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Dreaming Way Tarot Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2012
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Dreaming Way Tarot is a youthful deck. I think it will be very popular with younger readers especially. The art is very good. The faces of the characters are delicate and detailed. Many of the images are breathtaking and evocative. I particularly like the Aces, and the Judgment card.
The scenic backgrounds seem random. Some are beautiful color-washed tones. Others, for no apparent reason, are textured. Some have a repeating pattern that looks like old-fashioned wallpaper.
The costuming of the characters is curious. Many wear huge, elongated shoes. Some wear oversized top hats. The High Priestess is a young girl in a black top hat and white knee socks. It is images such as this which make me think this is a deck for someone much younger than me. In my tarot world, the High Priestess does not wear knee socks.
There are some striking contrasts in the art. Many of the costumes are colored in black-and-white checks. The Cups are of varying sizes and shapes, and they are decorated in large black-and-white polka dots.
There are some images that just make me shake my head. Most notably, the Page of Cups is a sweet young girl in a dress, holding a black and white cup. Fish are swimming through the air. The image is lovely, except that the poor Page has a teapot tied to her head.
What makes matters worse is that the LWB is skimpy, and does not give the reasons behind the crazy images. If I could explain to a client the symbolism of the teapot hat I would feel better about it.Read more ›
Suits are traditional: Cups, Pentacles, Wands and Swords, as are the names of the Trumps. Each card has a white border with the card title at the bottom in thin black text.
The card descriptions in the LWB give both a short text about the card and what it represents as well as providing keywords for upright and reversed meanings. Additionally there are two short sections called "Characteristics of the Suits" and "Characteristics of Numbers" and a spread in the back of the LWB called "Dreaming Way Five-Card Spread," which is a spread designed to help the practitioner confront issues that may have blocked his or her contentment.
The cards themselves are not as glossy as many of the cards by U.S. Games typically are, and I find that they handle even better as a result; they tend not to slide about at the slightest touch. Cardbacks allow for reversals, as they are a Klimt-like array of circular orbs over a randomly painted green background.
I find this deck to be pleasantly neutral on most accounts. There is no angst or darkness, nor is there excess of cute or cheery images. Characters in the scenes also have well-depicted, though neutral facial expressions, with the exception of a very few cards, such as the Ten of Cups.Read more ›
Together Choi and Shina have created a unique deck, which preserves the roots of traditional tarot without simply repeating what's been done in the past. Beginners will be drawn into the cards, finding lots of visual cues to jumpstart their readings. Seasoned readers will be amused, stimulated, and prodded to look deeper into familiar symbolism. This deck is a treat for the eyes which also provides plenty to think about.
(TarotWise.com received a free review copy of this deck.)
Besides the gorgeous art, I really love the philosophy the author Rome Choi has, which is more about contentment and playing an active role in your own personal growth. This I feel shows in the meanings given in the little white book, while still being very much a Rider Waite based deck.
One card that initially stumped me was the Three of Pentacles, but I have come to understand it after doing enough readings.
Reading with this deck is great, the cards really come together to tell a story. I find they really interact with each other, and do well with larger spreads.
Personally I decided to remove the borders, and I found it really made the art and colors pop.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This deck is beautiful. Ordered for myself and a friend. I am very pleased.Published 4 months ago by emily
The artwork is even prettier in person! I'm very pleased with this set.Published 9 months ago by J W
Super beautiful with traditional symbolism! I love these cards! The backs are a little bright colored and almost tacky looking, but love them all the same!Published 15 months ago by Casey S