This is a database containing records of decks in my personal collection. I started this site in 2011 and added content on a semi-regular basis until about 2014, when -- due to a fear of upgrading the site and accidentally destroying everything -- I let the site sit largely dormant for about 6 years.
Happily, at the end of 2019 I summoned my courage, read a lot of documentation, and completed a site upgrade on New Year's Eve. So as of January 1, 2020, the site is on a new version of Omeka, and I've been adding new content since then, as time permits.
When I began this site, my collection contained about 500 tarot decks. Today, my collection contains just over 1100 decks. So far, fewer than half of my decks are listed here, but my eventual goal is to have the entire collection documented on this site.
Please note that I am not attempting to make any money off this site, I will never make full deck scans available, and I am always making by best attempt to give credit to all artists, authors, and publishers. Likewise, whenever an entry includes a quotation from elsewhere, I am taking care to give credit to the original author/source.
If you are an artist or publisher who spots your work here and is uncomfortable with the high-resolution scans, please let me know -- I can simply switch an entry from "public" to "personal" and thus pull it from public view. Or I would be happy to change the public entry to one with smaller scans, fewer scans, or scans with a copyright watermark (if you send me the images).
I have been collecting decks since January 2005, when I picked up a handful of U.S. Games decks that were on a clearance shelf in a local bookstore. I got home and looked through them, then started searching for information online about tarot decks and reading tarot cards. (While I already owned a couple of decks, I'd never used them much.)
In the course of my search, I found Aeclectic Tarot (may it rest in peace), and there was no going back from there.
Please note: While you are welcome to quote briefly from anything I've written on this site, please give correct and complete attribution. Please do not download or use any of the images I've scanned--instead, consider embedding. At the bottom of the page for each deck, you'll find an embed code.
~ Laura Osborne
December 31, 2020