This Might Hurt Tarot Deck & Guidebook


This Might Hurt Tarot is a modern deck in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, created by cartoonist Isabella Rotman.

First edition.

Edging options: NEW Holographic pearl edges now available! Gilded gold edges are to be discontinued so this in now limited edition. Holographic black edges will continue.

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This Might Hurt Tarot is a modern deck in the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, created by cartoonist Isabella Rotman.

Keeping time-honored symbolism and imagery, but losing the medieval context, this the This Might Hurt Tarot Deck is designed to be both easy to read and highly relatable. Clothing and scenery are modernized, diversity is embraced, and queerness is lovingly acknowledged.

The cards themselves measure 4.75″x 2.75″ and are printed on high-quality 350 gsm matte art paper. Each card has a shiny gilded edge to add just a bit of magic, available in gilded gold or holographic black, or (still in production) holographic pearl.

Note on the different edging options:

  • NEW: Holographic pearl edges now available!
  • The gilded gold edges will be discontinued – the gold-edged decks we have in stock are the last we will have.
  • The holographic back edges will continue.

The deck comes in a solid cardboard box with gold foil and magnetic closure, complete with a guidebook with introduction, card descriptions, and a full page black and white image of each card. This website to serves as a digital guidebook, with card descriptions for every card.

The deck, like most tarot decks, will consist of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. All of the court cards, and a few other select Minor Arcana cards, are portraits of real people in Isabella’s life.

Where was this deck made?

“This edition of the This Might Hurt Tarot was printed by Shenzen The Wheel of Fortune Spiritual Art Creation Co., based in Shenzhen, China. The company is owned and was founded by Ivy Feng.” – Isabella Rotman.


  1. Pippa Baddeley (verified owner)

    I am picking up my Tarot cards again after a long break. I saw this deck and knew I just had to have it. I get a tingle every time I see them on LRT’s pages and then I remember I OWN this deck.
    I chose Holographic Black edges, as I have other gold edged decks (holographic pearl is intriguing), and it suits the deck. The card stock is a bit stiff and the cards have a matt finish, I’m hoping with use they’ll become more supple and easy to handle. The day job has been too full on so I’m still slowly working my way through the cards, getting to know them. They’re beautifully drawn, a mix of witty and touching images.
    Very much looking forward to my first full reading with this deck.

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