After tarot deck review: cards moving through time
2 Maggio, 2019
An unexpected meeting
I was looking for my second deck after the first one had rejected me with ridiculous vehemence. I wanted the most traditional cards as possible but I didn’t want to give up a modern design.
It was on the shelves of an esoteric bookshop in Milan that I was immediately attracted by the After Tarots, from Lo Scarabeo Publishing House.
After Tarot drawings
This deck was what I was looking for. Traditional but with this modern twist: the challenge of the authors is simple but original, portraying each character moved a few moments forward compared to the original ones. This idea allows you to look at a well-known deck with new eyes. It’s really inspiring to discover how each card has been moved away from its eternal immobility.
I have an excellent opinion of this deck: I find it aesthetically flawless thanks to the work of Giulia F. Massaglia, carried out with a respectful reverence to the original ones.
Some of the most interesting cards
4 of Cups In this card we see the protagonist refusing the cup that has been offered to him in the original card. This adds some new shades to the meaning: a waste of energy and potential.
Queen of Swords Here our cold lady is melting her ice to let a butterfly rest on her sword, a frivolousness that maybe her soul needed.
The fool The protagonist is hanging on the cliff, ignoring the danger, like he thinks to be free from it. He went beyond the line, but he’s only interested in living the moment, forgetting good sense.
Reading After Tarot deck
The reading, for the most part, is not affected by the temporal shift. It often offers new clues to the interpretation. On the other hand, some of the cards tend to take sides towards specific interpretations, which makes me desist from recommending this deck to a beginner. I recommend this deck for readings about the future.
The spread suggested by the white book
The spread suggested by the book considers the nature of the deck:
Draw one card and observe it. This card represents the present.
Imagine what happened before the events depicted on the card. What we imagine happened a minute before represents the near past. What we imagine happened an hour before is the remote past.
Imagine now what could happen after the moment represented on the card. Imagine first that what will happen is a positive thing. Then imagine that what will happen will be a bad thing. Finally, imagine that what will happen will be something in between.
The first one you imagined is the future you should desire. The second one you imagined is the future you have to avoid. The last one you imagined is a future that could happen unless you act to change things.
So, we’re wondering: this spread seems like an exercise of visualization, but what’s the point? we’re here to read our tarot cards, not to imagine them.
Drawings inspired by tradition, but with a modern design
Excellent answers to questions regarding the past and the future
There is no English description of the spread
I didn’t like the recommended spread because it’s too much based on visualization
The 7 of swords is too similar to the 5 of swords in the Rider-Waite deck: this could confuse some of the readers