A grounded, magical and earthy deck, the Rust Belt Tarot is a bold, tender love letter to flora and fauna of the midwest/ northeast US.
Created by Matt Stansberry, with watercolor illustrations by David Wilson, the Rust Belt Tarot explores natural phenomenon through the lens of tarot. From tiny Myrmeleon immaculatus insect to the old, majestic Quercus alba, “this natural history helps us to see beauty in a beleaguered landscape often dismissed as unremarkable, and to define our remarkable place in it.”
Court cards feature portraits of and quotes from nature-inspired writers and thinkers, such as Richard Louv and Mary Oliver. Major Arcana are painted in elemental tones and hues, capturing the nuance of the natural world in vivid brush and pen. Minor Arcana include keywords for the traditional tarot meaning and clear titles on each card’s border, making this a brilliant starter deck for a budding Earth witch.
The cards themselves are semi-glossy prints on traditional tarot card stock. The Rust Belt Tarot offers a lovely shuffle, and lives inside a black-and-white nestling box. The back of each card represents phases of the moon, with a watching single eye gazing out from the black-and-gray design.
The Rust Belt Tarot is honest, down-to-earth, loving, informative, and helpful. It’s a charm for any reader looking to integrate some plant-based magic into their spreads, and tap into the friendly, self-motivated energy of the northeast and midwest.
Go for the Rust Belt Tarot when you…
Hold a deep love for nature AND tarot
Are a science geek deep at heart, and love learning new scientific terms for the world around you
Feel fresh to tarot and would like a deck to lend you a helping hand with traditional meanings, through a modern and unique lens