In the picture you can see the entire kit: box, book, deck, and bag. (Plus a few odds and ends I thought I had moved far enough out of the photo.) The cards are quite large, a bit difficult to shuffle with my small hands. Even Georg had some trouble getting his hands around them. I think it will get easier as the cards become a little less slick with use. On the bright side, the size of the cards really shows the art to its full advantage. And the white box, which seemed over-large for the Shining Tribe deck, is actually just about right for VRT.
I don't know if anyone is going to use the white box though, when the deck comes with such a nice bag. Llewellyn had given out little bags at the Chicago conference two years ago, and I was expecting my deck to come with one like that. But this bag is even nicer. It's black velvet on the outside, lined with blue satin. There are two drawstrings with tassels, so it closes securely. No decoration on the outside, just the Llewellyn moon logo (with no writing) in silver on the lining near the top. Very classy!
In the foreground of the picture above is my first reading with Victoria Regina Tarot. Come to think of it, it's the first reading ever with the full deck, unless someone at Llewellyn beat me to it. The question in my mind was, how should I approach the deck now that it's finished and about to be sold? I drew, in order, the Wheel of Fortune, the Ace of Swords, the Three of Swords, the Emperor, and the Six of Wands. Which I think is a very wise message about taking it all in stride & not treating people's response to the deck as a reflection of me as a person. Not thinking I'm god's gift to Tarot when we get a good review, or collapsing in devastation when we get a bad one. Now that the deck is in the marketplace I need to be rational. And get on with the important work of promotion, rather than resting on my laurels. This is exactly what I need to hear.
I've had a pretty bad cold the past couple of days and I intended to spend the evening in my pajamas on the couch, watching Buffy. I've only just gotten into the show, and the F/X cable network shows two reruns a night, and tonight is the new one, so I got to watch three! But anyway, as it turned out I spent the evening on the couch in my pajamas, watching Buffy and basking in the glory of my deck.
OK, let's have some more pictures before I get all sappy on you. To keep this page from being too load-intensive I put the other photos in pop-up windows. So you need to click the links to see them.
Here's the side of the box and book. As you can see they put the Eight of Coins on one side of the box, and the Queen of Wands on the other side. Those are two of my favorite cards, so I'm really glad they're in such a prominent position. When you think about it, those are the first cards people will see when they browse the deck on a bookstore shelf.
Here's a close-up of the bag so you can see the little moon logo inside. I was thinking that it would be nice to print my favorite card on fabric and then stitch it to one side of the bag. (They sell transfer paper for ink-jet printers, and I think there's printable fabric as well.) If Llewellyn starts including these bags with all their decks, it will be hard to tell them apart after I've collected a few. If I could embroider, I would stitch the name of the deck onto the bag. But I can't embroider so that's out.
Here's the back of the box and card backs. On the back of the box they've printed, let's see, the Ace of Wands, Temperance, the Three of Coins, the Queen of Coins, the Four of Swords, the High Priestess, and the Seven of Cups. They look so cute, all tiny like that. That reminds me that I used to make magnets from the deck and give them to people. I should start doing that again, the magnets were cute.