I was ambling through Ebay today, which I do on a regular basis, looking for items relating to our family history.
I typed in Orthodox Christian, and look at what popped up in the results...
Tarot of the Tsar
The blurb states :-
"Golden Tarot of the Tsar
Author: A.A. Atanassov
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
A luxurious looking tarot based on the iconic art of Russian Orthodox Christianity. The Golden Tarot of the Tsar is one of Lo Scarabeo's metallic decks, the saints and biblical scenes have textured gold backgrounds.The latest of Lo Scarabeo's stunning metallic decks, The Golden Tarot of Tsar is printed with shining gold foil, evocative of the richness of the art of the Tsars. Atanassov meticulously captures the intricate art of the Russian miniaturists who exemplified the art of this time. He also brilliantly merges the archetypes of the Tarot with the histories of Christian saints. Just as the saints achieved spiritual enlightenment and expressed their precepts in their daily actions, so the Tarot helps us access the spiritual and manifest it in our everyday lives."
Words fail me. This is something I would undoubtedly have rushed to buy in my neo-pagan flirtation days. Not any more.
I would much prefer to read the lives of the Holy Saints on a daily basis .
Why anyone would go to all this trouble to create a set of cards when they could truly access Russian spirituality through Holy Orthodoxy alone defeats me.
Though I must admit that I would be interested to Google and see what saints they envisage as archetypes for certain Tarot concepts.
I imagine the Crucifixion for Death, the Theotokos for the Empress etc.
Anyway, enough of the babble about the oddities to be found on Ebay.
Time for Terce prayers !!