The "Journey of the Bearded Tarot," deck is comprised of 78 illustrated cards by Doug Hammett. Each card carries the traditional archetypal meaning with a fresh approach to the imagery of the Tarot.
These cards speak to a universal story of our heroic journey into finding purpose and meaning in this complex universe. 22 cards comprise the Major Arcana (Big Secret) that portray the essential steps in one’s life moving towards enlightenment. The other 56 cards make up the Minor Arcana (Little Secret) that take one through an initiation through the 4 elements of Water, Air, Fire, and Earth. Unique to Hammett's deck, the cards can be laid out in a linear fashion, revealing several hidden journeys through both
Major and Minor Arcana.
0- Fool: A Carefree youth with very little experience takes trusting steps into the unknown. His uninhibited approach to the world is filled with adventure. The Fool will be confronted with many challenges that are necessary steps into maturity. He is watched closely by spirit guides, ready to help along the way.
Ace of Water: Ready to start the initiation into the world of emotions, a Caring mentor offers gifts to begin the journey. Feelings of enthusiasm accom-pany this passage into the unknown. A willingness to be vulnerable is key to enter-ing this new phase of life.
Ace of Air: Passed on Knowledge at times may appear clear as a map. If these instructions ring true, let them guide you to the next step. If the advice seems off the mark thank the messenger and move on. Know that what works for one person may not work for another.
Ace of Fire: Creative Inspiration often comes unexpectedly and in strange forms. This can happen at any time in one’s life. How these gifts of insight are nurtured and allowed to blossom are up to oneself. Opportunities are rare and fleeting, so take hold of these rare moments.
Ace of Earth: Clarity of purpose is needed for the journey through the labyrinth of the daily grind. It is essential to have a reality check regularly to see if the heart and mind are connected to spirit. It is up to an individual to find what is grounded firmly to support their full potential and what is not.
I have been using Journey of the Bearded Tarot by Doug Hammett since 2020. It is one of the most vivid and intuitive decks I have had the pleasure of using. Doug’s artwork leaps from the cards, much like the Fool card in the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot deck. But, Journey of the Bearded Tarot is anything but traditional. While it follows the traditional foundation, with Major and Minor Arcana cards, this deck takes the reader on a unique spiritual pilgrimage through its multi-layered imagery, vibrant colors and original tale. The cards are provocative, wise and captivating. Whether you use it as an intuitive tool or keep it for the exquisite artwork, this deck is worth owning. It will take you on an adventure you won’t forget. I highly recommend using Journey of the Bearded Tarot!
The Dream Prophet