Tarot Restless - A deck for the unafraid | A Deck Review

Happy Mercury-Is-Finally-The-F***-Out-of-Retrograde! This last one was killer wasn't it? Lots of break downs and lessons for me over here. Plus, it seemed like it took forever to get just basic simple things done this last month. Hopefully things begin to go more smoothly as we get out of the shadow period over these next few weeks! I've got lots planned for the blog and the art shop!

As a deck creator and artist, I love to explore the creative works of other artists who create Tarot and Oracle decks. I'm beginning a new series on the blog dedicated to reviewing and showing off other self published and indie decks. I couldn't be more excited to share this dark beauty with you today.

The Tarot Restless

Deck Title: The Tarot Restless

Creator: Winslow Dumaine 

About the deck: 

"The Tarot Restless is a unique tarot deck set within a morbid fantasy universe in the midst of an infertility apocalypse. The deck consists of 78 original, hand-drawn illustrations printed on silver-gilded cards, packaged in a rigid two-part box. The accompanying text, Restless Meditations, includes a short story, new interpretations, and new functions for each card.

I believe people should explore their suffering. Understanding the causes of pain is key to growth – if you suffer, and do not learn, you will have suffered for nothing. In creating this deck, I took my experiences with heartbreak, abuse, and betrayal, and retold them on a cosmological scale.

Many cards were inspired by the strong women in my life. Their struggles with abuse and violence helped me understand the abuse I suffered much better, and I cannot thank them enough."

(Read more here!) 

First Impressions:

My first initial impression of this deck was absolute love at first sight... You know me, and how I love darkness, and dark art. I'm a part of several online tarot communities, and I swear we are all looking for the perfect dark deck. I'm very excited to get to share this deck!

Each card is beautifully morbidly dark. There is something new to see on each card with every reading. This deck is a must on your list if you love dark surrealistic art that is full of depth and symbolism.

I connected with this deck immediately. Which isn’t always the case with new decks! I shuffled this deck and immediately felt what I can my “reiki hands” or hand chakras activate. 

I love it when you can tell an artist know's their shit behind each card. It's not just pretty artwork to sell a deck. There is so much tasty intention behind each card. 

This deck does stray from the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck, so I would recommend reading the guidebook to get to know the story behind this deck.

This deck is set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, where Demigods that were once worshiped, have set a curse of infertility that gradually spread across the land causing panic, war, and general upheaval. The dwindling human race is given the gift of immortality by the demons that had once tormented them. Not able to bring new life in, or pass onto death, the human race is torn between the old ways or accepting the favor of their old adversaries. There is quite a bit of nudity in this deck, so I would definitely recommend bringing it to work for readings during lunch break. ;)

The card's stock and thickness is perfect and the deck shuffles like a dream.

It appears the drawings were done with pen and ink, a medium I always love to both use and see. I love all the little lines and details in each illustration. 

Umm also... The flash on the edge of this deck is pretty incredible. I love shiny things, and my camera did this justice. Look at that silver shine.  

Guidebook And Box

The deck comes in it's own little box that matches the deck in size and design perfectly. The lack of words on the box make it perfect for storing it out on my shelf in my tarot space. (Instead of placed in a pretty bag cause the box was made so cheap!)

As much as I could probably try to interpret the cards on my own based on their beautiful symbolism and imagery, the guidebook is golden when it comes to fully understanding and interpreting a reading. 

Winslow takes a unique approach with the guidebook by turning the card meanings into parts of the major story in the guidebook.

While the guidebook does offer quick glance keywords and summaries, I wouldn’t recommend skipping over the story part. Story telling offers valuable lessons. Plus, because these cards do slightly stray from the traditional Tarot, it would be worth it! 

The guidebook is included with the deck and there is talk that it will fit inside the box in the newest edition. 

