I don’t collect tarot decks. I still own and use the first deck that I purchased in 1999. However when I saw my friend Arwen use a new deck with herbal imagery, I knew that I wanted to purchase a copy. After receiving the deck and using it for awhile, I couldn’t resist doing a review of the Herbcrafter’s Tarot.
First, I have to say that I love the packaging of this deck. The box is made of sturdy cardboard. I much prefer this style of box to the large boxes made of thin cardboard. In my experience, the thin boxes do not hold up over time because a portion of the box is hollow. If one cat walks across it, the box caves in. That is not the case with the Herbcrafter’s Tarot. The box is compact and sturdy. I wish that all tarot decks had similar packaging.
The Herbcrafter’s Tarot Deck
The Herbcrafter’s Tarot is a standard 78 card tarot deck. The images are gorgeous. The Major Arcana contains 22 cards that represent the element Spirit. These cards follow the herbcrafter’s journey as she learns about gardening and herbs. She begins with the Magician or Sunflower card that represents the power within and ends with the World or Pachamama card that represents completing a journey.
The Minor Arcana contains 56 cards divided into four suits. However instead of the traditional suits, each suit corresponds to an element. Swords are replaced by Air. Wands are replaced by Fire. Cups are replaced by Water. And Pentacles are replaced by Earth.
The imagery for each suit is very intentional. The Air cards feature bolines. In case you aren’t familiar with them, bolines (bow-leens) are small scythes used to harvest herbs. The Fire cards feature mortar & pestles. The Water cards feature kettles, and the Earth cards feature baskets.
What I find interesting and different about this deck is that each number also has a correspondence.
The Aces are plants that are often considered to be weeds. These are the determined little herbs that show up in the garden uninvited. The Two cards are plants that attract pollinators. They represent relationships and balance. The pollinators need the herbs as much as the herbs need the pollinators.
The Three cards feature easy to grow herbs. They are abundant in our gardens and represent abundance. My favorite of these herbs is calendula. If I could only grow one herb, calendula would be it.
The Four cards are herbs used in borders or hedges. They represent limits. They are lavender, elder, mint and willow. The Five cards are endangered plants. When the Five cards appear, they indicate challenges and adversity.
The Six cards are bountiful and prolific plants. My favorite one of these herbs is nasturtiums. They signify calling the circle and making magic. I don’t know what could be more perfect.
The Seven cards are ancient trees. The Eight cards are herbs whose roots are used for medicinal purposes. The Nine cards feature fruit trees that not only provide substance but are very important to their ecosystems.
The Ten cards are cover crops. Although they are sometimes seen as a nuisance by some, they actually replenish the soil and prevent erosion.
The only cards featuring people are the court cards. Even then, we only see their hands. The traditional Pages are Hijas (daughters) in this deck. Knights are Adelitas (warriors). Queens are Madres (mothers), and Kings are Curanderas.
I absolutely love how the books offers three suggestions for crafting with the herbs featured on each card. For example, the suggestions for crafting with the Four of Water, Mint, include practicing gratitude with peppermint tea.
The book contains four different suggested spreads for readings. The cards are reversible; however, the book gives you the option to read the reversals or not.
I love the imagery of this deck. The cards are absolutely gorgeous. I still want to find a way to incorporate the artwork into a craft project.
I think that this deck is perfect for learning herbs and herbalism. The guidebook is small, but it contains a wealth of information about each herb.
I hope that you enjoyed this Herbcrafter’s Tarot Review. Have you worked with this deck? If so, please leave a comment with your thoughts below.
I hope that you have a blessed day!