Morning Tea

New tea and a new deck. Japanese Green Sencha and finally, the long-awaited Fantastic Menagerie Tarot. I managed to get one of the last ones from Amazon, there don’t seem to be many left around. Like many tarot enthusiasts, I love the work of Baba Studio and their beautiful designs. Got my eye on the Fairytale Tarot…


10 thoughts on “Morning Tea

  1. Zanna Starr March 21, 2011 / 11:56 am

    Oooo! I love the Fantastic Menagerie deck. I hope you enjoy reading with it!

    • Monica March 21, 2011 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you! I hope I get to play with and and post some readings up over the next couple of months. No more new decks for a while now…

  2. Magic Mentha March 21, 2011 / 2:11 pm

    This is great! I very nearly purchased this deck a month or two ago from a large, local metaphysical bookstore in Denver that has a huge selection of decks. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’m really starting to think I need QUALITY over quantity for sure with decks.

    I like silly decks but I am going to pare my decks down to just a handful that I use a lot. I am striving to give away the ones I don’t connect with. Like this dumb teenage witch mini I just got. Laugh. I definitely agree with you about the Fantastic Menagerie deck. It has that quirky, antique charm that’s so lovable.

    I am enjoying my Voyager Tarot that I found used on Amazon. It was in great shape for a good price and it’s a very thought-provoking deck.

    Here’s to many wonderful readings with your new deck!

    • Monica March 21, 2011 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you Mentha! I agree with you on sticking to good quality decks. I saw your mini witch deck and cringed πŸ˜‰ But I also am not sure how much I will read with the Fantastic Menagerie either, as the drawing style isn’t my type. But I like what they have done nonetheless, and done it really well. At present I seem to gravitate towards really well structured decks for public readings – RWS, the New Mythic and Anna K come to mind. So will keep this one for my private use for a while.

      • Magic Mentha March 21, 2011 / 10:06 pm

        Laugh–that is funny! I appreciate your honesty. I don’t mind cheesiness, campiness in a deck on occasion but I admit that witchy deck is over the top, even from a silly standpoint. I should avoid impulse buys in general…

        I can’t even readily quantify what I look for in a deck. It changes over time. Sometimes it’s almost entirely for sentimental reasons. Other times it’s artistic. Usually it’s a combination of things, though.

        It is weird how a deck that seemingly has all the elements (a unique artistic style, a good accompanying book, a lot of fodder for intuition, etc) can be so off the mark somehow. It really is very personal what draws us in.


      • Monica March 22, 2011 / 9:58 am

        πŸ™‚ Sagittarian honesty!! But yes, tarot decks are a personal thing. Some people only have one (!!??). I promise I’ll stop at 78. Maybe. At present I’m trying to figure out a way of shipping my books and decks over to Melbourne… argh! Enjoy playing with the Witchy anyway, it’s light hearted and sometimes that is what is called for.

  3. Digital Dame March 21, 2011 / 2:47 pm

    Congrats on the new arrival πŸ™‚ I’ve wanted this deck for a long time, guess I better move on it soon or fuggedaboutit. I think Karen Mahoney and Alex Ukolov have such wicked senses of humor with their decks, and I agree, it’s time for quality over quantity. There are so many decks I used to think I wanted, and now I’m so spoiled after getting a handful that are really extraordinary that I’ve mostly forgotten about the others. And there are so many just plain BAD decks out there, by which I mean, bad artwork, or just so blah, there’s nothing interesting or unique about them, they add nothing to my understanding of Tarot.

    • Monica March 21, 2011 / 2:54 pm

      Yes, Alex and Karen have really set the standard. How wonderful, I am so happy to add this one to my collection. I have had to really think about whether I want depth and beauty or kitsch and tackyness, since it is too easy to buy a deck just for the sake of it. I still have a very long wishlist though! Hope you get to have one soon x

  4. Sharyn March 22, 2011 / 9:32 am

    See if you can borrow MR’s Fairytale for a week before you put the money out to buy it. The images aren’t particularly RWS and the tales are pretty obscure compared to the ones we grew up with in the US.

    My husband orders his teas from Republic of Tea, I’m currently in love with a White Tea I got at the health food store.

    • Monica March 22, 2011 / 9:55 am

      Hi Sharyn, thank you for your suggestion. Strangely enough, I have played with the Fairytale Tarot and do really like it, even though it can be tricky to read with sometimes – as you say, they don’t really follow the RWS theme. But I would love to have it anyway πŸ™‚ It’s a shame the cardstock is so thin on these decks, I will have to be careful and not handle them too often.

      Here is a little secret: I have not had white, or black, teas! I’m mainly into western herbals at the moment, and Japanese green teas. But given my love for all things tea, it won’t be long before I get to savour others.

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