Over the past two years, I have been observing a delightful group on Facebook full of aspic, tutus, tiaras and the best batty gothic apparel. This group has formed an almost subworld within the realm of reality which is affectionately referred to as The Compound.
The Compound can be found within the pages of the Daughters of Divination group founded by Thalassa Terese. Thalassa is also the founder of BATS (Bay Area Tarot Symposium) which does enable members to meet and enhance their tarot knowledge with such classes presented by Marcia McCord and Mary Greer. There are indeed many more presenters and to see an entire list of events which happen in San Jose, August 23-24, please do click on the link… http://www.dodivination.com/
Now, back to the Compound.
This deck started off as a fun play on some of the statements, images and personalies found within the pages of this group. Many times, I would sit and openly laugh at the liguistical play the members would suggest as to the various events involving the Titwank family, which apparently are the royalty within the halls. Not only does the banter involve the Titwank family, but also incorporates a variety of characters of notability: Fluffy, the Cthulthu; Doris, the Ghost; Mr. Thrifty, a romantic bag of bones; KiRC, the Kilted Rubber Chicken; The Cook, a territorial entity that strikes fear among the members.
Bringing all of these elements and more proved to be among the best fun I have had in making a deck in a very long time.
And the best part? It is available as a coloring book for one to color in their own manner as well as a black and white deck, and a colored!
And the even better part? A portion of each sale goes right back to the DoD/BATS as a donation and thank you to all the members for letting me twist their ideas around and back again into what is now entitled “The Compound Tarot!”
The coloring books ($25) are unlimited, but the black and white decks are currenty available on Etsy and Ebay for $60.00 each with a $5.00 S/H US and $9.45 for international shipping. At last count, there were only 9 decks left.
For the Compound Tarot Black and White version: