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The Housewive's Tarot: A Domestic Divination Kit With Deck And Instruction Book [Cards]

Paul Kepple , Jude Buffum
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ENC47K
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 9.1 x 7.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,978,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Hit !! 30 Dec 2004
By BabyD
I ordered this item just for it's novelty value, to add to my tarot collection. I never expected it to actually work. When it arrived, I was thrilled to sit down and go through the pack. It is beautifully packaged, some standard tarot publishers could learn a lot from the presentation of this amazing deck. It comes in a very strong box, like a recipe card box. Inside it has dividers for Major Arcana cards, Minor Arcana cards and Instruction book. The book it really fab, very amusing to read and provides sensible and proper interpretations for these wonderful cards. The cards themselves are a dream. Very funny, this is a deck to make you smile, but so deep as well. I never expected this deck to be useable, but it is, very useable. Beginners will love it and established readers will adore it's charming way of getting the meanings across, very clever indeed. Please, do not hesitate to order this deck, it is a MUST have for any collection. You will love it, it is charming, funny and friendly. No person could be offended by this deck, it is so very down to earth and not at all occultish. Buy it, you won't regret it. Every housewife should have one :o)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite decks 20 Mar 2005
I collect all sorts of divination decks, including Tarot and playing cards, and so couldn't resist The Housewives' Tarot; it is so retro and original - a must for any Tarot collection. The artwork is great and very inspired. Like the other reviewer, I also didn't expect to get a 'meaningful' reading out of them, but I did (and have done every time since), and also found the pictures help you tap into your inuition very effectively. There is no other Tarot deck like it, and it's so much fun to use. It is beginner and people-scared-of-Tarot-friendly and as any mystic worth her salt would say, you should approach divination, as with any art, with a sense of humour and lightheartedness. This deck is ideal for this. The interpretations in the book are humorous, but as it relates the meaning to any household activity or worry, you realise how much it speaks to you on all levels. This makes a reading a very grounding process. I just love this deck! It's so unique and well put together- you even get recipies to use with the different spreads! And the sturdy box is so good at keeping them neat - as any good housewife would. A deck to treasure, and to learn with.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than gelatin molds!!! 21 Oct 2005
By Gary Hilton VINE VOICE
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I have just received my "Housewives Tarot" and I love 'em to bits. They are unlike any others I have in my collection and absolutely delightful!
The previous reviewer seems to have missed the point entirely as these are clearly intended to be a tongue in cheek throwback to the fab fifties and everything about these are obviously deliberately intended to be kitsch. From the red checkered "tablecloth" backs to the presentation box (complete with recipes for 'Ice Box Fortune cake' to 'Divinated eggs' )they are just so much fun.
I do however slightly agree with the previous comment about the card quality - they are not quite as sturdy as some other decks but looked after they should still be reliable and give you years of service, so this is only a minor quibble.
The cards themselves use 1950's iconography and perfectly capture the era. My particular favourite card is 'The Devil' (a chocolate cake on legs!!)
Whether a serious card reader or an aspiring novice, these are still worthy of a place in your collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing card seekers, click here 21 May 2005
I LOVE my Housewives Tarot. I'm a serious, professional tarot reader, but I don't believe that the cards should be oh so mystical and hard to decipher for the day to day reader. Housewives Tarot will do three things. It gives you cake mixes. Its makes you tidy up (I have no idea why, but you've done it before you realised you were doing it and by then it's finished) it makes you smile, and it tells the future. Oh, sorry, that's four! Anyway, buy them now. My friends beg for readings with them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this deck to pieces!!!!! 20 Jun 2008
I am a newbie when it comes to the Tarot. Initially I bought the Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot, but found it very complexed and hard to learn. The housewives tarot on the other hand, was surprisingly easy to learn because the symbolism in the pictures are so spot on that one instantly knows their meaning just by looking at them. And the cards are BEAUTIFUL! I love the design, the pretty box and the book. I am so happy that I bought these. A very good deck for those who (like me) are beginners and need an easy to read deck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Ingenious And So True? 29 Dec 2009
By Hannah
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I got this deck despite my (feminist?) disgust at the stereotypical housewife portrayal but on close scrutiny this deck is very witty and clever. The 'Housewives' take on the Rider-Waite deck is very cleverly done and so true. We don't like to view ourselves as the housewives this deck portrays but if you think about it we still are! (we're just not *expected* to do it anymore) and this is what makes this deck so easy to understand and bond with, the housework part anyway!

Despite the 1950's art the 'Housewives Tarot' brings tarot to the 20th century with it's imagery and symbolism still as relevant in today's home as it was back then. In an odd kind of way the Housewives Tarot is quite refreshing and has made the standard tarot look a bit stereotypical and dull! This deck is a novelty, very easy to understand and a deck for serious reader. It has hidden depths despite its perhaps controversial design.

The cards are fairly cardboardy with a un-laminated matt finish and would need to be looked after to keep them from spoiling. I think if they were heavily laminated it would ruin their appeal. The cards come in a robust, recipe index style box with a removable lid and a well written LWB which is also stylized in true housewife fashion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A nonsense and absolute rubbish!!
I have given this 1 star because none of the meanings make any sense, I was very excited to recieve it because I had thought the sayings and meanings would be relevant and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Real Ayurveda
5.0 out of 5 stars The Housewives Tarot – Utterly Delightful. Lovely to look at,...
Who can resist a Retro-chic pack which comes in its own recipe card box? Delicious art, a fresh concept, a charming little instruction booklet - cards as cute as cupcakes and just... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Ramsden
5.0 out of 5 stars great deck
one of my favourite decks. It is definitely a deck to collect. it is original and ha a quirky sense of humour. I find it inspiring too. great illustrations.
Published 7 months ago by Dunia Mauro
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gift
This was a very well received gift for someone over Christmas. They loved it. The postage arrived quickly and was very well packaged - no dents or scratches or anything.
Published 21 months ago by The15th
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
I love these cards they are so much fun. The style of art is also one which I love. I love the humour in the cards it gives them a relaxed feel whilst still getting the message a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by kitten0b
3.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBER! OR REPEAT!
The 1950s were horrible. Rationing, gas-lamps with damaged mantles, spartan homes, brutal fathers, scared wimmin and children, minimal stuff, wind howling up chimneys and around... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by V GIBSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
I found these cards to be quite quirky and easy to read. There is something quite un-threatening about them, and they give good answers to questions. Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by claire sinclaire
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite working decks
A friend of mine gave me this deck a few years ago and I think it's absolutely fantastic! I've seen it dismissed as frivolous and lacking in depth, but behind the cheery smiles of... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by Mme Mojito
2.0 out of 5 stars Amusing maybe, but they're flimsy and reinforce stereotypes
Don't these cards just look like such fun? Chocolate cake on the Devil card, kitsch 1950s illustrations. And the reviewers so far seem really keen. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2005 by "jlovemore"
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