Anecdotes Tarot

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About the deck

Anecdotes Tarot is a 78-card deck inspired by the music of Joanna Newsom. I worked on the pictures for this deck from 2018-2020, using colored pencils and alcohol-based markers.

The 22 cards of the trump suit are each based on a song and its main character, or previously-invisible narrator. Each of the other four suits is linked to one album: Batons to The Milk-Eyed Mender, Coins to Have One On Me, Swords to Divers, and Cups to Ys.


Guidebook

Download the guidebook as an EPUB on Google Drive.


Major Arcana

Batons

The suit of Batons is based on the album The Milk-Eyed Mender, set at the end of summer and associated with the element Fire. These cards all focus on arts, crafts, and the natural world. 

Coins

The suit of Coins is based on Have One On Me, set as autumn turns toward winter and associated with the element Earth. These cards deal with possessions, homelands, and belonging.

Swords

The suit of Swords is based on Divers, set at the end of winter and associated with elemental Air. These cards share themes of individualism, remembrance, and intellectual conflicts.

Cups

The suit of Cups is based on Ys, set in late spring and early summer and associated with elemental Water. These cards deal with community, family, and passions.

This is a video I made about the process of designing the suit of Cups.

Media

I am no social media expert – I send my sincere gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to share the deck on the Internet!


Kickstarter Campaign

See the original Kickstarter page below!