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The Dark Grimoire Tarot (English and Spanish Edition) Cards – March 5, 2012
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At other times I'm not at all sure what story of Lovecraft's is being depicted by a certain card. I wish the booklet which came with this had been better. For the major arcana it describes what's being depicted; but for the minors there isn't even an entry for each card, just an overall guide to the suits.
Speaking of the booklet, it states there that "ignorance can never be redeeming." This seems a distinctly un-Lovecraftian sentiment. It goes on, "Therefore, Tarots could never be an evil and frightful grimoire, but rather will always adapt to being an instrument of the will of man, a true master of his own destiny and always more aware of this power." Yeah... I think a Lovecraftian deck should be less optimistic. Tarot represents the patterns the Universe is organized in. Those patterns aren't always very human, and sometimes they will be frightening, and it's probably true that knowledge is ultimately better than ignorance, but in the short-term it can have negative consequences.
There are a few Lovecraft stories I wish had been included; for example I do like the Hermit card as is, someone simply engaged in reading books, but it would have been nice to have a Mi-Go capsule in the background or some other sort of reference to a specific story, or specific dangers of seeking knowledge. I also would have liked to see the Shoggoth themselves appear somewhere, and the hyrogliphed halls of the Elder Beings. Ah, and despite an entire suit dedicated to Lovecraft's Dreamland writings, we don't get any of the weird Dreamland creatures, like the moon beasts, the Night Gaunts, the strange creatures from Doom that Came to Sarnath, the zoogs, or indeed the cats. Ooh also the "Great Race" would have been nice to see.
A lot of the cards have fairly generic ghouls-or-fishmen-or-something, misshapen humans with glowing eyes, rather than specific horrors. So I do think there would have been room for more stories.
Still, this deck has some great cards, I like the overall fairly muted coloring and atmosphere, and the deck comes off as less trite than some other Lovecraftian decks.
Highly recommended to horror fans or any fans of darker themed tarot decks.