I recorded the unboxing of the Tarot Gothica (Schiffer, 2015) months ago, but couldn’t bear to blog with it as I disliked it so heartily. With the passage of time, I “forgot” just how awful I found it, and was able to dig it out.
And it does have some positives – the card stock is much thinner than Schiffer standard, and there are some interesting, dark takes on some of the cards.
Other than that, though, I object to the fact that most of the men are seriously unappealing (take a look at the three specimens below), while the women are often portrayed as sex objects. The partially non-traditional approach to the pips makes it feel like it’s neither here nor there, to my mind. All told, I’m not a fan.
However, the cards that I drew to illustrate this overview also seem apropos of how I’ve been feeling.
I’ve felt tied down by structures of my own creation – too rigid an Emperor. I didn’t want to blog with this deck the way I normally do, but felt like it was expected of me (daft, right?) I haven’t felt like posting to Instagram much, I’ve been working harder than usual on my day job, and I’m studying, too. All good, structured activities, but they’ve been weighing me down.
I recognise that I need some distance and perspective (King of Swords), in order to potentially make a new start (Ace of Pentacles). That might be a new start at the physical level – making more room for myself to accomodate the exhaustion that accompanies me right now with my toddler up between 4 and 5am each day. Or it might be a new focus in terms of blogging: what do I want to be seen as my business calling card? This blog, one of my other blogs? Or might it be both a physical and a business reboot…
What I want is to feel comfortable in my family life, and in what I am creating for the future (Ten of Pentacles, though talk about a yucky version!)
All this to say, I have decided to take a couple of weeks off from blogging and from the newsletters I send out. I plan to be back on 11th July and hope to see you then…