The Book of Shadows Tarot | Andrea Aste
|The Book of Shadows|
I decided to throw caution to the wind on Friday and make a proper video deck review for this deck, The Book of Shadows Tarot.
Dear Reader, I kid you not, it took HOURS and you would NEVER know that from the 7 minute offering that I made on youtube.
I shall look at even TV adverts with new-found respect ….
Anyway, the deck that I reviewed was The Book of Shadows Tarot by Andrea Aste.
I had the good fortune to meet Andrea last year when I visited Italy with a group of
nefarious ne’erdowells Tarotists on Arnell Ando’s Tarot tour.
I was hugely impressed by him. And not just that moustache. His drive, vision and illustrating skills fairly whipped me along with him. So, when the kickstarter was launched, I was there, pledging.
As is my habit, I am now reviewing the court cards from the deck. To see my review of the whole shebang about the deck, go to my youtube channel. Yars. I haz one. I do rabbit on somewhat …. so take a coffee and something to keep you awake.
There are two pages in the book that comes with the deck that focus on the hieroglyphs found on the cards; thus the symbols act as titles and keywords.
Initially, I thought that there was nothing to decode the symbols on the court cards. BUT I AM MISTAKEN!!!
The Magician’s decoded glyphs show me the four symbols that signify each suit. Wands is represented by a stylised two-branched tree, Coins by a spiral, Swords by three wavy lines and a scimitar and Cups by a cup.
Through additional Sherlockholmesian shenanigans, I can see that the symbol for Woman and Man and the symbol for Power show up on the Queen and King cards
Power + Man + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = King of suit
Power + Woman + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Queen of Suit
Horse + Human Being + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Knight of Suit
Human Being + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Page
It’s that simple. And that clever.
The Suit of Swords
|Alternative career as fashion designer entirely feasible!|
The Suit of Wands
|I don’t know what went wrong with my scanning – too much gin, maybe?|
The Tarot’s Court Cards are my specialist area. They talk to me.
Not LITERALLY though ….