This is a reblog of a post I originally made in November, 2009 (good LORDT.)
I sent it and the Best. Deck. Ever. page back to the drafts folder when I relaunched as la Reine de l’air because I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue with it. Nor did I think it would be missed by anyone, but Beth Maiden at Little Red Tarot actually asked about whether I would be bringing it back! It’s funny things I never realised made an impact (the Mortty gallery is another one I’m revamping for this same reason).
So the BDE returns and wow it needs some work and oh dear there are so many more choices now and goshdarn&heck I could easily make a ver. 2 and 3 AND 4 at this point! but first things first – ? (And if you have any particular favourites you think I should check out, please leave a comment here or on the BDE page!)
The BDE is something I’ve been meaning to compile for a long time. It started when I was composing my tarot comparison sheets, sifting through images for the hundreds of decks available, searching for the images that best represented each card, or gave the most interesting interpretation, or simply the prettiest depiction (Aesthetics Uber Alles).
Then I thought, “What if I could narrow all these choices down to one? One Card to Rule Them All… What an exercise in self control that would be! “No, you can’t have them all. Just one. Yes, I know those 5 are all really pretty and they each contribute something special and unique to the mix. Still, you can only have one. Now choose.”
Since discovering the side-by-side comparison pages on albideuter.de, this task has been made much easier. The deck listing is far from complete, but it’s a good place to start. Then it’s back to scouring the various websites with complete deck images for further inspiration. I want the BDE to have no repetitions; each card should be from a different deck. This makes things even more difficult for my inner archivist: “But this deck has 20 images that are perfect… HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE?!” Learning is pain, young grasshopper, learning is pain ;) I’m starting backwards, first with the images that absolutely have to be included, and then working my way out from there. It’s fun, sifting for internet gold.
Once it’s complete I’ll be able to add commentary on why each choice was made, but for now, there are cards waiting to be found… gathered… collected. Perfect Cards… the One Cards… for The Ultimate Deck of TAROT!