I’ve been tossing up a bit on whether to continue with the Old English deck. I’m just a bit bored with it, even though I still do find its little mini pictures on the pips rather charming. That in itself is funny, considering the whole reason why you would do a ‘One Deck Wonder’ is to get beyond the surface impression of a deck and gain a deeper understanding of it. I’ve been eyeing up my copy of the Dark Grimoire Tarot, which I have been meaning to get cracking with, and also the Sacred Sites. (Coincidentally the artists for these decks are brothers; Michele Penco illustrated the Dark Grimoire, while Federico Penco did the Sacred Sites. They both have a wonderful style: whimsical but never veering off into the too-cartoony feel that so many of the Lo Scarabeo decks seem to have.)
Anyway, I digress. I was looking at these decks as part of a little exercise where I was thinking about so-called frightening or disturbing cards. I think I’m going to write a post about it shortly, so I won’t go into it here. Needless to say, most decks usually have at least one card that feels a bit off (or even off-putting). But I think that adds to the vitality of a deck, to the emotion of your response and the things it makes you face up to.
Actually, that leads quite nicely into the cards I drew today: