Charles Dickens Tarot

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Charles Dickens Tarot


Charles Dickens


78 cards + a 127 page, full color, softcover guidebook in a large format, sturdy flip-top box with a magnetic closure.

The cards measure 13 cm tall x 8.2 cm wide.

The card stock feels slightly less durable than average; there's enough flexibility for riffle shuffling, but it seems prone to creasing if you aren't careful. The finish is average; a sort of semi-matte that is slightly rough to the touch. The cards have shiny gold gilt edging that makes them apt to stick together when brand new.

The card back design is fully reversible.

Almost all the cards feature characters from Charles Dickens's novels, though some feature notable groups or places.

Strength is VIII and Justice is XI. The Fool is unnumbered. 

The suits are Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Court cards are Daughter, Son, Mother, and Father.

The only way to tell one suit from the next, by the way, is through the color of the card borders. No suit symbols are used and the card titles do not name the suits, with the exceptions of the Aces.

Fire is bordered in dark red, Water is bordered in a sort of dark charcoal blue, Air is bordered in a lighter grey-blue, and Earth is bordered in a sort of yellowish-tan. The major arcana cards are bordered in an off-white parchment shade.

The minor arcana are scenic insofar as the art style allows -- this is a collage deck. Also notable is that the art is laid out in landscape format, which makes this deck difficult to use for readings. On top of that, the art is sometimes strectched out of proportion, and the printing is a bit too dark and muddy; in many cards, it is difficult to discern details. The Aces are particularly disastrous, with the card titles running right down the center of the images.

I am deeply disappointed by this deck--it's as if no one was looking during the final layout and production process. Did no one bother to look at a proof copy and say "wow, this is not okay"? I think the image quality in the full-color guidebook may be slightly better than that of the cards themselves, though this begs the question--why put money in extras like a full-color guidebook, gilt edging, and a high-quality set box if you aren't going to put the time into ensuring the cards can be used?

My copy was purchased through in December 2019. Prior to its publication and mass market release, the artist funded it through a Kickstarter campaign in 2018. I was not a backer.

The mass market release was published by Red Feather in 2019, which as far as I can discover, is an imprint of Schiffer Publishing.


Leech, Chris


Red Feather
Schiffer Publishing




The Charles Dickens Tarot by Chris Leech (127 page full color guidebook that comes with the deck set)


78 cards






ISBN 9780764357756


Leech, Chris, “Charles Dickens Tarot,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed July 14, 2024,

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