All the way from Moscow, no less! I actually had a total of four decks arrive today – like I said in my last post, I’m a hopeless collector! But the really cool deck was the one from Russia! It’s called the Kabbalistic Tarot, and I’ve seen images of it before, and just had to have it. It’s very complex, and has many symbols and words in the margins. I just may have to learn Russian/Cyrillic:
Again, the poker sized joker and a quarter have been included to show the relative size. This is another LARGE deck! It’s finished with a glossy finish, so the cards are kind of slip-sliding slick, but I like it. I don’t think this would be a great deck for readings, but it looks like it would be amazing for meditations and deep contemplation. The really odd thing about it, however, is the placement of the “Fool” card. Most decks place him at the beginning or the end of the Major Arcana, in this deck he is numbered “21” between “Judgement” at 20, and “The World/Universe” at 22. Very strange, indeed.
Besides the amazing GOM Kabbalistic Tarot, the other three decks that came today were:
- The Halloween Tarot in a cool tin box – it’s also one of the smaller decks I have where the cards are much closer to the size of a standard poker deck.
- The Lo Scarabeo Tarot, which is an interesting “mash-up” of Marseilles, Waite-Smith, and Crowley’s Thoth decks.
- The Llwewllyn Tarot, a deeply Arthurian/British-Celtic/Welsh deck.
Looks like it’s going to be an interesting weekend getting to know a few more decks in my collection. I hope your weekend is shaping up to be amazing – Enjoy!