Javanne Tarot

I recently received an intriguing deck from Denmark, called the Javanne Tarot. It has evocative artwork, an insightful companion book (Javanne Tarot: Turning Corners of Widsom), and came in a very nice custom bag with leather draw strings and beaded ends.

Javanne bag
The artwork is by Annelie Zofia, and the companion book is by Karen Javanna (hence the name Javanne Tarot). The cards are square (90 mm, 3 & 3/4 inches), and have a wonderful soft satiny finish.

To coincide with the square shape of the cards, the companion book describes interpretations for the cards based on all 4 orientations (normal, reversed, left side, right side).  Many of the cards have symbols or images in each quadrant to embellish the meaning of the card in that orientation.  These perspectives bring interesting nuances to the imagery and impact of the cards.

The artwork is simple yet powerful, having a tribal native style to them.  They remind me in some cases of the Shining Tribe Tarot by Rachel Pollack.

Here are some sample cards:

Major Arcana: 2 – High Priestess / 12 – Hanged One / 19 – Sun
Javanne High Priestess Javanne Hanged One Javanne Sun
Court cards: Page of Shields / Knight of Wands
Javanna Page of Shields Javanna Knight of Wands

Minor Arcana: Ace of Swords / 4 of Swords
Javanne Ace of Swords Javanne 4 of Swords

You can purchase the Javanne Tarot from the Javanne Tarot site, or from the New Age Musik Shop.

Deck and book set, item BK1187: (if you want the book in English, mention that when ordering)

Deck, item BK1186:

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Art and images are copyright by the respective artists who created them, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artists.

8 Responses to “Javanne Tarot”

  1. 1 Balakirev
    January 30, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for your brief but intriguing description of the deck. I’ve ordered it after doing more research. The artwork isn’t very professional, but the cards are striking in design and thought. It looks quite interesting.

  2. 2 strange2
    January 31, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Although the artwork on the Javanne is often simplistic, I have found the images to be very effective in invoking spritual, mythical, emotional, and material interactions.

    The physical card stock of the deck is also very satisfying: a satiny, almost velvety softness, that makes handling the cards a pleasurable experience in and of itself.

    The companion book is also well worth the purchase, providing deep insights into the cards in all 4 of their orientations (up, down, left, right).

    Hope you enjoy the deck!

  3. March 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I bought this last fall. Just saw you posting on AT and thought I’d comment.

    I take exception to the derisive comments Frank Jensen made in his review about the artist “only” being an art therapist.

    The art is certainly not unprofessional. Art therapists ARE artists, simple as that. Lovely packaging (my bag was a deep emerald green), and the comments in the book are different too.

    As in all decks, there are a few less than perfect cards, but I find the primitive or naive art refreshing and enticing to work with. Different art does not mean unprofessional.

    It’s great that there are people forging ahead with new ideas in the world!

  4. 4 gustogirl
    June 28, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Hey, my mom was in Ireland and purchased these tarot cards and we used them today, and I absolutely loved them! I want to purchase the deck and book, but am not quite sure how to navigate my way through a German website, or how to ask for it in English….Any experience with this?

  5. 5 Gary O
    June 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    To purchase the Javanne Deck and Book set:

    – Go to: http://new-age-musik-shop.dk/product.asp?product=401&sub=6
    – Click on the button at the top right called “Laeg i kurv”
    – Click on the button on the bottom right called “Ga til kassen”
    – Select the button next to “Mastercard, Maestro, Visa”
    – Click on the button on the bottom right called “Fortsaet”
    – Fill in your name and address info. Your city goes in the field called “By”.
    – In the box called “Bemærkninger”, type in “Please send the English version of the book”
    – Click on the button on the bottom right called “Fortsaet”
    – Click on the button on the bottom right called “Godkend”
    – Enter your credit card #, security card # (in the box calledc Kontrolcifre), and card expiration date
    – Click on the button on the bottom right called “Godkend”

    Hope that helps!

  6. 6 gustogirl
    June 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Yes it does….thanks!

  7. 7 Erin
    September 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I just noticed this deck and wonder if it can be purchased from Canada. And how much would it me in Canadian currency.

    • September 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

      The only online source I have found to purchase the Javanne Tarot is the New Age Shop from Denmark. See the links in my original post, and ordering instructions in the comments. It looks like the book+deck would be around $61 Canadian (plus postage), and the deck around $43 Canadian.

      It’s a unique deck, and well worth seeking out.

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