Simply Tarot started, in a different form, many years ago. Our first site was called The Tarot House, then it became Patricia House and now we have created the Simply Tarot website as our purpose and aims have developed.
My name is Patricia House and having bought my daughter, Jenny, a deck of fortune cards for her fourteenth birthday, it came as quite a surprise when a few years later she informed me that she had become a popular and talented online Tarot Reader. Of course, she introduced me to the world of tarot and I loved it, but I really struggled to find a deck I felt comfortable with. I am possibly the only person in the world who is not very fond of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck (gasps all round!) whilst Jenny really loved the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke because she was studying classics at the time. Since I have never studied classics, I found that difficult to commit to memory. I will also admit to not liking images of skulls and vampires and so many tarot decks can be quite dark visually, plus the choice of decks was quite minimal at the time. Jenny thought that creating our own tarot deck would not only help me but the many people, like me, who would appreciate a very simple and straightforward deck. So I spent a lot of the following year creating the paintings you can see on this site. I painted them in acrylics, an interesting and quick-drying medium, that I had never used before, whilst Jenny burned the midnight oil developing the meanings for each of the cards. It was an incredible project for us both and a lot of work (and love) went into it. We then self-published the deck and set about introducing it to people all over the world. We feel very privileged that all the feedback has been wonderful so far.
A rather bumpy road of selling the deck then ensued, where we learned a lot about business (sometimes a little too late!) and what we should have done differently with the deck but you live and learn, as they say. Then, a little further down the road we were contacted by someone who had subsequently Trade Marked the words ‘tarot’ and ‘house’, so we were not able to continue using that name, though they have allowed us to continue to sell our stock of The Tarot House Deck (make note that this version of the deck will be a limited edition!). The last few years I have done all the selling via my own name until it became clear that we needed to pull everything under one simple brand – Simply Tarot. It is quite uncanny that Jenny’s partner has his own IT company and his surname is Swords – it was inevitable that he would get involved – and he has kindly set this website up for us. They both work full time and have a family to bring up so I have become the current face of Simply Tarot.
There are so many different decks to suit each taste witches, vampires, cat, Steampunk …….. I am more a fairy and angel tarot kinda girl and I am lucky enough to have a couple of Doreen Virtue decks, but I now only use my own deck – The Tarot House Deck – it has become part of me and I love it, and I really love Jenny’s meanings which are full of common sense and practical advice which goes so well with the images.
Of course, a tarot deck must really appeal if you are going to bond with it and I promise I won’t be offended if our deck doesn’t ‘do it for’ you, but you can take a look at all the images and the meanings here on the site so you can decide whether, or not, it does. This site is not just about the deck, though, it’s about tarot and its amazing abilities. It’s about bringing tarot into the light as an honest guidance tool, in the hands of those who respect Tarot and respect those people who want good and honest readings, so we do have a page on our ethics which you might like to take a look at. We are not fond of Charlatans and the damage they can do.
Whether we are new to tarot or with a wealth of experience behind us, we are always on a learning curve, so I am happy to give, as well as accept, help – there are many different threads to the tapestry of Tarot and it’s great to find out a little more each day. We sincerely hope you enjoy this site and it is lovely to have you on board!