This deck has been at the back of my wishlist some time, like an after thought. Now I suddenly saw that my online bookstore had it for a steal so I added it to my order for books. This is a ‘vintage’ deck (no ISBN) and comes with a folded out leaf with meanings with text too small to read, but the art is really good. I love this kind of primitive naive art. I am sure all those glyphs mean something but I don’t have the book for the deck yet. Anyway I am glad I finally got it! Despite being so foreign in it’s expression it is not at all hard to interpret. Website about Xultun.
The warrior of staffs is wearing a bear disguise and it remind me of how scandinavian vikings went into a ‘bärsärkagång’ or bear-rage when they went to war. The bear is a fierce and strong animal that will protect it’s young ones to the last drop of blood, but they are also loners, they don’t live in packs but go their own ways. Young bears when weaned set out on their own and only rarely seek out fights.
The 7 cups show a man making an offering (or perhaps just adding something) to an altar. I like this view of the card, an altar where we put our treasures, where we show what is important for us, a space set apart. I used to have an altar too but if one can’t keep it pristine and really take time and care with it then it is better to dismantle it and just construct it when needed. Just coming down from the christmas frenzy, I guess a lot of people just dismantled their altar to consumerism…
Oh these are the other things that I bought with the deck: Part 3 of Promethea by Alan Moore and ‘The complete polysyllabic spree’ by Nick Hornby.