Change is inevitable. I know this. Evolution not only as a species over millennia, but by an individual throughout a lifetime is not only recommended, it is required for life. A few simple cells meet, combine, and start dividing, over and over again. Without this constant change, we would never form and come out to even take our first breaths. One of my favorite sayings is, "A man never steps into the same river twice." Is it because the person has changed or because the river is flowing and is now different?
So when I see big changes coming, I try to embrace them, find the good in them, and love the new evolution for all that it is. Unfortunately, when I checked Ciro Marcetti's website yesterday, I gasped. He is changing my beloved Gilded Tarot!
Sure, it was his first deck published all the way back in 2004. Of course, he's done a couple of other magnificent decks since then. But why, oh why, does he have to go back and mess with the perfection that is the Gilded Tarot? I know some people gave him a hard time and said there wasn't enough symbolism, and blah, blah, blah. But I LOVE these cards. They speak to me in a way that no other deck ever has. I own TWO sets of them (and will probably go out and buy another because even though he says the original will still be published, you never know when the publisher might change thier minds).
Some people say the characters look a little "flat," or two-dimensional. Well, those people can team up with James Cameron, throw on some 3D glasses, and have at it! They don't need to mess with "My" deck!
Yes, evolution is a part of life, and change is good. Or I used to think so. But you will have to drag me kicking and screaming into the Gilded Tarot Royale.
RIP Gilded Tarot