Friday, April 10, 2009

Which one shall I use??????

Okay, I'm not sure what to do.........
Yesterday I went to Antwerp where I bought a Waite-Smith deck that was published by a Dutch publisher. I had my mind set to it for some time now, because of the backside of the cards.I couldn't see the entire deck at the store, because it was wrapped in plastic of course. As I came home and unwrapped the cards, I saw the colors where not the same as the Waite-Smith deck in the yellow box I already own. So, now I don't know which one to use. The thing is, I really want a deck that I'm going to use for a longer time (I like decks that look used). It took me a while to be sure which deck this was going to be and I finally decided that it's a Waite-Smith deck. It's just that I don't like the backside of the US version I have. But........I seem too got used to the bright colors already.
What to do?? What to do???
Here are some pics I made of the two decks. Would like to know what you think about it.
The backsides of the cards, don't have to tell you which one is which I guess.
Seven of discs. As you can see, the one on the right is much brighter.
Two of Swords. This card shows differences in brightness as well as you can see.

The Dutch publishing company says on their website that they reproduced the authentic colors of the Waite-Smith deck.
The thing I also like is the fact that there is no copyright written on the cards and that they feel like real cards. Almost no lamination. They have a real mate finish to them.
The reason I'm in doubt, is because of the meaning of the colors in the deck. The colors do have great meaning, and I don't want to miss something. But what are the real colors??????? That's the biggest question I guess.......


Helen said...

Well Charlene I have to say I prefer the brighter ones, but then my reading deck for the Rider Waite is the Radiant!

I use the original when I am studying what pixie and Waite were trying to convey, but I have to admit the original colouring whih is much more subdued than the Radiant does nothing for me.

I guess it's a personal choice.
By the way I love the rosy cross backs!!!

Happy Easter to you!

bummble said...

I personally prefer the more muted colours, and I love the backs, too (and the lack of copyright notice, that always annoys me).

Would you mind sharing the publisher (I'm mainly curious about that because I'm Dutch) and the ISBN? I might try and track that one down myself.
Thanks! :)

charlene said...

Hi Bummble,
The publisher is uitgeverij Schors in Amsterdam and the ISBN nummer is: 90 6378 363 9. The deck is shown on their website as well. Thanks for leaving a comment.