A radical, diverse and political deck for urban readers, Robin Scott’s Urban Tarot reclaims the magic of the urban environment. These colourful images were created using a mixed-media process including photography and illustration and depict a world in which the power of the metropolis is celebrated and explored.
“You have been told that there is no magic in your city. You have been told that your world is grey, cold, and sterile. You have heard that the time of miracles has passed, that the wondrous has been forgotten.
What do you believe?
This deck is a guide for the twenty-first century seeker, struggling to find insight and understanding in an urban environment. It is a set of ancient symbols, designed to help you see the miraculous in the modern and mundane.
Too often we are told that magic and wisdom belong only to the forgotten forests, the places untouched by human hands, and to ages long lost to memory. I reject this idea. I look around my world, and I see the beauty, the wonder, the magic in the metropolis, the power under the pavement.
I created the Urban Tarot upon the belief that ideas and truths referred to by the tarot are eternal and universal, but many of the images and symbols that have become connected to the cards no longer resonate with a modern reader as they once did. What once might have seemed familiar to the layperson centuries ago is now arcane and confusing. The Urban Tarot is an attempt to reclaim the power of that old magic and bring it within the reach of the 21st century seeker of truth.”
– Robin Scott
- Complete 78-card tarot deck measuring 108 x 71 mm
- Presented in a sturdy two-part box
- Complete with custom-embroidered velvet pouch
- Cards retain the traditional structure and name except for court cards which are Knight, Queen, Prince, Princess (in this order)
Also available: The Urban Tarot Guidebook.
First edition. Self-published by the artist.
Content note: The Tower card in this deck displays a picture of the World Trade Centre at the moment of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001.