Name of deck:Favole Tarot Publisher: Fournier EAN: 9780738732589 Creator’s name: Victoria Francés Brief biography of creator: Francés was born in Valencia in 1982 and studied Fine Arts at the Facultad de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. While there she worked as an illustrator for book covers and other pieces. Her own first illustrated book was titled Favole, a remembrance of Venice, Genoa and Verona. She is influenced by the pre-Raphaelites and Gothic Romanticism.
in Spanish translates to ‘favours’ in English or ‘tales’ from
Italian; in some ways I feel the translation from Italian fits this
was given this deck as a present by my dear friend Ann. My immediate
reaction was to the artwork; very dark and very Gothic yet beautiful.
The deck is Tarot de Marseilles influenced in that it has images on
the Major cards and just symbols on the Minors.
my what images they are! The four suits are completely different to
other decks as you have Masks, Flowers (which look like black roses),
Butterflies and Crosses. The little white book that came with the
deck is of no use whatsoever if you are not familiar with the Tarot
as it gives meanings to the standard suits of Cups, Wands, Pentacles
and Swords. Very confusing!
which is which I wondered?
On closer inspection of the cards, I decided to go by what I felt about the four suits and not to try to correlate them with the standard RWS suits. For instance, what do Masks mean? They hide faces for a start, they cover up something, they give a false impression. Looking at the other suits, Flowers are gifts, beautiful, flowers of love, yet roses have thorns too. Butterflies flit from one flower to another, they morph from a chrysalis, they change in short life cycles. Crosses show faith, burdens, even ‘crosses’ to bear, yet something sturdy to cling to, like the big iron cross at the top of Mount Teide on Tenerife; you feel very grateful to hold onto that when you reach the top I can tell you!
me it was also easier to correspond an elements to each suit; Masks
are fire, Butterflies are air, Flowers are Water and Crosses are
earth, which again give more qualities to each suit. My keywords for
Butterflies are changes, movement, ideas, transience, communications,
reason, thought, social interaction. I’m sure you may have other
words that spring to mind here too.
also use Numerology within the Tarot, so I then looked at the
meanings of each number. (I won’t go too much into this but if
anyone’s interested, I did do an article of Numerology a while
For example, 2 is the balance, the stalemate, the partnership and applied to each suit gives a general meaning for the cards. The 2 of Masks could indicate a hidden element with regard to a balance or partnership or alternative courses of action, and the 2 of Crosses could indicate having faith in a partnership, weighing up the practicalities or perhaps finding a stalemate hard to deal with. The meanings would of course depend on the question.
looking at the Majors, different keywords spring to mind. The Hanged
Man shows a puppet lying on the floor with the remains of strings
around her. The RWS Hanged Man is all about being in limbo or
suspension and even being tied to the spot, but the Favole Hanged Man
suggests that the strings attached have been cut to allow freedom or
release or negatively, let down.
Tower has several significant changes I feel, too. The image here is
of a woman in white who looks as if she is escaping from an old tower
in the background, yet her movement suggests an unhurried pace; that
she is perhaps leaving the tower on her terms, not someone else’s.
Many of the Majors feature female images, although some are very androgynous. Even the male images are beautiful and have an ‘elf-ish’ look to them, except for the King of Flowers whose image reminds me of The Phantom of the Opera.
final and very surprising difference in this deck, though, is the
Knights suit. The Knights of Flowers, Crosses and Butterflies feature
stone statues in various poses, yet the Knight of Masks shows a girl
with a Mask on. These changes for me are significant and conjure up
very different keywords to the RWS Knights.
notes I made for each Knight are:
of Crosses – faith challenged
of Butterflies – release, escape, setting something free
of Roses/Flowers – false love, unrequited love, love one sided
of Masks – temptation, playfulness, something not as it seems
this is a beautiful deck, especially if you are drawn to the dark,
Gothic images on them. Some reviews say they are depressing but I
suppose it depends on your taste. I have read with these cards,
although if I’m honest, it did take a bit of getting used to the
suits to start with.
have a look at this deck, though; it may be your cup of tea or it may
not! A Google search will bring up more information and various
reviews and images too.
you decide to add this deck to your collection, do ditch the little
white book! The only interesting information I found in it was a
section about the Celtic Cross, and a deeper way of using this
A collector’s deck if nothing else, but a deck I will use again!