Mystery deck from a used bookstore

It took a fair amount of Google Image searching, but I finally figured out what I just bought.


Who is Mystic Meg?  No fucking clue!

I was at a used bookstore (looking for Tanith Lee books, if you must know) and saw a fair amount of tarot decks. I really liked the Merlin deck, but the minor arcana were under-illustrated and … I don’t know, they didn’t seem to match the rest of the deck.  So I ended up with a nice purple-backed deck, no box, no nothing, just with a paper strip to hold them together, in a ziplock sandwich bag. Speaking of sandwiches, the cards were a little bit tacky and stuck together, but they sobered up when I got them home and started flexing them. Good thing too, I was wondering how to clean them… windex?

The pips are unillustrated, and the suits are elements rather than traditional tarot suits: birds for swords (suit of air), trees for pentacles (suit of earth), etc.  Also, a few majors have changed names to make the deck more friendly (I guess).  Does anyone ever change the names to make them more unfriendly?

Let’s do one of them fancy deck interviews.

Mystic Meg

(I took that photo outside. Here’s the rest of the scene.)


Whoever Mystic Meg is, she’s ready to feed some chicks and murder some gophers.

1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Six of Air. (I love the birds; they match my traditional sparrow tattoo.)

To me, the Six of Swords means escape as an attempt to solve a problem. In other words, it’s the panic before you go back and deal with it. I think this deck might be a bit flighty. No pun intended.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Four of Fire. Alternatively, Four of Strawberry Ice Cream. Or Cotton Candy. Four of Deliciousness.

The four torches make me think of juggling; and four of them would be a pretty big challenge. Since it goes to ten, though, the card suggests that things are working out, keep at it. Sounds like this deck can persevere.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
Nine of Air. Anxiety. I don’t think this deck can deal with any serious issues; it’ll get stressed out easily and overreact.

4. What do you bring to the table — what are you here to teach me?
Lovers. God damn, Mystic Meg, you’re nominating yourself to be my love deck? Bold. Especially after saying you’re not dealing with serious issues.

5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Ten of Water. Oh, you want me to be mature? Do deck interviews always go like this?

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Water Princess. Aha. The Page of Cups You know, this doesn’t really surprise me. This deck is weird and irreverent in the same way I am– and seems to have similar weaknesses.

I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with this deck.

Mystery deck from a used bookstore