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Dreaming Way Tarot Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2012
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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.
You know how some oracle/Tarot decks have the figure posed in the deck in the exact center, with arms open towards the viewer, sort of beckoning them forward? This deck is not like that- it's like the artist caught these women unaware, in a moment of contemplation. I know this all sounds kooky, but I'm trying to express the thoughtful, quiet beauty of this deck. The colors are muted (like a foggy fall/winter day on the shore) but rich, the women are varied in their representation (no romance novel bosoms and muscular men in this deck, which is a big plus for me) and while the cards are fairly true to the origins of tarot imagery, the artist has done such a beautiful job of representing each card. I wish Kwon Shina would just keeping illustrating endless decks and books because the art on this deck is just perfection for me, as far as decks go.
I'm a Buddhist and primarily use these cards as both a way to gain insight (I match the traditional meanings of each card with a major theme in Buddhism- for example justice=karma, the wheel of fortune=dependent origination, devil=attachment and self-grasping existence, the chariot=impulse vs. right action, etc.) into my practice and also a way to spark something for deeper motivation and meditation, but as an art historian, I love reading cards intuitively as well- seeing if something in the image might spark something in me that resonates. These cards are so perfect for that.
The readings I have done with the deck have been very spot on- the first card I drew was the Tower, which i, traditionally, NOT a good card, but we had just gone through a MAJOR hurricane, one of our pets had been diagnosed with cancer, and so it was spot on. The accompanying cards gave me some food for thought about the situation which helped shift my perspective from complete overwhelmed to trying to make sense of everything and taking it all one moment at a time. And I didn't walk away from that experience with negativity towards the deck because the imagery and the energy of the deck is really subtle and insightful, without being sweet, innocent, or kitschy.
The LWB it comes with is just a few pieces of paper stapled together (if you're new to tarot you'll want a better guide, but it'll start you off) and the tuck box is flimsy and won't last. I had a hard time getting the cards back into the box the very first time I used them. This deck REALLY deserves a nicer treatment- I'd love to see a fully done guidebook with some insight on the artist and the creator's inspirations and ideas for each of the cards. Even better, if they published a full size, full-color "Art of Dreaming Way" book, I'd buy it in a heartbeat and look at it all the time.
I'm trying to express the gentle, quiet, dreamy, contemplative nature of this deck and I'm not doing a good job. It's just *the* deck for me and I can't recommend it enough.