We now offer card readings! Provided by Jess, our resident diviner with years of experience, you can purchase an online tarot card reading! These readings can be read with a question provided by you or no information provided by you at all.
Online readings are considered a "digital order." Within a few days, you will receive your "digital item" of a .pdf file with the details of your reading, including a photo of the reading, to prove the reading really happened. Because doing these readings takes effort, sometimes there are delays. You will be contacted if it seems your order will take longer than 5 days, just so you know that you’re not forgotten. For $3 extra, you can also receive a high-quality photo of your reading with props for posting to social media, if you like.
Basic readings are 3 cards for 1 question. (With the Transparent Tarot, these cards are stacked on top of each other, appearing as one.) If Jess feels the need, she may add one or two clarifying cards for free. This happens on the rare occasion when the first three cards don’t paint a clear enough picture on their own.
Blind readings are 5+ cards and no questions. (Again, with the Transparent Tarot, these might be stacked.) Jess follows her intuition across the entire reading. You get told whatever it is that the cards most want to tell you.
Custom readings are 7+ cards and deal with any issue the customer has in a greater depth. These usually involve a layout designed by Jess herself, which may be as complex or as simple as she feels necessary. There is the chance that she might use more than one deck for it, depending on the issue. These take a longer time to fulfill because of the effort required. We encourage you to select “Any” for the deck if you order a custom reading so that Jess can select the deck best for your issue. You can fill in any details you want in the “special instructions” part of your order, and Jess will communicate with you further about your custom reading by email before starting.
How to order
First, pick a deck: If you would like to pick which deck is used for your reading, you can see them in the photos above and also they are listed in the “How to pick a deck” tab, along with details about each deck’s personality and strengths. If you do not care which deck is used for you, you can select the “any” option at the top of the drop-down list. Jess will be happy to select the deck she feels most appropriate for you.
Next, pick a reading type: You can choose a “Basic Reading” (3 cards, 1 question), a “Blind Reading” (5+ cards, 0 questions), or a “Custom Reading” (7+ cards w/ consultation over topic). If you’re not sure about which to choose, we encourage you to choose the Basic Reading － you can always buy another reading later.
Optional add-ons: Right now, we allow the add-on of having a high-quality photo taken of your reading with props so that you can post it to social media. If there are other add-ons you would like, you can feel free to email us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, your question: If you ordered a Basic or a Custom reading, you can include your question or details of your issue in the “special instructions” part of your order, or you can simply wait for Jess to email you first.
How to pick a deck
Honestly, we only let you pick the deck because that's what some buyers want, but the best choice, if you have a specific question, is to use the "any deck" options. In that case, Jess will pick the deck she thinks is best for your situation. But if you want to choose which deck is used for you, here are the options:
Visconti-Sforza Deck - These cards are reproductions of one of the oldest sets of Trionfi cards still in existence. This originally hand-painted and gilded deck was commissioned by Francesco Sforza as an anniversary present for his wife Bianca Maria Visconti around 1451, just after he succeeded her father as Duke of Milan. A product of its time, this deck contains a lot of Christian allegory along with some symbolism from Roman mythology. They tend to be straight-forward, but a bit dramatic.
The Wild Unknown Tarot - This tarot is illustrated with stark lines and careful use of colour, focusing on natural elements. It's great for getting in touch with nature or natural spirits or Earth herself as well as exploring the natural world and our place in it.
The Transparent Tarot - This tarot comes with minimal iconography per each transparent card. Stacked together, cards will reveal a more complex image with greater nuance and specificity than most decks. Images may look "dirty" because the cards are dusted with cornstarch to keep them from sticking together.
The Starchild Tarot - This tarot is very evocative of spiritual journeys and new age mysticism. It can help with questions regarding the spiritual, the religious, and finding your inner joy and light.
Idiosyncratic Tarot - This tarot has a simple, natural spirit great for exploring personal journeys and destinies.
Silhouettes Tarot - This tarot is simple but dynamic, with strong colours adding to the symbolism. It has an underlying theme of fairy tales. It tends to be fairly straight-forward in its answers.
The Halloween Tarot - This tarot, cute as it may be, is loaded with symbolism. It also comes with a guide in the form of a black cat. Following the cat through the cards tends to show you where you should really be focusing in life.
