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.