I've been busy! For the past year I've worked diligently on the Antiquarian Tarot and I'm excited to say it's finished! I've kept it a bit quiet as I wanted to focus on the process without distractions. Which is why I haven't been online very much.
The cards, like the Lenormand of the same name, are handmade collages and took an immense amount of my creative input. Each card was lovingly and attentively crafted to form a functional working deck combined with an aesthetic that appeals to me. In other words, not just an art deck but one I would actually use for myself and with my clients.
My main inspiration was drawn from the Albano-Waite as it's one of my favorite decks to read with. You will see the focus is based on Waite-Smith combined with Paul Foster Case's work; but, there is also inspiration from other sources, mostly based on the Golden Dawn.
The Major Arcana all have a wallpaper background in the colors that were assigned by PFC. The Minor Arcana also reflect this color symbolism:
Wands have orange backgrounds (court cards are red),
Cups are Aqua (court cards are light blue),
Swords are yellow (court cards are golden yellow)
and Pentacles are green (court cards are violet).
I'm currently writing a companion manual which will have more details about the cards. I think this is going to take a while to complete so I've decided to release the deck before finishing the manual. Since the inspiration for the cards are Albano-Waite, Waite-Smith, and Paul Foster Case, people can start working with them immediately as many of the cards should be familiar.
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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