The popular Animal Spirit tarot deck and the guidebook are now pocket-sized.
The Wild Unknown Pocket Animal Spirit Deck comprises 63 cards hand-drawn in The Wild Unknown Tarot’s dramatic, emotionally expressive manner.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Cards Deck Review:
You’ll encounter species that wander the fields and woodlands, swim in the seas and rivers, live in deserts and meadows, and fly through the skies.
Ether’s seven spirit cards symbolize the subtle body’s chakras. The Animal Spirit Pocket Tarot’s strong animal archetypes give insight into relationships, personalities, actions, and inclinations.
It may be used alone or with The Wild Unknown Tarot to add depth to readings.
Each animal has been carefully picked for its symbolic power and the lesson at the center of its nature, from the peacock, who signifies inner beauty and teaches us to practice self-acceptance, to the joyful dolphin, who suggests a deep gift is on our way.
The 200-page hand-lettered, fully illustrated guidebook offers grounded, easy-to-understand explanations of the cards and a detailed look at the many spreads, practices, and concepts that power the Animal Spirit deck, as well as deep insight into how each animal illuminates our contradictions, complex natures, and the endless mystery of who we are.
The Wild Unknown Pocket Animal Spirit Deck is the next step for lovers of The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck and Guidebook who wish to expand their practice and keep the animal world at their fingertips.
The Wild Unknown Pocket Animal Spirit Deck honors the hidden knowledge of the species that inhabit our planet and beyond, and illustrates how we are all linked in the complicated and amazing web of life.
The Wild Unknown Tarot includes basic, intuitive animal and natural world pictures. It was a successful independent deck in 2012 and is now available as a box set with 78 cards and a 208-page manual.
Wild Unknown Tarot Deck
“There is something about them that feels very balanced and up-to-date. On the cards, the artist used hand-drawn black ink lines and a full spectrum of watercolor washes. Most of the cards are black and white, with a few rainbow-colored spots.
But this deck is unique in more ways than just the pictures. It really stands out because of the quality of the cards and the way they are packed.
The matte finish and very thick cardstock make the cards look and feel great. When you hold the cards, they feel solid and heavy. There is even a small box to keep the cards safe while you carry them around.
The information in the book is just enough to be interesting without being too much. I would give this as a gift because the packaging and presentation are so good. Even small things like how heavy the ribbons are and how the inside of the box is printed have been thought out and perfected.
Overall, I’m very happy with the quality of the package, its contents, and how it’s put together. This tarot deck is made to last a lifetime. The weight of the cardstock means that it will take years of use and abuse before the cards start to look worn.
Using the Wild Unknown Deck to Read Tarot
The Wild Unknown Tarot is based on the RW, but it is very different in important ways. On these cards, there are no people at all. Instead, there are animals and other things from nature.
In the Major Arcana, the 8 (Strength) and 11 (Justice) cards are switched so that Justice comes first (as the 8) and Strength comes later (as the 11). This way of numbering the cards is common and more traditional, but some people will find it confusing.
Instead of Page, Knight, Queen, and King, the court cards are named Daughter, Son, Mother, and Father. This feels more modern, and it’s nice to pair them as Mother-Father and Daughter-Son. This brings out their feminine and masculine energies and makes it less clear that the men are in charge of the women.
There are no big differences between the meanings of the Wild Unknown Tarot and the traditional RW-based meanings of the other cards. If you know how to read a Rider Waite-based deck, you should be able to easily interpret and understand the meanings of The Wild Unknown cards.
But the pictures don’t show what the traditional meanings are. To connect the two, you will have to do some puzzle-solving in your head.
I really liked this mental puzzle-solving process because it made me really look at each card and think about how it fits with what I already knew about how cards usually work.
Some of the cards are obviously funny and clever, while others have pictures that just feel right. The deck is hard, but it doesn’t make you feel bad. It’s more like an old friend teaching you something new.
But this deck is not easy to use, even if you have used tarot cards before. When you first start to play with the deck, it will take some work to figure out what each card’s picture means.
It’s a fun process (and a joy to do with these cards), but you will have to put in some work.
If you aren’t sure about the traditional Rider Waite-based meanings, this deck will be very hard for you to use. This deck is not for people who are just starting out with tarot unless you like making your life hard.
Wild Unknown Tarot Card Flip Through Video
What is included in the Wild Unknown Tarot Cards Deck?
Hard Box to store and protect your cards
Tarot guidebook with a list of all the tarot cards and the meanings of each and a 10-card spread layout.
78 Tarot Cards
22 Major Arcana cards
56 Minor Arcana cards”
What are the Wild Unknown Card Meanings?
The guidebook talks about shuffling, spreads, and reverse cards, and gives some good advice on how to take care of your cards. Each card has its own set of two pages.
The card is shown in full size on one side. On the page opposite, there are keywords, a description of the card, and a meaning based on divination.
