The Besancon tarot deck, also known as Il Tarocco di Besançon was reproduced by Osvaldo Menegazzi of Il Meneghello of Milan in 1985, and again in 2000. This is a sumptuous deck which should appeal to anyone who likes historical and/or Marseille styles.
You can find other interviews with Il Meneghello decks here.
This interview speaks directly to the spirit of the Besancon tarot, asking it to tell us directly what it would like you to know. Read on and enjoy!
Il Tarocco de Besancon Interview
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
I can identify and and speak to the hungers of the heart. For those who suffer, I say this, “Out of pain and loss, new beauty and possibility can grow.” I can help your clients to understand this.
2. What are your strengths as a tarot deck?
The vicissitudes of life can sap the will, hopes, and dreams of almost anyone. I can provide a temporary shield from the rain and clouds which threaten from above. I can help you regain your balance. You may feel your foundation to be precarious. Nevertheless, I can help you make it real.
3. What are your limits as a tarot deck?
I’ve been scarred by time. Specifically, two of my teeth are missing (see below). They were plucked from my mouth and replaced by substitutes. If you remember the ones that were lost, you will find me a strong ally to you.
4. What are you here to teach us?
Life is about choices. Many are far from clear, with weighty consequences and implications. Such decisions are best made through a combination of head and heart – reason and intuition. I can help you bring these together so that your decision making is the best it can be.
5. How can we best learn from and collaborate with you?
Wrestle with me. Be willing to be flexible while taking what’s happening in your readings very seriously. Tarot reading is not a game.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
You will learn to trust yourself and will stand securely on your own two feet. You will know your mind.
So there you have it. The words of il Tarocco di Besancon.
The two missing teeth
Two of the 78 tarot cards have been replaced in this deck. The Popess, the second in the major arcana, has been replaced with Juno. The Pope, fifth in the major arcana, has been replaced with Jupiter. If you are a reader, you may find these two substitutions distracting. The other 76 cards fall into the standard Marseille pattern.
Where can you find il Tarocco di Besancon?
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