Thursday, 28 July 2011

Tarot and other cards

As I've said before, I've been fascinated with tarot cards since I was a kid; I honestly can't remember not being entranced by them. I don't actually remember getting my first set, but I used them at university so must have got them in my late teens. I always found them difficult to use, and this always frustrated me. It wasn't that I expected to pick up a deck and be proficient right from the start, but these cards and I just weren't getting along.

Mum offered to buy me a new deck, one I felt a strong attraction to, and I picked out the Old English deck. The cards were pretty, Death was a more positive image, and the minor arcana were properly illustrated instead of pip cards. Straight away these cards and I could work together, and it feels like they purr when I hold them and work with them.

Now, after the best part of a decade, I have been gifted a new deck, "The Faery Oracle". I've been a fan of the artist Brian Froud since I saw the films "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth" - he was the conceptual artist on both films - and over the years I have collected his books and Faery figures. According to the accompanying booklet's introduction, he'd tried doing a standard tarot deck using Faery art, but found the faeries wanted a totally different divination system to allow them to communicate with us. Certainly the artwork is beautiful, and the cards themselves are quite different to what I'm used to, but I'm already looking forward to being familiar enough with them to use them properly. I'll let you know how I get on of course.

Blessed be )0(

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