More on the Tarot Deck

Wed Nov 16 10:17:39 PST 2005

Some help if you are one who would like to try and match houses and
other aspects of the Dragaeran world to the tarot deck. Rion meant to
say we're working on the Major Arcana. To familiarize yourself with
the general purpose behind each card, here is a great link to basic
Tarot card interpretation:


There are 22 Major Arcana but only 17 houses in Brust's world so we
have a translation with 5 additional aspects of Dragaera to make up
the 22 total. But, being you all are the really BIG fans we thought
we ought to see how closely our Major Arcana comes to what some of
you might like to see. 

There is also the minor arcana which has four elements to base its 52
cards on (like poker cards having spades, diamonds, hearts and
clubs). The common minor arcana elements are the wand, pentacle, cup
and sword. We figured we could keep those elements, except change the
pentacle to coin (that element deals with wealth and success) since
witchcraft is not an accepted craft for Dragaerans.

We are looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!


--- Rion Bergquist <carpovita at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> According to Steve, most card games on Dragaera are played with the
> Dragaeran Tarot deck - so we intend to release said Tarot deck at
> the 2006
> Fan summit.
> Steve and my partner Sage have discussed what the incarna should be
> and
> various other attributes of the project but we have not, as of yet,
> finalized anything.
> At this point we are waiting for three things:
> - the art (see previous mail)
> - final determination of what house and other Dragaeran iconic
> representations should be which arcana
> and
> - final approval from Steve who has the answers to all such things
> somewhere
> in his wondrously creative brain.
> So to help us ensure that we have everything in its proper place
> Sage has
> asked me to ask all of you - as you are the foremost experts of the
> world
> next to Steve - what you all think would be in a Dragaeran Tarot
> deck.
> Please keep in mind that this deck is to be the deck that
> Dragaerans would
> use, so individuals highlighted in the book will (for the most
> part) be out
> of bounds.  A Dragaeran would not use a deck that had a relatively
> unknown
> Vlad as the Death card - they might however happily use one that
> had a
> overdone characterization of an Easterner as the Fool...
> Hopefully that gives you an idea of what we are looking for.  Just
> like the
> other stuff this project should be going to press Jan 15th.  As
> such I need
> your answers, suppositions and conversation on this subject ASAP. 
> Please
> copy Sage into the loop on all tarot specific ramblings
> If you have any questions about this project or any other part of
> the Summit
> festivities please do not hesitate to ask.
> Sage is the Tarot expert and she may be reached at
> sbrwake at yahoo.com
> I am running the production schedules and may be reached by e-mail
> here
> about half the time, or by phone at 303-359-7073 pretty much all of
> the
> time.
> Thanks again for your love of the world and your help!
> Rion Bergquist -
> CEO Carpovita Press & Exec Director Opus Arts Festival -
> www.opusfest.com

--SB Bergquist
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