- Cards: 96 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books; Crds edition (1 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931686998
- ISBN-13: 978-1931686990
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.7 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Housewives Tarot Cards – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2004
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Guaranteed by the Housewife Occultists of America , so the booklet explains. This is an oracle card deck The Secrets of Domestic Empowerment and it offers a 1950s style comedy divination card pack. There are five suggested spreads; The Virgin, The Neapolitan, The Dinette, The Closeline of Life and The Martini. The backs of the cards are red gingham tea towels and we are offered recipes for a Madame Marlena s Mystical Martini , Divinated Eggs and an Ice Box Fortune Cake to accompany a retro evening of card readings. I thought I saw this deck being used in the film The Help ! The deck depicts: Dinner plates as pentacles (which deal with money matters, careers and possessions everything real and tangible. You may find yourself admiring all you ve worked so hard to attain, or watching in horror as it slips through your fingers and crashes to the floor ). Cutlery and scissors as swords (these tackle the troubles of the mind, quarrels, conflicts and aggression. They can represent mental breakthroughs as well as nervous breakdowns ). Tall stemmed glasses as cups (which deal with the ups and downs of love, relationships, anything emotional. This suit is usually brimming with joy and happiness, and teaches you to pour your troubles down the drain ). Wands as brooms (which concern growth and taking an active role in your destiny. A little elbow grease is all you need to get things done, but a nail or two might get broken along the way ). We are introduced to the Legend of Mystical Housewives Tarot , where, according to local gossip of the time, Marlene Louise Wetherbee showed this deck to her bridge partners. Inside the card index box, we find the cards that depict middle class America in the era of the 1950s. Four of Cups shows us a housewife with coiffured hair, wearing a blue tailored dress with matching kitten heeled shoes. Three glasses are empty, one full of iced martini with a cocktail cherry on a miniature metal sword stick. The booklet provides three key words: Boredom, Overindulgence, Ennui. The card interpretation: An intoxicated housewife stumbles back from a foolish binge. Another glass is offered to her, but she wisely refuses it. The Four of Cups warns of overindulgence, whether it is in matters of the heart, the home, or the bottle. Too much of a good thing leads to boredom or worse, rehab! Change, not escape is the answer. The retro era is very popular today. It reflects a time of greater certainty when surburban couples aspired to the ideal life in which to raise a family after the insecurities of the financial crash of the 1930s and the second world war. A husband s regular and routine job provided a house, a saloon car and leisure time and a wife was a home-maker, buying ease-of-life gadgets to keep the home neat, children happy and the meals interesting. Many look back with nostalgia. However, the card deck reveals an element of laughter and questions a life of complete domesticity, The Hanged Man for instance shows a pinafored woman hanging a man by his feet with clothes pegs to a washing line, alongside her pink, lace rimmed nickers. This deck will be used at 'rock 'n' roll weekends at Hemsby, kept in the purse with red lipstick for girls' night in and summer garden parties! --Spirit Guide, June, 2012
About the Author
Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as Headcase Design, one of Philadelphia's most innovative graphic design studios. With The Housewives Tarot, they make their debut as writer-illustrators.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find this Tarot to be beautifully ilustrated, it has great sense of humour but that doesn't detract from it's ability to give straight answers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ana Aragão
Best thing ever. Tongue-in-cheek and perfect for those of us who like to play around with tarot but hate the frilly wispy mystical frou-frou they so often have.Published 11 months ago by Kirsten
Really funny pics but shoved box untouched in cupboard as they annoyed me the humour wasn't wasted on me, just couldn't do a reading with them as they are a piss-take to extremes .Published 18 months ago by UK customer
What a fun deck, I actually only bought this for the novelty value, I figured it would be more of a collectors thing than a usable deck but I was very wrong. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pen Name 21
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