Misha Huntting | American Obscura Tarot | Page of Swords
I came across this deck via Stephanie Arwen Lynch’s blog (which you can find down there on the right hand side amongst the other great Tarot blogs on m’blog roll).
Intrigued by the dark imagery in the deck, I thought I’d get the deck’s creator, Misha Huntting, to tell us alllllll about how the deck came to be.
Sooooooo, first of all, tell me a little about your Tarot background 😉
Well a lot of it has to do with family influence to begin with. My great grandmother was an automatic writer and an influential member of the spiritualist community a long time ago. My aunt Yana attended a metaphysical school in San Francisco in the 70s and began to read tarot and give astrological readings professionally. My mother is also a wonderful tarot reader too. I became interested and starting reading tarot around the age of 12 for other kids at school and myself.
Well the theme of my multi-media artwork had been, for quite a while, Americana-themed with disturbing and familiar themes and while I was at a vending event, vending my art, a friend who owns a local shop had said in passing that I should make a tarot deck and it just sparked off so many ideas. It seemed incredibly appropriate for me considering my background and every time I thought of a card I could think of a theme that all fit along a dark Americana theme and it got me really excited.
I got the idea from an old newsreels. I had certain themes before I started that I really wanted to touch on in the deck such as, the circus. I think the traveling circus is an important part of American Culture. So basically the process begins with the spark of an idea and then a lot of research into the idea until it begins to either click for the card meaning and theme or it doesn’t and I move onto another idea. After a lot of research for this piece and even buying a set of tossing knives, (which I intend to learn how to use someday! once I have time), I thought it was a theme that fit well with the swords and pages.
Well it wasn’t really about being female as much as young. As I said, the Page of Swords was inspired by a newsreel I had seen with someone tossing knives at their little daughter for a circus act. I had already created 2 pieces that fit perfectly into the Page of Coins and the Page of Cups and they were both little girls, so for the last piece I made the page of wands an 11 year old girl. I knew that I wanted the point to be that they were young and new to the world but I think I also wanted to capture that youthful excitement and loneliness that comes with being a kid and how many things you learn on your own, on runs to the store or a rickedy playground. It was just kind of a subconscious action that I realized later was probably me, relating to being a kid as well as relating to what the Pages mean to me. If you look at pictures of me as a little kid they look a lot like the pages haha! Not sure I meant to do that.