The Zombie Tarot: A funny deck for troubled people

The first Wednesday of each month is Disturbed Divination Day here at My Horrific Life. In honor of the new season premier of The Walking Dead, I’m reviewing The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead with Deck and Instructions, which is one of the two decks I use most often when doing readings for others. (The other is Deviant Moon Tarot Deck, another twisted favorite with relatively mainstream appeal.)

I love everything about the Zombie Tarot, including the box, which when opened looks like a case of ammunition.The cards themselves present an alternate-reality zombie apocalypse set in the 1950s, starting with the initial outbreak (The Fool) and culminating in humanity attempting a fresh start after the zombies are eradicated by nuclear bombing (The World). Like most Tarot decks, this one is firmly based on the Rider-Waite model. Needless to say, it’s a twisted, pop-culture-savvy re-interpretation. For example, The Tower card seems reminiscent of George Romero’s Land of the Dead, in which unsuspecting revelers in a high-rise apartment complex will experience a sudden downturn of fortune. The Six of (Bio)Hazards (i.e. Pentacles) card depicts a trained zombie completing household chores, and seemed reminiscent of  the horror-comedy Fido. A random selection of cards are shown below.


The faux-antique guidebook is compact with a bare-bones (pun intended) interpretation of each card, and fake ads in the back resembling those from a 1950s catalogue. If you want a twisted deck that will bring a smile to your querants’ faces, this is a great choice!

Review: The Halloween Tarot

As the first of a series of Tarot and oracle card reviews, it seemed appropriate to kick things off with The Halloween Tarot, a Rider-Waite-inspired deck with a holiday twist. Aside from renaming the suits–Imps (Wands), Bats (Swords), Ghosts (Cups), and Pumpkins (Pentacles)–the symbolism is quite in keeping with the Rider-Waite deck, and therefore easy to read for anyone versed in that imagery. Despite the spooky themes, The Halloween Tarot is not at all threatening, but rather in the spirit of fun. Even the Death and The Devil cards are oddly good-natured and even sweet. This deck is perfect for anyone who loves Halloween, but dislikes gruesome or threatening images (though we will explore those decks in the future).