There is a little sweet shop on my town high street with a stripy canopy above the door and rows upon rows of jars filled with the most delicious sweets. I imagine if you made your way to the back of the shop you'd find a portal to enter the world of the Happy Tarot. On first look, this deck seems to be filled with children and sweets but when you look a little closer, they're not all children. They are a race of little people, adults, children and their pets who inhabit a delicious, cake-filled world. The darker side of life is still there though as the Happy Tarot follows the RWS system quite closely and doesn't ignore the 'sad' or 'scary' cards.
I'm not sure how well these images would go down if you were to attach a photo of a spread to an online reading or turn up at you local new age store to read with them. But I do think the Happy Tarot speaks to the side of many people that love the possibility of another existence, those who remember the excitement of reading about stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia or who desparately wished for a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Here's our review of the Happy Tarot.
Favourite/Stand Out Cards
The serene expression on the High Priestess' face is surprisingly calm for this sugar-charged world. The 10 of Wands follows the traditional image of carrying a heavy load that prevents you from seeing what's ahead. But when the load you are carrying are lollies and swizzle sticks, can things be that bad?
Who wouldn't want a Knight in shining armour to ride in on his seahorse on a spring? The sun's rays are shown in a number of cards, here in Temperance they illuminate the Angel pouring from one chocolate cup to the other.
The 'scary' cards are just not scary when they're part of the Happy Tarot. I can't help but wonder if the chocolate tower is bubbling from the heat of the fire or if it's made from a certain type of bar with bubbles inside? A good way of reminding us that chaos and destruction can reveal what constructs are really made of.
The sadness is clear in some of the cards. Tears for the 5 of Cups and two little cats watching the 2 of Swords waiting for her to take off that blindfold and drop her swords so they can jump on her lap for a cuddle.
This is the best deck for…getting in touch with your inner child. But can you do a serious reading with this deck? Having used the deck, as it follows the RWS system I found it easy to read with but those images are in no way serious. However, its a bit like the Fool being able to tell the King the truth when no-one else would risk it. The Happy Tarot can still give direct and clear messages, just with a few lollies and a marshmallow cloud or two to cushion the blow.
Where to Buy?
You can buy this from Amazon at a very reasonable price www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=happy+tarot&ref=nb_sb_noss_1