Trying Something New
A black and white Tarot deck? Bianco Nero literally translates to ‘White Black.’ I must confess that normally, I prefer brightly coloured decks. So much so that I’ve never, in my long life as a Tarot reader, bothered with buying a Tarot deck with muted colours – much less an all black and white deck.
Colours speak to the imagination and massage the intuitive glands. However, I’m now at that stage where you could give me a number between 1-78 and my brain would come up with the imagery to suit, colours and all. Perhaps that’s why I felt drawn to this deck. I can project the colours that are the best fit for me, at that moment.
Add to that the fact that the Bianco Nero images are very clear. You instantly get a feel of the message contained in the card. We can contrast this with the occult obscurity of another black and white deck, The Hermetic Tarot. The latter I have felt drawn to acquire for my study purposes but in the end never bothered with because I feel the drawings are ‘too messy.’ That said, I may still get the Hermetic Tarot, purely as a study deck. But I digress.
The Bianco Nero Tarot Deck
The imagery in the Bianco Nero Tarot is, according to the little white book (LWB), inspired by the Italian Renaissance Visconti deck as well as the Waite Smith deck which was first published in 1910.
The number cards are fully illustrated and reminiscent of ideas expressed in Pamela Colman Smith’s artwork. The suit names and numbering also follow this tradition, so Justice is the 11th Arcanum and the Earth suit is named Pentacles rather than Coins.
There is a bespoke Tarot spread titled ‘Black & White Goals Spread’ by Jody Barbessi and Karen Boginski included in the back of the LWB. You can learn more about the deck by watching the video below, where I show all 78 cards.
Bianco Nero Tarot Deck Interview
1. Describe yourself in three words or less. The Empress
BNT: Creative inspiration
2. How would your best friend describe you in three words or less? The Chariot
BNT: Motivating Forward Movement
3. What gift do you bring? The Magician
BNT: Clear communication
4. What do you expect in return? The High Priestess
BNT: Simply that you trust your inner guidance.
5. How can you help me serve? 4 of Cups
BNT: To reconnect with your muse when apathy starts creeping in. I stir your emotions so that you can recognise the opportunities that Spirit is presenting you with.
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself? 3 of Cups and the Wheel of Fortune (I very carefully counted six cards for this reading but it seems a 7th magickally made its way in!)
BNT: I’m surprisingly lighthearted and capable of creating an expansive feeling of joy. This lightheartedness makes it easier for you to distance yourself from drama and see this world for what it is – a stage. I guess that’s why I’m so popular…
Me: …and so modest, haha! That’s okay, you are totally brilliant and have every right to be proud of what you have achieved. I look forward to working with you!