A Tarot Card Epiphany

Epiphany! I was writing today, and a new character came to me.

She burst onto the scene of Murder Through an Open Door. In my mind, I envision her a bit like Gillian from Practical Magic, just the way Nicole Kidman plays her in the movie (only with long wavy blonde locks instead of straight red hair). Lil Davis uses Tarot in the same way Pippin uses bibliomancy.

You know I just had to buy a deck.

Or two.

After some research, here’s what I came up with. If you get yourself a deck, let me know!

Tarot cards influenced by strong women. I had to buy it! 


Here’s the product description:

Infuse your personal divination practice with spiritual insight and feminist guidance from icons such as Octavia Butler, Shirley Jackson, Gertrude Stein, Joy Harjo and more.

• Receive answers to questions about your creative life and spiritual journey, guided by insights from the strong, creative women featured in this deck.
• Includes 30 cards featuring prominent female writers and trailblazers as well as 40 symbol cards bearing illustrations of potent spiritual icons to enhance your reading.
• Find inspiration from literary heroes, such as Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison, and discover the wisdom of lesser-known trailblazers, such as Yumiko Kurahashi and Mirabai.
• Use the included guidebook as an interpreter to help you interpret the cards based on your specific intentions, the writers’ dominant traits, and the spiritual symbols at play.

Anything literary, and I. Am. There!


Literary Witches

I also went with a basic beginners set so I could learn quickly for Lil Davis’s sake 🙂


Product Description:

  • Original tarot pattern design in 1910 by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite.
  • Accept yourself wholeheartedly, get close to your pure soul, and get connected to the whole universe.
  • 78 smooth tarot cards, maintaining enough thickness and sufficient toughness,let you successfully link to the higher self and predict fortune.
  • Spiritual patterns velvet drawstring bag to better protect your tarot card,guidebook make it easier to enter the world of Tarot.
  • Perfect choice for the beginners,fortune-tellers,spiritual director,and collectors of Tarot.

A good friend recommended this set, which she’s used for years. It’s The Wild Unknown. She and some artist friends use tarot regularly at their art studio. Who knows, maybe it’ll become a new practice for me, too, just like Pippin’s bibliomancy!

Product Description:

  • From the beloved artist-seeker behind The Wild Unknown comes the New York Times bestselling box set of her hit tarot deck and guidebook—together for the first time in a beautifully designed keepsake package.

    Kim Krans is not only a vanguard of the new tarot movement, but the person who is redefining it for the twenty-first century. For a legion of contemporary seekers, The Wild Unknown is more than a tarot deck; it’s become a resonant guide for people all over the world, inspiring them to share countless images of their readings, tattoos, and art prints from the deck.

    Each of the seventy-eight cards in Krans’s The Wild Unknown tarot deck is a work of art that explores the mysteries of the natural world and the animal kingdom. Hand drawn in her spare, minimalistic style, the striking images invite deep contemplation. The Wild Unknown guidebook is also an extraordinary cult art object—a hand-lettered and fully illustrated primer that leads readers through shuffling and cutting the tarot, creating spreads, and interpretations of all seventy-eight individual cards.

    Now, for the first time, Kim’s The Wild Unknown tarot deck and tarot guidebook are available together in one beautiful, high-quality keepsake box set. Newly designed by Kim herself, and including never-before-published material, this boxed set retains the mystery, glamour, and allure that made her original deck a cult sensation, while introducing a whole new audience to its magic.