Deck of the Month: Antique Anatomy
We all know how much I like skulls. The deck was on my wishlist for a very long time.
It’s a deck of skeletons. And, well, some other body parts too.
It’s designed to look like an antique anatomy text book. The cards themselves have a parchment texture and colouring, and the back looks like the cover of said old textbook, which gives it a fitting contrast to the deck. All the cards look like ink drawings, there is no colour or sparkle for this deck.
Despite the lack of my beloved bright and bold colours, the cards are rather evocative.
There’s no guess work with this deck. It’s all bones, you don’t have to deal with the superfluous details. A heart means emotion, a brain means logic, a spine or vertebrae mean support and a femur means strength or speed. It’s all rather logical and explicit.
See how the Two of Water (cups) is connected skeletons with a heart over top? You’re connected, it’s emotional. The 10 of Fire? To much pressure on your back, it’s going to break.
The court cards are the only thing I didn’t really like at first, but they’ve grown on me. They seemed too similar; each court uh, category? is all the same, but the skeleton have a different position depending on the suit.
You can tell a lot just by looking at the body language, while still being unified by the Moon. Also, each suit is it’s respective element, with symbols included, which I love, as well the Major Arcana have the astrology symbols of each planet association as well.
Speaking of body language.
Skeletons make me laugh. Look at judgement here. The little skeleton is like “Here, I have brought you a gift”. Angel skeleton is all like “Bitch, please”.
The middle guy in the 3 of Water: “Haha! Get it? Get it?!” and the guy on the right is all like “Oh my god Joe. Why.”
I feel like this deck doesn’t really do…frivolous well. Like, it wants to figure out the anatomy (heh) of a matter. It wants to deal with things, it doesn’t really care about how you “feel”, it just tells you what “is”.
The deck is a standard 78 cards deck with a custom tuck box. There is not guidebook, but it follows the standard pretty close, so I don’t think you even need one. It’s standard tarot sized, 12cm x 7 cm. Cardstock is fairly standard (I never know what to say here, it feels normal). Normal normal, whatever.
Two thumbs up.