The Otherlings Tarot

The Otherlings Tarot is an in-progress project, that upon completion, will be a hand-drawn, black and white, 78-card tarot deck. The story behind these weird and wonderful characters is one of transcending what it means to be "normal" or "acceptable" as prescribed by the limiting and oppressive standards of today’s society.

Each creature and being you will meet along the way is in some way distinct in their differences.


They exist outside, and beyond convention.

Their story is one rooted in another realm: A long time ago, a group of Otherlings were outcast from the community and families they were born into. They were left to live on the outskirts, due to those in power’s inability and refusal to see them for what, and who, they truly were.

The Otherlings found solace in their new surroundings. They made homes out of clouded skies, deep and cold waters, and dark, rich soil. The elements responded in kind to them in ways that the townsfolk never had.

They each learned from a great teacher who went by many names:

Desert and Rainstorm; Cave and Snake; Tree and Sea...

Much time had passed when those who had shunned them began to realize with great regret that even greater wisdom came hand in hand with the Otherlings' strange nature.

Their magic was stronger for overcoming other's perceptions of them, and they held special power that grew stronger from harnessing the entirety of their complex states-of-being.

Their myth lives on, and through story passed from generation to generation, they are now exalted and revered as Wise Ones; not despite their unacceptable nature, but because of it. 

This deck hopes to spread the wisdom of the Otherlings, so like them, we can release ourselves from the restrictive rules and regulations that seek to mold us into who we are "supposed to be".

Together, we'll dive into the self-acceptance that comes along with embracing our personal intricacies, seeing our challenges as gifts, exploring the beauty that resides in hidden or forgotten parts of ourselves, and celebrating the things that we fear may set us apart.

My intention for this deck is to offer it as a tool to explore these fears, and to look after our fascinating inner and outer worlds with more love, devotion, awareness and care.

I wish to celebrate the Otherling that exists inside each one of us.


The Aces

Ace of Fire, of Water, of Air, and of Earth.

Ace of Fire

A spark ignites. Where will you direct it to set alight?

Natural fire first appears by lightning strike. Imagine the fear of our Otherlings' ancestors, as blinding light cracked down from the sky above, and burned the world around them to black.

Storms and lightning conjured images of angry, wrathful deities- wild and unmatched in their power.

Deities to be feared.

Until they realized, they were not being punished, they were being sent a gift.

The gift of fire, the gift that would change everything- if we only learned how to used it, and only if we learned to respect it.

So much the same, when we are struck with a gift like lightning to Earth; we must use it.

We must extend its powers.

The electricity will teach us, we must mimic its charge.

When this gift courses through us, we must respond quickly.

Fire can and will destroy if mishandled or placed in irresponsible hands. It will be extinguished if ignored.

When worked with, fire can propel us forward. It has been one of the most monumental technological advances our kind has experienced in history, after all.

It begins with a snap, it begins in a spark. Creation comes in a moment of friction; a moment of passion.

Allow yourself to be struck.

Find the fire.

Foster the Fire. Follow your fire.

Ace of Water

The gift of water: to quench your thirsty heart.

To wash with: to be washed over by.

To teach by example in its depth, to lead so you may follow in fluidity.

An invitation to dive down, eyes closed.

Minds and all notions of rationality far away.

To be swept up in the tide, all at once lost and found in feeling.

In divinity and in love.

To float.

To fill you up. To flow out of you.

Open your palms and open your heart.

The voyage begins within.

Ace of Air

A breakthrough awaits with an incoming realization.

A shattering of the shield that surrounded your current concept of reality.

This is what clarity feels like. Like the first sobering gasp of brisk, cold air that wakes you up, sends chills through your spine and makes all the hairs on your limbs stand straight and tall.

An inspiring new idea?

An enlightening communication?

A download from above, that has the power to change your thoughts, your words, the very voice you use to transmit your beliefs?

Truth is here.

Hear it.

Share it.

Watch it as its spreads its wings and travels where it is needed most.

The ability to push past the plateaus of perception and the safety of "groupthink" is rare and valuable.

Use it.

Ace of Earth

Melted snow uncovers a fresh plot of earth, what will be planted?

A gift from a dirty, weathered hand offers new possibilities. Medicine, food on the table, goods for trade, a resource to enrich your livelihood.

A chance to step into your work, and develop a symbiotic relationship to personal creation, to mindful and magical manifestation.

Once you receive your gift, the hand will pull back.

And you will be left with the gift it held, and a choice.

Will you learn the skills needed to keep this precious life alive?

Will you take the time to tend it? To feed it? To nurture it?

Can you expand this present beyond the present moment, and mold it into prosperity?

Or, will you let it wither away?

The choice is yours.

This moment is yours.

The future is yours.

Falter and it will fade. Grasp it , and it will grow!



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