Friday, 14 April 2017

Tarot of The Crone | Ellen Lorenzi-Prince | Arnell's Art

Every now and again a deck catches your eye and you just KNOW that its going to be a powerful tool to work with.  This is exactly the situation with Ellen Lorenzi-Prince's Tarot of The Crone.  Ellen is an experienced deck creator and has two other decks under her belt (The Dark Goddess and the Minoan Tarot)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Viceroys Playing Cards | Ian Cumpstey

A while back I noticed a kickstarter project for a set of playing cards being created in the UK by Ian Cumpstey.  The intricate styling is very much based on the beautiful cards of the Islamic Mamluks.

As one might expect from Islamic art, there are no figurative representations in the Mamluk cards, only geometric shapes and abstracted floral/leaf images.  This has been translated into Cumpstey's beautiful little deck - take a look, you won't be disappointed.

It's a standard playing card deck - Ace through ten with three court cards - Jack, Queen and King.  There are additional cards - a publisher's card with Ian Cumpstey's details, a title card called 'Viceroys' and two identically decorated cards that equate to a contemporary deck's two jokers.

Here are the details:

52 poker-sized (2.5" x 3.5") playing cards

Double-ended back design

300 gsm card stock with linen finish

Custom tuck box

Printed by Cartamundi UK

The playing card tuck box is decorated on both sides with a blue-toned abstract floral similar to that on the 'jokers'.

'Joker' image on left and card back geometric pattern on right

The Courts follow the same basic pattern as the Mamluk cards with inscriptions in a blue band at the top of the card and the card title in a blue band at the bottom of the card.  However, the suits are those of European playing cards, not the original Mamluk Cups, Swords, Polo Sticks and Coins.

The inscriptions for the courts on the original Mamluk cards are very charming and, in some cases, quite divinatory in nature.  For example (this is a translation) : "With the sword of happiness I shall redeem a beloved who will afterwards take my life".


You don't want that coming up in a reading too often, right?

So the aphorisms on Ian's cards are different.


Jack: Joy appears as I strike with the sword of fortune
Queen: I am blossoming like the flowers in a dewy garden.
King: Rejoice and be glad, your dreams will be fulfilled.


Jack: Rejoice for your good fortune will continue.
Queen: I sparkle in your hand like jewels in a crown.
King:  Within my ornaments great wealth is found.


Jack:  My patterns are the work of an artist's hand.
Queen: Neither gold nor rare crystal compares with me.
King:  May your luck last for another thousand years.


Jack:  I offer a cup filled with never-ending gladness.
Queen:  Be joyful and glad in heart for all I bring to you.
King:  Now is the time for roses to bloom, red as rubies.

If you are looking for a really pretty set of playing cards that respectfully nod back through time to an ancestor of our Tarot deck, then this is the deck for you.  At only £10.00 a pop (plus P&P), it's well worth it.  Check out Ian's website here.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

William Senior | Tarot in Art | Woman with Tarot Cards

William Senior
Woman with Tarot Cards
Not done one of these for a while and this is an actual live auction piece, so if you fancy it, get bidding!

This is up for auction in Edinburgh and is expected to make £300 - £500. Unfortunately, you can't bid for it online, but if you happen to be in Edinburgh on 26 April at Lyon and Turnbull, you can bid!

The author, William Senior, was born in 1927.  I think that he was Scottish, but other than that, don't have a heck of a lot of information about him.  He was a member of the New Scottish Group of artists who were left-wingers influenced by contemporary continental art. He set up the Clyde Group with Tom MacDonald and Bet Lowe.

I do like the painting though. That is probably The Hanged Man on the top of the pile, but because this is a blog about court cards, I'm going to plead ignorance and say that it's a court card.

***EDIT*** 1/5/17 - failed to sell (didn't reach initial price)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Mirrors Tarot

So, there is a new kickstarter getting underway today and it gives YOU a chance to be immortalised as a Tarot Major!

It's a Majors Only project, so 22 cards looking to have real life people featured - could one of them be you?!

Monday, 3 April 2017

The Grand Vision | The King of Wands

The King of Wands is a very special card, forming the bridge between the Majors and the Minors.  People with a lot of this energy burn very brightly and are very much 'The Big Picture' kind of people: A Master of the Grand Vision.  She can see clearly how it will all look, but maybe be a little fuzzy on the details of how to get there.

What's your Grand Vision? Do you know how to get there?
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