Friday, 27 February 2015
Tarot Polski Overview
Still, this deck has a lot of colour and charm in its favour. Take the Tower, for instance. The perspective is amazing, with a really powerful feel to the lightning and the fall. And while we can't see the top of the Tower, we see clearly the King plunging downward, crown still on his head. He's a florid man, big and brassy, which seems only to make his fall harder. As the saying goes, 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall' and that's true of our fixed ideas, too.
A far calmer scene greets us in the King of Pentacles. He sits calmly on his throne, his red robes spilling around him. In one hand he holds an orb, representing his authority over the world, in the other a large golden coin decorated with a sphinx in the centre and astrological symbols around the edges. Behind him are mountains: do they suggest spiritual heights, or just emphasise that his dominion stretches to the farthest reaches? Certainly, you don't get much more solid and earthy than a mountain... As with all the Minors, the top of the card has a yellow sky, and holds astrological symbols.
We find the same basic structure on the Four of Cups, too. The only variation is a blue, watery background beneath the yellow sky/astrology. The Cups are laid out as though at the four cardinal points. Not much to suggest ennui or the possibility of something new should we choose to open our eyes to it...
This deck has fun, colourful Majors and Courts, and added astrological information for those that can use it in their interpretations. A workable deck, but not one I'll use much, because of the non-illustrated pips.