Title: The Nightmare Before Christmas Tarot Deck
Author: Minerva Siegel
Illustrator: Abigail Larson
Pages: 78 card deck; 128 page guidebook
When I saw that Abigail Larson was doing the art for a Nightmare before Christmas Deck I knew I had to have it. I am a huge fan of the movie and of Abigail’s work. This is a full 78 card deck with both major and minor arcana.
This deck is beautiful. Each card is unique and there are very few repeat characters. Jack and Sally are the most common repeat characters in the deck but that isn’t really surprising. There is one major change with this deck and that is the minor arcana suites. They have been changed to potions (cups), candles (wands), needles (swords), and presents (Pentacles). The potions and presents cards are probably my favorites from this deck (outside of the major arcana).
The guidebook is 128 pages and discusses the meaning behind each card. It keeps with the Halloween Town theme throughout and really immerses the reader in this world. There is also a card spread section at the end of the book. The spreads are common ones found in guidebooks but they have put a spin on them to make them fit in this context, such as “Blown to Smithereens” spread.
I only have two complaints with this deck. One is that the cards like to stick together which makes it hard to shuffle the deck. The other is that the artwork for the candle suit felt a little repetitive.
This deck is perfect for fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I don’t think this would be a good everyday tarot deck but I do think it is a fun deck. It does take a little while to get used to the changes in suites but the guidebook is helpful. Overall, a fun and beautiful deck.