In my mind (and on my excel spreadsheet), I very much sort my decks (not all of them, but many of them) by seasons. It’s not that I won’t use these decks outside of those seasons if it feels right for the situation, but I’m so strongly connected to the seasons that I suppose it’s not a surprise I would associate many of my decks with one season or another.
I’ve limited the decks in this post, though, to the decks that I actually used during this summer of 2019. Out of the “summery” decks that I’ve used this summer, these are the five that have really stood out for me….
Stolen Child Tarot – Okay, so this one quickly stole the show for me this summer. Or, should I say this September. The thing is, though, that it rapidly has climbed to my #2 spot for all time favorite decks, right beneath the Tarot of the Hidden Realm. I love the combination of whimsy and seriousness, the expressive complexity of the cards. I just really connected with this deck, and the cardstock is just amazing. It feels great to shuffle.
Hanson Roberts Tarot – This has been a long time favorite of mine. Mary Hanson Roberts does lovely work and I really like her depictions in this deck. Of all RWS clones out there, this one is at the top of the list for me. Like all the decks on this list, my “summer feel” is about color correlations, and crispness in artistic depiction.
Luna Sol Tarot – You know those super hot days where the world feels baked crispy and white washed by the sun’s rays? That’s what this deck reminds me of. In my opinion, it makes a great end-of-summer deck for this reason.
Linestrider Tarot (with the Hedgewitch Oracle) – When it comes to these two decks, I just can’t seem to have one without the other. In my mind, they go together as one. I know that they both really pair lovely with other decks, but I just can’t seem to separate them in my mind. When I read with the Linestrider Tarot, I often shuffle the Hedgewitch Oracle directly into the deck. I do it so often that I might end up leaving them some way at some point.
Luminous Void Tarot – For me, this deck is the epitome of sticky summer heat and the melty smudge of cosmetics on women roasting as they go about their days in the oppressive heat of summer. It’s all about dripping sweat, cloying humidity, and the sweltering of the sun beating down upon the world at the peak of summer.
Like I mentioned earlier. Seasonal decks, to me, are all about color and the texture within the artwork (as opposed to the texture of the cardstock). For me, all of the decks above very much speak summer, and I’ve tried to explain why in each one that I see them that way.