The Housewives Tarot Cards
Recipe for a Perfect Tarot Deck 1. Take any old New Age tarot deck. 2. Get rid of all the cheesy woo-woo artwork. 3. Infuse with the nostalgic spirit of Far from Heaven and Leave it to Beaver. 4. Add 78 full-colour images of Duncan Hines chocolate cake (The Devil), Jell-O moulds (The Tower), station wagons (The Chariot), Mrs. Butterworth (The Empress), Brillo Pads (Strength), and other 1950s iconography. 5. Add generous helpings of mops and brooms (wands), martini glasses (cups), silverware (swords), and china plates (pentacles). 6. Seal in attractive retro packaging. Serve with 96-page book that describes the meanings of every card in the deck - along with instructions for assembling the cards in five different layouts: the Virgin Spread, the Neapolitan Spread, the Clothesline Spread, the Dinette Spread, and the Martini Spread.
- Format: Cards
- Pages: 96 pages, 85 illustrations
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication Date: 01/11/2004
- Category: Tarot
- ISBN: 9781931686990
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.
Review by lkrough2
Fun deck but not recommended for the tarot novice. The card stock is a bit flimsy and the lamination is very light, so the cards are easily damaged. The information on the minors is somewhat lacking, and the Majors often take a bit of imagination to figure out. All that being said, this deck is a lot of fun (The Devil card is a chocolate cake and the Empress is Mrs. Butterworth). Worth having for the collector or the more advanced reader.
Review by Kellswitch
The presentation of this deck is what made it worthwhile for me but only as a part of my collection not as a deck to do actual readings from. The art and design is whimsical in the best of ways, I loved how the Major and Minor Arcana were interpreted with a 50's kitsch twist, and is topped off by being packaged in the recipe style box.However, the card stock is flimsy and won't hold up to series use, or probably even infrequent use if you aren't extremely careful, and for anyone not well versed in the Tarot, the interpretations can be hard to get a handle on and make use of productively.All in all, for me this is a fun deck to look at and bring out to amuse my friends, but it doesn't get used.
Review by lilacwolf
From <a href="" target="_blank">Lilac Wolf and Stuff</a>I have to say this Tarot comes across as more kitsch than anything else. But I loved seeing the pictures on Mrs. B's Facebook page. So when the opportunity came up to review the deck for Quirk, I jumped at the chance. Ok, I begged. lolI have to say, it's the most accurate Tarot deck I've used. I think part of it is the imaging. Look at the Devil card - Devil's Food Cake. Every image screams 1950s-1960s household...not just housewives. It's loaded with vintage pop culture that many of us will understand more easily than the images that are more...how do I put this..artsy-fartsy? ;-)I'm saying, in this modern world, this deck is fun and it works. I've done simple readings, just past-present-future, and each one has been accurate and eye opening.I also adore the recipe box the cards come in. There are actual recipes, and separators for the deck between the Major and Minor Arcana and of course the instruction booklet. There are real recipes included, and the layouts included in the booklet are housewife style. Remember the 3 card reading I just mentioned? It calls to place the cards sideways and renamed it "The Neapolitan." There's also "The Dinette" which looks like a place setting at your dinner table. If nothing else, it's the most unique deck and set of instructions that I've ever seen in the world of Tarot. And I'm one to spend ages in that section at my local pagan store.