A little over a year ago, I got my first tarot deck. A few weeks later, I started this blog to record my readings, observations in studying the tarot and other discoveries along the way. (I wish I had recorded the exact date, as it would be fun to do a “natal” chart for le blog, but the best I can do is “Libra” lol).
I could never have anticipated how quickly I became happily enchanted with the deck, the reading experience and tarot in general. I was amazed at how perfect a tool for digging around in my head that pile of cards turned out to be. Next thing I knew, I had an entire collection of decks and not enough “issues” to read with them all – ha!
The most amazing part of this, though, has been the incredible people I have managed to connect with through el bloggo and the blogs sites of other tarotistas and mystical types. I have learned SO much and made leaps and bounds of progress in my own journey thanks to your input and sharing of your experiences. Not to mention, even if I undertook – and continue to pursue – this as a personal project, it really does make a difference to *share* this with like-minded creatures. It has been 10 kinds of encouraging and motivating to read your comments and be able to respond in kind.
Oh, just a little something I’ve been working on for a few months. I call it: The Tarot Fauxbergé!
It’s the natural outcome of an insatiable desire to embellish the living crap out of things, getting too close to a deck with a gigantic stick up its rear.
The deck in question is the LS Universal Tarot – an odious little stack of cards, completely devoid of any sense of humour – which I acquired because I figured I needed a RWS clone and it looked nice on the internet; nicer than the RWS, which gives me hives. I’ve loathed it since the day we met and, from the readings it’s given me, the feeling is obviously more than mutual. So, when I started getting the urge to bling a deck, I knew who the first victim would be *MUAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!* I could throw all manner of glitter and glue and sparkles at it and if the whole thing turned into a giant, shiny mess? Meh, no great loss.
Oh, but it didn’t. It is glittery and sparkly and shiny, but not a mess. A delight! And from the first card on, I knew I would be giving this one away. I have been giddy with anticipation of this moment; it’s been sooooo haaaaard having to wait – I simply must share its irridescent wonder with someone!
All you have to do is pull a single card – from any deck – and leave a 1 sentence birthday prediction for this blog in the comments. The corresponding card from the Fauxbergé will be your entry into a random draw. Anyone can enter – I’m including international shipping with tracking. The giveaway closes at midnight, October 11 (Canuckian Thanksgiving); any entries posted after this time will not qualify.
Best of luck to all of you! I know the Fauxbergé will be going to a loving and sparkle-friendly home :)
For further details of what you can expect to receive and more pictures, please read on…
The deck is housed in a wooden box, painted gold and covered in approximately 600 faux rhinestones in gold, purple and lilac. I arranged the rhinestones in patterns as they came to me, just letting it flow into the Indo-Russian end result. The sides are dipped in fuchsia micro-glitter as well because, well, too much of a good thing is never enough! The box has a glass inset top and front, which really adds to its appearance as a treasure chest. It is lined with black felt to protect the deck from bumps and scratches.
Not content to leave it there, I also made a simple little bag for extra protection and travelling purposes. The fabric is a soft brocade in red and gold that seemed very Renaissance-like to me and therefore suits the original style of the deck art very well. It is drawn together with gold lurex ribbon that wraps around a vintage brooch to secure.
The main attraction stands 2 inches high and is a showgirl at heart. If Carol Hertzer’s illuminated decks are the gold standard in sparkle-decks, then this deck is a drag queen in full regalia. I used a combination of pearlescent and glitter-bomb nail polishes and glitter glue to add layers of shine that reflect and change colour, depending on how the light catches them. Nothing about this was planned either; very not my M.O. I just went at it, not stopping to think or evaluate (except for, “Does it need more glitter?” to which the answer was invariably, “Yes.”) Et voila!
The Majors are fully decorated, the Courts are highlighted in their suit colour and the Pips have their suit elements covered (Wands-gold glitter, Cups-holo blue-white sparkle, Swords-silver glitter-bomb, Coins-opalescent flake.) I actually held back in not blinging the Minors completely – largely because there is no coherent colour-scheme to the deck – but this really serves to highlight the elements for maximum impact.
Finally, I trimmed off the nasty white borders that were just holding everything back and rounded the corners. It even shuffles! (Although, I think gentle swirl-shuffling is best. The sparkle seems to be adhered pretty firmly, but I don’t know what the impact of repeated friction will do.) I will also Reiki the whole shebang, specific to the person who wins (unless you’re not into that-sort-of-thing).
But enough words – pictures! The deck is very hard to photograph effectively, especially in static electric light, but the overall effect is visible even if the pictures aren’t that great.