For this week, the random numbers suggest a choice between these three decks:
- Tarot Balbi – by Domenico Balbi
- Baum Tarot – by Frederik Hetmann & Tilman Michalski
- Sacred Path Cards – by Jamie Sams and Linda Childers
Although I was tempted to compare the two versions of the Baum Tarot I own (the original one cut from the book “Madru” and the redesigned one published as a stand-alone deck) it didn’t seem quite right to focus on a deck so full of flowers and green leaves when ther leaves are actually falling as we speak. So I chose the Tarot Balbi for this week.
This is another deck I never used before. It’s actually still in its original order, so apparently I didn’t even shuffle it. I think I got it while I was doing an Intensive Deck Study with the Greenwood Tarot, so that would explain why I paid so little attention to it when it arrived here.
Initial impressions, after some thorough shuffling:
I like the card size and format; they feel good in my hands and are easy to shuffle. The backs are also very pretty with their bright green floral pattern on a deep reddish-purple background. One of the things that attracted me to the deck in the first place were it’s bright colors. I still love them!
The pips of this deck are non-scenic, so that will be a challenge for me (I don’t have much experience with reading non-scenic pips). There are also Hebrew letters and/or astrological symbols in the majors and at least some of the courts. I don’t think I will dive head-first into these related topics, but then I never know what will take my fancy, so who knows?
I did a bit of googling and found out that the Balbi assigns the elements to the suits in this way:
- Wands – Fire
- Cups – Air
- Swords – Water
- Disks – Earth
I’m not sure how much this will influence my readings with this deck, but I might do a post just pondering these associations.
I can already see lots of opportunities to work with this deck. Good!