As proposed on Monday, this is the announcement post for round one of the Color-Your-Own Tarot Card Project.

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...the soul in search of experience
Arthur Edward Waite

Round One posting begins: Wednesday, May 20

Who may participate: all interested members of the [community profile] tarotcommunity

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Several days ago, [personal profile] melannen and I were discussing the unique challenges that one might encounter while designing your own Tarot deck. Not as talented an artist as melannen, I proposed that a better starting point for me might be to color the line art of an existing tarot deck. A short web search later, uncolored images of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck were found here and according to the web site:
The tarot decks and books provided here are out of copyright and may be downloaded for your personal use. Individuals may color their own decks and use them for their own purposes. The files on this website may be printed out on any paper or card stock and reduced or enlarged to any size.

It seemed like an intriguing project to open up to the community but so not to spam everyone’s reading page, I thought that a brief survey would be beneficial to gauge the community’s interest!

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Thanks very much for your participation! I’ll close the poll in a week and let everyone know then what our plans will be!
I'm hoping that other people will write most of the entries in here - it shouldn't all be me - but at the same time I want to spur some discussion so I'll probably be posting a few discussion-starter kinds of entries. [personal profile] ladyseishou suggested an "introduce yourself" thread but I think I'll hold off on that until after the grand opening when we'll probably get a lot more readers and writers here. Others are free to post their introductions whenever, though.

For now, does anybody want to talk about connections between individual cards? In your favourite deck, are there two cards that seem to be depictions of parts of the same story, or the same scene from different viewpoints? For instance, if you look closely at the R-W Death card, you can see that the Sun is rising between two pillars that strongly resemble the ones on the Moon card. What would it mean for those to be the same pillars? Is the land through which Death rides the same land entered by the personal journey suggested by the Moon? Of course, many other cards (especially in that deck, but also in others) have the general design of a person between two pillars that may or may not resemble the ones on other cards. I'm sort of inclined to view all these as representing different paths to the same secret that's behind all these people.

In other decks there may be designed-in connections among cards - some designers are quite explicit about stating that a sequence of cards represents a story about some characters and showing those same characters on the different cards to create the link. Any good examples of decks where the designers have done that on purpose? I recently found out, and was a bit disappointed, that this kind of effect in the Manara deck comes from the fact that many of the images are repurposed from his other works - so the fact of the same person appearing on more than one card may not be deliberate or particularly significant. Then again, we're free to read in whatever esoteric meanings we care to.
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([personal profile] mskala Apr. 16th, 2009 03:29 pm)
Here are some icons suitable for use with DW, expanding on the one I made for the community itself. They're made from scans of the 1909 "Pamela-A" deck, which is public domain; I've edited them just slightly in GIMP by removing the text along the bottoms, which doesn't add much when scaled down to icon size, and doing a contrast stretch to brighten the colours a little. Anybody else have tarot-related icons to share?

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([personal profile] mskala Apr. 15th, 2009 04:24 pm)
What deck(s) do you use and why?

Do you think individual decks (instances of the same design) have their own personalities - like, do you expect your copy of Rider-Waite to behave differently from my copy of Rider-Waite?

Do you use different decks for different readings?

Do you put the Crowley and Waite decks together and shake the jar to see if they'll fight? (Don't laugh, I've heard of people doing it.)

Does a deck work better if you receive it as a gift than if you buy it? Is it necessary, or unthinkable, to steal your deck? (All positions I've heard people advocate seriously.)

Some of my thoughts )


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