Dark Angels Tarot (英語) カード – 2010/4/8
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"78 Arcana of bitter hope and dark solace, with instructions".
The Art is Gothic with deep, pale hues of colour. The characters are wanton, serious, sad and compelling and the scenery is reminiscent of vampires and graveyards. It's pleasantly scary, there aren't any horrible monsters in it. The Majors do not their names written on the cards, just their numbers, while the suits are distinguished by different simple, coloured borders. If you look for Rider-Waite symbolism, it's quite hard to find. Most probably because the Dark Angels are 'dark' and foreboding, whereas the Rider-Waite depicts light and sun in the majority of it's cards. The Ace of Wands for example, shows a skull placed upon wooden pole with hands reaching up to it, against a gloomy, stormy gray sky, The LWB says "Everything begins with the first movement towards the goal!", an insightful and original take on the Ace of Wands, even though the picture lacks the fiery, energetic depiction of the card. 'The Lovers' card simply shows two 'Dark Angels' stood behind a couple, against a misty floor and deep, dark blue cloudy skies, the LWB says "With spread wings, the angels protect that which they love. For pity and for desire they choose to join with them in their fate and cleave to love against the darkening of the eternal night".
This deck is intriguing, inspiring and compelling and has a lot to offer the reader whose looking for something powerful, original and insightful to read with, although you may need to refer to the LWB to understand the card's symbolism.
The video review is a look at the cards for anyone who has not seen the deck (9:30). The room was a little dark. I hope you enjoy seeing the cards.
For those who do not want to watch a video review, let me just say a few words about this lovely deck. I think it is a particularly beautiful offering by Lo Scarabeo. The artwork is by the tarot creator, Luca Russo, and it is quite unusual in style. It works very well for a dark deck like this.
Some of my favorite cards are -- and there are so many that it is going to be hard to choose only a few -- I'll start with the Sun because it is so beautifully crafted. A Dark Angel clasps a glowing globe close to her as two angels dance in front of it. She is lit from behind by light. The play of light and dark in this card is beautifully done.
Our Empress is in a dark wooded forest. She herself is lit but is surrounded by darkness. The LWB sheds some light on this cards as follows: "At the end of time: The Empress of the angels nurtures the dreams of that which is past. She is the mother of death and the bearer of pain. They dwell within her and she rules over them." Wow, not quite what I would have thought! Fascinating.
The Page of Cups is a particularly beautiful dark angel with dark wings, near a lake. She holds onto a large silver cup. The LWB reads, "The angel of coercion grasps the cup of servitude and obeys."
The Ten of Wands shows a spectre of a figure standing under a haunted looking tree with many gnarled branches, under a dark, cloudy, night sky. There is the suggestion of a moon behind the clouds. The LWB reads, "The burden of ambition must be carried to the end of the road."
Our Queen of Swords is a beautiful ballerina. Traditional meanings are for her to be honest and forthright in her dealings. The LWB states, "Armed and ready the angel of sorrow will kill any that oppose her." That is beautiful and in keeping with this dark tarot!
I am enjoying reading the LWB and studying its meanings. It is written by Lillie, and I loved it. More, please!
I also loved the simple borders on these cards, with a number or symbol in the case of Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings, and a symbol for which suit -- Cups, Discs, Wands, or Swords. There are no languages on these cards, and the cards seem to work fine without them. I hope Lo Scarabeo follows with more decks in this style as it allows this artwork to really shine.
Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. Card backs are nonreversible. The back of the card is a mask design with a feather.
If I could wish for one thing from this deck, I would wish for a little more detail in some of the cards. It would be nice to see a little more tarot symbolism, even if it was not entirely traditional.
Overall, I really like this deck and am very glad to have it in my collection! I would recommend it to anyone who likes dark decks, gothic themed decks, or a nontraditional meditative deck.
If you're only interested in decks that have traditional RWS imagery and meanings, then you'll be disappointed. Some of the meanings and symbols have been changed to better follow the story of the angels. However, this deck, like all Lo Scarabeo decks, is rich with symbolism and the meaning of each card shines out.
The illustrations in person aren't exactly what I expected. At first glance, I don't like them, but that's simply personal preference. I've had the cards for about a week, and the other people I've shown them to have liked the illustrations. I do, however, like how parts of the illustrations seem to be deliberately blurry, bringing the angels into sharper contrast by comparison.
If dark, gothic-themed decks interest you, then you'll probably like this deck.