The Major Arcana

There are twenty two Major Arcana cards like in Traditional Tarot, but there are some differences in both names and meanings. The changes are made to more fully express the chaotic nature of the universe; the new cards highlight loss, despair, doom, but also vitality, regeneration, inner strength and peace. 

The Moon | The Tarot Restless |

The Major Arcana may stray a bit from the original tarot but that doesn’t mean they miss an archetype. The cards are rich in symbolism and the messages are, (to me anyways) quite easy to interpret. 

I loved the Moon Card and connected with this one right away. I even drew it in my first reading. I drew it inverted, which was a sign of cleverness, escpape and nighttime journeys, which was all too accurate given my sleep patterns and dream memories as of late.

This is a card of renewal and second chances, but the true meaning of the card wasn't felt until I read the story aspect in the guidebook. It really shined a new light on what was going on for me, while adding new perspective that previous Moon cards have not held. 

 

The Minor Arcana's

The minor arcana cards are all fully illustrated with unique detailed illustrations and back stories. 

The ace cards, along with a card known as the Void, represent the creation and destruction aspects of the cosmos on a whole, while the number cards will signify several different forces, people and phenomena within the universe.

The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Stars, which read the same as the traditional Tarot, except Stars is generally called the pentacle suit, though the suits carry some varied meaning as well. 

Swords signify power, dedication extremity, longevity and division. Seeing a large amount of swords in a reading may mean conflict is rising. 

Wands signify will power, attunment, family illumination, and esoteric knowledge. A large number of wands may mean a great amount of will power and work will be needed ahead.

Cups signify wealth, bounty, practical knowledge sustenance, sacrifice, and memory. A large amount of cups may mean a new discovery of great importance may be coming to the reader. 

Stars signify protection, ritual, duty, eternity, the outer-cosmos and kinship. A large amount of Stars could mean a large ending taking place in your life that brings both satisfaction and disappointment. 

The Court Cards 

The court cards are also a bit unique and stray a tad bit from the typical court cards. Rather than pointing to people in the world, they represent expressions of the values within the suit. 

The Thrall card depicts a lack of an aspect within their suit. The Knight is representational of having attained the satisfaction of this want or desire, the Queen protects it and refines it to perfection, and the King demonstrates the significance and importance of the attainment. 

I love that suffering and darkness is something that is accepted in this deck. I agree that we should explore our suffering, and shine some light on the darkness.

Without suffering there is no growth.

When I'm in a dark place, I don't (and can't) just jump to the happiest thing I can think of. I sometimes have to turn on the most depressing music I can think of, because it at least will meet me in the darkness. Not push me to feel a certain way.. but meet me and sit with me. I feel very similar with this deck. When I'm in a dark place, I need something that will meet me in my darkness, sit with me there, and let me fumble for the light myself. I think dark decks are important. Understanding our pain, and feeling our pain is important for our highest growth. 

The reason I love Tarot and Oracle cards is because they can help give us direction in our lives that me may have not been able to see. Decks that honor darkness, like The Tarot Restless, are to me, crucial when it comes to meeting those dark aspects of ourselves we might be hiding from! You've got to feel things in order to heal them. 

Interested in having your deck reviewed? Email me here!

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Never Before Seen Art Work and Announcing a New Deck

So I had really big plans for my birthday yesterday... I was going to post all my new artwork in my etsy shop as well as launch my Threadless shop and my Patreon! 

But Mercury Retrograde had other plans for me. We had a massive snowstorm blow through on the 27th that knocked out the internet, and for some reason they haven't been able to solve the issue yet.

So I'm doing the best with what I've got.

Patreon and Threadless may have to wait until next month, but I was able to get the new art listed in my Etsy Shop!

It may not be the big launch party that I wanted.. but at least there are several paintings here that I haven't shown anyone yet! So that's something. 

Shop Update | Tree Talker Art

I have also begun working on a new Oracle Deck this month!

Many of the new prints in the shop are from this new deck, while other prints I've been meaning to list since January. Head over to my shop to check out the new artwork! In the listing it says if it will be included in the new deck. 

