Imagine some of the best up-and-coming artists (78 of them, to be exact) each creating a different Tarot card to form part of an amazing collaborative Tarot deck! That’s exactly what happened at the Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. 78 artists were invited to design a Tarot card each, for an exhibition titled “Tarot, Mystics and the Occult”. From this exhibition, the Light Grey Tarot deck was formed.
About the Light Grey Tarot Deck
The Light Grey Tarot deck is a 78 card deck (including 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana) based loosely on the Rider Waite deck. Each artist has created an individual card with a unique style and interpretation of the original card. You can view the full list of artists here. The boxed set comes with a 32 page guidebook that includes the meanings of all the cards and instructions for several classic Tarot spreads. The cards measure 2.75″ x 4.75″ and have a grey backing.
What I Love About the Light Grey Tarot Deck
I love looking through each card to see how different artists have interpreted different cards. I am assuming that not all of the artists were very familiar with Tarot so it’s fascinating to see what elements they have picked up and focused on in the artistic interpretation of the card. This has actually helped me expand my knowledge of the Tarot cards by focusing on different symbols within the cards. Many of the cards are very beautiful to look at. Some of my favourites include the Empress, the Ace of Pentacles and the Queen of Pentacles. And it’s wonderful to see so many different styles coming together in such a unique way.
I recently used the Light Grey Tarot deck for a bit of strategising for my Tarot business. It was an amazing experience. I drew a card for different aspects of my strategy as I went through a brainstorming session. What I loved was that because the cards’ imagery was new to me, it seemed to kickstart my creative mind and my intuition. I was coming up with all sorts of new ideas and ways of thinking. I could combine my knowledge of the traditional meanings of the cards whilst also creating new insights inspired by the images of the actual cards. It was a very powerful exercise and something I would recommend to anyone wanting to do a brainstorming session. Of course, you don’t need the Light Grey Tarot deck to do it, but any new Tarot deck that you’re not completely familiar with will do.
What I Don’t Love as Much
Some of the cards are very minimalistic or without much symbolism, so they are more difficult to interpret without prior knowledge of the original meaning. I would have also liked to see more in the Little White Book especially around each artist’s interpretations of the card they created. For example, why did they choose the symbolism or the colouring that they did? What resonated with them about the card and how did this influence their design? Instead, the book focuses on the very traditional meanings which don’t always align with the artist’s interpretation.
Get Yourself a Copy
This is a limited edition Tarot deck, so if you’re lucky there may still be a few left. To find out how to purchase, visit the Light Grey Art Lab website. Note: I was lucky enough to receive the Light Grey Tarot deck as a gift from the Light Grey Art Lab team, in appreciation for promoting the exhibition on my Facebook page in October 2012.