Hello Tarot!

So I got lucky a couple of weeks ago and found the Joe Rosales’ version of Tarot. This deck is VERY OOP and VERY unauthorized. Evidently Sanrio sent him a C+D and that’s why not too many copies were made. They protect their copyrights with the same ferocity Disney does.

Anyway, this is a Hello Kitty themed deck. It’s a RWS clone, but some of the images are different, but not by much. He even recommends Eden Gray’s Complete Guide to Tarot on the title card. It’s in B+W and it’s also a full 78 card deck with 54 Minors, 22 Majors, title card, and description card. It didn’t come with a box.

So here are some sample cards. I won’t be using this one for readings. First off, it’s rare and worth about 20x more than what I paid for it. Secondly, the cards are *thin* and feel only slightly thicker than printer paper. I don’t want them getting damaged. What I might do, though, is scan some more cards in and then color them or do whatever w/the scanned images. I don’t know. What I’m NOT going to do is alter it via lamination or coloring the cards directly. For now, I’m taking it out and gloating, then putting it back in the storage box. Enjoy!

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An Ancient Question

This is an old question that always pops up with some regularity. How do I shuffle the cards? This sounds like an idiotic question at first, until one realizes that Tarot cards are usually larger than standard playing cards by quite a bit and can be difficult to shuffle. I’ve got small hands, even for a woman, and I prefer riffling over side shuffling.

Riffling is what most people think of when shuffling cards. Half the deck is taken in each hand, and the cards are bent slightly backwards with the stacks slightly touching each other. This interlaces the cards.

Side shuffling is when the deck is taken in hand on its side, a section is removed, and then worked back into the main deck.

Both processes will be repeated until the shuffler feels the cards are thoroughly mixed.

Personally, I prefer riffle shuffling and will only do side shuffling with decks that are absolutely huge, like my Octopus Press Marseille. A lot of readers don’t like riffling as it can bend the cards over time. I’ve found that if it’s done gently, the cards *may* warp, but only slightly. Side shuffling has actually split some of my cards even though it was done gently. So I encourage my sitters to riffle shuffle only as I’m not into repairing or replacing decks unless I absolutely have to. It’s also a lot of fun to hand an irritating client a brand new, very slick plastic coated deck, and watch them spray the cards all over the floor. This usually results in an entertaining game of 78 pick up. Well, entertaining for me, not so much for them, usually.

Tarot cards are paper products, like playing cards are. They’re all plastic coated these days but still made out of paper. They call things like this ephemera in the antique trade, along with such things as newspaper clippings, posters, and the like. Even the most gentle handling will eventually wear them out, so keep this in mind when you use your own decks. I will discuss care, feeding, and storage in future posts.