Zen Monster Tarot



Zen Monster Tarot is a complete deck of cards including the Major and Minor Arcana, as well as “the Words,” a book explaining Tarot Basics, giving complete descriptions of the cards, and an understanding of what each of the cards means.

Special Edition decks will include a novella called “Fool’s Journey” whose story should be self-explanatory. This Novella will also be available ¬†independently on Amazon.

The photographic images are based on the classic Smith/Waite deck, but have been updated and reinterpreted. For those new to tarot, the images will be clean and easy to understand and the Words will be there to guide you on the first steps of your journey.

Established readers will enjoy the connection to the tradition and the images will offer a fresh and unique perspective.

John Robert Mack has been a photographer and writer for 40 years and brings a lifetime experience in both to this project. His goal is to create a deck that follows the tradition, but creates a power and fierceness he hasn’t seen elsewhere.

That’s what Zen Monster is all about: living peacefully in the eye of the hurricane yet unafraid of confronting the storm.

View the full deck here:




Limited edition run has yet to be determined. 100-300 cards. Will be based on how many decks can be created by Kickstarter funding. Purchase above.


Special Edition will be limited to 40 decks. 20 decks have already presold.

Receive a Special version of the First Edition with variant back to the cards to prove they are a special edition. Deck will come boxed with a cloth holding bag and book included. Special edition of the book will include the novella “Fool’s Journey.” Purchase above.



The Artist’s Edition was limited to 10 copies and sold out in 48hrs!

¬†They will be hand inspected by the artist to ensure the highest quality and will be printed on higher quality card stock. They will be hand numbered and signed by the artist. Also, a special edition of the book will be printed with a variant cover and the artist will include a message hand written to the buyers. Deck will come boxed with a cloth holding bag and book included. Special edition of the book will include the novella “Fool’s Journey,” + 10 card variants that will not be available elsewhere ever.

Zen Monster Tarot cards

Click below to see that deck so far! Updated almost daily!


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