According To This Unusual Tarot Pack, You’re Definitely Doomed.

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Edward Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and Edwardian settings. And this unusual tarot pack is one of his most unsettling and yet hilarious works.

This whimsical tarot pack is called the “Fantod Pack,” the word fantod signifying “a state of worry or nervous anxiety, irritability,” and thus possibly the most Edward Gorey word ever. Needless to say, it is a parody of the actual tarot pack.

Interpretation must always depend on the character and circumstances of the person consulting the pack. Every card comes with an evocative list of associated words, and you should also consider the current date.

Nobody’s meeting a tall dark stranger in this set—the peculiar word choices only enhance the grim comedy. Enjoy!

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1. “The Sea”

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January 

Wasting / loss of ears / an accident in an elevator / lurching sickness / cracks / false affection / vapors / a secret enemy / misdirection / demons / estrangement / chagrin

2. “The Limb”

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February 

Miscarriage of justice / gapes / a forged snapshot / morbid sensations / a useless sacrifice / alopecia / a generalized calamity / broken promises / ignominy / an accident in a theatre / fugues / poverty

3. “The Stones”

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March

 A forged letter / paralysis / false arrest / falling sickness / evil communications / estrangement / a sudden affliction / anemia / strife / a distasteful duty / misconstruction

4. “The Ancestor”

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April 

Hereditary / weakness / thrush / loss of money / a false statement / morbid dependency / staggering sickness / champerty / megrims / paranoia / an overdose / imprisonment / instable furniture

5. “The Waltzing Mouse”

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May 

Vertigo / loss of jewelry / a bêtise / morbid cravings / disorders of the large intestine / corruption / equivocal symptoms / a hazardous project / brawls / suicide / involuntary seclusion / shriveling

6. “The Écorché”

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June 

Sexual incompetence / a forged check / obscurity / irregularities / puckers / inconstancy / an accident on a pier / morbid sensibilities / deception / a social disease / confinement / cysts

7. “The Plant”

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July 

Tics / sexual indecision / impetigo / loss of intellect / misplaced confidence / writhing sickness / loose ends / palsy / assailed credit / dissolution / scandal / worms

8. “The Effigy”

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August 

A sexual problem / assailed honor / unpleasant secrets / amnesia / broken hopes / a misalliance / rashness / yaws / clouded mentality / abrasions / financial losses / an accident in a stadium

9. “The Child”

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September 

Denigration / sexual inadequacy / sties / hallucinations / breakage / loss of youth / rust / crawling sickness / an obstacle / forced restraint / aberrations / catarrh

10. “The Blue Dog”

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October 

Loss of one of the senses / weltschmerz / unnatural voices / disorders of the knee / diseases of the tongue / disturbances / miscarriage of a child / an accident in a garage / dementia / fraud / a quarrel / wispiness

11. “The Feather”

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November 

Blackmail / a forged passport / hysterical pregnancy / loss of eyelashes / disorders of the small intestine / a disagreeable letter / delirium / hinderance to prospects / twitching / separation / imbroglios / a mistake

12. “The Bottle”

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December 

Melancholia / itching / unfortunate publicity / a disregarded warning / irregularity / an accident on a bicycle / loss of feeling / flukes / vexation / intrigue / abandonment / frustrated hopes

13. “The Burning Head”

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Sunday  

Bafflement / loss of saliva / a forged deed / an impasse / extradition / a boating accident / chilblains / delayed desires / wandering sickness / evil companions / an impediment / despondency

14. “The Tunnel”

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Monday 

Sexual disturbance / a swindle / loss of wits / diseases of the blood / angst / false trust / an irrational project / an unpleasant discovery / bad luck / an execution / boredom / panic

15. “The Ladder”

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Tuesday 

Slander / reversals / creeping sickness / a forged will / insomnia / loss of hair / detention / theft / cafard / jealousy / an accident in a restaurant / inanition

16. “The Bundle”

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Wednesday 

A tedious illness / inadequate drainage / a broken engagement / a train accident / malaise / false friends / hangnails / misconduct / aphasia / regrets / disappointment / fluctuation

17. “The Insects”

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Thursday 

Folie à deux / green sickness / senseless talk / loss of vitality / an accident in a field / false hopes / spasms / a refusal / insincere love / blisters / disagreeable news / threats

18. “The Urn”

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Friday 

A sexual dilemma / a forged invitation / harmful rays / alginuresis / a broken heart / mumbling sickness / broken communications / injustice / interference / miscalculation / low fever / scales

19. “The Yellow Bird”

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Saturday 

True love thrown away / pique / foot trouble / mania / barratry / an accident on a ladder / indiscretion / bone disease / thwarted ambitions / poison / an unforeseen catastrophe / complications

“The Black Doll”

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“In the words of the old rhyme 
What most you fear is coming near”

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