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H.R. Giger’s nightmarish tarot cards (NSFW)
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H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger’s nightmarish tarot cards (NSFW)

Sometime in the 1990s the Swiss occultist who goes by the name Akron suggested to his countryman H.R. Giger that he create a set of tarot cards. Giger demurred, claiming a lack of time as well as a lack of interest in the subject—all the while insisting that he was “too superstitious” to take on such a project.

Giger did, however, regard tarot as an interesting venue for his artworks, and he was willing to re-purpose some of his pre-existing images as a tarot deck. The tarot deck featuring Giger’s artworks covers only the major arcana and is known as the Baphomet deck, named after the pagan god you can see depicted in the Alchemy and Devil cards at the top of this post.

It is currently out of print but like most anything, used sets can be purchased online. It seems that a detailed description of Giger’s cards written by Akron is included with the decks. 

Lauren Davis at io9 surely hit on something when she observed that when you use a deck like Giger’s, it doesn’t matter what cards you draw, they “always predict an unsettling future.”

My favorite part of Giger’s deck is actually the design for the back:

You can purchase a set for about $50 and up.




Here’s a brief video of two guys showing off their Giger and Dave McKean tarot decks:


Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Edward Gorey’s ‘anxious, irritable’ tarot card set is predictably perfect

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