** This deck review was originally posted on the Indie Deck Review here!
If you are looking for a cute, minimalistic deck, then the OK Tarot is just the medicine you need! The OK Tarot was created by Adam J. Kurtz, artist and author of many other amazing projects. I’m a big fan of simple designs and sometimes that’s just what I crave when I’m doing a reading, Adam’s deck really feeds that need for me! I’ve found that this deck gives very clear and direct messages, that still leave room for intuitive reading.
The OK Tarot is all pink, yes, all pink! It features black, marker styled linework with solid pink card backs. Did I mention it’s all pink? Bring on the pink!! The cards are standard tarot size measuring roughly at 4.75” x 2.75” and feel great in your hands.
If you’re a fan of keeping your decks in the boxes they come in, you’re in luck! The OK Tarot comes in a nice, sturdy deck box that makes some of my other decks jealous! It’s a solid lidded box that is sure to keep your cards safe and sound, perfect for throwing in your bag or keeping them on your shelf. The deck also comes with a nicely bound guidebook with very simple and easy to follow keywords, great for the beginner reader I think!
I’m a big fan of the major arcana suit, not just because they are more illustrated than the rest of the deck, but because of the cute symbols used on each card. My favorite suit in the deck would have to be the swords, that’s always a favorite suit for me in most decks. The Ace’s are very sweet as well, I love the way Adam illustrates hands. Have I said “adorable” enough in this review? I can’t help it, it’s truly an adorable deck!
I adore the Tower and the Hierophant! Anytime an “eye” is featured on a card has me swoon, I’m obsessed with the sacred eye and symbolism. The hierophant leaves much room for personal interpretation as well, you have a key, more hands, and that rose. Subtle, yet so much can be pulled from just those few symbols.
Cardstock + Shuffling
I’m a big fan of the cardstock used in this deck, it has a nice smooth feel to them without being glossy or overly shiny. I personally love to photograph my readings and daily cards to share on social media, this deck is photo happy! The cards a good mix between thick and thin, they feel as if they will take some rough handling and shuffling well. When it comes to shuffling, the OK Tarot shuffles like butter, very smooth and even. I’ve been obsessively shuffling this deck since it arrived in my hot little hands!
This deck is all symbols and simple drawings, there is no gender illustrated on the cards and I love that. I especially love how the courts were executed, very straightforward and all they all match up quite well. The Page’s are all shown with a pillow, the Knight’s with a shield, Queen’s with a scalloped crown and the Kings with a more pointed one. When combining suit + rank, it makes for a quick interpretation when reading the courts, much like working with Marseille decks.
One thing to note, if you rely on scenic pip cards for intuition triggers, this deck may be a little bit of a challenge for you but I still think you can pick up intuitive hits quite easily. I consider myself an intuitive reader and have had no issues with reading the language of these cards (specifically in the minor arcana) in this deck. Some of the suits are more expressive than others but I find that discovering a way to tie your interpretation into the imagery helps a lot!
For example, take the 5 of Coins for instance. You can slightly see how the coins at the bottom of the cards are smaller than the coins at the top, this reminds me of how things are diminishing or things getting smaller... a lot like when you are running out of money or the means to get by.
Another card, the 10 of Wands. I tend to relate this card often as a big mountain to climb or a heavy task that will be a lot of work right now, but worth it in the end if you stay on course. When I look at the 10 of Wands in the OK Tarot, I quickly thought of a ladder! I’m not a fan of ladders and they quickly remind me of treehouses when growing up. I hated climbing them. I was horrible with ladders. Though I knew that if I bit the bullet and climbed the ladder to the top of the treehouse I would be glad that I climbed it because it was really cool being up there with everyone else and I had a chance to catch my breath... before we all made the journey back down the ladder, oh joy.
The little guidebook is a 48 page booklet that touches base on the basics of tarot and some info to get you started if you’re new to the amazing world of Tarot! Also, the intro was written by Kelsey Anderson. The booklet also has some simple spreads and little tips. I really love how it’s filled with only keywords for each card, it gets straight to the point and lets you fill in the rest.
All in all, I really love this sweet little deck much more than I thought I would! I think it’s bound to add a nice layer to your readings and even give you some new perspectives with the clean and clutter free imagery. Sometimes less is more!
If you have this deck, how are you liking it?
Or is it on your wishlist?
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