I will be spending the month of March celebrating the diversity of historical cards and Marseille style Tarot cards with Kelly from @thetruthandstory and Patrick from @inthe78cards on Instagram. Come and join us on Instagram!
I have been exposed to the world of cartomancy and its history since I can remember. My mother and her grandfather were readers as well as astrologers. However I was mainly interested in its art and beauty rather than the reading of the cards, but this changed after her passing. I started paying more attention to learning how to interpret the cards and reading methods.
My current go-to tarot deck is the Noblet originally from 1640 an restored by card maker Jean-Claude Flornoy. I love the size, colours and the clarity of the lines.
I bought it for the sole purpose of joining in on the Cards and Magic class with Camelia Elias, a fabulous teacher that taught me to read what I see and be fearless.
My favourite tarot deck is the Visconti di Modrone Tarot built from
1441 to 1447, faithfully reproduced by artist and card-maker Osvaldo Menegazzi.
It consists of the 67 remaining cards in existence. The cards are a treasure to hold; they smell of wax and candles- it's magical. I use them for readings even though they are incomplete. I see them as survivors of history; they are perfectly imperfect.
Vergnano Tarot 1830, a Piedmontese tarot printed under the direction of historian Giordano Berti. Exquisite, a deck that marks the beginning of a new graphic tradition in early 19th Century Italy.
In a Piedmontese deck, the fool is normally depicted with baggy pants and chasing a butterfly, whereas the Ace of cups is fully opened with a luscious bouquet of flowers.
The Tarot of Maria Stuarda 1845, published by Il Meneghello in 2004. A reproduction of playing cards that commemorates the life of Mary Queen of Scotts.
The major arcana depicts scenes from her life as well as events from her time period, while the court cards portray the royal family link to Henry Tutor. The minor arcana is similar to the Iron Crown Tarot published by Gumpengerg.
I am looking forward to #marchofthepips and spending time with the cards that I love. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment.
I will be posting more next week. :)