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Cat's Eye Deck

Cats are pleasing to the eye, complex in their behaviors, and mysterious in their moods, providing a "purrfect" model for a visually evocative medium like the Tarot. Every card in the Cat’s Eye Tarot deck tells a story, illustrated from a feline point of view. Learn More

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Cat's Eye Tarot Deck

Major Arcana

The Fool Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Fool
The Magician Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Magician
The High Priestess Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The High Priestess
The Empress Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Empress
The Emperor Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Emperor
The Hierophant Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Hierophant
The Lovers Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Lovers
The Chariot Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Chariot
Strength Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Strength
The Hermit Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Wheel of Fortune
Justice Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Justice
The Hanged Man Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Hanged Man
Death Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Death
Temperance Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Temperance
The Devil Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Devil
The Tower Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Tower
The Star Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Star
The Moon Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Moon
The Sun Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The Sun
Judgement Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Judgement
The World Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
The World

The Wands

Ace of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ace of Wands
Two of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Two of Wands
Three of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Three of Wands
Four of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Four of Wands
Five of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Five of Wands
Six of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ten of Wands
Page of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Page of Wands
Knight of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Knight of Wands
Queen of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Queen of Wands
King of Wands Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
King of Wands

The Cups

Ace of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ace of Cups
Two of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Two of Cups
Three of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Three of Cups
Four of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Four of Cups
Five of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Five of Cups
Six of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ten of Cups
Page of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Page of Cups
Knight of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Knight of Cups
Queen of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Queen of Cups
King of Cups Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
King of Cups

The Swords

Ace of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ace of Swords
Two of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Two of Swords
Three of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Three of Swords
Four of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Four of Swords
Five of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Five of Swords
Six of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ten of Swords
Page of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Page of Swords
Knight of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Knight of Swords
Queen of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Queen of Swords
King of Swords Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
King of Swords

The Coins

Ace of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ace of Coins
Two of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Two of Coins
Three of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Three of Coins
Four of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Four of Coins
Five of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Five of Coins
Six of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Six of Coins
Seven of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Seven of Coins
Eight of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Eight of Coins
Nine of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Nine of Coins
Ten of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Ten of Coins
Page of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Page of Coins
Knight of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Knight of Coins
Queen of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
Queen of Coins
King of Coins Tarot card in Cat's Eye deck
King of Coins

About the Cat's Eye Deck

No one can say for sure why cats have chosen to live with us. It may be that they are observers, watching the progress of human beings. Perhaps cats are our spiritual guides. Even if you believe that cats are merely persuaded by the simple bargain of warmth and food in exchange for companionship, there is still much to be learned from their life strategies. The Cat’s Eye Tarot deck is illustrated from a feline point of view.

These cats are portrayed behaving like cats. They hunt, play, love, fight, and contemplate the mysteries of the universe. Because cats rely upon visual signaling to communicate at a distance and avoid physical conflict with other cats, they are experts in the subtle art of body language. Cats are so good at “reading” our body language, they may seem to be psychic. People can learn to read their cat’s mood by posture, set of the ears, and the carriage of the tail. Anyone who has lived with a cat, or observed them crouched and tense, or relaxed and ready for affection, knows what is being communicated and responds accordingly. Moreover, cats are pleasing to the eye, complex in their behaviors, and mysterious in their motivation; an ideal model for a visually evocative medium like the Tarot.

The card meanings, numbering, and suits in Cat’s Eye Tarot follow the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition as interpreted by Joan Bunning in her book Learning the Tarot. The suit names are the familiar Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Color is used to convey suit energies, establish continuity, and orient the reader as you become familiar with the deck. The Major Arcana are purple, denoting important events and spiritual matters. In the Minor Arcana, wands are orange (creative energy); cups are red (emotional energy); swords are blue (air, clarity; intellectual energy); and pentacles are green and brown (earthy; practical; natural). Initially, cat coat colors were chosen to coordinate with the suit colors, but they also work well with the suit energies – solid practical brown tabbies for pentacles; sweet black and white for cups, talkative Siamese for swords, and flashy red tabbies for wands.

Reptiles (wands), fish (cups), birds (swords) and mice (pentacles) replace the usual suit symbols and appear when appropriate for the activity illustrated. These creatures were chosen because they are all the natural prey of cats. Also, lizards, birds, and fish appear in Pamela Smith’s illustrations so they are familiar to Tarot practitioners; and finally how could you have a cat deck without mice? I have been a practicing veterinarian for 28 years; 22 of them in an exclusively feline practice so cats hold a special place in my heart and mind. For me, the Tarot has become a tool for reflection and a way to think through a situation. I use the cards for myself and with others. Balancing emotion, intellect, creativity and practicality are important for the health and wellbeing of people and cats. Cats can teach us many things about how to make the best of almost any situation. Let these cats guide you as you use the Tarot to learn about, yourself and your cat.