My name is Evvie (they/them/she/her) and I’m a freelance artist/illustrator and unabashed tarot nut. I'm a nonbinary queer spoonie. My pet vices are black coffee, staying up all night, and commencing Halloween season in July. Chief among my virtues are empathy, attention to detail, and making vegan peanut-butter cups happen.
I grew up in Massachusetts, and still live here because I’m fond of woods and seasons and cranky New Englanders and plants that grow in tangles and can thrive through an annual ice beating. My favorite critters are cats, foxes, owls, and bears. I’m a Cancer in Sun and Moon with a Leo ascendant.
Me & The Cards
I fell down the tarot rabbit hole about eighteen years ago, circa middle school. Since then, I’ve gradually let tarot ooze its way into my guts and brains to become a major influence in my creative projects and my life.
As an artist, my interest in tarot is inseparable from my love of illustration, folklore, craft, and symbolism. I started learning tarot around the same time that I began seriously studying art, so my two practices have grown up together.
While I use the cards primarily for myself, I do sporadic readings for friends, family, and strangers through the grapevine. I've been reading for others for over five years.
While I have considered offering professional readings, my readings tend to run long and take a lot of spoons. I'd rather put the bulk of my tarot time into writing books and illustrating decks, and spend my reading spoons on my community offline.
I think of myself as a permanent student, and most of the content here is geared for those at a beginner to intermediate level. Each time I pick up a card, do a reading, or crack open a tarot book, I learn something new. As it should be.
I spend a lot of time pondering spirituality, philosophy, and mysticism. While I adore woo-woo stuff, I try to balance it all with a healthy dose of skepticism. (I'm an irreligious animist with an agnostic streak.) I strongly believe in developing and using both intuition and reason.
My tarot approach reflects this. When I’m reading cards, I draw on a combination of intuition, what I know and see of the cards’ traditional symbolism and archetypes, and what I know from life experience.
Inclusion & Non-Discrimination
This is an inclusive site. It’s a queer/LGBTQ-friendly site. It’s an interfaith site. I do not discriminate based on race, social status, income, gender, sexual orientation, age, size, disability, nationality, marital status, religion, lack of religion, how many kids you do or don’t have, or education level. I do not tolerate hateful speech or political stances based in dehumanizing, marginalizing, and stripping rights from large groups of people. Any hateful speech in comments, questions, or emails will be immediately deleted and ignored.
The interrobang is technically a non-standard punctuation mark that combines a question mark and an exclamation point into one funny looking glyph.
They never really caught on with the type-setting crowd. Folks also throw the word interrobang around whenever there’s a question mark next to an exclamation point.
?! Is my favorite punctuation mark. With a question mark for exploration, and an exclamation point for passion and expression, it’s a great symbol for the processes of art, philosophy, and life. Of course, tarot encompasses each.
Before every ?! lies an implied WTF. Tarot exists to help us navigate and reconcile the WTFs of life.
© Evvie Marin 2018. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise credited, all work on this site is original and protected by copyright.
I may occasionally use a stock or vintage image for a blog post, but the vast majority of images on this site, photography and illustration, are my own. Artwork and bio photos in interview posts are shared with the artists' and authors' permission. These are also protected by copyright.
If you're interested in using one of my images or commissioning illustration work, please contact me.
Commercial Use of Tarot Spreads
I aim first and foremost to helping people learn and use tarot for themselves. Everything I post is free to use at home or share with friends for personal, educational, non-commercial ends. That said, I recognize that some people will use my tarot spreads with paying clients, and I couldn't stop them even if I wanted to.
If you use my original spreads for paid client work, please make a donation--whatever is fair and proportionate to your use--to support the site and help me keep releasing free tarot spreads for all my readers. If you share my work on your website, blog, or social media pages, give credit and link back (or tag @evviemarin on Instagram) so others can find these resources.
My work is not for re-sale or promotional give-away. Do not use my spread diagrams or illustrations as promotional materials in your own business or website. If you have any questions about use drop me a line.
I do not take any responsibility for the quality or content of others' readings. While I do recommend some authors and educators in the resources below, I cannot speak to the quality of others' readings, and I do not endorse or recommend tarot readers or psychics.
Some folks use my spreads in paid client work. None of them are affiliated with me, or recommended or endorsed by me.
Some of my favorite decks from my personal collection.
Ancient Italian Tarot
Everything by Baba Studio
(I have their Fantastic Menagerie Tarot and 2nd edition Victorian Romantic Tarot.)
The Dreaming Way Tarot
The Fool's Dog Tarot Apps
The Halloween Tarot
The Morgan Greer Tarot
The Slow Holler Tarot Deck
Tarot Del Fuego
Tarot of the Holy Light
The Wild Unknown Tarot
Aeclectic: Massive online tarot forum. Includes pictures and reviews of a million-billion tarot decks. While the Aeclectic forums are no longer active, the archived forums and ongoing deck reviews remain an excellent resource.
Asali Earthwork: Blog and resources by and for queer femmes of color. Includes the fantastic QTPOC Tarot blog series, highlighting and reviewing tarot decks inclusive of queer, trans, and people of color.
Benebell Wen: Author of Holistic Tarot, licensed attorney, brilliant tarot practitioner & blogger.
Biddy Tarot: Excellent tarot tips for readers and professionals.
Little Red Tarot: Fun, down-to-earth blog by queer, feminist tarotist, Beth Maiden, author of Autostraddle's tarot column. The blog is no longer active, but the archives are still a wonderful resource.
Mary K. Greer: Insights from one of the biggest names in tarot.
Rachel Pollack: Tarot author, expert and genius. Rachel's 78 Degrees of Wisdom is one of the best tarot books out there.
Radical Tarot: The best tarot scopes in the blogosphere, curated by Siobhan.
The Tarot Lady: Theresa Reed dishes tips for readers and pros. Great material for newbies and seasoned practicioners.
Tarot University: Esoteric tarot from Christine Payne-Towler, co-creator of Tarot of the Holy Light.
*Please note:* I'm not affiliated in any way with the blogs, bloggers, websites, and decks I've linked to here, beyond (obviously) my own sites. I just think they're great resources, and they've all inspired me and helped me grow as a tarot practitioner.