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Infinity Tarot Overview

BF-InfinityTarot-OverviewWhile I really like the artwork of the Infinity Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2015), in this instance that is not enough for me to recommend the deck.  These infinity/lemniscus shaped cards are an absolute nightmare to shuffle, the most difficult, inconvenient deck I have bar none!  The dip in the middle is the perfect shape for cards to get trapped against one another, no matter how you try to shuffle them, and the size and shape overall make them really hard to hold.  Worse than that, though, are the holes that have been punched in the images, which the artist clearly wasn’t made aware of.  So, we find body parts and even bits of faces missing, not neatly but rather randomly.

For instance, in this rather strange depiction of Death, the main figure has a bit of her upper arm and calf missing, as well as a slice of a child’s head being gone!  Other than that, the image is unusual and fairly non-traditional.  It has a bit of a Judgement feel to it, with people/souls in a flower-filled meadow and the beautiful Death figure with her black hair and cloth in the centre floating above them.

The Court cards are not entirely traditional, either, and full of relevant symbolism.  The Page of Cups looks like he should have a surfboard, as he stands with his feet slightly under the water, yet well beyond the beach.  He holds a cup with a fish, but seems more interested in the wave cresting over his head.  Someone who may tend to get in a little over their heads emotionally, perhaps…

BF-InfinityTarot-Overview1I really like this Ace of Pentacles.  Held by a red-robed hand, it is more its destination than its provenance that seems magical.  The sun-engraved disk is held out towards what seems like an energy stream of gold and red on a background of brown – rich and earthy colours.  It feels like the viewer is taking action, putting this disk to use to access that magical, earthy potential.

The Minors are fairly evenly split between more-or-less traditional symbolism and distinctly different images.  The Eight of Cups is more on the non-traditional side, with an older man in a room filled with books and cups on shelves.  Daylight streams in through a small window to where he sits with one hand on an open book and the other holding one of the cups up.  Perhaps he is leaving behind a studious, rational approach to truth-seeking in favour of a more emotional, spiritual perspective…

While I like the colour palette and artwork, and appreciate non-traditional iconography, these are not enough to make up for the form-over-function issues of these strangely shaped cards with their ill-placed holes.  A shame, but there it is.

5 Responses to “Infinity Tarot Overview”

  • For me the shape of the cards is a deal breaker too. it is too far-fetched in my opinion. luckily I am not a fan of the art work.

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      • I thought it was an interesting idea, but it definitely doesn’t work as a deck 🙁 Ah well, ladies, at least we have other options, right? 😀 Next week it’s the Impressionist Tarot…

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  • A shame they didn’t make a regular deck with a leminscate design on the back. There was need to go overboard! And I feel for the poor artist who had holes poked in his work…

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    • Very true on all counts, Bev! I think Lo Scarabeo has a “stable” of artists, so on the one hand it must be great to see your work being put out there, but the holes would have made me weep if I’d been them 🙁

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