Our latest interview is with Danilo Sanino - the creator of The White Fly Tarot. This deck's narrative derives from both Fantasy and Grotesque themes
It includes the major and minor arcana and comes with a special guidebook that provides meaning for all cards in their upright and reversed positions. The guidebook comes in English, Italian and French.
Kickstarter - The White Fly Tarot
Where in the world do you call home?
I have never identified myself in the place where I live, or in the reflection of the people around me. The definition of home for me is a feeling of peace and tranquility that I can achieve after a satisfying job, or during time spent with friends, or just by myself.
It is definitely an inner space, which I have yet to completely conquer. The "home" theme is a goal that I am reaching, but I am in transit at this moment in my life.
I hope to cross the threshold of my inner house, and be home, soon.
What was your first experience with tarot and when did you fall in love with it?
I remember that in the first years of high school, with my first Tarot deck, I read the cards to my classmates. I had written the meanings of the Arcana on the cards, and the whole subject was difficult for me.
Then, over time, I temporarily abandoned the tarot, to study Astrology and various metaphysical themes of Indian derivation in depth.
I have been studying the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Indian Sanskrit text, and practiced yoga for years. After this, during the pandemic, I took up the tarot again, and thanks to YouTube I dusted off my ancient curiosity. At that moment, I fell in love with them. At that point, I was more mature to assimilate the meaning of the cards and the synchronistic act of reading them.
What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?
I have been working as a professional illustrator for more than 10 years. I felt that the right time has come to give birth to a great project that summarizes all my experience.
Commissioned work, although it represented a point of personal pride and financial support, has reached its saturation in my career. I feel the need to be an author, of something special, something on which my intuition and creativity can be expressed.
I have always been very prolific in my creativity, I have produced thousands of illustrations over the years. Some of them were perfectly suited to the meanings of the cards, therefore, I adapted them, adding details, varying colors, improving them to have a satisfactory result.
Others, however, have been specially designed for the project.
The external inspiration came from the observation and study of the various Tarot readers on YouTube. Internal inspiration, on the other hand, comes from my creative world, which can only express itself through what I call "play". If I don't enjoy drawing, I can't come up with a good result.
Creativity is a game. I know it sounds unprofessional, but that's what I believe. Metaphorically speaking, this concept aligns with Eastern philosophy which speaks of reality as a game, like a matrix. Macro creation is a game, just like micro creation, of the single individual.
It's definitely a serious game, that's what I believe in.
What would you say is unique about your deck?
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