Have you heard me rave about this lovely, feminine, and minimalist deck that fell into my lap a few months ago yet? No? Time to hear it then!
If you know me at all, you know that “minimalist deck” is usually the last thing on my radar for what I look for when deck browsing, but the Divine Femme Tarot is by far an exception, and quickly became one of the decks I reach for the most. If you find yourself looking away from minimalist decks yourself, I recommend giving this one the second glance.
The Nitty Gritty
The Divine Femme tarot deck is a 78-card tarot deck by Genevieve Cozart (AKA genscribbles) that comes with an accompanying tuck box and, for Kickstarter campaign backers, a digital PDF download with card descriptions. This deck was received from the Kickstarter campaign that ran throughout last year (2019).
In the artist’s own words: “The artwork in this 78-card deck interprets both the Major and Lesser Arcana through the feminine lens, and the Major Arcana features female characters exclusively.”
As of me writing this (1.21.20) there is presently no place to buy the Divine Femme Tarot from the artist, but according to her Instagram, she plans to launch an inventory of purchasable Divine Femme Tarot decks soon. If you are interested, you can keep up with her on Instagram here.
- Backings: The art in general is beautiful, but the last time I was swept away by card backings specifically was when I picked up the Ostara Tarot almost two years ago. When the essence, energy, and message of a deck is also encapsulated in the backing of the cards, that means a lot to me! We stare at card backings a lot, and they’re a part of the experience too. The Divine Femme Tarot sports a soft pink backing with an array of adorable feminine symbols.
- Diverse, real, & beautifully feminine: I don’t know how else to expand on this, except to drop those words and vouch for the artist’s own description of the deck.
- Card stock: Matte, sturdy, flexible — like any riffle shuffler’s dream. (Mine. It’s my dream, specifically. Thank you, Divine Femme Tarot).
- Beginner’s deck? Most likely not: Again, I define “beginner’s deck” as translatable to the Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism, although you do not have to consider it in the same way. Minimalism makes for difficult Rider-Waite-Smith translation if you’re just starting out, generally speaking, because much of the traditional symbology will be missing. I call the deck minimalist primarily for its depiction of the Minor Arcana, which, if not a court card, will depict the number of items in the card as those items in simple, sleek silhouette forms.
And while the Divine Femme Tarot portrays all cards of the Major Arcana and court cards with a lot of intention and the symbolism is clear, it is not always traditional — which, of course, is part of the appeal of the deck as well. That said, while there is not always a direct translation of symbols from RWS to Divine Femme, that is not to say that you will find no nods to the “traditional” RWS symbology, or that they are incompatible with one another.
I Recommend If…
You like colorful but soft, feminine, diverse, and leaning-to-the-side-of-minimalist decks. Even if this is typically not your cup of tea, I still would generally recommend this deck if you are at all acquainted with the traditional RWS symbology, and consider it a different and more modern addition to your deck collection.