As you may have gathered if you’ve read some of my past posts, I have an eight-year-old daughter who is quite simply ‘bunny mad’ thus you can imagine her excitement when I received Deckstinys latest Tarot and matching Rune decks – The Chubby Bun Tarot (Version 2) and The Chubby Bun Rune Cards (Version 2).
Who Is Deckstiny?
Based in Thailand, Deckstiny (a company originally named Shuffle Tarot) is a team collaboration of author Mate Horonumber, illustrator JUJIIR & Petpodpot Pettoonza and artist Oomsin Phumphat.
The Chubby Bun Tarot
Printed and published from October 2021 onwards, The Chubby Bun Tarot is one of the cutest Tarot decks I have seen as of yet. This seventy-nine card, perfect pastel coloured Tarot deck replaces the traditional figures featured throughout the Rider Waite Smith Tarot with cute, cuddly bunnies.
A Beautiful Bunny Box
Neatly packaged in a simple pastel blue and yellow cardboard tuck box (also wrapped in a layer of cellophane for extra protection, the Chubby Bun Tarot is stamped with the exact copy/ edition number, perfectly personalising each deck for its owner/ reader.
Taking A Look At The Chubby Bun Tarot Deck
Printed on 310 GSM Japanese quality, matt-coated Linen cardstock, the Chubby Bun Tarot cards are a standard size (measuring120 x 70mm) and feature pretty pastel reversible card backs with geometric pink, purple, blue and yellow patterning. The card fronts are borderless featuring bright, cheery images against simple italicized font numbering and titling. This standard size plain edged Tarot deck is printed on matt card making for super smooth shuffling.
Getting By Without A Guidebook
The Chubby Bun Tarot comes without any form of instructions or guidebook, though the imagery is easy to interpret, thus I feel that this deck is suitable for readers of all ages and abilities.
I personally feel that the Chubby Bun Tarot is particularly suited towards younger readers, my eight-year-old daughter is a prime example of this as she is especially keen on this cute and colourful deck.
The Chubby Bun Tarot Certification & Art Cards
The Chubby Bun Tarot (Version 2.0) comes with several additional art cards, a thank you card, and an edition certification card.
The Major Arcana
Though the Chubby Bun Tarot major arcana follows the traditional RWS in terms of the symbology, layout and stance of the figures within the imagery, the traditional figures have been replaced by Miffy-like bunnies and the rich colouring from the traditional deck has been altered to a pastel palette.
The Minor Arcana
Despite the use of a pastel palette, the Chubby Bun Tarot is a bold, bright, and cheery Tarot deck to work with. Both the major and minor arcana cards are easy to read, interpret, and understand.
The Suit of Wands
The Suit of Cups
The Suit of Swords
The Suit of Pentacles
Bonus Chubby Bun Tarot Cards
The Chubby Bun Tarot (Version 2.0) comes with an additional card – Happy Squirrel.
Reading & Working With The Chubby Bun Tarot Deck
From the moment I first laid eyes on this deck, I knew that it would very quickly become a firm family favourite. I personally love everything about this deck from the super smooth matt card stock to the ridiculously cute imagery – I couldn’t care less whether the deck may be deemed as a ‘Toddlers Tarot set’ I love every part of this Tarot deck and have relished in reading and working with these cards over the past fortnight.
The Chubby Bun Rune Deck
I personally own a number of rune sets and decks but given that rune decks are quite a new thing, there aren’t all that many on the market in comparison to the likes of Tarot and Oracle decks.
Though I’m still fairly new to working with Runes, I’ve spent the past few months combining Tarot, Oracle and Rune cards to fast daily reading this was elated to be sent the Chubby Bun Rune deck.
The first edition of the Chubby Bun Rune Deck was a sell-out, thus a second edition (The Chubby Bun Rune Deck Version 2) was released, featuring slightly different packaging, along with the Chubby Bun Tarot Version 2.
What Are Runes?
The word ‘Rune’ means ‘secret’, ‘mystery’, ‘a whisper’, or ‘something hidden’. Although rune stones/ cards have just one symbol, each and every stone/ card actually represents a wide range of information.
Runes date back to ancient proto-Germanic traditions potentially during the 1st century AD. Runes are traditionally made from stone or wood and use the runic alphabet consisting of twenty-four letters. Runes were traditionally used as a method of fortune-telling and seen as a protective tool to ward away bad spirits and rune inscriptions have been found on weapons, gravestones, and jewellery from ancient times.
It appears that Runes first came about from the German alphabet which was used by the Nordic Tribes of Northern Europe. The Elder Futhark (named after the initials of the first six runes in the alphabet) was in use up to the 8th century, at which point other runic symbols were introduced and the language began to dilute.
