I rarely buy tarot cards. I’m…picky. I usually prefer working with my ogham or other oracle cards, but sometimes a deck cries out to me and demands attention. So when I saw The Antique Anatomy Tarot by Claire Goodchild (@blackandthemoon), I thought about it for a few days then decided to treat myself.
The cards arrived yesterday in a sturdy case with an equally beautiful guidebook. I’m still acquainting myself with them, but I will tell you…this exquisite deck is blunt. I mean…would you expect any less from cards featuring medical equipment? I wish the guidebook gave more info about the flowers, but they’re mostly there for color symbolism it seems. Same with the specific uses of the equipment portrayed.
My intrigue may surprise some of you, but I have a very casual interest in such things thanks to a trip to the Mütter Museum years ago and the fact that my late grandmother was a nurse during World War 2. I also have a fondness for the art style found in Victorian-era naturalist notebooks, so I’m drooling over all the dissected hands and flowers.
If you’re also drawn to such aesthetics, I invite you to order through the aforementioned museum. While I can’t travel and visit right now, I’m glad I was able to support them in some small way.