I probably should shout my mouth for many reasons.
But.... I choose to talk because a sort of window seems to open in this Forum at the moment.
Since more than 6/7 years may be I participate to Aeclectic Tarot Forum.
As soon I heard about Tarot History Forum, I subscribed too.
A new tool, a new place with more targeted/specialized items, with a good spirit of research and communication.
Frankly, may be because of my French origin and/or my level of education (who knows), I found instantly that way Forum was organized was/is disturbing:
Designed as a British Club of Gentlemen, this Forum with his Items zones is not clear at all:
We have to read a long wording explaining that we are in the Library, the Room, The Tea room or other places.
Amusing yes and original of course... But useless because I don't understand quickly where I am.
I am lost in the Manor in fact ha ha !!
Of course after days and days I can remember where to go. More or less.
But it's always a first effort to do: I am French you know and for sure neither British nor Anglo Saxon.
Consider me as a Latin fellow (My mother has Spanish blood and my Father is French as long as I can search).
This is for the skin; now let’s talk about the flesh/materials:
I was very attracted by the compare decks parts (a great idea Thanks Robert !) and the dedicated to one deck part: When you go to this area you know why and find fellows who discuss the same subject. A very normal and important place for an amatory or a searcher who want to have a complete scope on a specific deck.
A pleasant place is also (should I say was ?) the place (where ? I don’t know. See above) where we can talk freely about ourselves: Our origin, experiences, Computer Room organization ect… A place to exchange views about life and Tarot, how we see things could evaluate and so on..
I am not a tarot historian as some may be presented and don’t want to be: This is not my way, pleasure, education.
But I read historians discussion and can accept their point of view.
They just write too many words and are full of references. Too much for a non member of this “category”.
Crackpot theories are often amusing and are always interesting for me because it shows me how people can be manipulated and how theories creators can block themselves by unconsciously rejecting elements that don’t fit with their theory.
May be conscientiously if there are only motivated by Money and Power of course.
I think that this Forum has to considerably change his skin and body for attracting young curious fellows, old tarot amatory and open minded people.
When a Forum turn only with 4/5 writers/participating fellows and mostly “registered tarot historians”, it means that there IS a problem.
ATF is not a reference that has to be duplicated but I think that some of my critics are grounded even it is not pleasant to read (and to be written by myself) by his creators and some participants.
This is my contribution to our debates about Future of this good idea that is/was Tarot History Forum.
Now I go back to my potatoes and my garden and wait for a hard rain…. That could rather spread on me than my soil hu hu !!
Yves Le Marseillais