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Cool Tarot Cards: 5 Eye-Catching Decks Perfect for Pop Culture Lovers

Collect tarot cards featuring Christina Ricci, Buffy, Marvel and more!

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Whether or not you know the symbolism and meanings of tarot cards, you have to admit they’re gorgeous to look at. Each tarot card is like a piece of art, and while traditional tarot cards will always be admired for their aesthetics, in recent years, cool tarot cards with pop culture themed designs have become increasingly popular.

There are fun themed tarot decks for every taste. Here are five of our favorites.

1. Cool tarot cards for ’90s aficionados: Christina Ricci’s Cat Full of Spiders tarot deck

Christina Ricci tarot card deck, cool tarot cards
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With roles in movies like The Addams Family (1991), Casper (1995), Buffalo ’66 (1998) and Sleepy Hollow (1999), Christina Ricci was one of the ultimate goth icons of the ’90s.

The actress, who currently stars in the show Yellowjackets, just announced that she’s releasing a tarot deck with illustrations inspired by the many quirky roles she’s played. Her signature spooky characters lend themselves to tarot, and the cards are illustrated by comic book artist Felipe Flores.

The deck, which Ricci says “comes straight from the subconscious and a lifetime of fantasy,” is available for preorder and will be released on September 24.

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2. For cult TV fans: Buffy the Vampire Slayer tarot deck

Buffy the Vampire Slayer tarot deck
Insight Editions

Years after the series ended, Buffy the Vampire Slayer still has a devoted following of fans who can’t get enough of the show’s mix of horror, witty dialogue and intense drama.

These cool tarot cards, released in 2023 to celebrate the beloved show’s 25th anniversary, feature fun purple and red-hued illustrations (by artist Karl James Mountford) of Buffy, Willow, Angel, Spike, Xander, Giles and more, and the art is filled with clever easter eggs guaranteed to appeal to the show’s devoted cult following. And yes, there are plenty of stakes to be found throughout the deck.

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3. For superhero enthusiasts: Marvel tarot deck

Marvel tarot deck, cool tarot decks
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Marvel comics and their film adaptations are filled with elaborate mythologies and detailed character designs, making them perfect for a tarot deck.

This deck, which features all of Marvel’s most popular heroes and villains, is lavishly illustrated in an Art Nouveau-inspired style by Lily McDonnell.

McDonnell took great care to combine comic book style with tarot tradition, saying, “When designing my cards I made notes of the meaning and visual elements from each of the traditional Rider-Waite cards. Wherever possible I posed the character with the same gestures, including the graphic icons, flowers, creatures, environments and any visual symbols, including colors, that I could employ as a link back to the original card designs. I then worked to blend those visuals into the Marvel comic universe.”

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4. Cool tarot cards for actress admirers: Meryl Streep tarot deck

Meryl Streep tarot deck
Amazon

Ever wish Meryl Streep could give you life advice? Then this Meryl-themed deck is the one for you!

Illustrated by Chantel de Sousa, this deck features many of Meryl’s most famous roles, and the parallels between the acclaimed actress’ body of the work and the traditional tarot figures are undeniably amusing.

These cards may not say an Oscar is in your future, but that’s okay — being able to consult Meryl is still pretty cool, even if we don’t have her acting skills.

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5. Tarot cards for art lovers: Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali tarot cards, cool tarot cards
MoMA Design Store

Salvador Dali is well-known for his incredibly influential surrealist art, and in the ’70s, he was commissioned to design a custom tarot deck for the James Bond movie Live and Let Die. Unfortunately, the project fell through, but he ended up publishing the deck in 1984 and it has since been reissued in all its dreamlike glory.

Expertly merging Dali’s eccentricities with traditional tarot iconography, this deck is truly museum worthy, and as the Museum of Modern Art describes it, “Dali seamlessly combined his knowledge of the arcane with his unmistakable wit. The result is a surreal kaleidoscope of European art history.”

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