Monday, September 22, 2008

Free Printable Tarot Decks

free printable tarot deckHere’s a short link list of websites that have printable tarot cards. Some of these are set up to print on one page and some of these will have to be saved as individual images, re-sized, and printed.

I’d like to start with this copy of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck from The Tarot Deck.Rider-Waite is often considered the perfect beginners deck because many other decks use the same symbolism as the Rider-Waite deck. This is an excellent printable. The images are clean and sharp. The same deck can be found as a color-it-yourself from Tarot Institute.

Little Dead Girl designed these ATC style tarot cards that you can print and cut out. The resolution is a little low so I personally would advise using these more as inspiration in creating your own deck.

Hollywood Tarot has a printable tarot card deck using the likeness of famous Hollywood actors.

If you want to color your own deck Nightmare Factory has a printable version of the Vancchetta deck.

AthenaLuna offers an online application for designing and printing your own tarot. Again, the resolution is low so it’s better for inspiration than for creating a functional deck.

WarmChampagne has a Buffy the Vampire Tarot Deck. Odd, but different.

One of my favorite printable tarot decks online is this Barbie Tarot Deck from LittleReview. The images are so crisp and clear and the various Barbies are well chosen representations of various cards. I have to give compliments to the designer. I’m not a Barbie lover by any means, but this is a professional looking printable deck.

The Uncarrot Tarot is whimsical hand drawn tarot deck that you can print. The images aren’t terribly high resolution but they are clean enough to make this deck useful.

Morgan’s Tarot from Sleepbot isn’t exactly a tarot deck (they are more like oracle cards in my opinion) and they aren’t exactly printable (but I suppose you could if you had the patience) but they are very, very interesting.

The most interesting deck I’ve found online is Boris Kobe's Tarot Card Game from Allach Concentration Camp (probably 1945). These cards aren’t designed to be read but are more of a visually representation of life in concentration camps during The Holocaust. They are stunning illustrations that allow a unique and sobering view into the past.

If you are interested in creating your own deck but need some help Marticia.com has a printable tarot deck template that can help you establish card borders.

If you find any more let me know. I’d like to have a more comprehensive list.

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