The author doesn’t say things backward. Each card in the deck has the same amount of weight. No more is said about the Major Arcana cards than about the Minor Arcana cards.
Even though the interpretations are pretty standard, the guidebook is full of interesting insights and observations that make it worth the time to read.
This box set shows that it was made with a high level of skill and attention to detail. Everything has been made with great care and a long-term view in mind.
The satiny, non-reflective surface of the box set, guidebook, cards, and card box gives them a luxurious feel.
The box set is protected by the cardboard dust jacket, which also has information about the deck, many pictures of the cards, and a list of what’s inside.
Any person who reads tarot cards will love to have and use this beautiful box set. I wouldn’t recommend this set to a beginner, but it’s easy for someone with some experience to use.
If you like tarot decks that show animals and the natural world, this is the one for you. If you like black-and-white decks, the Wild Unknown Tarot is a great choice.
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a great deck of cards that is both classic and unique. We strongly suggest
Kim Krans the Illustrator of the Wild Unknown Tarot
Kim Krans is a visionary artist, author, and inventor of The Wild Unknown Tarot, The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit, The Wild Unknown Journal, and The Wild Unknown Archetypes Deck and Guidebook, all New York Times bestsellers.
She has also written a number of children’s books, including Hello Sacred Life and ABC Dream. Krans earned a BFA in drawing from Cooper Union in New York, an MFA in mixed media from Hunter College, and an MA in deep psychology and creativity from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.
Her seeker’s heart has led her to study in-depth yoga and shamanic traditions in India, Africa, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
Kim leads events and workshops that use art, meditation, mysticism, and dance to unleash the energies of creation and dramatic change.
Wild Unknown Tarot Cards
The size of these cards is 70x120mm. This makes them about the same size as most tarot cards. There are 78 cards in the deck. There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards.
Each suit has 10 number cards and 4 court cards, which are the Daughter, Son, King, and Queen.
The card stock is thin and easy to bend, but it is also strong. They have a smooth, satiny finish that doesn’t shine. They have a laminated feel instead. They are easy to handle and feel light.
The cards come in a strong cardboard box with a lid that can be taken off. The box is made of black cardboard and has pictures of the deck painted in watercolor on it.
At the top of the box, there is a message for the Seeker. The cards are held together by a black ribbon with a textured surface that makes it easy to pull them out of the box.
The packaging is sturdy and can stand up to being shipped. It’s small enough that you can put it in a backpack or sling it over your shoulder.
The art is different, and some of the cards can be a little scary. Most of the pictures are black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings with some color added with watercolors or inks.
There are pictures of horses, owls, and cats, both big and small, that are strong. There are also things from nature, like twigs, flowers, and the sun and moon.
Art can be both beautiful and sad, but it can also be very scary. The geometric patterns, swirls, and straight lines in the background are hypnotic. Some pictures have bright spots of color that stand out.
The image in the middle of each card is surrounded by a thin white border. At the bottom, the title is written by hand.
Cards that can be used both ways have a white crosshatching pattern on a black background on the back.
This makes the card look like it has scales.
The cards come in their original boxes with the bigger set.
The card box is put in a well on top of a long ribbon with different textures. This ribbon can be folded so that the guidebook and then the card box can be lifted.
The box is made of strong cardboard. The lid folds back, and magnet clasps hold it in place. The outside of the box is black, with white writing and details.
This book was written by Kim Krans, who made the cards and drew the pictures for it. The book is well made, with a sturdy cover and a spine that is stitched together.
The text is written by hand in a simple script that is easy to read. In the introduction, the author/artist talks about how she came up with the idea for the deck and how she made it. There is a short summary of both the Major and Minor Arcana.
Wild Unknown Tarot Images
Wild Unknown Tarot Card Details
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Court cards are: Daughter, Son, Mother & Father
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Black & white snakeskin pattern.
Included with the deck: A 208-page guidebook with Illustrations, keywords, and meanings of each card and various tarot spreads.
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication date: November 8, 2016
Language : English
Booklet : 208 pages
ISBN-10 : 0062466593
ISBN-13 : 978-0062466594
Item Weight : 1.67 pounds
Item Weight : 10.8 ounces
Box Dimensions : 7.7 x 5.1 x 2.65 inches / 19.5 x 12.9 x 6.7 cm
Dimensions of the cards are 2.7 x 4.7 inches / 7 x 12 cm
Creators (Illustrator): Kim Krans
Who published The Wild Unknown Tarot?
Illustration: Kim Krans
Guidebook: Kim Krans
Publisher : Harper Collins
When was the Wild Unknown Tarot published?
The Wild Unknown Tarot deck was published on November 8, 2016, by Harper Collins
The Wild Unknown Tarot Review
Those who spend their lives in urban areas, cut off from nature, frequently yearn for the mysterious, mystical quality that only exists in the natural world.
