We live in a world that separates us from nature. Modern technology tethers us to a screen, but The Witches Wisdom Tarot will help you press the reset button. As you seek the answers to your greatest questions, these tarot cards will help you uncover your true purpose through mythological, archetypal, and sacred imagery.
History of Tarot Cards
Did you know that tarot card decks began as a game for the Italian aristocracy in the late 14th or early 15th century? What began as entertainment became the tool we use for divination in the 18th century when Jean-Baptiste Alliette published the first definitive guide to tarot card reading under the pseudonym Etteilla. The French occultist also published the first tarot deck designed for divination purposes, printing the meanings on each card.
If you’ve ever wondered how to read tarot cards, we’ll help you out. Most tarot decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into two groups– the major and minor arcana. There are 22 major arcana (or trumps), which depict symbolic elements that help you understand major life events or lessons. The 56 minor arcana are divided into four suits– swords, pentacles, wands, and cups. Each suit in the minor arcana contains 14 cards, which provide guidance on everyday situations.
The tarot cards we use today are based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which was published in 1909. The Rider Company published a tarot deck based on the teachings of academic and mystic A. E. Waite. This deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, solidified astrological associations and made changes to the Christian imagery in earlier decks. Modern decks still uphold the Rider-Waite-Smith deck as the gold standard for symbolic meanings.
About the author: Phyllis Curott
Phyllis Curott practices “witchcraft with passion and purpose.” As she puts it, she “came out of the broom closet” over 40 years ago, which makes her one of America’s first public witches. She founded the Temple of Ara, America’s first shamanic wisdom tradition, where she creates practical ways for everyone to reconnect with the “divinity of Creation and to the lost, natural and sacred parts of ourselves.”
She’s a lawyer and a Wiccan icon who’s introducing the world to witchcraft. She’s not just practicing magic– she’s making it accessible to the masses. With more than 2 million views on her “What is Wicca?” YouTube series and books published in 14 languages, she’s a witch to watch. Now, she’s making her witchy wisdom available to tarot-enthusiasts through The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot deck.
What symbolism will I find in The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot deck?
Phyllis Curott’s website says, “The core value at the heart of The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot is the union of Divinity and Creation, Spirit and Earth, energy and embodiment.”
Whether you’ve been a practicing witch for a while, or are just dipping your toes into Pagan practices, this deck will help you discover what it means to be “a wise one who lives with reverence for the land, for life, and for the magic that flows through us.”
Illustrated by British Hedgewitch Danielle Barlow, each card employs magical imagery bestowed upon Danielle and Phyllis as they “ journeyed for each of the images, spreads, and spells, seeking the divine wisdom of Mother Earth and diving deep beneath traditional archetypes and the ceremonial symbolism of the ubiquitous Rider-Waite-Smith deck.” They’ve said goodbye to the Devil, Hierophant, Judgment, and others to create a deck designed to set you on the path to nature, leading you to love and learn from Mother Earth.
How to use The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot
Phyllis Curott defines divination as magic in action. Her website explains that divination, “reveals hidden forces within, in the past and the present. It reveals the future these forces are creating. But there is a greater magic afoot: divination reveals the Divine.”
If you are a seeker, this tarot deck is designed to help you draw near to the divine presence all around you. Use The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot to uncover parts of yourself that were once lost, and open your eyes to the magic, wisdom, insight, and foresight that’s available to you.
The deck comes with a 176-page guidebook, filled with techniques for manifesting magic and card spreads you can use for tarot readings and spellwork.
What is The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot and where can I get my own deck?
Created by Phyllis Curott, one of America’s most famous witches, The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot is a deck for anyone who seeks to find the divine in nature. Pure Journi is your number one source for tarot and oracle cards– shop for The Witches’ Wisdom Tarot and check out all of our decks designed to help you find the wisdom you seek.