I couldn't shuffle this deck out of the box, so I too decided it needed a trim. I cut off the titles and left just a narrow black border all around. Getting down to a manageable size was one thing, but the cards were still too stiff for my comfort. I have shuffled the hell out of this deck and finally felt like it was breaking in. In the mean time, some of the lamination had started to peel back around the edges. I sandpapered off the peeling bits (don't worry--this deck is tough!) and touched up with a sharpie where necessary. I was almost ready to start working with it when the deck called out for two more things: gold edges and a new dedicated, dignified journal. It's tough but it still wants to be beautiful. The gilding created a thin, uneven gold border on the face of the cards, which I actually really like. They seem more...ancient, or something.
Trimmed Mary-El pics
Originally Posted by Lifeisabutterfly
The trimming seems to have made them more mine, as if by doing so, I had tamed them a bit, like the owner of a falcon...
I agree. It's like this deck wants to know that you're serious before it gives up the goods. Once it sees that you've put some time and effort in, it becomes more cooperative.
I have done a deck interview reading with some very insightful results. I'll start posting in the individual card threads with observations that come up in my readings, not sure that I am going to study each card in order though.