I have been toying with the idea of getting into tarot, but after seeing artist/goddess/real American hero, Ariel Hart's Lisa Frank-inspired deck of tarot cards, it's no longer a question. They will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine.
I was home-schooled and didn't really need a whole bunch of school supplies, but my mother still humored me and let me buy all the fluorescent folders, pencils, and erasers my little rainbow-loving heart desired. The odd thing is that, other than Lisa Frank products, I was never drawn to colorful, feminine items. Maybe it was the unrepentant optimism, or maybe it was the horses (I don't really like horses though), but every sticker, every file folder, every office supply that I didn't really need brought me a sense of calm. I had my shit organized, and it looked fantastic.
I have strong feelings associated with Lisa Frank, and the characters feel like old friends. Great news: they're all there. That painting panda with his swirling, multi-colored paint, those perfect golden retriever puppies, orcas, penguins, the Elton John-esque bear, IT'S ALL THERE YOU GUYS.
Ahem. I'm pretty much a complete noob when it comes to tarot. I have a friend who gives me readings sometimes, and the last one was scary accurate. Even though I don't necessarily "believe" in this type of stuff, I think there's therapeutic value in it. If nothing else, my last reading got me looking and thinking about portions of my life I was trying extremely hard to ignore and helped me enact changes that desperately needed to be made. Having the ability to do that with the help of my favorite Trapper Keeper characters? That is something truly inspiring and very comforting.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Hart explained her fascination with the iconic brand that resonated with so many young girls:
I’m especially passionate about branding as it transitions into being a lifestyle, Lisa Frank is a great example of a brand that was likely intended for young people that inadvertently found a way to stick with them for the rest of their lives.
The deck is limited to the Major Arcana, but that's okay, because you can use only part of a Tarot deck in a reading, and it's actually recommended "when the reading is about a significant, life-changing situation or you are searching for deep and meaningful answers." The cards aren't for sale, but you can print out all 22 here.
I don't currently own a printer, so I may have to make a trip to the UPS store or Staples or wherever it is people go to get very important things printed on high-quality card stock.
Once they're printed and ready for action, I can finally become the sparkly teen witch I was always meant to be. With these babies, I'll be ready for whatever life throws at me because it's impossible to feel bad about your fortune when it's delivered by unicorns and golden retriever puppies.