Whether or not you consider this the Age of Aquarius, it is hard to deny how powerful both cannabis and esotericism have become.
The normalization of plant medicine, lunar rituals and the iconographic tarot have made New Bohemia out of a diverse population. We see zodiac placements on dating profiles, Major Arcana art prints in department stores and a worldwide enthusiasm for functional mushrooms, ancestral herbs and cannabinoid wellness.
Whether you call it sorcery, enlightenment, or revolutionary hippie leftovers, tarot and cannabis have been used for generations to access and navigate intuition. In all fairness, it was only a matter of time before someone married the two concepts. And while The Psychic Mary Tarot Deck may seem like a superficial combination of weed and woowoo at first glance, a closer look actually reveals a thoroughly contemporary interpretation.
Who is clairvoyant Mary?
The Psychic Mary Tarot Deck was created by the prominent clairvoyant Jusstine Kenzer, aka PsychicGirl. Psychic Mary’s decks are reinterpretations of Rider-Waite cards – the most famous tarot iconography – and as such can be navigated with most contemporary tarot guides.
Though Psychic Mary’s deck uses the Rider-Waite structure, Kenzer introduced Psychic Mary, an iconography and terminology that, while evoking double-takes for potentially tarot-fluent users, goes down well with college stoners.
Kenzer’s Major Arcana cards lack expressive gender-specific caricatures and detailed, symbolic tableaus of their more traditional contemporaries. Instead, this deck relies on straight, tidy individual images in front of a plain, white background. Some cards are weirdly simple in accuracy (Judgment represented by a DEA badge, The Sun represented by a fluorescent grow light), while others require a deeper understanding of Tarot (The Empress represented by a single, sprouted seed or Temperance presented as a blank Bong).
Although Psychic Mary’s Minor Arcana is based on the rider-waite structure, they are much more complex in their reinterpretation aimed at cannabis users. Instead of sticks, swords, coins and cups, the clairvoyant’s minor arcana are organized according to grinders, lighters, pipes and papers.
The picture cards dispense with royal terminology in favor of stoner language and swapped Grower for King, Dealer for Knight, Smoker for Queen and Tender for Page. The Minor Arcana rely on numerology rather than the established, heavily visual folklore of the tarot.
Test drive with the clairvoyant Mary
There are no less than five tarot decks in my house, but I’m not out here giving free readings on a full moon. I just appreciate small works of art and guided introspection, both of which good tarot can offer.
When I broke into the Psychic Mary deck, my first impression was that this particular deck was unlikely to deliver on either of these fronts. But on closer inspection, I saw a deck that felt both intended and authentic to both stoners and spiritualists.
My first spread was a simple three card arrangement designed to keep my inner eye on my past, present, and future. For the past I drew the eight of the pipes, for the present the ten of the lighters and for the future the eight of the grinders.
I was stoned to the bone when I drew cards, so I had to consult the reference card several times before the language of clairvoyant Mary stuck in my mind. I drew three more cards, this time an Empress card represented by a single, dancing splash (bong?) Of water, Death represented by ashy pieces of black resin, and The Emperor represented by a fancy leather couch.
On my third pull, the thought occurred to me that it would be a great way to introduce such elaborate icons, reduced to these relatable cannabis associations, to my less mystical-minded homies into the fun, totally subjective contemplation of the tarot. This deck may seem superficial, but that lightheartedness might introduce Tarot as entertaining and approachable rather than performative witch-like.
Our household is less concerned with divination than introspection, and for that purpose The Psychic Mary Tarot Deck makes a good addition to our collection. But I think the real value of this deck lies in how easy and fun it can introduce an everyday stoner to the self-reflection of a good tarot reading that anyone, Aquarius stoner or not, could use.
Get it from: psychicmary.com