Is symbolism still needed in Tarot?

Lately I was asked to add, and several repetead times, symbolism elements to my cards to have an easier identification of the cards. For instance to draw six swords on the Six of Swords card. This is what I did not want to do when I started my deck. I wanted no symbolism to appear so the reader’s mind can travel without the symbols borders. Seeing Six Swords or Three Cups or a Prince on Fire immediatelly triggers an interpretation Tarot readers know by heart. I wanted readers to dream, think, travel watching the abstract images of my cards. I did not want a mapped deck as almost all Tarot decks are. But it seems to me few people are ready for this. I’m asked for symbols at best, and openly criticized at worst. I will think about it. I just wish people be sometimes more open-minded and not absorbed in a reassuring routine. I wish people take risks, try something different. I won’t change my style and might add some elements of older Tarot to help people identify a card but I won’t create one more many times copied deck. Marc Bestgen

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