I am in a tarot buying frenzy. First, I found an edition of Marteau’s classic book on the Marseilles deck in Spanish. As far as I know, it’s never been translated into English, but I don’t read French well enough to get through a whole book. But Spanish . . . that’s another story. I’ve already read several books on cartomancy in Spanish, so I think I’m up for the challenge. Then I found a nice price on the Visconti deck, which I’ve wanted for some time. The other day I bought the 1JJ Swiss deck. And now I really want a more authentic version of a Marseilles deck.
The thing is, these things will likely pile up in my tarot drawer. As did several other decks already. I already have decided I do not like the 1JJ Swiss deck as much as I had hoped to. And I’m not sure how I’ll feel about the Visconti deck yet: what I’ve seen of some of the major arcana I do not like, but other things I do (I don’t like this version of the Fool. I don’t like a man rather than a woman taming the lion in Force. But I like the idea of the Moon being replaced by Diana. And I have a strong, strong preference for unillustrated pips).
My Amazon cart now has a Marseilles deck, but I’m holding off on buying it until the Visconti comes, or it will be an embarrassment of riches. I really look forward to the Visconti, but how will a read a deck where the Fool has no dog chasing after him? We will see.