The Housewives’ Tarot - This tarot calls upon the style of retro ads and sitcom tropes, but underneath the cheeky exterior lies discontent with capitalism and conformity. Don’t worry, its tongue-in-cheek feminism isn’t about to tell you that you’re not allowed to be a cishet stay-at-home mom who cooks if that’s your thing; what it will address is how to avoid being miserable while doing so and whether that’s really what you want after all. This deck can talk to anyone but is especially suited to people struggling with issues based around home and family.
The Vertigo Tarot - With major arcana cards inspired by Vertigo Comics, these cards can have an extra layer of nuance for fans. But the main character of the cards comes from the gorgeous art of Dave McKean, which is evocative, strange, and enigmatic. This tarot is great for addressing mysteries, especially of a spiritual or mystical nature, or getting in touch with darker aspects, but it doesn't always give clear answers.
Steampunk Tarot - This deck is actually very similar to the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, but all of the images have been redrawn with a steampunk theme. The deck has a sense of humour and gives straight-forward if somewhat shallow answers.
Future Vision Gem Tarot - This tarot is based on the cartoon series Steven Universe. Because the deck references certain characters and events, it is best chosen by someone very familiar with the series, as understanding these contexts is necessary for understanding your reading. This deck is very positive and has recurring themes of queer love, friendship, and trauma recovery.
The Homestuck Tarot - This tarot is based on the web series Homestuck. Because the deck references certain characters and events, it is best chosen by someone very familiar with the series, as understanding these contexts is necessary for understanding your reading. This deck addresses trauma and sacrifice, as well as issues with multiple facets and angles to be explored. It can sometimes be dark.
The Night Vale Tarot - This tarot is based on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Because the deck references certain characters and events, it is best chosen by someone very familiar with the series, as understanding these contexts is necessary for understanding your reading. This deck explores the mysterious and the strange within us and our world and reflects a sense of perseverance.
Tarot began its life as a card game, somewhat similar to our modern playing cards but also entirely different. The oldest name we know for this game is “Trionfi” or “triumphs,” this is because the deck included (along with four suits of pips and royals) an extra suit which used the allegorical story of the Triumphs, in which Love is conquered by Chastity, Chastity is conquered by Death, Death is conquered by Fame, and so on and so on. This is where we get our modern concept of “trump cards,” even if we no longer use the triumphs suite in modern card games.
Historically, methods of divination tended to use whatever was practically at hand, and often this included (somewhat appropriately) the tools of gambling and games of chance － such as dice and dice cups, the drawing of lots, etc. The game of triumphs, by this time called “tarocchi,” was first documented as being used for divination around 1750, some 300 years after the card game first became popular! The most popular deck for divination was the Tarot of Marseilles, and this became such a problem for French tarocchi players that they began playing with a differently formatted deck, the Tarot Nouveau, the deck which is currently still used to play tarocchi in France. Later, the Tarot of Marseilles was modified and codified by two related sets of English mystics in the early 20th century into the now very well-known Rider-Waite-Smith deck and Thoth deck. (Thoth was born out of Crowley believing that the RWS team had not done a very good job. Funnily enough, the RWS deck has become the most widely known version of divinatory tarot and is often the basis that newer tarots build off of.)
Modern Tarot features four suits: Cups/Chalices/Cauldrons, Coins/Pentacles, Swords, and Staffs/Wands. Those based on the RWS tarot feature a court of king, queen, knight, and page for each suite. Those based on the Thoth deck feature a court of queen, king, princess, and prince for each suite. These 56 cards are called the Minor Arcana. There are then, usually, an additional 22 Major Arcana cards, which together tell the story of the “Fool’s Journey.” The Fool’s Journey tells a story in which a silly and naive person becomes a wise and learned individual via encountering different characters and events － much like the original series of triumph cards.
Each modern deck tends to reinterpret all of these elements toward different goals. Some, by adding context, such as where the Nightvale Tarot uses stories from the popular fiction podcast to illustrate the points of the cards. Some remove context, such as making the symbols and images simpler and easier to understand or by removing all negative contexts from the deck. Some have added even more cards. There are even “oracle decks” which take the concept of Tarot but create wholly new cards to read with. Some of these don’t even have suites or major arcana.