Transparent Owl Tarot Deck

Our latest interview is with Taryn Wise, the creator of the Transparent Owl Tarot Deck -a tarot deck that can be used in a creative context and can help artists with the creative process. A deck that can also help everyone uncover their hidden creativity.

Kickstarter - Transparent Owl Tarot

Where in the world do you call home?

I live close to the ocean with my dog Smokey on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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

The Transparent Owl Tarot Deck came about after discovering an old Rider/Waite tarot deck in a cupboard of an abandoned house. My knowledge of tarot was limited to movies that usually showed some poor soul picking the Death or Tower card and then being doomed. This became the beginning of my own Fool’s Journey – I was going through a time of intense transition where I was drawing the Death and Tower cards almost every day! What I learned was that these cards meant transition and rebirth (not doom) and gave me the belief that not only would I survive, but that I would thrive in my new life. I found out that the Tarot was a perfect blending of my artistic talents and art history background.

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

This project is dedicated in memory of my Mom. I inherited my love of art and different cultures - earthly and beyond - from her. She is the reason for this deck - with such a personal bonding a person has with their chosen deck, my Mom would have told me “you need to make your own” - so I did :)

What would you say is unique about your deck?

My last name is Wise and I have always been drawn to owls. When I first discovered the Tarot I searched and found many gorgeous decks with animals, but not any that were based on owls. I also had a hard time finding references for artists and creatives – how can the cards be used in a creative context? How can they help artists with the creative process? The suits in my deck are based on creatives:

Wands = Paintbrushes & Pencils = 2 D creatives, ie. Painters, Graphic Designers, Tattoo Artists

Cups = Musical notes = Emotional Creatives, ie. Musicians, Dancers & Actors

Pentacles = Gears = 3 D Creatives, ie. Architects, Software Developers, Sculptors

Swords = Pens = Intellectual Creatives, ie. Writers, Scientists, Philosophers

How long have you had the idea for the deck for and how long has it taken you to create it?

It has taken me 2 years to create and paint the deck.

We are living in such crazy times. How has the pandemic affected your creativity?

The times have reminded me as to what is important to me and put many aspects of my life into perspective. No matter what avenues are closed, the power of the creative mind is always awake and alive.