One of my newest acquisitions is an adorable Tarot deck from artist Beth Seilonen, called the Tarot of the Red Jester. Each card prominently features a sort of stick-figure in a jester’s outfit. Most of the deck follows the Waite-Smith designs although it may take a moment to catch it, although some of the cards are a departure. The most obvious difference is the suit of Wands which has been renamed the suit of Tree Spirits here.
This deck is another limited edition of 200, and with each order the purchaser gets to elect to get the image only on the card, or the interpretive meanings printed right on the bottom front of each card. I opted for the former. The deck has such a clean, open feel I didn’t want to disrupt that. I’m also one of those people who can’t stand even having the card titles printed in multiple languages in the borders. Makes me nuts (Hello, Lo Scarabeo??).
The Tree Spirit people are a recurring element in several of Beth’s decks, including The Watchers Tarot, and the Sail on In Arcana.
The deck also arrived wrapped in white silk inside a hand-decorated box. I could have opted for hand-painted silk in blue, red, green or black, but somehow the white felt more in keeping with the spirit of the deck. I find the originality and artwork charming. There’s a lighthearted feel to the whole deck which is unusual. Tarot decks can so often be overloaded with symbols, color and details, making this one feel like a spring breeze.