Happy Birthday Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and thank you for all the wonderful movies you danced, sang or acted in, as well as the ones you directed produced or choreographed, particularly Singin' in the Rain (1952) the inspiration for the Eight of Wands in the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck.
Singin' in the Rain tops the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals list. It also ranks fifth in the AFI's Greatest American Movies list.
The Eight of Wands is about success and happiness - everything's coming up roses, so to speak! All your hard work and plans are coming to fruition. Gene Kelly certainly epitomised that!
The trials and tribulations of indie publishing ...
I've always been strictly conventional in how I store my tarot cards, as you can see, I have a few...
My RWS which has always been my main reading deck gets very special treatment. I've had it for about 30 years now.
It has it's own box and lies in bed of blue silk. As you can see, the box has needed a few repairs from time to time. But I love it.
For my other decks (the ones I read with as well) they either get housed together in a box together (sorry guys) or get their own individual tarot bag. Here are a some of my favourites from Baba Studio.
They're great if you have a box for the deck, and it fits in the bag. I didn't like the box the Phantasmagoria came in so I ditched it and got a tarot bag. But there's a problem. The cards slip around in the bag and I worry the cards will suffer in the long term.
When I decided to offer the International Version of the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck I went with Printer Studio. Their international shipping is much cheaper than GameCrafter and their card stock is nice and robust. Every printer seems to be different and PS don't do boxes except on very large orders so that presented a conundrum. On single orders the deck comes in plastic shrink wrap which isn't very exciting and I wanted to be able to offer the option of some kind of protective cover for the deck.
The only other solution was customising one of PS's cosmetic pouches. So I printed one up with my designs and ordered it so I could road test it. I must admit I wasn't very optimistic that it would work but I thought I would give it a try.
I was very pleasantly surprised with the result.
The deck and LWB fit neatly into the pouch and there is even room to tuck in a crystal or two (but make sure they are smooth so you don't damage the edge of the deck).
What sold me on the pouch was that it encloses the deck snugly so the cards don't move around but not so snugly as to squash them. The pouch feels good in your hands and the padding is nice and protective. It's easy to slip the deck in and out with the zipper opening. It's also very easy to slip into your handbag or briefcase without the bulk of a box. I've been using it for a couple of months now and it has stood up to that quite well.
So, this formerly dyed-in-the-wool silk bag and wooden box gal was won over. In fact I might design some more for my other decks!
My only regret - I wish it was made of silk, but then, it would be 3-4 times the price.
Interested in the International Version of the Golden Age of Hollywood Tarot Deck with the customised pouch available during August?
Here's how it works....
What you usually get is the deck and the pouch for US$45 including shipping to most residential post boxes with the title card and deck back illustration as per the pictures below...
During the rest of August 2014 I will customise the back of your pouch with your favourite card from the deck. If you twist my arm, yes, you can have two favourite cards, back and front. But just for August!
I like the pouch - it has a silky feel and is padded to protect your deck so it's great for carrying in your handbag or briefcase.
How do I order?
Order by filling in the contact form via the button below. Please remember to nominate your card(s) of choice in the comments when you order.
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You can see all the cards from the "VIEW" page in the menu above. Check them out and select what you want by nominating it in the comments section on the order form.
I recommend using your significator. For women this is the Queen (Glory) that corresponds to your star sign category (Cups - Water signs; Wands - Fire signs; Pentacles - Earth signs; Swords - Air signs). As a Cancerian I would choose the Glory of Cups on this basis, but I am also strongly influenced by my Leo Ascendant so I might choose the Glory of Wands instead. It all depends on what resonates with you best. For men it is customary to use the King (Power) of the relevant suit. I have made some suggestions below to help.
Remember - the bottom line is to pick the card(s) that you like the best and are happy to carry around with you.
Or you might feel more comfortable with Pages (Magic) and Knights (Focus)...
And here are a few more that might be fun...
And if you want to go with something a bit more creepy ...
... there are always these ...
In the card shown here, Mr Hitchcock sits in his director's chair. In the background we see a vignette from one of his masterpieces - Psycho (1960). Norman Bates stands at the entrance to his old house overlooking the Bates Motel. Sitting on Alfred's head is0 one of the ravens from another of his great movies - The Birds (1963). He holds a prop from Psycho as the emblem of the suit of swords - the knife from the terrifying shower scene from Psycho.
This is a man not to be trifled with.
Some interesting facts about Mr Hitchcock
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.