Monday, September 08, 2014

Testing, Testing: The Silver Witchcraft Tarot

The Silver Witchcraft Tarot shimmers on the desk. It's a moonlit pool inviting me to dive in and explore.

This new deck from Lo Scarabeo is a collaboration between artist Franco Rivolli and writer Barbara Moore.

I haven't yet cracked open the accompanying manual; these comments are coming from the card images alone.

1. I don't know anything about Witchcraft. Will you still speak to me? 
4 of Pentacles

I do not exclude anyone from working with and enjoying my images. As you can see, I am not one to panic if a non-witch comes to visit. Anyone who revels in nature and the outdoors will find me accessible.

In many decks, the 4 of Pentacles is about hoarding one's possessions, hiding them for safekeeping, being fearful of others' coveting glances.
I do not set great store by material goods, and am pleased to share what I have for the peace and well-being of other creatures.
I cultivate and nurture the threads that bind us all on Earth, and find a great peace in our interconnectedness.

2. Every Major Arcana figure except the Fool  is placed on a pedestal. Do they think they are better than everyone else?
XI Justice

We, the Major Arcana cards, feel that we appear as guideposts along life's journeys, as part of the larger team of cards that make up the tarot.

A seeker, preoccupied with the things of earth and the necessities of living, may have her focus aimed downward on the path underfoot, and forget to look upward from time to time to see the greater picture.
So, in placing ourselves on plinths, it is our hope that we will be easily findable to those in need of our guidance.

We stand between the known and unknown; we strive to be fair, just, and balanced between the bright and dark times of life. It is our wish to lighten a seeker's burden during the difficult days by releasing colour and life into the darkness.

3. What do you feel is your greatest strength as a deck?
8 of Wands

My willingness to exert myself on your behalf.

I try to present you with ideas as quickly as possible. I gather inspiration from the skies, the land, and Earth's creatures, to help with your search.

If what you need is in the past, I will attempt to run back, retrieve that information, and illuminate it for you.

All my creative resources and passionate energy will be on deck.
(My wry humour escapes from time to time.)

I welcome the Silver Witchcraft to my collection!