The Sasuraibito Tarot
The Sasuraibito Tarot
The Sasuraibito Tarot is a deck created by Seattle-based artist Stasia Burrington. According to Stasia, “The Japanese word: ‘sasuraibito’ most closely translates to ‘wanderer. It's an old-fashioned literary term that is falling out of use, meant to describe a person ever-seeking, searching for a place of healing and refuge. This deck is designed to aid the curious wanderer, and accompany you on your adventures to come.” Stasia says I’m the first retailer to represent her work in Dallas - yay!
WHY I LOVE THE SASURAIBITO TAROT DECK: I like that the Sasuraibito is layered with multiple visual references. The artistic motifs are clearly nodding to the traditional Smith-Rider-Waite, so those familiar with that deck will recognize and appreciate these echoes. However, what makes the deck special is how it’s also different from that source. The artistic style is inspired by Japanese animé and manga art, and it’s also grounded in modern, every life. Burrington’s art has an warm, earthy, friendly quality to it. I think it would be an especially welcome deck for a young person.
A LESSON THIS DECK HAS TAUGHT ME: To see abstract concepts grounded in everyday imagery. It’s also helped me re-situate the cards from the Euro-centric framing of my background.
MY FAVORITE CARD IN THIS DECK: The 6 of Swords. This is the my favorite picturing of that card and I feel it deeply.
GUIDEBOOK: The guidebook is simple and succinct and just the right amount of information per card (see image). Many of the descriptions include a salient quote that relates to the theme of the card. These are great. You wouldn’t use this guidebook as your sole source of information about the Tarot if you want to study it more deeply, but it’s all you need if you are either a) brand new and just getting started, or b) already have your own familiarity with the Tarot and just want to reference her words to learn more about the perspective of the artist.
TAROT EXPERIENCE: Any level
In the last photo, the card on the left is from the Sasuraibito. I included this image to show how cards from different decks can combine to create exciting conversations. I do this in my own practice all of the time. The card in the middle is from Nature Nurture Oracle. The one on the right is from the Spolia Tarot. Both are available for purchase here.