Tarot of the Cat People

[Emperor] [6 of Cups] Karen Kuykendall, the artist of the Tarot of the Cat People, is called "the Cat Lady" by people who know her. The cats on almost every card of the deck were modeled on the ten cats that keep Kuykendall company while she works. The original art was painted in acrylic on board, using a "splatter" technique whereby Kuykendall masked areas and painted around them using a toothbrush. The effect is subtle, almost pointillistic gradations of color. The deck is set in the fantasy world of the Outer Regions, where the Cat People live. The five kingdoms of the Outer Regions correspond to the Major Arcana and the four suits of the Minor Arcana. There is a separate companion book for this deck called The Ancestral Path Tarot. The book is written from the point of view of an explorer to these Outer Regions.

Number of
Size Copyright Card Back Design

22 major
56 minor

2 5/8"
4 5/8"
1985 [back design]

Companion Book
Title Author Size Number of
Copyright Cover
Tarot of the
Cat People:
A Traveler's
4 5/8"
192 1991 [cover]
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Lanuage of Card Titles: English

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): cats and figures

Also Included: instruction booklet, 2 blank cards

Major Arcana:
Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, High Priest,
Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune,
Justice, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower,
Star, Moon, Sun, Rejuvenation, World

Suit Names: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles

Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, Page

Links to Other Sites:
Review - Wicce website


[Queen of Swords] [8 of Wands] [Ace of Pentacles]

Reference - The Encyclopedia of Tarot: Volume 3 by Stuart Kaplan, pg 572.


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