As I will soon establish several times over, I know absolutely nothing about tarot. (Unless you count what I've read in The Night Circus, which you probably shouldn't.) Therefore, I must apologize in advance if I put my foot in my mouth at any point during this review. I mean no disrespect at any point...Quite simply, I just don't know what I'm talking about.
On the far distant corners of Etsy, that perennial home of cute objects that I can't afford and shouldn't buy but probably will end up doing anyway, a shop called Pen Pal Tarot exists in peaceful equilibrium, run by Jamie Mortara, who writes some awesomely inspiring books and poetry, my favorite of which is probably this one about Pac Man. And so I came across this shop, and after several long seconds of eloquent debate, I decided, "Eh, why the hell not?" in a way not dissimilar to how I decided to lose my virginity, but we're probably getting off track.
You get options to select who it's for (you, a friend, etc.) and how much you know about tarot. Since I'm both a recluse and a tarot newbie, I of course selected "It's for me!" and "I know NOTHING" with particular emphasis on the capital letters.
Shipping time was a bit long, about two and a half weeks, which is something to consider before ordering. That said, it didn't bother me any, and it becomes even more understandable when you see just how much work goes into these.
Obviously your eyes are immediately drawn to the cards themselves, but as we've established, I know nothing, so instead I turned to the two full handwritten pages explaining what this all meant. I have to admit that I went in rather skeptical, because when I read through what one card meant, I didn't think it applied to me at all. But then I started reading about the second card and how it fit with the first card, and suddenly it all clicked together like...Hey, this actually fits me so well that it's kind of scary! And the same thing happened with the third card; it made a big picture that actually made sense to my uneducated brain, in a pleasantly surprising way. It went into a lot of detail as well, explaining the specifics of what each card meant and how they all worked together. I'm not sure if the level of explanation varies depending on what option you pick about your knowledge, though.
I still can't say that I really understand tarot. As I have probably proven to you, I have a lot of research to do. But I'm happy this was my first experience with it. It was a lovely surprise to find in my mailbox and it's easy to tell that a lot of work went into it. I'd definitely consider ordering again or ordering as a gift for someone.
One more thing...I don't know if this is the stamp that goes on every envelope. It's a very nice stamp. But there's no way anyone could have known that today I happened to have a conversation about rabbits with someone...
Pen Pal Tarot is available on Etsy.
Final verdict: A thoughtful tarot reading that is easily accessible regardless of how much you know about the subject. Might also contain psychic rabbit stamps.
Pen Pal Tarot is operated by Jamie Mortara. The product reviewed was purchased with my own money and I was not compensated in any way for this review.