I’ve had the Lo Scarabeo Tarot Deluxe (“deluxe” by way of the embroidered velveteen bag it comes with) for more than a year, but have never read with it. Why not? It’s a very interesting deck yet there was something off about it: those blasted borders. I’m not a border hater, but these ones had to go; they were cramping the cards and sapping the life out of them. “Only one thing can save you now!”
Aaaah, isn’t that better? I planned on tarting them up a bit with a heavy application of glitter while there were borders to hold on to, but
aah fuckit impatience won out. This deck still has the worst excuse for a LWB in the history of LWBs, but the cards themselves are vastly improved by the 70g less of cardstock weighing them down. The pale watercolours seem brighter and more defined when not surrounded by huge white borders. One of the reasons I bought this deck was for the incredible Courts –
– but amazingly enough, as I was trimming, strange details in the other cards suddenly became visible. What are the two figures in the background of the Strength card whispering about? Who are the people falling out of the sky in the Knight of Swords? And oh look, there’s a lock and key in the 9 of Swords!
After a long time languishing in the Hot Pink Palace of Deck Storage, maybe this one’s a reader after all.