KITTY KAHANE TAROT



When I first saw the Kitty Kahane Tarot, I scoffed. I thought it was so ugly, and I couldn’t believe the prices people were paying to own this deck. By then, it was already out of print. Who knows, it might have just recently gone out of print. I just didn’t agree with it, and I disregarded it. I also had this attitude with the Greenwood Tarot, and later came to love it madly. It now resides on my top drawer for cards.

The color scheme of this deck is pastel, and happens to have colors I love: teal, pink, purple. Yellow was my very first favorite color, so seeing splashes of that in the cards makes me happy too. The style is to me very 90’s, and is very expressive and weird. It took me a long time to take a liking to it, but now that I’ve also changed my mind about my preferred illustration style, my tastes in illustration have also changed. To be honest, I don’t dislike any of the cards in the deck, so I’m happy to use it. The cards I look to for make it or break it are always The Sun and The Moon. There are so many Sun cards I don’t like. It’s a problem!

I appreciate the opaque colors  and the pen and ink style of illustration. It’s quite beautiful to me now. It just goes to show, never say never!




The reading style of these cards is narrative. They are dynamic, and some of them move from one card to another. Some of the characters are repeated throughout the cards with specific features, skin color and clothes. They have a limited color palette, so the skin tones can be universal and can adapt to whatever story is being told. This impressed me. Something else that impressed me is that they are detached from Earth, and because of that can interact in any environment as is needed for a reading. I draw the conclusion that these cards are versatile and work well with any scenario.

The backs look very similar to the ones I designed when I was first drawing out my tarot deck. I can appreciate the symmetry save for the center element, which makes it easy for me to tell if they are reversed or not without really distracting myself too much. To me, a winning quality in a deck!

I wish this deck didn’t have white borders. They cards will eventually get very grubby and beg to be replaced. The A.G. Müller copyright on the card backs is also noticeable enough to distract me. But well… I can’t win them all. The deck reads eerily well, and at the end of the day that’s what I prioritize with my work tools.






What is your most important characteristic?
Six of Wands. Willingness to serve and to celebrate service. There is a good-natured vibe coming through that shows we do our best when we devote ourselves to the aid of others. There is pride in knowing out work touches the life of others in a positive way. As seers we strive to empower others and to help them find the pace they are most comfortable going at.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Ten of Coins. Mainly reliability and stability. When you have a strong bond, it is unshakeable. The cards are there for you and bring good news as well as warnings, but all is intended to be for your own personal progress. You can bask in the satisfaction of knowing that reading with this deck is as comfortable as reading with any other Rider-Waite Smith clone.

What are your limits?
King of Coins. If you get caught in the comfort zone, then you settle down and sprout roots. This may make you less flexible at a time when you may want to implement changes. Try not to get too absorbed in having everything and yet waiting for something better to come along. Instead consider venturing out to try new things with your methods every now and then to find new rewards.



What are you here to teach me?
Eight of Coins. I am here to teach you that it is important for you to keep working on improving your work. Your craft is a sacred practice that only gets better with the build up of experience. Keep experimenting and mixing methods to find new experiences to enrich your life.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
Two of Swords. Take it slow. Don't rush yourself or your interpretations if you can avoid it. Some things take time for your psyche to digest. Sometimes it is better to contemplate your options, not minding all of the others on the outside who have opinions they might want to enforce. Lessons take time to settle in the mind.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Queen of Wands. You will feel inspired by some of the more artistic card renders. The colors play well with your eyes and your psyche, and the cards are more than willing to offer you solid advice in new ways than the ones you are used to.



Which card do you want to show off?
Three of Wands. Some of the best works take the longest to complete. As we wait, we can pay attention to the thoughts running in the back burner of our minds. The thoughts that run as background processes make connections for us when we become conscious of them. We can come to fresh conclusions that help us realize things about our lives and ourselves. In doing so, we have come to mature.

How do you see me?
The Hermit. Finding my own path and place in the world. Letting go of absolutely everything and everyone while in search of my new identity. That shady bird on the shoulder can be a spirit guide to accompany me, a monkey on my back (problem) or a dear friend that won't ever leave.

How do you see yourself?
Ace of Coins. Young at spirit, willing to be used for your benefit as a tool for self empowerment. Using this deck can attract people to your practice who find the artwork interesting.



I've had this deck for a while now and it really sings to my soul. Whenever I use it, the readings make me think about my situation from another point of view. I don't tend to do this with other decks, seeing as I have a really on target mind. But when I step outside myself to see new points of view, I feel as if I've grown and come steps forward.
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