GLIMPSES OF THE MYSTERY
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I love Twin Peaks FAN art, but I really, really love Twin Peaks fan ART. So when Benjamin Mackey's amazing Twin Peaks Tarot deck, The Magician Longs to See, finally appeared last year after what seemed like an eternity of waiting and wanting, I spent days and days poring over every detail of that astonishing work of art. Imagine my delight, then, when I heard tell of a new limited edition Tarot deck in circulation--this one gorgeously-rendered in 78 cards (featuring both the Major and Minor Arcana) by UK-based illustrator Claire Laffar, owner of Maiafire Prints in London, England. I ordered the deck straight away, and after a lengthy trans-Atlantic voyage, it finally arrived.
The words "sumptuous" and "transcendent" are headed in the right direction, but the only way to believe this feat of Twin Peaks-inspired genius is to see these cards for yourself. The deck is handsomely packaged in a fitted black cloth drawstring bag in polite company with what can only be described as custom Twin Peaks confetti: a loose potpourri of petite blue rose and owl charms, cracked coffee beans, and tiny little letter tiles (presumably extracted from under the fingernails of BOB's latest victims) that rattle around the bag at the base of the deck.
Alas, this limited edition deck is currently sold out--I seem to have gotten the very last one available on Maiafire's Etsy Store. But let's hope some posh photos of this singular beauty can help to generate public interest in getting a second edition into circulation as soon as possible. These lovely drawings deserve wide appreciation!
The Major Arcana
The Minor Arcana
Sneak Preview! Coming Soon--A Card-for-Card Comparison of the Maiafire and Mackey Decks!