R.A. Hendley wrote:I'm surprised Lo Scarbeo or US Games has not released this with the "missing" cards recreated by an artist. I guess the lack of 'feminine papi' would make it difficult to market.
You're right RaH, I think it would.
Personally, I think this is a deck that really wants you to toss out preconceptions and just "read" it. This ISN'T the Star you know, or the Sun or the Moon or most any of the cards you are familiar with. I'd never try to force a number/element on top of a pip, when the pips themselves have so much to tell us of what they mean in this deck. Just look at the Queen of Coins... with her open bag and coins spilling... surely that tells us something!? It's similar to Fortune herself.
I thought you'd like the Valet of Cups as well. He seems to have the cup and the cloth. I wonder if rather than a "covering for the grail" so to speak, it could be as mundane as "Just because I'm a Valet doesn't mean I dreamed of doing nothing but cleaning cups all of my life!"?
But surely, the general market would most likely be very upset at the idea of no Popess and no Empress, they seem like two of the most beloved cards among tarot readers, (yet, if you lost the Pope and Emperor, I'd bet you wouldn't get the same reaction!). To add insult to injury, here we have two
Popes and two
Emperors! The outrage!
Of course, I'm rather delighted to have them. I tend to favor the Bologna ordering, and I do wonder, (as I've surely stated enough times to be annoying by now), if "originally" there were two popes and two emperors in the tarot.
I really love the Devil and the Angel, they make such a natural pair. I love that the Angel is shown without the Judgement scene.
As also recently mentioned by Ross and you, the Fool and the Bagatto seem like a very good "pair" here.
I love the pairing of Diana and Apollo too. Apollo reminds me as well of the Sun card in the Renaissance Folk Tarot with the beams of light emanating from his head.
Cupid and Venus also make an interesting pair in this set. The Love card with Cupid on it is just fantastic, I love the flaming heart. Venus' Chariout reminds me of the Belgian tarot.
How cool is it that death has a pyramid behind him?
I love The Lightening, I'm coming more and more to think of this card as "The Thunderbolt".
I have a bit of a hard time with Atlas as the World, I guess I just think of Atlas as being punished with the weight of the world on his shoulders, which is contrary to how I usually think of the World card as being extremely positive.
The Knight of Cups is so odd with the horse walking away from the card. I know I've seen that before but can't remember now where. Is that Spanish? Anyone know of other patterns where the knight rides away like that?