Tarot cards have wowed the minds of individuals for centuries. They are mystical, unpredictable & exciting to use. These mysterious decks can also offer a unique look into your life in a more in-depth way & may even predict your future. Unfortunately, not everybody necessarily has the means to buy expensive tarot decks or is able to find one that they connect with. But thankfully, you don’t always have to buy a tarot deck to have one. Believe it or not, you can actually make them yourself.
Creating your own tarot deck is one of the most magical & empowering things. You get to decide the art, the energy, & the true feel of each card for a more personal connection. This allows genuine & unique creative expression that can help you to connect better with your deck overall for more accurate readings. And while this may sound difficult, honestly, it’s a lot easier than you think. Today, we’re going to talk about 3 unique ways you can create your own tarot deck & give you a few ideas to help you get started. But before we dive into that, let’s clear up a few questions to help you out.
How many cards should I make?
You can make as many cards as you’d like, but it’s best to keep it an even number. So whether it’s 20 or 100, your cards will be just as powerful. Traditional tarot decks typically have 78.
What should I put on my cards?
When it comes to the design, you can truly put anything on the cards. Since these cards are going to ultimately be designed by you, they should be unlike any other. This means it’s okay to do something out of the norm or something you wouldn’t typically see on a tarot card. This could be a picture of your childhood pet, a scene from your favorite movie, or your favorite flower. As long as it has meaning to you, the sky is the limit.
How do I know what the meaning of each card is?
Since these are your own cards, the meaning can be anything. It doesn’t even have to be something that has meaning for someone else. If you want to keep it traditional, you can also research the symbolism of each card historically. Keep in mind that the only way tarot cards will truly be powerful is if they connect with you. For that reason, finding symbolism for each suit & each card is crucial. The symbolism could be in the form of color use, what’s portrayed in the image, who is in the image, & where it takes place, animals or plant use, etc.
The most important thing is, don’t overthink it. Perhaps one of the biggest blocks to create your own deck is overthinking it. We tend to get caught up in the thought that it doesn’t look like this deck we found online, or our art isn’t good enough. Don’t think about it & don’t compare. Your cards aren’t meant to look like anyone else because they are an expression of a part of you, & you are unlike any other. Put yourself into your cards & you’ll see the magic unfold.
3 Ways to Design Tarot Cards
Now that we’ve gone over a few questions & tips let’s dive into 3 easy ways to make your own cards.
1. Design them online
Perhaps the easiest way to create your own tarot cards is to design them online. This is especially good if you don’t necessarily excel in a free-hand draw & or don’t have the means to print them at home. You can use art programs, find pictures online, or even talk to a professional to help you create your own unique collection. If you plan to sell them, be wary of copyright, as you cannot sell copyrighted images. Otherwise, finding inspiration from other designs & thinking of ways you can express them in your own way is always a welcomed idea.
2. Draw them by hand
Next, if you want to get more artistically intimate with your cards, you can always draw them yourself. This is another excellent way to express your creativity with your hands in a unique way. When drawing them yourself, you can also send your intention into them & supercharge them with energy directly from your touch, which we think is a compelling opportunity. When you’re done drawing the images for each card, you can scan them onto your computer & print them out on professional paper or just keep them the way they are. Either way, this is an awesome way to express yourself like no other.
3. Take pictures & use them
And lastly, if you’re a lover of photography & capturing moments, taking pictures to use for your cards is another excellent idea. This could be bits out in nature, a picture of crystals or herbs, or even dressing up with your family or friends & create in spooky costumes to create your own Halloween themed cards. You can be super creative with this idea & truly take pictures of anything. So even if you can’t sketch that crystal blue lake yourself, taking a picture will help you capture that moment to create your dream cards. This is a lovely idea to create lasting memories that you can reflect on every time you use your cards.
Overall, whatever method you choose, creating your own tarot cards is a power beyond words. There’s something peculiar & profound about readings from your personal deck that just can’t compare to store-bought decks. In the end, just remember to have fun, take your time & truly put your heart into your work. If you do this, we can promise that those cards will show you magic as you’ve never seen before.