I Gatti Tarot
created by Osvaldo Menegazzi
I Gatti tarot is a limited edition, handmade, majors-only deck with twenty-two cards, numbering from Il Matto (the Fool) to 21, Il Mondo (the World). It is a partner, of sorts, to I Cani Originali – the handmade, Dogs majors-only tarot deck by the same artist and publisher. Lighthearted, little tarot decks that are particularly pretty or cute can certainly have their place in a collection, and I Cani has been a favorite of such decks in my own collection for many years. It is not a favorite simply due to the “prettiness” or “cuteness” of the artwork… it is also very well crafted by hand, on fine, heavy stock, with a handmade case that ties with soft ribbon. I Cani is a deck I don’t use for many readings, but admire for its joyful art and fine design.
I Gatti is much the same! Like I Cani, the cards in I Gatti do, to some degree, reflect traditional trump meanings – or at least, they give a nod to the traditional meanings and images in the Major Arcana. Again, like in I Cani where the spirit of dogs is effectively expressed, these cards capture the essential nature of cats quite well. They are depicted tipping over a pitcher in Le Stelle (the Star), hiding nestled in a globe in Il Mondo (the World), grasping at a fish that hangs above in L’Appeso (the Hanged Man). They are variously sweet, playful, fun, curious, sophisticated, and aloof.
I Cani tarot was given to me quite a long time ago, and since then I have kept my eye out for I Gatti. Recently, during pandemic, I noticed it for sale at a terrific price (as limited edition creations, these decks are collector’s items). I was happy to welcome it into my collection, which I have pared down in recent years to those decks that mean the most to me.
Reading (or not) with the cards
Readings can certainly be done with these cards, though if you are going to make this a working deck, I would suggest taking great care when shuffling. In fact, I’d suggest a very loose, overhand shuffling to avoid causing damage. If you are lucky enough to spot either of these great little tarot decks for a price you are comfortable with, I’d highly recommend adding them to your collection – especially if you are also a cat or dog lover! Their artistry and joyful quality make them worth the price, even if you won’t use them as you do other decks.
Note: the ribbon on my deck is scarlet red. The cards of my I Gatti tarot are just slightly larger than the cards of my I Cani deck.
You may also be interested in my review of I Cani Tarot at Illumination Tarot.
Check Amazon to see if anyone is offering I Gatti Tarot.
The publisher is Il Meneghello Edizioni – Tarot Artisans, in Italy, where you can find many special creations.