Riccardo Minetti is the chief editor at Lo Scarabeo. Iâ€™m not sure how long heâ€™s been with them, but for as long as I can remember, so at least ten years. At Lo Scarabeo, Ric does a little bit of everything, including concepting, designing, and directing new decks. He is an author. He mediates between deck designers, artists, and Lo Scarabeo. He edits and designs covers.
Some of the projects he has personally authored or designed include:
- Etruscan Tarot
- Fey Tarot
- Tarot of the Journey to the Orient (majors only)
- Gothic Tarot of Vampires
- Manga Tarot
In addition to his professional duties, Ric also is a true lover of tarot. A connoisseur of complexity and fearless pursuer of questions, Ric challenges the tarot communityâ€”both in private conversations and in public forumsâ€”to look behind initial reactions and assumed truths, to embrace the unknown, to face the future with a curious mind and to eschew comfortable beliefs.
It was my great pleasure to spend five weeks with Riccardo in the Lo Scarabeo offices in the fall of 2009. And now, each month, you get to spend time with him, too. If you have any questions for him, let me know in the comments and Iâ€™ll see what I can do. If you missed it, be sure to check out last month’s post here.
To start things off, I got right to the heart of the matter and asked Ric what he loves most about tarot.
I think what I love most about the Tarot is that in the Tarot I can find a shadowland between the rational and the intuitive, the subjective and the objective, the certain and the possible.
I found that Tarot (and, in a very different way, Â Role Playing games) is the only thing in my life that can channel harmoniously those contradictions. Through the Tarot I can reinvent my perception of reality, finding a whole where there had been only scattered fragments.
So, Dear Readers, what do YOU love most about tarot…and what other questions do you have for Ric?