Category Archives: Guess the Deck

Mystery Deck: Clue 2

I'm the mystery deck of the week.

I'll give you five clues–one for each day. I'll tell you the answer on Saturday.

There is a prize included so guess away! Every guess–wrong or right–counts.

Second Clue: While I use borders, none of my borders are the same. I find that so restrictive.

Don’t forget to guess on each day! And, of course, I am a proud U.S. Games deck!

Mystery Deck: Clue 1

I'm the mystery deck of the week. I'll give you five clues–one for each day. I'll tell you the answer on Saturday.


There is a prize included so guess away! Every guess–wrong or right–counts.


First Clue: The first thing many say of me is how attractive I am. I try to not let it go to my head.


Don’t forget to guess on each day!

Guess The Deck: Answer Revealed

All week we've been guessing what deck I am. Were you successful? Did you know right away? What clue gave it away for you? Are you still scratching your head?

I'm the Vanessa Tarot published in 2006.  Here's what US Games says about me.

Taking their inspiration from pop culture, the sassy but sage
characters of Vanessa Tarot playfully reinterpret traditional female
roles. With humor, glamour, and an attitude of adventure, the daring
darlings of Vanessa Tarot share all their arcane secrets. This charming
deck invites readers to join in the joy ride exploring life through the
fanciful imagery of tarot. Presented in a keepsake tin, Vanessa Tarot
includes 78 cards with 30-page instruction booklet.

"Vanessa Tarot has taken its inspiration from several areas of contemporary pop culture including female role models from the small and large screens of television and cinema, life-like fashion dolls, and heroines from comic books. In the same way that dolls encourage imaginative role-playing, Vanessa Tarot provides scenarios for examining our fantasies, fears, decisions, desires, and choices. The sassy but sage characters of Vanessa Tarot playfully reinterpret female roles, occupations, and social stereotypes from the housewife to the witch, and the princess to the scientist."

— Lynyrd Narciso, Introduction to Vanessa Tarot

See what Dan Pelletier has to say about this deck.

The Vanessa Tarot does for illustrated pip Waite-Colman-Smith based decks, what Major Tom's Tarot de Marseille did for the Marseille version Tarots, and dragged it (the Tarot) into the 21st Century.

The Vanessa Tarot will perhaps be the most overlooked Tarot of 2007. 'Serious' Tarot folks will eschew it, many will never get past the Magician — and will poo-poo it as a silly novelty. But the Vanessa deserves a closer look. It's nothing short of brilliant!

Let me start with the LWB — it deserves framing. This should me the new standard for LWB's. It is well written, concise, and is arraigned by numerical value as opposed to suits. And what is said about each card — makes sense. Some folks enjoy saying 'Tarot is a language', perhaps because such a statement eludes cogent response, However the Vanessa Tarot IS a language. Gone is the weighty esoteric symbology, leaving behind clean image concepts — that translate smoothly into nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and articles. Many cards easily fill encompass several of those labels.

Yes, it's a feminine deck albeit not feminist. Marketing may well relegate it to the early teen female market segment of the populations, and that’s a shame. The deck is also multicultural.

Some examples: The 10 of Wands eschews the burdening issues and displays an attitude of study — or 'workload'. The Knight of Wands wears a parachute and stands in the doorway of an aircraft in flight. In the Four of Cups, she sits in front of the Tarot Café, while a hand enters the picture from the left offering a cup. It's tres mondo coolaroonie!

The cards measure 9.5cm x 6cm, perfect for your hands, and get this … they come in a metal case.

This deck, and the LWB rock …

Here are a few images from this great deck.





You can have your own copy if you like. Just go here.

Remember we are drawing a name from all comments left this week including on this post. You could win your choice of our Tarot magnet sets. Would you pick the Fool set?

Guess the Deck: Clue #4

I'm full of sass and like to tease. That's why you'll find a Sarah Palin, a Sophia Loren, a Samantha Stevens as well as a Snow White and a Sleeping Beauty within my 78 cards. Was it intentional? Some were but some were not. Ms. Palin wasn't even on the national political scene when I was published.

What deck am I?

Since today is Valentine's Day, what would you say to a lover who gave you these? Remember that all guesses this week will be put into a drawing. You could win your choice of our new magnet sets.

Guess The Deck: Clue #3

Some things you might not know about me.

I'm a petite deck that will easily fit the smallest of hands. I love to be tossed into a backpack to head out to do readings for friends. I'm the perfect Tarot for someone with a sense of humor.

I am an ethnically diverse deck with an African American judge and an Asian beauty queen ruling my world. On one card, five diverse bridesmaids compete for one tossed bouqet.

What deck am I?

All comments will be entered into a drawing. The winner will get their choice of our new magnet sets. What would you stick to your fridge using the Magician set?

Guess The Deck: Clue #2

Happy Mardi Gras! To celebrate this holiday with a French name, I'll tell you that I have a French flair for at least two cards. Both are in the suit of l'amore. One is a ruler of the heart while the other sits alone in a cafe.

What deck am I?

A winner will be chosen from all comments left this week. You will have your choice of one of our new magnet sets. Check out the Wheel of Fortune set here.

Guess The Deck: Clue #1

This week will be a guessing game. Monday-Thursday we will give you clues to guess the deck. Friday we will reveal it.

Today's clue is about men and horses. Or is it? My armored friends wear the uniforms of the jobs they have chosen. While two are hard at work, the other two are not. A love letter, a motorcycle, a plane and a toolbox are what they employ. And did I mention? They aren't boys.

What deck am I?

We will draw one winner from all comments. That person will win their choice of our brand new magnet sets. Check out the Strength set here.

#Tarot Riddle: What Deck Am I?

Riddle me this:


I was first published 31 years ago. I've remained a perennial favorite even though I may not bloom as brightly as some other decks. Some say that the Byzantine empire had a hand in my creation. You may not know it, but my artist was chosen because of a business card. It is said that I am a deck for anyone but you can go deep into my Qabalah meanings if you dare.

Do you know who I am?