Wonderworks Deck of the Week: Tarot of the Cat People
Deck by Karen Kuykendall
Maybe we’re biased, but we think this is a perfect deck for the cat and tarot enthusiast in your life. The artwork is quite unique and stylized, taking from what appears to be a South Asian influence, mixed with lots of fantasy, perhaps a bit of retro future glamour styling (think sci-fi films made in the 60s or 70s about what the future would look like), and a healthy dash of elaborate whimsical features. When you see the deck as a whole, the stylization creates a unique, beautiful, and dreamlike effect.
Though the imagery depicted partially based on traditional Rider-Waite-Smith meanings (particularly the Major Arcana - with a few minor changes), there is an original story constructed through the arc of the deck about who these Cat People are, and the fantasy realm in which they live. If you’re interested in learning more about the backstory of the Cat People, we suggest buying the deck-book set which contains detailed descriptions and background information about the deck and its mythos. Those who are familiar with the Marseilles tarot will also notice that the number symbolism plays a large part of the specific meanings of the minor cards.
This deck has been in print since 1993, and has remained popular ever since. Each card depicts a human, along with their feline companion(s), both big and small. The images are lush, highly imaginative and generally intuitive to read. This deck is suitable for both beginners and tarot enthusiasts.
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