As you probably know, artist Kim Krans has released a second edition of her much-loved tarot deck, The Wild Unknown Tarot.
First editions of this cult classic deck sold out within a week of her announcement, and the second edition is now available in a hand-picked selection of boutique tarot stores, (including mine!)
I’ve had a bunch of people contact me to ask ‘what’s the difference?’
So, in my ongoing quest to be the most helpful tarot person on the interwebs, here’s a quick tour of what’s changed in your number one favourite deck!
The Wild Unknown Tarot comes in a trademark sturdy, well-made box, and luckily that hasn’t changed. The new box sets the scene for the revamped style of the deck: a darker and more mysterious vibe, with swirling, intense watercolours, rather than the cuter hand-drawn star design of the original.
Inside, you have the same handy ribbon to lift your cards from the box, plus a folded sheet with keywords about the cards. The back of the sheet is now a card image – it’s pot-luck which one you’ll get, where previously it was a beautifully laid out guide to the suits and arcana.
The feel of the cards is slightly different – they feel even more sturdy, smooth and matte in my hands (though the originals were super high quality to begin with). The print quality is slightly different to, with deeper, more intense colours.
Here’s the important bit. The following cards have all been reworked for the second edition: The Hierophant, The Lovers, Temperance, Seven of Cups, Four of Swords, Nine of Wands:
The backs of the cards are different too:
Has the book changed?
Nope! The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook is exactly as before, there has been no second edition. And the original book still works in harmony with the new deck.
In a nutshell, the changes to the deck are fairly minor, though overall it has a more vibrant feel and the updated cards are far more colourful which I know will appeal to some of you. It feels very much like the same deck to me – still gorgeous, still powerful, still my number one – but with a new richness that makes it all the more captivating.
Over to you guys! Wild Unknown lovers, what do you make of the changes? Are you gonna upgrade your deck? Which edition do you prefer?
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