LISA FRANK TAROT



Saturday mornings were my favorite when I was a child. My Dad and I would hop in the car and go on an adventure. We’d run errands and he would have a beer on the way back. I’d have a Coca Cola in a glass bottle. Usually when we would go to the store, I would look over stationary. I loved Lisa Frank because of the bright colors and the style of illustration. In a sea of bland notebooks with Jean Book or Five Star brands, Lisa Frank boasted life in its products, and for a few dollars extra I felt like the coolest kid on the block with my rockin’ stationary.

When I learned about the creation of this majors only set of cards, I simply had to have it! The colorful and wild child inside of me needed a physical reminder of some of my fondest memories with illustration before I ever even had a clue about what I wanted to study in college.

The unicorns cuddling in the clouds, the purple and pink kitties hanging out in the sunflowers! The beautiful penguins hugging and the singing penguins are all staples of my childhood. How could you even forget the flower power hippie aliens? There are just too many endearing characters and stories present in the beautiful world of Lisa Frank. And now I’ve got a deck to hearken back to when I need some of that comfort!

The cards are buttery and shuffle really well. The backs are really cool and easily reversible which I need. I got so lucky with my seller, they had printed some really high quality cards out! This is a really lovely deck, I just wish that the full set of 78 would be made so that I could use this deck to read for my clients with. I’d love to have the tales of my life told to me by these familiar characters!





What is your most important characteristic?
Temperance. Compassion, sweetness and color to soothe you. Alleviate the stress with a soft voice that echoes nostalgia and joy weaving together to talk to you about important aspects of your life. Loosen up and tap into another side of your brain that is more open to exploration and sweetness. Dichotomy of tool and tone will delight you with useful messages.

What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
Strength. That was a funny response! This deck is really comfortable with what it has to bring to the table. Parting from the idea that we need to be comfortable in our skin, even if others are put off by aspects of our personality. We don’t need validation just because we are a little different from other people. That’s okay, you do you and keep going! It will make you stronger.

What are your limits?
The Fool. You can get caught up with the noise in your head to really hear what is being said. Remove any veils or shades you are wearing to facilitate clear sight. Have an open mind and let the messages come to you. Really listen!



What are you here to teach me?
The Moon. Find color in your intuition, and let yourself be moved by the tenderness of this strange deck. It harkens back to happy memories that should inspire. Read when your mind is most tuned into the frequency, and follow your intuition. You will feel as if you are conversing secrets over with a friend.

How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
The Hanged Man. Learn patience, take it slow. Look for any perceptions not immediately in tune with yours to help you gain new insight. Sometimes we miss out on important messages because we are so much more focused on other details that won’t necessarily help our case. It takes foresight, but it also takes an open mind. Give it time and try not to rush yourself into knowing and understanding.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The High Priestess. Some things will make sense and inspire inner knowing. This should help you tune into a more quiet understanding that runs in the back burner and can be easy to miss if you are not paying full attention. When light is shed on your problem and you find everything falls into place, there can finally be peace.



Which card do you want to show off?
Wheel of Fortune. The fishbowl can be symbolic for our lives and the ecosystem we move in. It throws random obstacles at us to keep it all in motion, but there is also an element of surprise in the decisions that we make. Our decisions shape our future. Every time we take a step forward, we can be choosing to forfeit extra help from life for the sake of our own independence. Think deeply before making big moves, and understand that sometimes some things are outside our control.

How do you see me?
Justice. The fair one, the one who balances logic over the heart as a means of living. Sitting alone on your throne, but enjoying the music that jives in your life. You find peace in doing the right thing according to your own standards, even if your standards are too high for others to understand or meet.

How do you see yourself?
Death. As a bringer of change with grace. Sometimes all you need is a different perspective to be able to find a solution where you had not seen one before!



If you’re lucky, you might be able to find one of these for sale online. However, you can download the cards and have as many decks printed as you like. You could have ten decks if you really wanted to!
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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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