Sunday, January 31, 2010

I Collect, Therefore I Am

Daily Draw: Old Time Tarot Revisited ~ King of Coins

When the casual by-passer freaks out about using tarot cards my mind turns to the opposite side of the coin, the tarot collector. There have been 1000's of decks published over the years, big issues with reprints in the 10's of 1000's, and small self-published decks of 50 or 100. The value can range from 'can't give it away' to many thousands of dollars.

I'm reminded by this King of Coins that perhaps money can't buy happiness, but it sure can buy a lot of cool expensive 'stuff' beyond the average person's hope of ever owning. It is probably just as well that paying the mortgage must come before buying the widget because if you've ever cleaned out an estate you know that to most cleaner-outers that 'stuff' is worthless at best.

If you've wondered, I keep my collection capped at about 80 decks. Two or three times a year I have a pare down and sell or trade decks away. I have about ten decks I would want to save if the house were to catch fire. For reading I actually prefer oracles to tarot. If I didn't enjoy journal/blogging so much with a different deck each week, I'd be perfectly satisfied to use my top ten decks the rest of my life and let all the rest go.

"I embrace emerging experience.
I participate in discovery.
I am a butterfly.
I am not a butterfly collector.
I want the experience of the butterfly." ~ William Stafford 1919-1993

For something new, this week I'm doing a two-step draw, showcasing a virtual deck created by F.J.Campos the resident graphic art expert and deck creator at Orphalese Tarot while doing my literal draw from the Il Meneghello Inaibi DI G. Vacchetta deck.

The virtual deck comes from Orphalese Tarot a software program, available for a free download. It comes loaded with many unusual decks, artists can upload their decks, and owners can scan in the decks in their collection. I personally haven't used it, but know many Tarotists who wouldn't be without it.

The deck in hand this week is my limited edition Il Meneghello 2001 version of the 1893 Naibi di Vacchetta Tarot. Even if you have no interest in owning one of Osvaldo Meneghello's historical reproduction decks, please visit his site and savor his art. It is worth the trip.

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