I could have called this post 'The Best of Both Worlds'.
Or maybe 'We go Together (like ama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong)'.
But I think I'll stick with what I've got.
A day or so ago, I mentioned how the two tarots The Dark Fairytale and The Dark Angels have alike borders, are the same size, and have an extremely similar theme. I also wondered aloud whether it might be possible to merge the two together into some kind of tarot-hybrid.
I arranged both decks in order and laid them side by side on my reading cloth. In turn, I went through them, making a new pile. I compared each card against each other - one Fool up against the other Fool, the Priestess against the other Priestess - and put the one I like the best out of the two into the third pile. I never liked the Magician in The Dark Angels and I was ready to ditch the camp Tim Curry Devil from my new Dark Fairytale, so this was a nice exercise.
There was something of the tarot puritan overlooking my ever move, questioning and gasping at what I was doing (I think he is a relic from my old days on the forums, where original thought would provoke a throwing back of hands and responses of horror). But I continued the process until the end, thinking how personal the deck was becoming. With my own individual choices, the deck would be unlike any other. I had really missed some of those courts from the Dark Angels and was glad to see them again, but disliked some of the deck's teen-Goth styled cards amongst it's loose pages. I like most of the cards in the Dark Fairytale, but there are a few bummers in there too - like a woman with the word 'vampire' cut into her chest. I just didn't warm to her. So armed with my 'words', which I described in my first post of today, I scanned each image to see which sat best with me, banishing it's competitor.
|Spot the difference - The Dark Fairytale (top row) and The Dark Angels (bottom row)|
One of the cards that I really disliked in the Dark Angels was the 9 of Cups. It showed a rather sexualised woman with her legs apart and her hands between them. I found it off-putting and hated seeing it in my readings - especially when reading for anyone else. I was only too pleased to replace her with the beautiful image from my new deck.
|A Cover Up - replacing the woman in the Dark Angels with the beauty in the Dark Fairytale|
As you already know, my stomach dropped when I saw The Devil as I went through The Dark Fairytale on Friday for the first time. I really don't like it when creators add film characters or stars to their sets; Jim Morrison in the Ananda, Humphrey Bogart in The Cosmic, and Marilyn Monroe in The Karma have prevented me from using them often. I was happy to replace Tim with the beautifully coloured Devil from The Dark Angels today.
|Dirty Devils - from the Dark Angels (left) and Dark Fairytale (right)|
Ok, so the backs don't match, but so what. In a comment on her forum, Ana Cortez says that she used to steal odd cards from her father's Bicycle playing cards when she was young. She felt that the different backs made her constructed deck look more 'Gypsy'. I liked that thought. This deck is a collaboration of choices made by just me. Isn't it wonderful to have the opportunity to do this? Nothing is set in stone. I can swap certain cards if I feel the need or return them all to their original packs, should I wish to do so. I am so into breaking the rules at the moment!
|A Tarot Remix - both decks exist as one, harmoniously. My perfect deck, perhaps?|
I am not nuts about the knights in The Dark Fairytale. They remind me of those in The Gilded, which have armoured men without faces. So apart from the Knight of Cups, I think I chose some of the more beautiful and haunting young knights from The Dark Angels for my cut-and-shut deck. There were some cards which were beautiful in both, so I just went with which one spoke to me the clearest. Because The Dark Fairytale is heavily feminine, I took the opportunity of pulling more men into my collection where possible.
Illustration from The Dark Fairytale Tarot by Raffaele De Angelis and The Dark Angels Tarot by Luca Russo