H.P. Lovecraft Tarot

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H.P. Lovecraft Tarot - Old One (Temperance)


The Lovecraft Tarot is a tribute to the gothic writings of the visionary H.P. Lovecraft. It is the deck of choice for explorers of the macabre, and for posing questions that should never be asked.

This revised edition of the Lovecraft Tarot contains 78 cards corresponding to the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana of the traditional tarot; the Major Arcana consisting of entities and creatures of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. The four Minor Arcana suits are now Artifacts (Wands-- now items that could affect a person), Sites (Pentacles-- strange places), Tomes (Swords-- books of probably dangerous knowledge) and Man (Cups-- people important to Lovecraft stories).


Publishing details

ISBN 0965943380 (2nd Edition)

Date of Publication

October 31, 2002 (2nd Edition)


Mythos Books

Deck creation and/or publication process

To be added

Creator's comments

The 2nd Edition was a concerted effort to adapt Daryl Hutchinson's illustrations to function as a working Tarot deck. I reordered the Major Arcana in such a way as best corresponded with the traditional sequence of the Trumps. This was quite an endeavor, as the imagery of the Cthulhu Mythos is difficult to frame in a positive light!

Certain correspondences stood out; "Nyarlathotep" as the Magician, "Azathoth" as The Fool, "Cthulhu" as the Hierophant. Others were a bit of a stretch, but work very well -- especially with the quotes sourced (e.g., "The Hounds of Tindalos" for the Wheel of Fortune; "Mi-Go" for The Hermit).

The other apparent difficulty was the lack of court cards in the suits. But I believe the whole functions well, with the single suit of "Man" supplying an abundance of personality types to round out the lack of anthropomorphisms in the rest of the Minor Arcana.

The reading method is based on a spread I developed a long time ago following the phases of the Moon.

Creator's website

Hutchinson's Lovecraft Tarot


Accursed Tomes review of Lovecraft Tarot

ravenoir information

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