Rune Stones VS Rune Cards
Whilst rune stones stem back to ancient times, rune cards are a relatively new concept. Rather than casting stones, readers simply cast cards much like they would with Tarot or Oracle decks. I personally like to use both physical rune stones and rune cards depending upon my mood at the time of the reading.
Another Beautiful Bunny Box
The Chubby Bun Rune deck arrives in a pretty pastel-toned slim, cardboard tuck box, wrapped in a protective cellophane layer.
The Chubby Bun Rune Cards Guidebook
The Chubby Bun Rune deck comes with a small, but rather chunky dual-language guidebook. As far as I’m aware no other Deckstiny decks (as of yet) come with a guidebook thus I was rather pleased to receive a guide to the runes, especially as I’m fairly new to the art of reading runes and rune cards.
The Chubby Bun Rune Guidebook is a small, black and white printed guidebook that includes an index, information on the concept of the runes, a simple one-page guide to each of the twenty-four Futhark Runes, and three sample spreads.
The Rune Cards
Printed on 310 GSM Japanese quality, matt-coated Linen cardstock, the Chubby Bun Rune cards are a standard size (measuring120 x 70mm) and feature borderless, pastel imagery with cute bunnies rather than the more traditional figures from the likes of the Tarot. Due to the matt-linen finish, this deck is super smooth to shuffle and a joy to work with.
The Chubby Bun Rune Deck includes twenty-five cards in total (including the blank rune). Each of the cards features reversible, pastel-coloured card backs with geometric pink, blue, and yellow patterning that matches identically to the Chubby Bun Tarot deck (so be sure not to get them mixed up if you are working with both decks simultaneously).
Additional Art Cards & Certification
Included within the Chubby Bun Rune Deck are a number of additional art and advertisement cards alongside a certification card (identifying and certifying the particular edition and copy of the deck) as well as two bonus cards – Loki and Freya.
Reading & Working With The Chubby Bun Rune Cards
I’ve spent the past two weeks or so using and working with both the Chubby Bun Rune Deck and though I find the imagery easy to read and to understand I’ve still referred to the guidebook from time to time just to see how Deckstiny have described and defined the meanings for each card.
Though I’m fairly new to the runes, I have found that some of the meanings and definitions for the Chubby Bun Runes (within the guidebook) are slightly different from that of other Rune guides so I’ve tended to combine intuitive messages from the cards, Deckstinys suggestions as to the meanings for each card, and I’ve also used my beginner’s rune guide to establish accurate readings.
Combining & Collating The Chubby Bun Tarot Deck & The Chubby Bun Rune Cards
I personally like to carry out daily readings by combining Tarot, Oracle and Rune cards – that way I am able to gain more detail within readings thus I’ve really enjoyed having a matching Tarot and Rune deck to work with.
A Walkthrough Guide
Here’s a short video walkthrough detailing and further explaining The Chubby Bun Tarot (Version 2) and the Chubby Bun Runes (Version 2).
Purchasing & Pricing Information
The Chubby Bun Tarot (Version 2) and the Chubby Bun Rune cards are available to order and purchase online via Deckstinys (formerly known as Shuffle Tarot) Etsy store.
Retailing from £43.73, the Chubby Bun Tarot is available to purchase as a single deck, or together with the Chubby Bun Rune deck for £76.30. The Chubby Bun Rune deck may also be purchased as a single deck for £32.57, or again as a combination with the Chubby Bun Tarot for £76.30. It is however worth noting that postage and packaging from Hong Kong can be extremely expensive and may raise the outgoing costs up to almost £110 if you are wishing to buy both decks.
The Chubby Bun Tarot and The Chubby Bun Rune decks are two of the cutest, most adorable decks that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I love how the Chubby Bun Tarot and Rune deck feel, look, and work together and would most definitely recommend that if you were to consider buying one of these decks then you’d be better buying both, though I completely understand that the price is a little steep.
If I’m entirely honest, I’m not all that keen on the term ‘chubby’ and I think that these decks could have been titled/named more appropriately but that doesn’t detract from their level of appeal due to their delightfully sweet and endearing artwork. The Chubby Bun Tarot and the Chubby Bun Rune cards are marvellously modern, cute and quirky thus ideal for younger readers, and due to their ‘easy to interpret’ imagery I would suggest are suitable for readers of all abilities.
Both the Chubby Bun Tarot and the Chubby Bun Rune decks are limited in numbers – each and every deck is stamped with an ‘edition number’ and I personally think this makes these decks somewhat special as the ‘limited aspect’ adds to the charm and exclusivity of owning one of these decks.
The Chubby Bun Tarot and the Chubby Bun Rune cards are super sweet, cute, and colourful Tarot and Rune cards that I would thoroughly recommend to all readers. For further information on the Chubby Bun Tarot, the Chubby Bun Rune deck or alternative Deckstiny publications visit www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShuffleTarot
Disclosure: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.