January 21, 2008 § 9 Comments
I have been doing some readings over the last few weeks using the Universal Fantasy Tarot. This is a deck I got around the middle of last year and, until Christmas, had never used. I got it because I love love love Paolo Martinello’s art, which portrays an imaginary kingdom rich in swirling colours. The reason I didn’t bother trying to read with it is because I (mistakenly) believed it would be one of those decks which made sense only to its creator. The majority of cards depict highly unusual scenes. Here are a few of my favourites:
In truth, it is surprisingly easy to read with and in many instances, very literal. The pictures seem to describe fairy tales or fables. What quest is the adventurer in the 7 of Swords on and what dangers await him? Who is the shadowy figure in the 9 of Swords and is he really as fearsome as he seems? What diabolical spell is the mage casting in the 3 of Cups? As a writer, I think this would be a very good deck to consult for story ideas and inspiration.