The Little White Book(let)s that come with decks of Tarot cards. They’re the specific instructions and card definitions that the decks’ creators had in mind when they brought forth their works from out of the realm of the theoretical and into your 3-D, meat-world hands. Anyone at all into Tarot is familiar with the LWB.
Familiarity, however, is not the same thing as enthusiasm. Some Tarot fans revere the LWB’s, and swear by them, trusting each one to be a guiding voice that can help with navigating the sometimes turbulent vagaries of a unique deck. Other Tarot people, though, have nothing but scorn for the LWB. Still more are indifferent, or take this question on a case by case basis.
I ask all this because I just cracked open the LWB for the RWS (A-OK!). The definition included for The Moon card, which I was checking out at random after not having looked at this LWB in literally years: “Hidden enemies, danger, calumny (sidenote: what the hell is ‘calumny’…?), darkness, terror, deception, error.” Maybe I’ve been doing it wrong for all these years, but I see The Moon as way more positive than this. To me, it’s a card about mysticism and intuition, dreams and psychic experiences, the subconscious and the instinctual. I see it as pretty positive, actually. I tend to love The Moon. And this is why any LWB can be a blessing and/or a curse.
How about you — do you love, hate, or just sort of shrug at the LWB?