Yes it is. And no one else is going to make a fuss about it, so it’s up to me *pfffththththttt* Also, I can tell you that what Mystic Medusa says about Moon in Virgo and birthday gifts is 100% accurate: when it comes to birthdays – well, my birthday – I’m a list-maker and I’m not afraid to tell you what I want. The irl crew don’t seem to get this.
Fortunately I am blessed with some fabulous tarot friends who somehow know me better than my irl folks and – to my mind – therefore care about me more than my irl folks.
A big 4 of Wands to you – Hooray for WIN!
This was a huge surprise from Batsu-chan. I still can’t believe she sent me her dancer deck! We share a love of dance – though she is actually active in this field – and the bodies in the Winged Spirit Tarot, with their pointed toes, poised hands and taut muscles are definitely dancers. The Winged Spirit is also home to one of my favourite Moon cards (and the oddest Temperance). Here, it is depicted as Lilith, who is completely out of place with the rest of the deck; probably one of the reasons it’s a stand-out for me. I’ve unofficially renamed this the Package O’Junk Deck, for obvious reasons :D
The Minors are executed in a common colour scheme that holds them together: yellow, red & orange for Wands, lavender and cornflower blue for Cups, plum, grape & grey for Swords and greens for Spheres. The Pips scenes seem to tell a story, with dramatic poses much like a ballet. The Majors are joined by a common pale grey background colour and depict different angelic beings. I haven’t had time to work with this deck yet, so I can’t speak for how it reads but I finally know what people are talking about when they reference US Games deck lamination outlasting the apocalypse! Woooo. These are built to last.
I received the Shadowscapes Tarot as an extra “thank you” from the lovely lady I made the custom tarot bags for. She felt that the decks I received in our trade were not a fair swap, given the work I put into the bags and decided that an extra copy of the Shadowscapes sent my way would set things right. Oh my, did it ever! The Shadowscapes was next-in-line on my list and I was going to buy it as soon as Stephanie opened up ordering for the special edition decks again. Though the set I received doesn’t come with the extras, it is even more special for being a heartfelt gift from one of the wonderful people I’ve gotten to know, thanks to tarot.
Though I’ve been waiting for this deck for nearly a decade, I was starting to feel a little reticent about getting it. The reviews I’ve seen all say great things about the art and the book that accompanies it etc. but most said that the cards are small and don’t do the art justice, as well as the card stock having the “usual” Llewellyn flimsiness. Well, boo :( Let me assure you, these tales are bullshit. The art is vibrant, the details are clear, the silvery purple borders are an inspired choice (PAY ATTENTION, publishers) and there is nothing wrong with the card stock. Not to mention the stunning backs and fantastic companion book. It’s going to be a joy to work with this one, as soon as I can!
I might be an insufferable brat, but I’m an insufferable brat with a great tarot collection. Drinks are on me tonight (and all weekend) – cheers!