The Sinister Tarot of the North

The Sinister Tarot of the North – 3rd printing, limited availability. Details below

Sinister Tarot deck of The SNO, illustrated by Jóel Hrafnsson.

Tarot of the North: Sinister Tarot

‘The expressions here unleashed are of unrestrained cosmic and psychic energies; they represent manifestations from the acausal dimensions in symbolic form, the cards represent those hidden sinister forces within consciousness and the cosmos that allow a human to open the floodgates to the magickal potential of conscious evolution and liberation. This particular synthesis of dark arts is generally dangerous to the unaware and caution is advised.

The images, carefully constructed, enhance the flow of energy between the subtle and the physical and allow insight into the hidden, shadowy subterranean currents; enabling one to confront and grapple with abyssal forces inaccessible by everyday consciousness.’

I got a question the other day from an individual who was wondering which ‘order’ the minor arcana cards should be in and as I elaborated I thought I should perhaps have included my purpose regarding that, even if I am always rather strict on allowing just the work to speak for itself, sans words and explanations. I thought it fair to perhaps elaborate that here as well, since that question raised some thoughts. Basically instead of numbering the cards 1-7 (as done in the traditional NAOS deck, that I drew in 2014-2015) They were named after certain things/processes/activities and ultimately the order of those number cards does not matter as they are made to be ‘fluid’ or even ‘chaotic’ to represent the changing nature of energies. For example ‘War’ can be experienced from various perspectives/suits/spheres. This is essentially up to the intuitive natural arising of associations of the individual and the position of the card (similar to how pieces of the Star Game act differently depending on board and sequence. This is to say if the cards are being used in a ‘septenary spread’, for example ‘Endurance’ in Mars will not be the same as in Jupiter etc. Plus the unique individual association. This was meant to add to the ‘fluidity’ of possible insights. If the cards are seen in the original order they represent a process of transformation, beginning with ‘Tradition’ and ending with ‘Magus of Wands’; there is even a particular ‘occult story’ being told here, in pictures / symbols only. This was my attempt at bringing something fresh to the Sinister Tarot; a new function / possibility as I had already built the deck exactly as described in NAOS (that one is out of print unfortunately). Apart from that, there are of course the individual and unique associations and uses/meanings that each individual may discover or come up with, finding a new synthesis of the symbolism applied, using the images to their own devices as they see fit.
– J. Hrafnsson S.N.O

Second Edition (Dark Gods version)

  • Limited printing (this 2nd edition features color enhancements, new artwork and higher quality material)
  • ‘Dark Gods’ Major Arcana + Full Minor Arcana (65 paintings and illustrations)
  • 65 large cards (9 x 13cm) with quality linen finish and UV coating
  • Comes boxed with booklet in English
  • Price $ 399, including shipping and handling, for inquires, contact
  • Deck is located in Iceland.

© J. K. Hrafnsson

Some of my tarot illustrations, from this tarot and an upcoming one were featured in a recent version of ‘Codex Saerus: The Black Book of Satan’ available here:
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