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Jean Dodal Tarot (a handmade masterpiece by Justin Michael and Shell David) – benebell wen

This masterpiece replica of the Jean Dodal Tarot by Justin Michael and Shell David (of East Tarot) is every little thing to me proper now. It’s a fixture on the nook of my private studying desk and after I’m catching up with previous associates by way of zoom video calls, I’ll attain for this specific deck, sling some playing cards whereas we virtual-klink wine glasses, and examine Life.

I want I might inform you that they’re promoting these and you should purchase one for your self, however I’m unsure. You’ll want to succeed in out to both Justin Michael or Shell David straight to seek out out. No matter the price, having simply one in all such decks is price your funding.

It turns into that prized device. You’re not paying for simply one other tarot deck in your assortment. One thing like that is particular. It’s the artisan craftsmanship and the private contact that you just’re investing in, which I really consider is transformed into vitality and will get infused all through the deck.

Courting again to round 1701, the Jean Dodal deck, one of many early iterations of the Tarot de Marseille custom of tarots, had been printed from woodcut engravings and hand-colored by stencil, produced primarily for export. Shell David’s restoration venture is high notch, and Justin Michael’s printing and manufacturing– simply, wow.

You’ll be able to view 18th century originals of the Dodal on-line: the 1701 – 1715 version on the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the 1701 – 1732 version on the British Museum. You’ll see how the descriptions for all of those historic decks in museum collections observe that the playing cards are printed on pasteboard.

Likewise, Justin prints these playing cards on conventional pasteboard, so that you’re actually getting this expertise of being transported again in time.

Have a look at the painstaking clean-up work that went into the restoration venture! The 2 Dodal card pictures alongside the outer edges above are from the 1701-1732 playing cards housed on the British Museum. The middle two showcase Shell David’s restoration work.

Shell David has a walk-through of his Jean Dodal replica up on his YouTube channel, which is completely price your watch.

And right here’s Justin Michael speaking about how he hand-made the 1701 Dodal:

Ooh! So it appears like if you would like a customized hand-made Dodal deck from Justin, message him on Fb! Due to the depth of the labor concerned and simply how time-consuming the craft is, I feel Justin is taking part in it by ear… seeing the way it goes.

So yeah. Attain out to him one on one in the event you’re , and I’d additionally say be prepared to speculate, since you’re hiring the private companies of an artist and craftsman. You’ll get a completely totally different expertise from, say, ordering a $20 mass market model of a TdM deck.

By the best way, in the event you’re mesmerized by this deck, as a substitute of leaving a remark right here below my weblog submit, please go go to Shell and Justin‘s movies, and focus on the deck over there on their platforms! ❤

Shell talked concerning the further efforts he took to specific that Previous World stenciling impact within the coloring particulars. It’s right here you see the private contact of the artist’s hand. psst… he additionally has an Etsy Store: Shell David’s Etsy Store

To carry Shell’s onerous work to life, Justin makes use of pigment-based ink (moderately than dye-based ink) for the printing of those playing cards. Pigment based mostly inks are usually extra opaque and vibrant than dye-based inks, and are acid-free and longer lasting. In addition they take so much longer to dry totally, in order the craftsman, it’s tougher on Justin to be utilizing pigment-based inks.

Within the Dodal deck, Key II, the Excessive Priestess, is La Pances, moderately than La Papesse. There’s been a lot theorizing by tarot historians approach smarter than me on why that’s. Personally, I’ve nothing of worth so as to add to that dialogue. =)

You may also hear the enjoyable query of why does The Emperor card have an Arabic numeral “4” along with the Roman numeral IIII? Once more, a lot of fascinating speculations.

Knight playing cards are Chevalier, whereas in the event you’ve received a Conver tarot helpful, you’ll discover how in that common model of the TdM, it’s Cavalier. Don’t depend on my assertion right here, however I suppose Chevalier is extra of a title, like Knight, whereas Cavalier is extra of a descriptive, like a horse rider?

These playing cards shuffle fantastically, and whereas the general end is matte, there’s the slightest little bit of coating over the colours that offers the playing cards an Previous World sentiment. The colour restoration work brings these playing cards to life, and convey a way of dimension and depth when the playing cards are unfold out throughout your desk. A deck like that is well-suited for large spreads.

Working with a handmade deck akin to this simply hits totally different, particularly the place the artisans are members of the tarot group– individuals who love the tarot as a lot as you do. It’s actually fairly unimaginable, with no different deck dealing with expertise fairly prefer it.

Since many know me to be an RWS reader, I typically get requested how I determine when to succeed in for an RWS deck and when to learn for a TdM (or Thoth). I don’t have any kind of set matrix of circumstances or outlined components. I simply comply with my whim, and it varies from second to second.

Plus, tarot lovers typically undergo phases. It’d shock you to listen to that I haven’t truly reached for a standard RWS deck in ages. It’s been this Dodal deck from Justin Michael and Shell David, or it’s been my very own Spirit Keeper’s Tarot. Or one of many Etteilla decks– I’ve all three classes of Etteilla decks out on show and inside attain.

My favourite use for TdM decks is yes-no questions. I begin by pondering of a random number one by 9 in my head. Within the under instance, the quantity I used to be pondering of was 5. I then current my query to the playing cards: Ought to James by Tesla inventory? I start turning every card over, one after the other, in search of the primary card with a price that theosophically reduces to the quantity 5.

You’ll be able to type of see what number of playing cards I cycled by in that pile behind Temperance earlier than I received to Key 14, which theosophically reduces to five. Then the very subsequent card following that card solutions my query. I get Key 13, Loss of life. Sure, I am going off classical card meanings information, however I additionally go off my intestine emotional impression of the cardboard. Right here, my intestine emotional impression is “no.” So the reply to my query isn’t any.

Let’s showcase one other query. I ask, “Ought to James and I am going on a day journey to San Francisco this weekend?” That appears like a foolish query, however so many instances listening to the tarot’s reply as to whether I ought to exit or not has saved me from troubles. So it’s not as foolish of a query as it might sound.

The quantity I considered in my head was 8. So I start turning the playing cards over one after the other till I arrive at an 8.

I arrive at Key 8, Justice. The very subsequent card I pull occurs to be the Eight of Cash. Certain, some conventional (non-RWS) attributions to the Eight of Cash, due to Etteilla, are that of a stunning maiden or partial success with some troubles approaching on the actual second you suppose it’s within the bag. Or…I hear that, deliberately set it off to 1 facet in my thoughts, and hearken to my intestine emotional impression of the cardboard. I say yay! The weekend day journey might be nice! =)

This picture of a yes-no studying that appeared just a few paragraphs above? This I’m not going to share what query I requested because it will get just a little extra private and severe. The quantity I chosen was 4. Simply two playing cards in I pull Key 13, which theosophically reduces to 4. The reply to my query is the Queen of Cash. My intestine emotional impression of the reply right here was “sure.”

Are you a Marseille reader? What has your expertise with TdM decks been? And what are your ideas on investing in one in all these artisanal hand-crafted decks?


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