Doctor Who Tarot

Exactly what it says on the tin, really.

I came up with the idea near the end of 2009. I’ve been working with various tarot decks since 2000, mainly the Sacred Circle deck and the Robin Wood deck. They’re both gorgeous and have their strengths depending on the question I want to ask. Unfortunately each has limited use for me because their different symbolisms are a bit opaque and don’t resonate with me as well as I’d like.

In the fall of 2009, my Doctor Who fuse finally lit and I fell in sci-fi love. I watched all of the 2005-onward series (minus a few extra episodes) and two seasons of Torchwood and a season of The Sarah Jane Adventures by the end of November, just in time to wait for “The End of Time” with everyone else. In the meantime I watched Torchwood: Children of Earth—ouch.

I also had the thought that a Time Lord’s regeneration would make a great image for the Death card in a tarot deck.

Ding ding ding ding! Suddenly I started getting ideas for all sorts of other cards. Soon I had a spreadsheet drawn up to keep track. The Major Arcana and Court cards are largely intuitive and mostly fell right into place, some even with several options to choose the best from, but the pips in the Minor Arcana are always the hardest for me to read in a deck and they are proving to be the hardest to design.

I’ve been posting thoughts and sketches for the cards on Twitter with the tag #DoctorWhoTarot, and I’m going to start posting them here on the blog as well with longer explanations of why I chose the imagery and what references I used. I’m only using New Who for a lack of familiarity with Classic Who, and I will be getting new ideas as Steven Moffat’s tenure progresses but I will spoiler-warn for those. I hope readers who are familiar with tarot and/or Doctor Who will comment along the way with ideas. 🙂

If you want to read the posts, you can browse the Doctor Who Tarot category for the blog. Also, as I post the entries I will collect them here according to the cards’ placement in the tarot deck, as I will probably not be drawing and posting them in that order.

Major Arcana

The Fool
The Magician – The Doctor (Ten)
The High Priestess –
The Empress –
The Emperor –
The Hierophant –
The Lovers –
The Chariot –
Strength –
The Hermit –
The Wheel of Fortune –
Temperance –
The Hanged Man –
Death – Regeneration (Nine)
Justice –
The Devil – The Master
The Tower –
The Star –
The Moon –
The Sun –
Judgment –
The World –

The Minor Arcana

Ace of Swords –

Two of Swords
Three of Swords
Four of Swords
Five of Swords
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords
Page of Swords –
Knight of Swords –
Queen of Swords –
King of Swords –

Ace of Wands –

Two of Wands
Three of Wands
Four of Wands
Five of Wands
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands
Page of Wands –
Knight of Wands –
Queen of Wands –
King of Wands –

Ace of Cups – Cup of tea

Two of Cups
Three of Cups
Four of Cups
Five of Cups
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups
Page of Cups –
Knight of Cups –
Queen of Cups –
King of Cups –

Ace of Pentacles –

Two of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles –
Knight of Pentacles –
Queen of Pentacles –
King of Pentacles –

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