In October of 2018, Gina Tomaine wrote an essay for Philadelphia magazine about the local popularity of tarot reading and astrology. Tomaine, Illustrator James Boyle and Philadelphia art director Alyse Moyer came up with an accompanying image of three Philadelphia-themed tarot cards. There was such an overwhelming response to the article and image that Boyle set out to produce a full custom Philadelphia-themed Tarot deck, complete with an accompanying guidebook, which Tomaine penned. Boyle’s The Philly Tarot Deck has 78 full-color illustrations featuring beloved local icons like Gritty, Grace Kelly, the Rocky Statue, a SEPTA bus, and City Hall. Tomaine is the author of The Philly Tarot Deck Guide Book, created by illustrator James Boyle. You can buy the deck at PhillyTarotDeck.com. Tomaine is a self-taught reader and practitioner of intuitive tarot, and is available for event bookings on a select basis.
She has written about tarot for publications like Philadelphia, Yoga Journal and Cosmopolitan. She is currently at work on her first young adult novel manuscript, a coming-of-age story which centers around themes of tarot, friendship, and the inherent fallacy of trying to predict your life.