Floriography Tarot is an original handmade tarot deck inspired by "the language of flowers." In this deck, you will find historic interpretations of herbs, plants, and flowers, as well as classic Victorian symbolism and more current interpretations for the modern Tarot reader. In the unique style of Cuban-American artist Ana Gadish-Linares, each card contains rich collages featuring botanical imagery, some vintage finds from sources such as a 1970s belly-dancing newspaper and a rare 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine, and priceless 19th and 20th century photographs (many of which are the artist’s own family photos from Cuba, Spain, and Miami, FL).
In Floriography Tarot, the suit of cups is represented by tulips, the swords by birds of paradise flowers, the pentacles by sunflowers, and the wands by woody tree trunks. All Minor Arcana cards are fully illustrated and reflect the symbolism of the Rider Waite Tarot. The heads of the Major Arcana characters are replaced with intuitively chosen and symbolically relevant herbs, plants, flowers, and trees—living, breathing, and expanding entities. By replacing heads with other forms, a deistic distance is created between the viewer and the characters in the artwork, obscuring their identity and creating a sense of sacred mystery and reverence towards the figure. Over time, as with saints, gods, deities, and mythological figures the Major Arcana characters’ identities have deconstructed into symbolism and imagery rather than a recognizable and unique individual.