The Hillbilly Tarot is a “picture book” that tells a story as old as humanity itself – the story of what it means to be a human being.
The deck uses simple, down-to-earth symbols derived from Appalachian Mountain culture and is easy to understand, remember and use. the booklet that comes with the deck describes each card and also provides a universal framework that can be applied to any Tarot deck. It can even be used as regular playing cards by simply removing the Trump cards.
The video below shows all of the Major Arcana. They are based on well-known Appalachian archetypes. Beware as you play the video, you WILL hear banjos playing…
Don’t be fooled by how simple the deck appears to be. In addition to being fun and entertaining, the Hillbilly Tarot is a powerful introspective tool. It was created to teach esoteric concepts ranging from Jungian archetypes and alchemy to basic celestial mechanics. Here are a few examples:
- The Major Arcana tell a “Heroic Quest” story that follows the Path of the Hillbilly from physical birth to spiritual rebirth.
- The cards relate to (and are shaded to represent) the Wheel of the Year to teach about the zodiac, the seasons, solstices and equinoxes.
- The Suits (Hubcaps, Knives, Jugs and Shotguns) relate to the four classical elements known and used by many ancient cultures.
- The Minor Arcana cards also incorporate esoteric number symbolism to derive their meanings.
- The Court Cards relate to Alchemy and are associated with “Hillbilly Royalty“. These are (mostly) real people who are famous in Appalachia and are often referred to by royal titles.
- The first 9 Trump cards are associated with the classical planets, ancient mythology and “magic squares.”
- And much more…
If you want to dig deeper, below is an hour-long video of me (the creator of the deck) doing a presentation on the cards. As a computer science Ph.D., it may seem odd that I would create a Tarot deck. Actually though, it isn’t as odd as it may sound.
The Hillbilly Tarot is an approachable deck for all skill levels. If you are new to Tarot, you will appreciate the simplicity and straight forward approach of the cards. if you are an experienced Tarot enthusiast, you will love the elegance, depth of insight and consistency of the deck.
The Hillbilly Tarot reaches back to the root meanings of the cards to provide signposts in the search for more light.
Purchase a deck today through Amazon Prime or contact me if you have any questions.