News, and the Victorian Romantic Companion Book

So, the good news is that Trixie has decided that she won’t marry Loki after all, the bad news is that now she’s apparently talking to an entity that calls itself ‘Azazel’ and the gods have abandoned her. Again.

You know, I bet I could turn this into a drinking game: take a sip whenever Trixie says the gods have abandoned her, take another when she refuses to follow good advice, take a drink if she ever follows the advice….and it sticks, but I’m not that mean and you would probably all be dead from alcohol poisoning.

In other news, someone on the interwebs called Hanako Games’ games the worst dating sims ever. Why, you ask? Was it because of the graphics, the simplistic gameplay? The *gasp* inclusion of same-sex relationships?

Nope, it’s because you have to play as a girl.

Yeah, I know.

I finally received the companion book for the Victorian Romantic tarot. It’s a great book, packed with information on each of the cards (and the Victorian Era in general). In edition to the “standard” one card draw and three card spread, there’s also a special five-card spread (the Tarot of Prague “Threshold” spread) and two spreads specifically developed for the Victorian Romantic: a romance spread, and a more general spread.

From the introductory section, we move to looking at the individual cards. Each card has keywords and key phrases, suggestions for reversals, a section on the “traditional” meaning of the card and the story behind the image Baba Studio chose for the VR, and information on the artist. Some cards show the entirety of the original image that was used (for instance, the image that became the Justice card) but most do not.

I love my copy of the Victorian Romantic Tarot, but finally knowing the stories behind the images gives the deck that much more depth for me. No wonder the Knight of Pentacles looks bored, she’s Britomart from The Faerie Queene, about to explain to Princess Armoret that she cannot marry her, because she’s actually a woman. Judgement depicts a couple in the presence of the Fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, definitely more of a Pagan-y interpretation than the normally Christian imagery on this particular card.

In short, if you have the second edition deck and haven’t bought the companion book for it, I’d say it’s worth the buy. Unfortunately, the other deck from Baba that’s heavy on the Victorian imagery, the Victorian Flower Oracle, is sadly out of print.

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