Natural splendor and natural savagery go hand in hand in rural regions, and both might be seen as portents of what is ahead. In ancient times, people looked to nature as a kind of prophecy.
Divination techniques have been utilized for thousands of years, and it’s easy to see that people have looked to animals and natural events as a means to foretell the future.
Numerous animals and objects have been read to divine the future, including roosters, spiders, frogs, dogs, trees, flowers, lightning, thunder, insects, rods, and sticks.
The Wild Unknown Tarot draws inspiration from this long-standing custom of interacting with the natural world around us, and its ethereal, breathtaking artwork brilliantly conveys the hidden depths and awesome potential of the natural world.
The dimensions of the cards are 7 cm by 12 cm, making them a standard-sized tarot deck. All in all, there are 78 cards here, 22 of which are the Major Arcana and 56 of which are the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana cards have not been renamed or shuffled.
Each of the four suits in the Minor Arcana has 14 cards: Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. There are ten numbered cards and four court cards (the Daughter, Son, Queen, and King) for each suit.
The titles are scrawled at the bottom of each artwork, and a thin white border surrounds the main image on each card. The reverse of the cards has a reversible image: white crosshatching on a black backdrop, creating a scaly appearance.
These cards come with their own box as part of a bigger collection. Cards are stored in a well atop a long, textured ribbon that may be unfolded to reveal the accompanying instruction manual and card deck.
The container’s cardboard construction ensures its durability. Its magnetic closure secures its fold-back lid. The packaging is black, with white lettering and decorations.
Kim Krans, the designer, and artist of the cards, also authored the 207-page instruction manual. Lovely production qualities can be seen throughout the book, from the thick cover to the sewn spine.
The contents are handwritten yet in clear and readable handwriting. The artist/author provides a foreword, in which she discusses the inspiration for the creation of the deck. Both the Major and Minor Arcana have their functions briefly outlined.
Reading the Cards: The Next Chapter features sections on obtaining readings, questions to ask, shuffling, cutting, spreading, reversing cards, and general card care.
One side of each card’s double sheet has a full-size reproduction of the card’s picture, while the other side features keywords, a brief explanation of the card, and a divinatory interpretation.
No inverse connotations are provided by the author. In this pack, there is no preferential treatment for any one card over another, and the Major Arcana are not treated any differently than the Minor Arcana.
The interpretations are rather standard, yet the book is interesting because of the numerous unexpected insights and observations it contains.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Cards Deck Package
The card stock is lightweight, malleable, and robust all at the same time. The cards have a weird laminated feel that is both smooth and satiny, with no shine at all. The deck has a satisfying heft, is simple to hold and shuffle, and feels great in the hand.
The card set is housed in a sturdy cardboard box with a top that can be removed for easy access. There are watercolor deck patterns painted on the black box.
Under the cover, there is a warm greeting for the Seeker. Each deck of cards is supported by a textured black ribbon that facilitates removal from the box.
This container is sturdy and can take a beating on the road. The box’s compact size makes it ideal for transport in a purse, tote, or another small bag.
The artwork is quirky and, on some cards, maybe even a touch unsettling. Black and white pen and ink drawings with watercolor and/or colored ink accents make up the majority of the pictures.
These pictures include potent animal totems like owls and other birds, horses, and cats of various sizes, as well as other elements of nature like twigs, flowers, the sun, and the moon.
The illustrations are stunning, emotional, and even ominous. The hypnotic effect of the backdrop is achieved through a combination of parallel lines, swirls, and geometric patterns.
The splashes of color that were digitally added to several of the photos really stand out and lend life to the pictures. The care and consideration put into every aspect of this box set are immediately apparent.
Everything, from the cosmic lemniscate underneath the box of cards to the subtle tiny arrow signaling the opening on the box set top to the words meant for the reader/Seeker, has been crafted with great care and an eye toward permanence.
The cards, manual, card box and box set all have a satiny, non-reflective finish, giving them an air of refined sophistication. A cardboard dust jacket, with information on the deck and several photos of the cards, covers the whole box set.
Any tarot card reader would be delighted to own and utilize this exquisite box set.
Any reader with even a little expertise will find this deck easy to use, but I wouldn’t suggest it for beginners.
This is the perfect set for you if you’re a fan of animal-and nature-themed tarot cards.
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a fantastic choice if you like black-and-white decks.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck is perfect if you want an unconventional take on the tarot that still honors the classics.
This is a stunning beauty and comes highly recommended.
The Wild Unknown Tarot Card Guidebook
The guidebook’s vague descriptions let you figure out what each card means for that particular reading, rather than forcing the reading to fit the cards’ rather narrow meanings.
They can be interpreted in a lot of different ways, which I think gives them a bit of an edge. This means, of course, that they’re not really for people who need to be sure all the time that they’ve learned the card correctly.
The Wild Unknown is more for people who can think in a more abstract way and look at the pictures in different ways, using the context of the reading to pick out the small details in each picture.