These are the suggestions for next week’s deck, as always determined by using a random number generator:
- Tarot of Metamorphosis – by Massimiliano Filadoro and Luigi di Giammarino
- Fey Tarot – by Mara Aghem and Riccardo Minetti
- Druid Plant Oracle – by Stephanie Carr-Gomm, Philip Carr-Gomm, and Will Worthington
After the first two I wondered if this would be a choice between three Lo Scarabeo decks… I quickly ruled out the Druid Plant Oracle because I feel like using a tarot this week. I’m a little more familiar with the Fey Tarot, so I picked the Tarot of Metamorphosis to use. That seems to fit well with the ongoing period of change I’m in.
There are quite a few art (René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Hieronymus Bosch), myth (the Minotaur, Icarus, Narcissus, Sisyphus, King Midas, the Golem), and literature (Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Pinocchio, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray) references I recognize. I’m sure there are a lot more. After looking at the LWB I now know that there is a Greek/Roman myth for each Cups card and a book/art reference for all Swords cards. The LWB also offers a small reading list which could be fodder for at least a month. As small as it is, the LWB seems to offer some very interesting starting points for interpretations.
The color range is a bit too much on the pastel and blue/violet/green side of things for my taste, but I generally like the art styles used in the deck.
All in all it seems like a deck that could inspire some interesting explorations into art, myth, and literature on the theme of transformation/metamorphosis. I’m sure it can be approached in a rather cerebral way to be more of a study. I’m equally sure it can be read completely intuitively by just looking at the pictures. I’m curious to find out how my own balance between the two will look like at the end of the week.
Finally, I’m convinced this deck could inspire creative works itself. Some of the scenes really call for making up the story around them!