Tarot is Broken and How the Snowland Deck Hacks Tarot
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When it comes to Tarot, let's not confuse obscure for profound, nor historical minutia for depth.
But, confused it has been.
In fact, one could argue that Tarot is broken.
Judging from all the questions I've fielded over the last decade and all the frustration I've seen over understanding Tarot cards, it would seem that something is broken...and it's not the valiant efforts of the newbie.
If Tarot is a symbolic vehicle for navigating life, understanding ourselves and illuminating answers...then why can't most people get in the damn car and drive it? I'll tell you why: the "car" of Tarot has built-in planned obsolescence that requires the "driver" to continuously "buy parts" (Tarot books), get it "serviced" (pay lots of $ for someone to teach the cards) or trade it in for a newer model ad infinitum (endless deck buying).
Seekers look at Tarot cards and have no idea what they're looking at, especially if they're using the popular Rider-Waite Tarot or the Thoth Tarot. Why? Because the creators tried to make the images enigmatic and esoteric for their respective "special" groups (Golden Dawn and A∴A∴). Sorta like how the Catholic church kept the mass in Latin for so long so the masses couldn't get their hands on scripture to learn, and understand, for themselves.
It is high time to bring Tarot out of dry, confusing esoterica. To yank it off the dark Kabbalistic alleyways, snatch it from the astrological heavens, rescue it from decrepit "scholars" who can't see past Gabelin's pseudonym, Uncle Al's cobbled world view or Pixie's backside.
It's time to depict what Tarot cards REALLY mean. And that's what we set out to do with our Snowland Deck.
Considering the plethora of Rider-Waite-Smith clones, one has to wonder if that kind of hacking poses a threat not only to Tarot institutions, but also to the revered authors and deck creators/illustrators whose obfuscation has been confused with profundity.
With our Snowland Deck, Ron and I "hacked" the Tarot to make it accessible for everyone.
Instead of enigmatic images shown in the popular Rider-Waite and Thoth decks, our cards actually PORTRAY what the cards mean. For example, the 6 of Cups card in the Rider-Waite shows an elfin boy giving a little girl flowers in a garden. Traditional meanings ascribed to this card are "nostalgia" and "blast from the past"...but nothing in that image indicates this! This is true for MOST of the images in traditional Rider-Waite style Tarot decks.
And this, dear reader, is why we wanted to set Tarot free with our Snowland Deck. It's why we've purposely embedded SEVERAL of these powerful UNIVERSAL, modern symbols in EACH card: to facilitate YOUR brainstorming, creativity, communication, psychic ability and search for answers.
Stories help us make sense out of life, as well as understand ourselves and others.
Oh, and the above? Pretty much in line with the meaning of the traditional, Rider-Waite Emperor card. But you wouldn't glean all that from just looking at the Rider-Waite image. What's he look like, you may wonder? ::points to the right::
Could you get those meanings from that static image? I didn't think so.
In conclusion, Ron and I have broken up the dry, inscrutable, dusty surface of Tarot--admittedly, riddled with perplexing symbols intended to make you think you're in deep territory, hopelessly lost--and dug until we got into the dark, rich, fertile soil teeming with life and ready for our storytelling seeds to be planted.
Do you want to understand Tarot? Unlock your innate intuitive abilities? Understand yourself and the world around you? Brainstorm more possibilities? Consider more options?
Then get out of the broken vehicle that's Tarot, grab a watering can and order our Snowland Deck so you may grow in wisdom and understanding. Visit SnowlandDeck.com to begin your adventure.