Soul Cards and Soul Cards 2 by Deborah Koff-Chapin 

Review by Rowan Laurel 

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Soul Cards and Soul Cards 2 are two sets of 60 oversized cards by artist Deborah Koff-Chapin.  These are not Tarot cards, though they can be used for very effective readings.  Soul Cards are beautifully illustrated, full-color cards that tap into our emotions and intuition, and give glimpses of primal energies.  They were created by a gifted artist using a unique method called Touch Drawing.©


Deborah Koff-Chapin discovered that she could create images by moving her fingertips on an inked plate covered by a paper towel.  “It was as if I was receiving a gift from outside of me, from some invisible and knowing presence,” she writes in the Soul Cards manual.  She created thousands of touch drawings, and collected 120 of them into these two decks.  The cards are 3-3/4 by 4-7/8 inches, which give ample room to display the beautiful images.  Each deck includes a 36-page instruction manual, with suggestions for use plus some simple spreads.  The sturdy storage boxes are well-designed and colorful. 


Unlike Tarot cards, Soul Cards have no numbers or designated meanings.  The images are powerfully emotive, and sometimes primal.  The colors are generally muted, and feature human figures (primarily female), hands and faces, amid swirls of color.  The colors in Soul Cards 2 are a little brighter, and animal figures also appear, sometimes merging into human form.  Trees and leaves are also central images.  The pictures are visceral and emotional, sometimes comforting but also sometimes disturbing. All of the images can be seen on Deborah’s website. The images are also available as posters and free e-cards.


I find that Soul Cards are best used for meditation and for clarifying emotional issues.  For this reason, they are best used in small spreads and in single-card contemplation.  Indeed, I find that their size makes it difficult to shuffle them properly.  However, they are quite powerful when used in readings, and clients respond strongly to their colors and images.


I developed a simple spread for using Soul Cards called the Quandary Spread.  The four cards drawn answer:  1. What are my true feelings about this situation?  (Sometimes quite a surprise!)  2. What are my helpers, aids, or gifts to help me in this situation?  3. What action am I thinking of taking?  4. What alternative action might I take? 





Answers with Soul Cards are not always crystal clear; the cards take you to deep places in your psyche.  A reading using Soul Cards takes longer than a small-spread Tarot reading, because the images are unfamiliar and can evoke strong emotions.  However, I have never encountered a person who does not react well to them.


Soul Cards are best at clarifying emotional responses, and as a result are good for use in therapeutic settings and for group discussions.  They can also grace a personal altar or be used for visualization and aids in affirmations.  I recommend that you take a look at these beautiful images created by a first-rate artist.  The box from Soul Cards 2 includes this comment from author Jean Houston (A Mythic Life, The Possible Human):


                   “It is as if one is receiving news from the Universe, visual maps

                   to once and future times.”


Take a look, and feel.


Soul Cards and Soul Cards 2 by Deborah Koff-Chapin

Publisher: The Center for Touch Drawing

ISBN #: 0-9645623-0-8 and ISBN #:  0-9645623-5-9


Soul Cards are published by the Center for Touch Drawing. You can purchase them for $24.95 each at the Center for Touch Drawing website or from (links below).


If you would like to purchase Soul Cards, click here.


If you would like to purchase Soul Cards 2, click here.


Rowan Laurel lives in Des Plaines, Illinois and has been reading and studying tarot for more than 30 years.  Her mundane job is in higher education.  She loves cats and dogs, and enjoys gardening, kayaking, and the northwoods.


Images © Deborah Koff-Chapin
Review © 2004 Rowan Laurel
Page © 2004 Diane Wilkes