Disguising Tarot Decks

I was in an interior design shop earlier today and came across some decorative boxes which I have seen in quite a few formats recently in quite a few different places; those old-fashioned trompe l´oeil fake books which, when opened up, are actually a box but can be stored like books on a bookshelf and to the unsuspecting eye may indeed be books. But we know better.

The shop had a few different types in stock and they were relatively inexpensive; some bound with old maps, some with rococo curlicues, some with florentine paper design and one (slightly more expensive) which was embossed dark faux leather and like a grimoire. Guess which one I chose?

I am forever on the lookout for things to store decks in and practical, protective ways to transport decks from one place to another (as one who finds it quite difficult to leave home without the deck of the moment in my bag), take to dinner parties for readings etc, and these fake book boxes are just perfect. I kept looking at it in the shop debating whether maybe a Lo Scarabeo deck would fit. Or perhaps my Vieville. It looked to be the perfect size for my Vieville. Or it could  – the harder I looked at it – actually be a millimetre out. The only way to find out was to buy one. When I got it home I discovered it was perfect, so promtly went back to get a few more. Perfect for Lo Scarabeo decks (with or without box) and perfect for quite a number of other decks (with or without boxes). And, yes, the Vieville fits snugly, as do many other decks.

I’m feeling very pleased with my new discovery. They are lightweight for transporting decks and are such a good fit that the decks won’t rattle around and get damaged, and they have a magnetic lid that keeps them closed. Plus they looks so mysterious. The kind of thing that one would use to hide a key to a secret panel in the library, or a place to hide pornographic engravings in the early 19th Century. Something dark, salacious and wrong.

I don’t feel an urge to disguise my tarot decks from anyone, despite the title, but these little boxes are a great find. It’s more a convenient way to transport decks than anything else. As I run out of new decks to buy (I have all the decks I want right now), I enjoy looking for useful accessories and these are a great tarot accessory.

About Le Fanu

Tarot collector in a far off land; loves ghost stories, magick, tarot, wistfulness, spookiness, Victorian spiritism, ectoplasm...
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9 Responses to Disguising Tarot Decks

  1. Wow, that’s a great idea for storing decks. Plus this provides the option to place them vertically. Nice!

  2. BodhiSeed says:

    Hmmm…. I could see this might be useful in disguising some of my decks so my family will stop commenting on how large my collection seems to have gotten.🙂

  3. Hi!

    Which edition of the Vieville is that in your new box? Great boxes by the way. How will you label them to know which deck is in which box?

    Great finds!

  4. Le Fanu says:

    Ann, that isn’t my Vieville, it’s the Meneghello Besançon deck. I only have the standard France Cartes Vieville edition. I shalln’t be labelling them. I think I’ll let it be a surprise!

  5. Yes, surprises are always fun! I really love the look of the Besacon in your little book. I know you are an avid collector, but would you recommend this deck to me, I don’t collect all that much, but the look of this deck really appeals to me. What do you think? I don’t even know where to get one if I did want to…

    How are things in Portugal these days. Work keeping you busy?

  6. Carla says:

    So what is the name of the manufacturer of these boxes? Where can we find them? Oooh, you’re a bad one, promoting a product and not telling us how to get our own!🙂

  7. Le Fanu says:

    Ann, the Besançon is lovely. One of my favourites, but be warned;it’s got Juno & Jupiter instead of Papesse and Pope. Meneghello do it and it can be bought from alidastore. And things are fine here thank you🙂. Carla, I have no idea whatsoever who produces these boxes. They were bought in a shop which isn’t even a chain and there is no sign of where they were manufactured and who distributed them. But I’ve noticed that these “secret book” boxes are around in different places. Keep your eyes open and I’m sure you’ll see something similar near you.

  8. sapienza says:

    Oh my goodness, what a fantastic way to store decks! I absolutely love it and of course I want one now. Haven’t seen anything like it over here but will certainly keep an eye out.

  9. B says:

    They look great…. not quite the same, sapienza, but I have made these containers in the past from old unloved books. I will try and put one up on my blog if I can find any…. I have moved so much over the past years things have gotten lost. Recycling is a good thing and I love books…… Dear me Le Fanu it is too easy to get lost in your world…..I must do something this morning before it becomes afternoon… ah…too late I see…..

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