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Dark Angels Tarot Deck Cards – April 8, 2010
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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.
I can't explain what exactly that means. Those of you dealing with spiritual matters might understand. I just knew, somehow, that this deck was the one for me.
So, for about 5 months, I hungered for this deck, and the Fallen Angels one. Finally I was able to obtain it, and I wasn't disappointed.
The cards themselves are beautiful. If you want to see samples, go to Aeclectic.com and find the deck. That's where I discovered it.
Each card has it's own dark beauty.
The only downside for me is the packaging. It's little more than that of normal playing cards. Maybe I am nit picking, but I do take pride in owning the decks I have, and the packaging matters.
For my part, I would have preferred something more like that found in my other decks. Wisdom of Avalon and Wisdom of the Hidden Realms. Sister decks by Colette Baron-Reid.
These have a lid that slides down to encompass the deck, book, and the bottom part of the box. Very slick in design and appearance.
Still, these cards are worth the investment. If you want a review on how they are used, just check Aeclectic's.
One thing about this, they are generally not something a novice would use. (Even though I am a novice, this was the first tarot deck that gave me a "mental shiver". So I got them despite being a novice.)
The suits and cards are arranged via symbols. There are no words on the cards. Not even the Major Arcana have this. So a novice to the craft may have a difficult time in remembering what each card is, let alone what it represents. This will come with practice, and experience, however.
All in all, this deck is very much worth the money I paid for it, and most likely will be for you as well.