Meet the Courts | Alexander Daniloff Tarot
Come on in to the wonderful Italianate, medieval-inspired world of Alexander Daniloff! *throws open the door*. This glorious Tarot is still very new to me, but I wanted to share his Court Cards with you so that you can see why I am so enamoured of this man’s work!
There is no accompanying book with this deck, but I don’t think that this detracts from the cards as a working deck at all. It’s very RWS-based in its imagery.
Without further ado, TADAAAAH! Here they are!
|The Swords Courts|
As you can see, the common colour to the Swords Courts is black – quite in tune with the suits associations with grief and loss. But black is powerful, threatening… also, makes you look slimmer 🙂 There are lovely pops of colour in these cards too – and love the raven perched above the queen! I already spoke to Alexander Daniloff about the Page, with is artfully hidden HEWGE sword here.
Check out the delightful aqua and blue hues of the Cups, less obvious in the King perhaps. Unlike the Swords, this family all face to the right. I adore the big clumsy-looking Knight and love how the Queen of Cups slides her gaze to him!
The common colour for the Wands is green – reflecting the liveliness of the living Wand. The Wands Knight looks like a character from The Far Pavilions (not read it? read it. I luffed it.) The Wands look predominantly out to the left other, like the Swords. Apart from the pesky Page who looks to the right! Look at the sad-looking lion skin belonging to the King of Wands. He’s skinned the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. And the Queen – with her golden ripe harvest and fiery ram’s fleece……. The Wands are scrumptious!
|The Pentacles Courts|
I think that this might be my favourite family in this deck because, if you look closely, the Pentacle in each card is different. The Page has a game, the Knight has a coin, the Queen has a globe-like sphere and the King’s Pentacle is part of the trappings of his wealth, his robes. I love the Elephant and Castle on the escutcheon that makes up the King’s torso. This is where the lack of a LWB can be a little maddening lol! Mind you, I’ve seen fairly significant symbols go unmentioned in lots of LWBs, so there’s no guarantee that I would be any the wiser if Alexander had included one.