Meandering Down a Path

I thought it would be fun to document my progress on the Tarot of the Classical Mythos. So here goes:

After having thought up the idea, I started by collecting information about other myth based decks. I do not own any of the Greek myth decks myself so, I had to rely on third party knowledge and reviews. Convinced that my idea was different I layed out my plan: A book and deck set, the majors representing the divine and the minors representing heroes.

Then I started going through my references. I decided to start with Robert Graves and his “Greek Mythology”. I took the meanings that I used for my own readings as a basis. They came from my own experiences with the cards, various books I’ve read and discussions with others. As I read through the myths I matched characters up by the meanings.

I soon realized that I would have to change my game-plan.

I found that if I wanted to use just hero stories for the minors than I would hard pressed to keep the meanings that I wanted to use. There was just too much depression, and too much violence. So I choose to expand my minors to each cover people, gods and myths that best represented what I felt the cards meant.

It took me three months to get through Graves and have a working list for each of the 78 cards. Each day I would read, match up characters, record author and page numbers on little sheets. Each sheet would then be filed in my copy of “The Inspiration Tarot” by Gaylene Carr. I used this book to record notes and sketches of the cards. This gave me a semi-complete list at the beginning of September 2002. Some of the cards had been solidified in my mind and I already have beginning sketches. Others have two or three choices attached which I have yet to make. But I do have a list which is a start.

At this point I took about a week break. I wanted some time to think about ideas I had, layout of the book and to catch upon “outside” reading. I had worked on this every day for about an hour during my lunch break. Usually this came with people asking me what I was going to college for. When I told them I had a degree, their next question was along the lines of “Then what are you reading that for?”. So for now it is on hold. I have been working on the card essays on and off for awhile now(April 2003). The name is slightly changed to Classical Mythos Tarot.

You. Fetch me my copy of the Wall Street Journal. You two, fight to the death.Stewie






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