Hi, folks! You may have noticed that the Tarot of Bones does not come with a Little White Book. That’s for a couple of reasons:
- I was trying to cut down on paper usage, hence doing a simple tuck box instead of something more elaborate. (I tried to have the printer not plastic-wrap the decks, but they said not doing so could cause damage to the decks during transit.)
- The information that you would find in a LWB–basic meanings of the cards, both upright and reversed–is already available for free on the website in the Card Art Gallery. Just click on each individual card (you can narrow things down to the Major Arcana or one of the suits with the menu above the images in the main gallery) and you’ll get several images of the assemblage for that card as well as the final card art, along with information on what materials are included (including species of skulls, etc.) I’ve also included brief upright and reversed meanings.
Generally speaking, the species of bones used in the Pips don’t really matter; I just used whatever I had on hand that worked well in the assemblage. For example, I used a deer leg bone in the Ace of Wands, but the fact that it’s deer didn’t really factor into the card’s meaning when I was designing it. Rather, the leg bone was the right size and shape for the assemblage. With some of the Courts and Majors I go into a little more detail on species, as with Temperance here.
Additionally, the Daily Draws aren’t just for promotion. They’re also for you to see the cards in action, and how I interpret them.
I know that this deck often departs quite a ways from traditional RWS-style art, and if you didn’t pick up the Tarot of Bones Companion Book you may be feeling a little lost. I am always happy to help you as best as I can if you want to know more about a given card. Just email me at lupa(dot)greenwolf(at)gmail(dot)com
Oh! This is good to know. I figured the only way to know anything about the cards was to get the companion book. I’d been planning on holding off on using my deck until I could afford the book, so it’s good to know that there is a place I can look up info in the meantime. Thanks!
Happy to help 🙂