Fairytale Tarot deck by Californian Yoshi Yoshitani.


This deck was inspired by fairytales 🧚‍♀️ gods, deities and ancient folklore from around the world 🌍 Made of 78 Cards (Major and Minor Arcana) and a Little White guide Book designed by Yoshi Yoshitani a Californian based artist.

Yoshi was recently asked: What was it about myths and fairytales that inspired you to create a tarot deck?

“I had been wanting to make a tarot deck for years, but was having a really hard time connecting with the cards. Then I realized the Tarot is an encapsulation of the human experience into 78 cards, and myths and fairytales are encapsulations of the human experience into Stories. Both the Tarot and Stories have the same archetypes, the same life lessons, the same narrative of struggle and triumph. The first card I created was the Little Mermaid as The Fool and suddenly that card made so much sense to me, I really connected with it. I did a few more and when they just snapped together so easily, I knew I was on to something. 78 Illustrations later here I am!

A big part of it comes from my background. I’m mixed-race and I very rarely see content, movies, books, video games, tarot decks, or anything, that really celebrates me being from multiple cultures. So often mixed people are forced to pick which side of us gets acknowledged, and it really hurts to not feel accepted as a multifaceted individuals. I’ve found more acceptance with the increasing number of mixed-race people I’ve met and befriended, or even just meeting more people who understand what it’s like to be at the crossroads of multiple cultures. But that hurt we all experience is still very much there. So I really wanted to make a deck that puts all these cultures right next to each other, acknowledging their differences while also pointing out it’s all part of the same human experience. It’s a giant love letter to mixed-race people everywhere; I have hope we can all learn to appreciate those different from us as well as people from all walks of life.

One of the amazing thing about Stories (in this case I’m using ‘Stories’ to encapsulate fairy tales, fables, tall tales, myths, legends, and living worshiped deities) is that like visual symbolism they can be short-hand for the ideals of a given group of people but also have different meanings to an individual. Stories are living things. Their interpretations and meanings are constantly changing and evolving, even more so when you include things like diaspora and or colonization. It’s really weighty stuff, and to pin these stories down would not only be impossible, but a huge disservice to their legacy and power.“
Source for interview: https://www.asaliearthwork.com/blog/tarot-of-the-qtpoc-interview-yoshi-yoshitani-tarot-divine?format=amp

The Major Arcana cards are brought to life with characters from beloved stories who embody the fool’s journey, from the Danish fable of the naive Little Mermaid (a character who represents The Fool) to China’s Beauty and the Beast (The Lovers) to the Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai (The World). The archetypes of the Minor Arcana—focused on suits of cups, coins, swords, and wands—are made richer with diverse cultural fables, ancient mythologies, and spiritual legends like the Crane Wife (Japan), Aladdin (Persia), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Fenrir (Norway), Oedipus (Greece), the Pandavas (India), and dozens more.

As you acquaint yourself with your cards, a 44-page guidebook illuminates how these fables support traditional tarot imagery and themes. With fables from more than forty countries, this spiritual journey is a worldly experience like no other.

The standard tarot deck has 78 cards, and each one has its own imagery and symbolism. The cards are split into two categories: 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Here’s a quick lowdown on each, but you can find a more thorough explainer of the 78 tarot cards here:

Major Arcana
Major Arcana, also known as Trump cards, includes 21 numbered cards and a single unnumbered card known as the Fool. This character plays a pivotal role in the Major Arcana; he moves through each card, learning lessons along the way in what’s known as the Fool’s Journey.

How to interpret the cards you pull?
Major Arcana card is often complex and significant, and its appearance will influence the entire reading. It’s often a prompt to reflect on your life’s broader lessons and overall themes.

The 56 Minor Arcana cards relate to the more specific daily challenges of everyday life and our current situation.

They represent our thoughts, feelings, experiences, and beliefs. These cards are associated with a temporary kind of energy that’s affecting your life at the moment and could be easily influenced one way or another.

The Minor Arcana cards are made up of four tarot suits that focus on different parts of our lives:

* Wands: These fiery cards represent passion, energy, creativity, and sexuality.

* Cups: This is the suit of love, and it represents emotions, feelings, and intuition.

* Swords: The Swords are intellectually driven, representing our thoughts, words, and action.

* Pentacles: This suit recognizes the material world, offering guidance on our finances, career paths, and material possessions.

How to do a reading:
Understanding the general meaning of each card is just the beginning. The real power comes in using the cards to tap into your own intuition and wisdom so you can start taking positive steps into a brighter future.
Grab the deck you’d like to work with (making sure it’s freshly cleansed).

From there, tarot readings generally follow a simple format:
1. First, you need to ask the card deck a question.
It should be clear and open-ended. For example, avoid asking questions that begin with “Will I...,” as they run the risk of locking you into a passive role in your own future.
The idea is to use the card reading to illuminate a path forward, so the tarot reader shoudl ask questions that are broader.

“What do I need to know about...?”
“How can I understand...?”
“Why am I feeling anxious about...?”
“Where is the hidden opportunity in...?”
“What should I focus on in my relationship with...?”
“How can I move past...?”

2. Once you have the question in your mind, it’s time to shuffle.
There are multiple ways to shuffle tarot cards. The overhand shuffle involves holding the deck of cards in one hand and using the other to move cards from one side of the deck to the other.

You can also “cut” the deck by dividing it into several piles and then combining them into one again.

Or you can try spreading the cards facedown on the table and sweeping them into a big, messy pile before tapping them into place again.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it: Give all these techniques a try, and see what feels right.

3. Pull your card(s).
Again, there are multiple ways to go here. Cutting the deck with your left hand and pulling the card on top is a simple, no-nonsense approach. You can also try holding the deck in your left hand and tilting it slightly so that part of the deck reveals a gap from which you can take the top card.

Or, you can fan the cards out like poker, and choose the card that draws your eye or feels right in your hand.

You’re free to pull a single card for a simple reading or several cards for what’s known as a spread. Instead of answering one question, tarot spreads can speak more broadly to your situation or life path. The more cards you use in a spread, the more in-depth the reading tends to be, but a big spread can be overwhelming for beginners.

4. Once you’ve chosen your card or cards, lay them facedown in your spread.
Then, turn them right side up so you can gaze at their words, symbols, and imagery, paying attention to what comes to mind as you go.

How to interpret the cards you pull?
The key is to stay as calm and focused as you can to fully connect with your intuitive abilities by way of the cards. If you’re drawing a complete blank about how a certain card relates to your question, check your deck’s reference book for guidance on card meanings.