Transient Light Indie Tarot Deck

Our latest interview is with Matt Wisner, the creator of the Transient Light Indie Tarot Deck.- a deck that focuses on the transient nature of life. This is Matt's second tarot deck, the first is the Trinity Tarot.

The major arcana is gender neutralised and reimagined - merging traditional symbols with new interpretations. The minor arcana will be fully illustrated also, with the house of Cups being specially interpreted into various different forms of vessels, or containers. This follows the theme of the endless spirit being contained within transient bodies.

The deck will be produced plastic-free and will also have plastic-free packaging.

Kickstqrter - Transient Light Tarot

Where in the world do you call home?

Usually I live and work in London. During lockdown, I’ve been temporarily staying at my parent’s home in the East Midland countryside!

What was your first experience with tarot and when did you fall in love with it?

I stumbled across tarot at a secular tarot workshop by Litwitchure at a music festival in 2018! It had been a transitional year for me – coming out as gay, leaving religion, moving to London and starting over with my first boyfriend. Leaving Christianity left me with a clean slate to find spiritual practices elsewhere… tarot fitted perfectly. As a visual artist who loves symbols and stories, the architypes of the tarot spoke to me. I immediately found it a powerful tool to tap into my inner spirit and intuition.

What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?

It was only natural to see the tarot as a desirable challenge. But it wasn’t until I started working on my first deck, during the UK’s first lockdown, that I really worked through each card in depth. The experience of putting that deck out into the world opened my eyes to the powerful opportunity presented to me. I now feel inspired to create tarot cards as a spiritual tool – a tangible, practical and rich artwork that people can connect with on a daily basis, throughout the transient cycles of life. It’s become quite a humbling experience!

What would you say is unique about your deck?

My new deck, Transient Light, will be produced plastic-free and locally here in England. It will also include 3 bonus cards (Past, Present and Future) and a 120 page guidebook. Since the Kickstarter launched, I have also introduced my good friend and poet, Fausta Joly to collaborate with me on this guidebook. Her main role will be to create 22 bespoke poems for the major arcana. The focus of the deck is on being a vessel of the eternal spirit of life, love and the broader universe. One of the most powerful themes I find in the tarot is the call to embrace death. Whether an ending is soft and natural, like The World, or sudden and painful, like The Tower – The constant cycles of endings and new beginnings is what gives this life beauty. And in turn, it gives us the opportunity to grow and heal.