The Wild Unknown
I love pretty things. Don't you?
And I love pretty pictures, which is what The Tarot basically is. Just...it's also a conduit into you, the reader's, mind.
You see, the reader’s interpretation of The Tarot is dyed by the subconscious. What you see is who you were, are, and will be. Granted, there is some archetypal study to be done just as one studies the horse’s form before betting.* But overall a good tarot deck is like watching your reflection as if kneeling by sunlight seeping through a stained glass window and The Wild Unknown deck is a mirror.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck doesn’t stand behind the banner of wiccan or hippie or pagan or #girlboss or shamanic, it‘s just a deck with humble pictures inviting you to look at them to see yourself. It offers you the quiet dignity of the animal kingdom with which you tap into your subconscious, dig away at your ego and find who you are at your core.
Once you have familiarised yourself with the Tarot ( I have a few posts here about resources, tutorials, and background info here), done a few spreads, and learned more about reading into the images it is time to move on from your starter pack and onto the beautiful The Wild Unknown.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook
With its sensitive, touching, understated beauty, and distinctive looks it is The Tarot at its best aesthetics. Created by artist, Kim Krans, this deck is now on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Oh the ARTWORK...
Black and white with neon hits; the etched line work is partially audible. Hold a card close and you shall hear the artist at work. They are on the good side of creepy gothic. This eldritch artwork holds an impressive stance on the cards, that while slightly thin, are durable. But it is the sparseness of the animals on the deck that have made it such an online hit. Even the creator seems silent. This gives the deck its own voice, its own separate identity; as if it were a child learning to become, unfold, to be seen.
The deck has a lot of card interpretation crossover from both the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth. But you don’t need to be an expert in Tarot to enjoy the simple beauty of the images. Watch how the contrast, shading, alarming splashes of neon on black and white fit perfectly with the cross hatching and angles. No overt showings of mawkish sentimentality or sweetness.
All these details and the arrangements of suit symbols cause a tension, space, and nuance which make reading the cards so much fun. The deck comes with a guidebook which adds so much sense in a reading.
White Space (uncluttered space within the picture)
What caught my attention the most about this deck was the white space. I was at a Children’s Books Ireland conference and an Irish children’s books illustrator spoke, Chris Judge, and he explained about the movement of lines, the white space, and images trailing off and how these nuances invite participation from the reader. And this also applies to these cards.
You get to fill this white space with you. And, as I have often said thought out this blog, shop, and website; when goal setting at a business board meeting or hippy retreat state your intentions, set your goals and then invite space so that the universal oneness can fill it.
If you don’t know what that means then just look at the images throughout this post. Nothing overcrowded. This space allows you to use your own internal references to fill it and that is what makes The Tarot work.
I bought mine from Amaozn, if you want some of this pretty in your life you can buy The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook (with Official Keepsake Box Set) here.
But I have since found Book Depository and you can get it there with no added shipping costs.
*I am a vegan and do not support horse racing or animals beings used as entertainment. I merely used this as a reference point and not to make the concept the norm.