Last updated, 29/09/2022
We hope to keep this page up to date as we go along, so that you are informed about where we are with up and coming work.
We are currently working on three new decks, one of which is a tarot, while the others are fortune telling cards:
- A completely new Bohemian Cats' Theatre Tarot.
- Our own, Victorian-style The Bohemian Fortune Telling Cards,
- A re-imagining of antique Bohemian fortune telling cards which we have named Mercury's Fortune Telling Cards.
The Bohemian Cats
We are getting lots of enquiries about the new Baroque Bohemian Cats' Theatre Tarot. But please be patient - it will take us at least until late 2023/4 to complete.
It isn't a reprint or new version of the original Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot; it's an entirely new deck - all the images take place in the dramatic setting of a baroque theatre. We make every costume (loosely based on Baroque clothing) by hand - including designing our own unique embroideries, lace and hats. The project will, as usual, include a companion book. For the first time, there will also be an accompanying art book that will show gloriously expanded scenes from the cards. You can find more about what's going on at The Bohemian Cats blog - we'd love to see you there.
For all of this crazy work, the miniature clothing patterns are also, of course, entirely our own. So it's a slow process, but does produce uniquely detailed imagery. Things were held up by two lockdowns (which we know were necessary) but we are still hopeful of having the work done by late 2023 or 2024 - all being well.
If you haven't yet seen the first video of our design process (made a few days before lockdown in March 2020!), please do take a look.
A first sample - not final - image from our planned Bohemian Cats book. We will also be making a large-format book (for adults who love cats, costumes and more than a touch of surrealism) that will relate to the deck.
The Bohemian Fortune Telling Cards - our own deck
We are near to finishing our two decks of "Bohemian fortune telling cards". These follow the system, which we were very familiar with during our time in Prague, often called "gypsy cards" and in Czech known usually just as "vykladaci karty", which can be loosely translated as "cards for doing readings". In the companion book for these decks, we will outline the history, how to read with them and, of course, we will explain why we chose not to use the term "gypsy cards".
On the picture here you can see two of the cards that we have already completed and printed (as first samples). You may find that you got a small present of these in an order! The samples have plain backs but the final cards will have our usual cold-stamped - and we hope beautiful - backs.
You can see some of the original Victorian photos that we will (probably) be incorporating in the designs. We base everything on original photos, often changed, added to and even remade in part, so that we end up with the image we feel will work best.
Here are some of the newest cards. We are following the traditional pattern but this in itself did vary so, for example, not every deck will include "gossip" (see above). We've chosen the card meanings that we think will make a well-balanced and very usable deck.
We've also decided to do 36 rather than the more usual 32 cards. It gives a good range of possibilities in a reading and still respects tradition as some of these decks did include 36 cards.
We are also close to completing our re-imagining (with cold-stamping!) of an antique deck in this Bohemian style. It's always been one of our favourites of these antique decks and has some wonderful cards. It's been a pleasure to work on cleaning and enhancing the images.
We've decided to call it a "re-imagining" rather than a reproduction because we're adding cold-stamping and this does make it clear that's it's a recently produced deck. We feel it adds beautifully to the original images.
Mercury's Fortune Telling Cards - our re-imagining of an antique deck
I've heard you are leaving tarot design. Is that right?
Yes, we plan the new Bohemian Cats' Tarot to be the last new deck of tarot we'll design. As mentioned, it will most likely be published in 2024. However, while we are working on it, and while it's available, we will try to do some new editions of our other decks. We also plan one or two collaborative decks.
Why did you decide to do the new cards in the "Bohemian" style?
We've worked with these cards since first going to Prague (actually, a reading with a set of these helped to persuade Karen to move to Prague). We decided to make a deck in this style some years ago, but never got very far with it. Recently, however, we decided that it's now or never!
When will pre-orders open? Will there be pre-order offers?
Yes, there will be a generous pre-order discount, as usual, for all decks.
The Bohemian Fortune Telling Cards and Mercury's Fortune Telling Cards (our reimagining of the antique cards) should, all being well, open for pre-orders in late September/October 2022. Originally we planned for late 2020 (!), but with lockdowns, issues with print companies and lots of other things happening, it unfortunately kept getting pushed back.
Which decks are you likely or unlikely to reprint?
Nothing is absolutely certain, but this is what we are currently thinking:
- The Victorian Romantic Tarot - new version was published early in 2022. You can see more details at this page.
- The Fairytale Tarot - no reprints planned. We may consider this again in the future.
