The Ellis Deck – Review

Dallas is not a town known for its Tarot scene. The Ellis Deck is actually the only deck that I am aware of drawn by a local artist. This had been one on my radar for some time. There are so many great decks though out there aren’t they? Its difficult to get them all. Its quite like catching Pokemon. I saw a Facebook event that Taylor Ellis, the artist, would be at my local bookstore doing readings. He would also have some decks available for purchase. How could I say no at that point? I promptly went down and snagged one. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more about this deck talked about online. I think its really a fun and unique addition to anyone’s collection. I’m also happy to support my local Tarot creator.

This deck is now in its 4th edition. This edition unlock previous editions now comes in a new sturdy box. Previous editions were in the typical flip top box. I love it when decks come like this. I think they are so much better over the long term. They wear better and look better. The image on the front of the box is the Chariot, which is the card that started this creative endeavor. This deck comes with a card that has a couple of different spreads along with a fold out quick reference guide to card meanings, a different take than the “little white book” we frequently see. If you do want the book you can still download it as a PDF from the official website (the link to the official website will be at the end of this post). The card stock is pretty standard for a deck of playing cards as well as the size of these. They are smooth and shuffling hasn’t been a problem.

The designs of the cards don’t take themselves too seriously. There is a fun element almost comic book approach to these cards.  I love the artwork, its whimsical. They are almost a hodge podge. The backs are black and white (and are reversible) while the actual cards are filled with vibrant colors. The meanings are rich. To me every card is strikingly different. Even the font used in each card is different. All of this invokes unique feelings with each card. There is still a theme running through each suite though. A color pattern remains that creates continuity. Ive enjoyed using these cards for focused meditation. This deck has not only a divination application but a practical one as well. It works well in ritual, it can be used for a variety of ways. The world Taylor Ellis has created is perfect for this purpose. I don’t have anything quite like this in my collection. I think it reads well. If your a professional this is one of the more approachable decks that could be used for someone who may be intimidated by getting a reading. Its a deck that I see appealing to a wide variety of audiences.

I’m still working with this deck and getting to know it. The artwork is so layered that every time Ive looked at these cards I’ve noticed different symbolism that didn’t initially pop out at me. These cards are complete eye candy to look at.

This deck can be purchased at the official website for $45.00 at

You can additionally purchase art prints and Tarot readings.

In other news, its official, I’m moving to Portland. Ive had a awesome job opportunity come up there. I’m moving in about two weeks. I can’t wait. I’m ready to start the next chapter. I’m also very nervous. This is me being the fool diving off that cliff that I talk about. If anyone wants to meet up I’ll be glad too! I’m excited to meet more people in the occult community. Portland from what I hear has a flourishing occult scene. I’ll be instagraming my journey so if your not following me do so. I’m taking a huge gamble. This is going to be the biggest adventure of my life! I’ll be there on the 16th and I’m looking for recommendations on just about everything.

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