Dame of Swords

Terrible Tarot

This is not your regular blogger. This is… never mind who I am. My house has been invaded by a gang of pretentious fortune tellers who keep leaving these cards all over the place, and also books and art supplies and crumbs from jammy dodger cookies. One of the intruders has an outdoor cat who murders my neighbourhood’s most annoying songbirds, and now we have ghost birds that won’t leave me alone.

So now I’m stealing their blog. Mwahahaha!

I’ll be honest, the cards and books are pretty great. The history alone is impressive. There was this Italian family in the fifteenth century, the Visconti-Sforzas, who commissioned at least fifteen tarot decks, hand painted, many of them covered in gold. They also collected custom chess sets and pogs, but those fell through the cracks among other legendary collectables like the Maltese Falcon and the Late Fees Record of Alexandria.

What makes the Visconti-Sforza…

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