I don't have a lot of time here.. I'm pretty sure I've overstayed my welcome getting the Spirit de la Lune's blog post finished, so this is going to be an incredibly short post..

I will be back shortly with more updates on the deck and the announcement of my Threadless shop and Patreon!

You can check out my full art gallery here.

Don't forget to follow my creative journey on instagram and facebook! 

xx

Rachael

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Progress shots of my newest work "The Star" | Techniques in PanPastels

Hello! I wanted to check in today and share progress shots of one of my newest pieces!

I realized I haven't been posting here as often as I wanted to, even though I have a TON of photos just sitting on my phone that would be perfect for blogging.

So I figured I would at least try to keep things simple and give it a try!

A few months ago I got some PanPastels and have been trying out and learning some new techniques. It's been a lot of fun. I've never tried them before, despite having wanted some for years. Turns out, I'm in love.. and kind of kicking myself for not trying them after all these years. 

The process is interesting. Different then painting but still quite similar once you get the hang of things.. If that makes any sense. It can get just as messy, and it caused me to change my approach on a lot of things.. but don't be intimidated. They are a lot of fun. The pigments mix like paint even though it's a powder.

I'm used to creating my galaxies with watercolor and acrylic, so trying out pastels was a lot of fun and quite the challenge. 

Here is the progress of one of my newest pieces.

This is the "Star" card for the current oracle deck we are making as part of Kristen's challenge for the Pull Pen Paint class this year! (Which so far, has been a blast.) 

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I sketched the figure in lightly with an H pencil and then blocked all the dark spaces with a dark blue/black.

Pastels are really nice and forgiving, you can erase quite a bit and start again if you mess up!

This year I am doing the artwork on larger sheets so I can put them in the shop as paintings and prints. This means I have to accept that it will likely be a bit of a patience game, but it allows me to go into finer details. Which is a lot of fun for me. 

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I am working on smooth Bristol-Vellum Paper for a lot of the cards/paintings this year. The really fine surface helps pick up that black pigment so that I don't have to layer it on too much to create a smooth surface.

(Panpastel Tip: Leave the places you want white (or yellow), blank/white from the get-go. It's much harder to add white pastel or white paint over this than it would be to plan accordingly. I will try masking fluid in a future painting and let you know how it goes.)

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

Once my darkest areas were filled in, I started to work on the details of the figure. I use a spare piece of scrap paper to guard my arm and hand from smearing anything. (I also use Gloves in a Bottle or Invisible Gloves before I use pastels! This cuts down on the smearing AND how much of it gets on my hands.)  

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I do my fine details with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Derwent Colored Pencils....

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck
Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

and I use a white liquid acrylic and sometimes a white Gel Pen to do my final stars and any highlights needed. 

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck
Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I lost track of how much time I spent on this one, but I love how it turned out.

Switching mediums can be a scary thing.. but it was worth it! I loved the way I did galaxies and stars in watercolor and acrylic, but doing them in pastel creates a new look that I am so happy with.

So far I've given myself a darker moodier color palette for this series, but I'm still allowing myself to use my favorite flash of bright red when it's needed. 

            Here's a sneak peek of the "Sun" card so far.

            Here's a sneak peek of the "Sun" card so far.

Better photos of both of these will be coming soon.. 

I am planning a huge shop update at the end of this month! I'll be releasing new prints and paintings, and the Untamed Truth Oracle deck will also be here and shipping again.

I am also working towards getting a Society6 of Threadless account so I can turn my paintings into phone cases, leggings, tapestries, mugs and other fun goodies!

I haven't had experience with either, aside from as a customer, so I'm unsure which route to take! I'd LOVE some help here! 

Have you had experience with either? Which do you prefer?And if you don't have any experience, you can still help me out.. What kind of products of mine would you like to see turned into wearable/usable things?

Let me know in the comments! 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.