- The Flower Oracle - no reprints planned. We may consider this again in the future.
- The Tarot of Prague - no reprints planned. We will consider this again in the future.
- The Mythical Creatures Tarot - no reprints planned. We will consider this again in the future.
- The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot - no reprints planned. We will consider this again in the future.
- The Alice Tarot - we do hope to print a new edition. Maybe around the period 2024? We'll keep you updated.
The Bohemian Gothic Tarot - we do hope to print a new edition, perhaps with cold-stamping or silver ink this time. We hope that pre-orders may open in 2023? We'll keep you updated.
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it seems all the decks i want are sold out and will never be reprinted. sad. beautiful work. happy travels.
Baba Store replied:
We are about to launch two new decks and our Victorian Romantic Tarot only just went out of print – I’m sorry you missed it.
Some of our decks will be issued in a new edition in the coming years. You can get an idea of schedules at the blog post above. In general though, we are moving away from tarot design and the new Bohemian Cats’ Tarot is likely to be the last tarot deck we design.
Thanks for your interest and comment – we appreciate both – and I hope the decks you are looking for are among the ones scheduled for a new edition.
Karen and Alex
I love your work of art and I am so very happy with my Victorian Romantic Tarot! Thank you so very much. I loved the extra card which you sent as well! It makes me want The Alice tarot even more now! I am so sad to have missed the opportunity to purchase it when it was available… Please, please, do print a third edition of that deck sooner than later and do keep me posted as to when this will happen! Everyone would be so happy, I am certain! 2024 seems so far away, but I look forward to it if that is when it becomes available again! No need to publish this… I just wanted to forward my thanks to you!
Belle journée, je suis toujours triste de voir que vous souhaitez arrêter la conception des tarots, votre travail est un véritable enchantement 🤗💌🙋. Bien à vous. Regine
I love your purses, tarot bags, and shawls which I own multiples of! But I failed to buy a jacket. Any chance you’ll do these again?
Baba Store replied:
Many thanks for your kind comments. Unfortunately, though, we have no plans to do more jackets. Apologies for any disappointment.
I’m interested in purchasing your Bohemian Fortune Cards.
Baba Store replied:
Those are now available for pre-order on our shops. Thanks so much!
Hello to everyone at BabaBarock from the States!
Although I completely understand wanting to take your company in a different direction, the thought that there will come a time when you are no longer working on Tarot/Oracle decks is unfathomable.
I read and collect cards and while I’ve loved many decks, I’ve never fallen in love with one (or a company for that matter) like I did when I first saw “The Bohemian Gothic” deck.. It was dark without being cheesy, vintage but not stuffy, and soulful without being overdone. I’d never felt energy like it and I thought I never would again.
Because I loved your company so much, I bought the “Victorian Romantic Tarot”, even though I didn’t think it would resonate as much for me. Boy, was I wrong! When I went through each card, looking at the images, I fell in love again, just more so. It felt like the deck was made just for me alone. I’m the type that has an obsession with Memento Mori and skulls in particular (when I saw a picture of the bone chapel on your website for the first time, I told my husband we were moving to Prague) yet I still love my girly things and this is what the deck felt like to me. Part dark, Part light; A story by Jane Austen and one by Poe. It has it’s silly, cheeky side too. My intuition clicked with the cards like none had before or since, and it became my favorite and most used deck. (Of course I purchased bags for my decks and a few of your beautiful shoulder bags as well.)
Since then, I sadly got sick (during the initial diagnosis was the same time the rewards got switched out and it’s totally my fault for not paying attention, but I lost a big chunk of points 😢) and that changed my purchasing power in a big way. I missed out on several of your decks that I desperately want. “The Baroque Bohemian Cats”, “Mythical Creatures”, “The Tarot of Prague”, and “The Flower Oracle”. I save up, then come check your site for what’s available at that time. When I look for second hand copies on Ebay or Etsy, they are always between $200 and $750 USD. Not many people can afford those prices and most people would rather give their money directly towards the artist. I’m excited to see the “Fantastic Menagerie Tarot” available now so I can snap it up. Going to grab it here in a few days.
My point in writing this is first to tell you how much your company has meant to me over the years and to hopefully playfully nudge you to reprint some of your other decks as the years go by and your company changes and grows. If the upfront cost of the printing is too much, (I know you do pre-orders, but I have no idea how much of your own money you have to use to finish the job, but I’m guessing it’s a lot) have you thought about trying a KickStarter campaign? It would give you more exposure and if you didn’t make the money goal, then you wouldn’t have to go through with it. Just a suggestion, as I know everyone who’s been into Tarot for years knows how wonderful your company is, and I hope future generations keep finding and falling in love with all of your beautiful decks.
