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Saturday, 31 August 2013

If you don't mind my saying, you can see I'm full of aces!

(apologies to Kenny Rogers for the title. :) )

I decided to continue with Kat Black this week, using the beloved Touchstone Tarot. Can you believe I drew another Ace?!

I really love the Touchstone Tarot (Kunati, 2009). It's Kat Black's second deck. Originally the cards had very wide borders designed to look like wooden frames, and heavily gilded edges. I hated the gilded edges because they hurt my hands, and so I cut the top and side borders off the cards. I was very pleased with the result,  though I have to warn that if anyone is thinking of doing this, be very careful. Unlike some cards where there is a clear line to cut along, the Touchstone deck has dark borders right next to dark backgrounds, making it really hard to see where to cut, so on a couple of my cards, the edge is crooked. I don't mind it, but it would devastate some people. I even bought a second copy of the deck so I would have one 'whole' one, but I have extremely limited storage space and always feel it's a waste to have a spare deck around, so I sold it. It's going for stupid money now in some circles, but I can't be worried about that. When it comes to decks, I don't look back. Lots of decks have come and gone in my collection, and I have never re-bought one (though I know some people do that) and I've never wasted any time regretting or pining for what I gave, traded or sold away. Plus, I think it is unconscionable to sell a product that originally retailed for £20 for £100, £200, £800 or whatever. It's greedy of the sellers and just plain stupid of the buyers. There will always be more decks. And after all, they're only cards.

Hmm, I guess from that ramble it would seem the Ace of Coins may be pointing toward money thoughts today! Among other earthy, material, physical plane concerns.


  1. I dunno, I've never sold a deck for silly money, but if that is what the market will tolerate, you'd be kinda silly not to make the most of it... :)

    1. We differ on this issue. I can't in good conscience participate. I have a problem with inflated markets, and so opt out of the whole thing.

      Opting out is my default response to things I have a problem with. I opt out of eating animal products. I opt out of Facebook. I opt out of certain online communities. Some things you're never going to change people's minds on. The only way to deal with it is to opt out--if enough people opt out, then things would have to change, whether certain people changed their minds on it or not. But if things don't change (because not enough people take a stand), at least I know I didn't contribute to something I felt was wrong.:)