Rust Belt Arcana

Dublin Core


Rust Belt Arcana


Natural history
Industrial midwest
Ecology, conservation, and environmentalism


78 cards in a sturdy, 2-part, lidded cardboard box. I purchased the companion book at the same time, but it is possible to purchase the deck and book separately.

The cards measure 2.75" wide x 4.75" long. The card stock is nicely flexible, with a smooth, matte finish.

The card back design is not reversible, in that there's an eye in the center and you can tell if it is upright or inverted.

Strength is VIII and Justice is XI. The Fool is numbered 0.

Suits are Pentacles, Wands, Swords, and Cups. The court cards are Seer, Knight, Queen, and King; however, there seems to be a mistake in the labeling of the courts in the suit of Wands. Unlike the other suits which all have a Knight, the suit of Wands has a Seer, Page, Queen, and King. Each court card depicts a real person and includes a quotation from that person.

The minor arcana are illustrated, but not scenic. The minors each include keywords that aid the reader in applying diviniatory meanings to the cards, but the illustrations don't really "fit" with those meanings.

The book has a copyright year of 2018; however, no date is given for the deck. Some online sources give 2019 as the year of publication for the deck, which makes sense based on the information I've seen. As far as I know, the book was published first, and the deck came afterward.

The book can be considered a companion to the deck, but it isn't a traditional guidebook. The book discusses only the 22 major arcana, and makes no mention of the minors.

Though the bottom of the deck box lists a retail price of $50.00, I acquired both the deck and book together for less than this amount, on sale in March 2020.

Overall, this is okay as an art deck, but not particularly usable as a reading deck.


Wilson, David (artist)
Stansberry, Matt (author)


Belt Publishing, Cleveland OH


© 2018 (book, 1st edition)


Rust Belt Arcana: Tarot and Natural History in the Exurban Wilds by Matt Stansberry and David Wilson. ISBN 9781948742122






ISBN 9781950843060


Wilson, David (artist) and Stansberry, Matt (author), “Rust Belt Arcana,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed June 24, 2024,

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