Today I have something a little different from the usual book review/tour! I love tarot and oracle decks, and when I saw this, I knew I wanted to try it for myself. Like me, it’s a little off-beat and a LOT sassy, and I LOVE that! So read on for my review of the deck and an interview with the creator!
The Roast Iconic Oracle Deck
Creator: Marcella Kroll
Genre: Body/Mind/Spirit / Tarot
Publisher: Sterling Ethos
Date of Publication: May 9, 2023
Number of pages: Kit: 64 pages, 30 illustrated cards + booklet
Cover Artist: Marcella Kroll
Tagline: Sassy, snarky, and hilariously harsh, this oracle deck will tell it like it is.
When you do your one-card draw for the day, looking for a sign from the cards, what happens when you pull Fashion Witch? Bitch? Influencer? Red Flag?
This intentionally sassy 30-card deck from well-known witch Marcella Kroll is a great way to get real talk from the Universe.
Don’t settle for being coddled by the Rider-Waite-Smith. This deck will not hesitate to throw shade or tell you you’re trying too hard. If you’re tired of the mystic limitations of the Lenormand, get wrecked by Kroll’s hilarious hand-drawn illustrations.
Direct, full of salt, and contemporary in its presentation and affect, The Roast Iconic is just what you need for days when you need your intuitive messages to be as direct as possible.
Whether used alone or as a fun party game with friends, The Roast Iconic will deliver blunt truths that make you laugh just as much as they make you think.
I really enjoy this deck! They pull no punches, and sometimes that’s just what I need when I’m too deep in my own feels. The cards feel dialed into the here in now with their current references to the world right now, in cards like “Privilege” and “Love & Gaslight,” to name just a few. The booklet has info for each card, but it’s minimalist. That’s something I like because one should read their cards with a heavy dose of their own intuition and interpretation.
I’ve used it every day for the last three weeks, and it’s been really on point for me. It’s admonished me in moments I needed it, but it’s also given me not only things to thing about but also wake-up calls. It’s a fun deck, to be sure, but it’s a good one for day-to-day use, too.
about the author
Marcella Kroll is a professional artist, intuitive, and workshop facilitator. She has been practicing her gifts since 1995.
Marcella works in private practice with clients all over the world and was a program presenter for the Los Angeles Public Library for 14 years, leading public classes for teens on tarot and other divination subjects.
She regularly holds healing circles, guided meditation groups, and empowering workshops for men and women in the greater Los Angeles area and around the United States, and hosts a podcast, Saved by the Spell. She is also the co-author of Tarot in the Library Esoterica series from Taschen. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Saved by the Spell: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/saved-by-the-spell/id1540136953
Hi Marcella, welcome to our blog. Please tell us a little more about yourself.
My name is Marcella Kroll, and I am a lifelong artist, psychic medium, and non-denominational witch. I love to bridge art and magic together because I feel like it is part of my purpose and soul’s plan to bring in this life in this journey to bring people closer to their intuition and Empower them through ART and Magic and revisioning their future.
Do you have any other decks available or do you plan to create other decks in the future?
So I previously self-published four decks, three oracles, and one tarot, including the first incarnation of the roast iconic.
Luckily, all four of my decks are being re-visioned and rebirthed in partnership with Union Square publishing.
The fourth edition of the Sacred Symbols Oracle for divination and meditation was published worldwide in November 2022. Now the Roast Iconic Oracle comes out in May 2023.
Next, after that, we will have my very own Tarot deck called The Dreamers tarot. It is a non-binary archetypal Tarot deck geared towards young adults and anyone getting in touch with healing their inner child coming in the fall of 2023, and then we have my nature nurture deck. It’s also an oracle deck coming out in the spring of 2024.
I plan to work on more projects that provide tools of empowerment and inspiration for others. In the meantime, I am also writing a book that will also be available through Union Square in 2024, which I’m looking forward to immensely.
What was the inspiration behind The Roast Iconic Oracle Deck?
The inspiration for the Roast Iconic Oracle deck came from a job where I was commissioned to create two custom tarot cards within another deck for some clients who had a TV show on HBO Max called Search Party. They are a group of brilliant writers and actors who are always making thought-provoking content. They explicitly created a season that poked fun at occult and spiritual knowledge. I created two cards that would be used by a character inspired by me and my Instagram weekly readings. It felt only right and natural to develop this deck to bring some fun to the heaviness and seriousness that can happen when we become too wrapped up in ourselves and forget to find humor and humility.
Who do you think is the target audience for this deck?
The target audience for this deck is anyone who has a spiritual practice um but is also okay with taking the punches of life not so seriously. I think it’s if the target audience is meant for anyone who wants to get hard truths, perhaps because while it is intended to be a deck with some comedy relief, it’s also meant to make some serious inquiry and wants to be right-sized within the space they occupy.
Tell us about a few of the cards? How can readers interpret them?
This is hard for me to answer, since cards are so personal, and so relative to the individual, and what your inquiry might be. I think it’s important no matter what card you pick to first go on your initial gut response before solely going to the booklet for its meaning. The best part of working with divination tools like oracle decks and tarot, is learning how to utilize them in harmony with your own psychic gps.
Do you have suggested spreads to use with this deck?
My suggestion for working with the cards is that there is no wrong or right way to work with them, and you can use them as daily practice. You can use them when clarifying a particular situation, especially if you have ego blockages to understand where you are. You can also break them out at a party and use them with friends or work to break the ice or lighten the room’s mood.
Can you tell us more about your metaphysical background and the programs and workshops you facilitate?
So my background comes from several things. I am a multiracial, autistic, hereditary medium, artist, witch, and spiritual counselor. I’ve been reading tarot and Oracle since 1995 but publicly full-time since 2009 when I started offering private sessions to the public and teaching group classes. My classes range from Intuitive Empowerment, Intro to Oracle, Cord Cutting, Past Life Healing, Psychic Self Defense, Spell Writing, Timeline Jumping, and many other subjects that invite magical workings into your daily practice. Over the years, I’ve had the honor and privilege to teach tarot for teens with the Los Angeles Public Library for the last 15 years (I recently retired from that), teaching classes and speaking on panels worldwide and nationwide.
Tell us about your podcast Saved by the Spell?
Saved by the Spell is a podcast I’ve had for several years. It also is the name. of my business. My podcast lets you learn about magic, practicality, and function. I would say it is not an instructional manual, or by no means like an academic classroom vibe, it’s not a mentorship either, but it is a great resource when one finds the wonders of magic and the power it can have to help shape and shift our lives. I’ve been able to offer a lot of 101 and baseline information to help you get started in your magical journey and how to get connected to your practice. I’ve also had some fantastic guests I love and respect share their practices on the show. It’s laid-back and meant to feel personal. I share a lot; I’m a pretty open book, and I like to make people feel like anything is possible and that all are welcome.