This deck strikes an excellent balance between thoroughness and approach-ability. First, I appreciate that the creators chose to go with a traditional publisher; the cost is reasonable and I can afford to buy copies as gifts. Second, it has great crossover appeal and will likely attract to tarot people in the herbalist and permaculture communities. Third, most of the plants included in the deck are easy to find and safe for beginners to work with (I was delighted to discover that I cultivate 14 of the plants in the deck, and most are available for foraging or purchase where I live). Fourth, the creators deftly and respectfully handled issues of diversity and cultural appropriation in the tarot community, with an emphasis on people forming their own connections with the plants. ~ Morgan
Thank you from the bottom of my Pagan, Witchy heart for creating this deck. This is the best guide to Modern Eclectic Kitchen Witchery I have ever read or even conceived of … Your book is a guide on how to live well, how to resist the many wrongdoings our political system has created, how to be conscious, how to be empowered as a woman, tears are coming again as I write this. You have created a work on paper that will inspire countless people. Brilliant work. So impressed!! … Herbcrafter's is going in my personal use collection of decks, the decks to grab if the house is on fire.
I received the Herbcrafters tarot last week! I am so deeply in love with this deck already. I do not have words for this alchemical magic of prose, art, and wisdom. Pure spell weaving. I’m humbled and so grateful that you both birthed this deck for the world. And the miracle of it is, and I’m sure many women will agree, is that is touches my own magical life so intimately. As if I had created it myself. And I absolutely LOVE how it all interweaves with the phases and types of plants, and the elements, and numbers etc. Pure genius! It makes it all so intuitive and natural. Like it all fits into place and I don’t have to think about it. ~ Beth Lenco
I loved the crafting bits at the end. It made me think of all the unintentional wisdom I’ve gained over the years through being haphazardly enamored by plants through food and drink, and more recently a more intentional reverence for my place with the plants. I can’t wait to build new relationships and deepen old ones with these cards. ~ SH
It’s a beautiful thing you’ve made. You’ve brought something new to this world that you’re uniquely able to offer, and we’ll be better for it. It is punchy and powerful.
It is going to be a classic. First, the artwork is so realistic I feel as if I could pick up a cup of healing tea right from the card. Each herb is lovingly rendered—most of them in how they are used so I don't have to try to identify the herbs (that's not my forte.) I am shown garlic in the Strength card. I get Damiana in its herbal form next to a tiny glass of the golden liqueur I know. Even the cards that don't show me anything but the plants plainly speak to me. Hemlock (the Emperor) is depicted in a rigid square that yields to nothing. Alfalfa (Ten of Air) is everywhere with a scythe waiting to mow it down. The court cards are a nod to the writer's own heritage with Hija (daughter), Adelita (warrior), Madre (mother), and Curandera (Healer) as Page, Knight, Queen, King. Each shows the hands of the figure and nothing else. It keeps the focus on the herbs. The hands are of varying skin tones which makes my diversity-craving heart sing. With so many herbs available to be chosen, Colbert and Guthrie found 78 to use. I was pleased to see some unknown herbs make an appearance like Chaparral aka Greasewood (correctly called Creosote in this deck.)
Now to the writing! Guthrie is a long-time blogger who has a lyrical voice. Sometimes I felt as if I were reading poetry or snippets of her intimate thoughts journal. She nails the descriptions by drilling down to what you need to know about each one. Then she skillfully weaves that plant into the meaning of the card. There is a fresh look at some cards so be prepared to be open to interpretations here. Again, I was lucky enough to see some of her writing early on. She is going to be a writer to watch. A clear, authentic tone with an obvious love for the green allies. I will most likely need another deck because I plan to wear this one out.
USGames has given this deck a matte finish on a good cardstock so this deck will last. And? It is in a hard box with a substantial size book (no LWB here, y'all.) Trust me, once this deck is in your hands, it will soon be in your heart as well. I predict (grin) that this deck will be a keeper! Seek joy, y'all. Pass it on. ~ Arwen Lynch Poe, Author of Mapping the Hero’s Journey with Tarot
Stellar. The writing has a lovely rhythm to it. It felt like ritual writing in a way yet not so arcane that a new reader couldn't gain from it as well.
The short descriptions are pithy and meaningful. They are easy to appreciate because of the distillation. I kept underlining little nuggets that spoke to me. This book is going to be marked up like whoa.
Photo above: Benebell Wen
The Herbcrafter’s Tarot is a masterpiece, but it’s more than that. It’s a beautifully compiled trove of knowledge. Its companion book, written by Latisha Guthrie, is going to be one of your favorite go-to grimoires. The artwork by Joanna Powell Colbert is just perfection. She’s like a modern-day Pliny the Elder. ~ Benebell Wen, Author of Holistic Tarot
You have created an accessible entry point for users of all levels and knowledge. I am loving the Herbcrafter’s Tarot so much. I am learning so much. ~ Lisa Salinger Blinn
I highly recommend The Herbcrafter's Tarot with artwork by Joanna Powell Colbert and text by Latisha Guthrie. The artwork is absolutely exquisite. It is just so lovely and potent.
I am a plant person, so this deck especially appeals to me. I have found many of my favorite plants within it.
The little book fits nicely into the box, along with the cards. The design of the book is so good: It's easy to read, and the writing is clear and evocative.
In recent years, I have stopped collecting decks and have let many of mine go. I keep the most beautiful. This one will definitely be a keeper. - Kim Antieau, Author of Church of the Old Mermaids
I'm thrilled that my copy of the Herbcrafter's Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert and Latisha Guthrie arrived! I've pulled out my two main life cards -- Awakening (Judgement) and High Priestess to see which plants may be helpful companions on my earthwalk. Tulsi (aka holy basil) and mugwort are the corresponding plants. I shall do my best to learn from these herbal allies. The artwork in all the cards is exquisitely alive and the booklet's text is succinctly deep. I am enchanted by all of this. - James Wells, Evolutionary Tarot
I opened a new deck today. One I’ve been waiting for, delivered yesterday. Art by one of my fave people, an amazing artist. Actually said “WOW” out loud when I saw the quality, the beauty, the magnificence: The Herbcrafter’s Tarot, art by Joanna Powell Colbert (Gaian Tarot), written by Latisha Guthrie. There is no question. This deck exceeds expectations. If you love nature, you need this deck. The book alone is worth the purchase price. Each card is a celebration. So beautiful I had to buy two! - Beverly Frable, Tarot Connections
Photo Above: Cari Ferraro
The experience of the deck encourages a reciprocal, intuitive relationship with all the green world, and explores aspects of plants we may not have considered before. This deck contributes to the ongoing effort to keep the old ways alive, in the face of despair and fear, to continue to offer healing to the people that is within our own grasp. ~Cari Ferraro
Photo Above: Molly Remer
It is truly a deck to be savored and I knew from the third card that I could recommend it wholeheartedly to others. The illustrations for the Herbcrafter’s Tarot are exquisite and breathtaking. The accompanying black and white guidebook for the tarot cards is gently written and simply structured. Each card has a one page description of the card itself, the symbolism, and then three ritual suggestions for engaging with the herb, plant, or flower on the card. This practicality is precious and profound. A delight for anyone interested in botany, wildcrafting, herbal healing, folk medicine, and the natural world. ~Brigid’s Grove