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Tarot of the Dead Cards – Box set, September 8, 2004


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Product Details

  • Cards: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870427X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monica Knighton (Texas) is a writer, illustrator, and metalsmith whose work reflects her fascination with folklore, mythology, horror, film, and stand-up comedy. She is currently working on new Tarot decks and an ongoing graphic novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audrey on July 7, 2006
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If you love Dia de los Muertos folk artwork, do not pass up these cards! They are absolutely gorgeous. By far one of the more stunning decks available with a solid premise in the acceptance and celebration of death as truly part of the cycle of life.

The deck comes with a booklet outlining each card, as well as, the basic eight card pyramid and celtic cross layouts. The descriptions of the minor arcana were very thoughtful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2007
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"This isn't about what happens after you die...It's about letting go of the euphemisms and accepting where this parade is headed. The shadow of mortality makes the minor worries of the day silly, petty, and ridiculous...Our humanity survives in our willingness to communicate. If we can talk about death, then maybe we can be better equipped to be there for the living in terms of grief and loss." - From the Tarot of the Dead Little White Book

At the beginning of November, Mexico celebrates "Day of the Dead", or Dia de los Muertos. And celebration it is with families and friends honoring the dead with flowers, food offerings, gifts of clothing--anything the loved one enjoyed in life. Some commemorate this day as one of remembrance, while others believe that the dead literally return for a visit.

Contrast this attitude with America, says Monica Knighton, where "mortality is simply not something we want to talk about. It implies loss of control. Our ideas about where our dead family and friends fit into our psychological landscape are splintered and vague." Of course, she is right.

This attitude strikes Ms. Knighton as strange, the way Americans rush through (or try to rush others) through the grieving process--wondering when someone will "just get over it". Outward signs of grief are an unspoken taboo and, unfortunately, many people tend to run from those in mourning.

With the attempt to bring death to the forefront, Ms. Knighton offers us the Tarot of the Dead--where skeletons grace every image save the unnamed card usually known as "Death". There, we see the only living person--a very pregnant young woman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimi on April 12, 2013
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Maybe I missed the fine print somewhere but the minor arcana doesn't have any pictures... it's the old style with just the number of the suit. The Major Arcana is nice; colors are soft but it's cool. As a reading deck this does not work at all for me. I'm thinking of just using the Marjor Arcana cards to make a collage or wall hanging of sorts. I was disappointed since I've been really wanting a skull based deck, sugar skulls or day of dead imagery, this was the closest I could find but it doesn't fit the bill for me. I kept it because it's different and I like to collect, and I could make something with it.
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