Indie Deck Review (Amanda Bell): What is your favorite/most learned from/most drawn to deck?
AB: I prefer the classic decks. Starting from the Visconti-family decks, the Sola-Busca, the original Tarot de Marseille decks, the Etteilla decks, and up till the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which, in my opinion, represents the transition from tradition to modern decks. I also love the Crowley’s Toth deck. The Death card painted by Lady Harris is breathtaking! However, I have to mention, that the cardmaking till the 20th century was a very special and exclusivist – esoteric occupation. The tradition was handed down from one generation to another, from father to son and from masters to apprentices. For that matter, cartomancy, the art of reading the cards, was also the privilege of the few – once again, it was strictly esoteric. The 20th century and the technological development put an end of these traditions – I would add, unfortunately. Today everybody is a psychic, a card reader, while the market is flooded with thousands and thousands of Tarot decks. Something spiritual was turned into something material and strictly commercial; something esoteric and extraordinary was perverted into something ordinary. There are many beautiful decks out there created by very talented artists, but many of these decks have no esoteric consistency. The Tarot deck is a highly sophisticated instrument of prediction and self-development, but as any practical instrument, it has to be crafted by a master. Would you drive a car built by a carpenter or would you submit yourself for heart surgery to a locksmith?
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