I’ve had people ask me whether the Without a Net Card Deck is a deck of playing cards or a tarot deck. The answer is neither. I’ll explain the differences.

Compared to a regular deck of playing cards, WAN cards are larger and contain no numbers, suits, kings, jacks, and the like. WAN cards are simply a collection of 55 images of my paintings on one side, and a uniform back side. In their present incarnation they are numbered, to be referenced for meaning on the blog, which is still in the works. One may play games with the WAN deck, but not the usual playing card games.

WAN cards resemble tarot cards in size only (and the fact that they both contain images.) At 4 x 6 inches size, the WAN deck resembles some versions of tarot decks. If you’re unfamiliar with tarot decks, here’s a little explanation with information gathered from Wikipedia:

The tarot deck (with different names, depending on the country) started as a pack of playing cards in the mid 15thcentury. Like regular playing cards, the tarot deck has numbered cards in suits, face cards (like kings and queens,) and a version of the Joker card. Instead of spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts, the suits are named pentacles, swords, cups, and wands. Decks come in different forms but a standard deck has 78 cards. The deck is still used for games today.

The most well-known use for the tarot deck is divination. Its first known use for cartomancy was in around 1750, and has gained in popularity and acceptance for such uses in recent years. Some people have a reader interpret the meaning of the cards, and others use them personally for spiritual growth and guidance.

The uses for the WAN cards are being explored. Stay tuned! I will be reporting soon about the many fun and intriguing applications for them.