The Transient Light Tarot is based on the Rider Waite Smith yet drawing out aspects of polarities, sustainability and transience. These ideas have been pushed in both the imagery and production of the deck. The deck is gender neutral and rendered in inky blue-black and white. The colors reflecting the idea of polarities. Sustainability was considered in the printing and packaging of the deck – printing it locally (to the artist) and on recycled paper with no use of plastic. Further the guidebook is a collaboration between the artist Ari Wisner and poet Fausta Joly with 22 poems written for the Major Arcana.
The deck is inspired by the beauty of transience. Although temporary, our being can facilitate something more universally connected and priceless. Whether change is joyful or painful, it is followed by a new beginning where we can find beauty and opportunity to heal and grow.
Ari says: “How people are represented in the tarot is important to get right – I truly want everyone to be able to see themselves in the cards, regardless of their gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity or body. Traditionally, the tarot has been white, straight, and gendered in a strict binary. For this reason, I have renamed traditionally gendered cards but preserved the characters they represent. I have reduced how much the human body is used as an image, favouring objects and elements to depict characters and themes. Polarities are so important – but they are not categories for people, but a reminder of the vast diversity that stands between them!”
- 81 standard tarot sized cards (70x120mm)
- Illustrated Minor and Major Arcana, gender-neutral names
- 350gsm Recyclable Smooth Card stock, plastic-free varnish
- 120 page guidebook with poetry by Fausta Joly
- Two-part rigid box!
- Printed in England to reduce carbon footprint