The Tarot of Bones Deck

The Tarot of Bones Deck


Lupa (The Tarot of Bones)

Divination with cast or fire-cracked bones is an ancient art, stretching back thousands of years into our history; its younger cousin, the tarot, enjoys greater popularity than ever. The Tarot of Bones is an ambitious project combining the nature-inspired symbolism of animal bones with the tarot’s well-loved archetypes to create an unparalleled divination set for the 21st century. As animals exist within vibrant and complex ecosystems, the bones will be ensconced in permanent assemblage artworks using natural and reclaimed materials reflecting both the animal’s habitat and emblems of their respective cards.

The Tarot of Bones is a complete 79-card tarot deck with both the Major and Minor Arcana (with bonus Happy Squirrel!), each card featuring a full-color photograph of the assemblage piece I created for it. The assemblage pieces are be permanent artworks, rather than temporary arrangements of materials, with photography by Sandra Swan. A full companion book is also available, detailing my intended symbolism for each card as well as potential avenues for further personal exploration, along with sample layouts and other material of use to the reader. The Tarot of Bones is self-published to allow me the greatest amount of creative control, and was released in February 2017.

Lupa is a pagan artist, author and naturalist in the Pacific Northwest. She is the creator of the Tarot of Bones, as well as the author of multiple books on nature-based paganism. She has spent the past twenty years creating art from hides, bones and other natural materials. More about her work may be found at

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