Thank you 🙏 for the many years of awe, wonder, and happiness your company has brought to my life….and Good Luck with everything you do in the future!
Baba Store replied:
Apologies for the very slow reply. Our software was not allowing us to reply to comments, and we have finally solved that. It’s so interesting to read your comments and yes, we love The Bohemian Gothic Tarot too and hope we can reprint it in a new version soon.
We have never done Kickstarter as there are pros and cons to it. We may possibly give it a try at some point in the future. Our issue with reprints isn’t financial, because as you say, pre-orders cover most of the costs. But because we change each deck before re-issuing, a lot of studio time is involved and this is the reason we can’t do re-issues very often. Right now, we plan to put most of our work into the new Bohemian Cats work and so we won’t be doing very much else. We will try to do a new version of The Bohemian Gothic Tarot, as I mentioned, but that isn’t certain, as it very much depends on whether we have studio time to get that done.
I hope that explains things and thank you so much again – your support is hugely appreciated and means a lot to us.
Karen and Alex.
Hello! I am absolutely in love with the work you do on your tarot decks. I’m new to tarot, and browsing through the aclectic tarot.com, the absolute first deck I fell in love with was the bohemian Gothic tarot. The magician had me, and the rest of the cards soon after. I immediately looked it up, very heart broken it was no where to be found and out of print. And the very few copies I found online were being sold upwards of $800. I can’t afford anywhere near that. So I’m begging you to please reprint the bohemian Gothic tarot. I need a copy. Like asap. Please!!!!!!
Baba Store replied:
Thank you for your kind words and sorry for the late response. The good news is that we do plan to release a new edition of The Bohemian Gothic Tarot in the coming years. We don’t know exactly when yet as there is no schedule in place but at this stage, it’s likely to be late 2023 at the earliest before pre-orders open. We will keep people informed through our customer newsletter and blog. Thanks again for your interest.
Out of all the decks I own which is about 60+ this companies decks are by far the most exquisite and beautiful decks I own. I am lucky enough to now own three of these companies decks. They’re eloquent, beautifully artistic! Words cannot express how beautiful these decks are! I hope in the future I’ll be able to purchase more of these decks from this company. Again magnificent, eloquent!
When I read these decks it’s as if I am watching a play from the 1500’s! Love!
Love your decks , looking forward to your Bohemian Fortune telling cards.. Please put me on your pre order list for the cards.
Dear Karen and Alex,
I am a huge fan of your work and love all your tarot decks.
I would like to know if you ever consider the reprinting of your deck in a super special edition borderless? The cards are all gorgeous but the border takes away some of the glory. Many tarot private producers are eliminating the border for this reason. Please consider this for your future plans. Thank you for everything you do for us card lovers. We love you and wish all the best!
Baba Store replied:
We have only done one deck without borders, /The Bohemian Gothic Tarot/. We liked the result but were not at all convinced that we want to do other decks without borders. It’s a bit like framing or not framing a picture, isn’t it? Personally, I don’t agree that any glory is taken away by a frame and I don’t think museums and galleries, for instance, are going to begin taking frames off pictures any time soon. :)
Quite honestly, we also find that the fashion for no borders has waned a fair bit over the years – it was a real “thing” for a while but not so much recently. I think it’s because people have realised that there are very definitely pros and cons to decks with and without borders. Mostly, we prefer the borders, partly because they protect the images (as cards get worn with use, borderless decks have some of the edges of the imagery affected by that wear). For a deck like The Alice Tarot, we deliberately designed the imagery so that it breaks the borders in a significant way, and the deck would lose all that meaning if it didn’t have those borders. For our more antique-looking decks, borderless would simply be a stylistic mistake that would take away from the overall look and feel.
There is another whole argument about the fact that printers don’t cut cards absolutely accurately, so if there are no borders, you have to allow for the fact that some imagery may be slightly cut in the manufacturing process. We allowed for this with The Bohemian Gothic Tarot but I’m not sure it was worth having to design the cards so that nothing significant in the image was close to the edge.
So – all in all I think it’s unlikely we will be removing borders from any reprints but we will of course keep it in mind, and we always appreciate feedback, which we take on board. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.