Thursday, November 27, 2003

Ferret Tarot

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Everytime I think I've seen it all, someone reminds me I haven't.

"Some of the card meanings are a bit quirky. The Seven of Wands shows a self-congratulatory ferret hopping about a room decorated with balloons and a banner proclaiming "You did it!" There is only celebration in this card, with no evidence of struggle. I guess ferrets have it a bit easier than humans. My first interpretation of the Knight of Pentacles is not romantic, but the Ferret Tarot depiction clearly is. Fret not, so is the Knight of Cups, who is known for his Sir Galahad-like ways.

The art, which consists of pen and ink drawings, is inconsistent. Some of the images are quite engaging and evocative, but others are less accomplished and somewhat awkward.

Sometimes the ferrets look like some other, perhaps mythical, animal. One gets the sense that Moertl grew more proficient as an artist through the creation of this deck and most of the time, the ferrets' personalities and motivation are crystal clear, and convey the desired message effectively.

The artist has put a lot of time and energy into the presentation of this limited edition deck (of 500).
The Ferret Tarot arrives confined in a fabric bag, and the design puts one in mind of pawprints. How apropos. A signed and numbered title card is included, along with a simple, stapled, little white booklet and a one eight by eleven inch "Ferret Tarot Cheat Sheet."

The Majors aren't numbered, so you can choose whether Strength is VIII or XI. A card with three suggested spreads is also included. The cardstock could be a bit heavier--the cards aren't laminated and somewhat fragile because of that. The reversible card backs depict the ferret Fool, all energetic glee. That description fits the Ferret Tarot equally well.

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