I also received a mini postcard print of the High Priestess in my box. I love it and need to figure out if I want to frame it or stick it a journal somewhere.
While I rarely get excited about a little white book, this was an exception. Jessa Crispin wrote the damn book and it’s damn amazing! I don’t often
reference back to the booklet with each deck but I can’t help but not see what she wrote about for each card, it’s so on point and so well said. The booklet is written just like her other book, The Creative Tarot,, where she groups up the cards in order by rank rather than suit order. This is how I tend to order my study journal as well, I like to be able to quickly compare all the 3’s or all the Knight’s, rather than hunt each one down within their own suit.
The book is short and to the point, it’s around 52 pages and also notes the extra cards. There is no extra stuff in this booklet, it goes right into the cards and nothing more, which I really like.
I’m pretty sure you can tell that I’m in love with this deck! I’ve had a chance to work with it for a awhile now and it reads very well for me, this is for sure a deck that stays in rotation. The readings come out very clear and direct… it’s called me out several times now.