Thursday the mail finally brought my Anna K tarot which I pre-ordered months ago, and oh my my, I am just stunned, impressed, obsessed, delighted, charmed, and lots of other really good adjectives. This is the second edition, I never even knew about the first edition, sadly. The artist is Anna Klaffinger, who lives in Austria. Anna was kind enough to offer to autograph either the book or box, at your request. I asked her to sign the guide book, which she did.
The box is wide and shallow, housing half of the deck in each of the two wells. The guidebook and cover show a black & white image of the High Priestess card, and I have to say this is one of my favorite HPs cards I’ve ever seen. The book is 80 pages long, with basic information on Tarot cards, meanings as well as b&w images of each card, tips on reading, spreads, a short bibliography and space for notes.
As for the cards, they’re on good cardstock, and lightly laminated, with rounded corners. And the colors are rich, vibrant, lively. You can actually see all of the cards on Anna’s Web site, but they’re smaller than real life, and the scans do not do them justice. Here are the Sun, Moon and Star:
These are higher resolution scans than I normally put up because I really want to show how gorgeous these cards are. One of the interesting things about this particular trio is they do not have the usual people or animals you see in the Waite-Smith deck or its many clones. There are no baying hounds or crayfish in the Moon card, no children on horseback or anywhere else in the Sun, no woman pouring water in the Star. The World card, which you can see in the first photo, also is missing the typical dancer figure in a medallion, although that’s not unheard of.
The titles are tiny, they don’t overpower the card, and the borders are nearly non-existent! Yay! I hate those enormous borders that are half the card in some decks. Each of the minors has one color for the border, but the Majors seem to have several different colors, and I don’t know yet if there is a system to that. There’s brown, gold, black, blue, a reddish-brown, dark gray. I may have missed some, I’m not in the best light right now.
For the most part, it follows the Waite-Smith, but there are definite original takes on many of the cards. In this deck, Justice is VIII (8) and Strength is IX (11). The minors adhere to Cups, Rods, Swords and Pentacles, with Rods related to Fire and Swords to Air. Here are three of the minors:
The characters depicted are sturdy, solid folk, no ephemeral wisps in the bunch. These people are earthy, and strong. I love the style.
I am getting so spoiled with all these incredible decks I’ve been acquiring lately, I’ve even quit looking for others. Just waiting on my Bohemian Gothic next month, and I think I’m going to be set for awhile (except for a special deck I’ve reserved by an artist in Spain. It’s not even finished yet). I’ve let a few go on EBay that I was bidding on, decided they weren’t worth it. The Alice Tarot from Baba Studio is postponed until next summer, which will give me lots of time to spend with these latest arrivals.
So, who needs a reading? 🙂