Showing posts with label LEARNING Balbi Tarot deck. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LEARNING Balbi Tarot deck. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Balbi Tarot Deck: facing the future



The Rare Balbi Deck:
Philosophical Faces








Yes! We are going to get to that "Can I Change What the Cards Say Will Happen?" question! We are also going to go beyond our own little faces..


I'm going to begin to answer this question, at least skeletally for now (and eventually!) with reference to a particular artistic trope or device used in the Tarot deck created by Dominico Balbi. Above, you will see a few images from my Balbi deck. Now rather rare, it was published in 1976 and is currently out of print although there are a few decks floating around on eBay - but for hundreds of pounds the last time I looked. This was the first deck I ever had and it initiated my interest in the Tarot. I was mysteriously drawn to the colours and images, and felt compelled to have it. As my very first deck, and because it is so visually stunning and evocative, it retains a special place in my heart and my collection. In fact, in my naivety at that time, I thought it was the Tarot deck, having no idea that there were others.