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The Tarot of Vampyres Cards – September 8, 2010
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Ian Daniels (United Kingdom) is a professional painter and illustrator. He has produced artwork for gallery exhibitions, book jackets, fully illustrated books, and numerous other projects whose themes include fairy tales, dreams, ghosts, and vampyres.
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The card stock is very silky smooth, it fits nicely in my hands and seems well laminated. It's not one I feel I have to baby to any extreme, and it shuffled like a dream immediately.
The only downside is the box...it's very flimsy and basically fell apart when I opened the package. Since I hate throwing out the packaging on my tarot cards, I had to duct tape the box back together on the inside. The deck itself was simply wrapped in plastic in the box, it has no little box of it's own, so for the moment I'm holding it together with a black hair tie until I come up with something better for it. That aside, I'm very happy with my purchase.
I'm still loving this deck, there's so much depth to it and the companion book is my favorite among my Tarot Books with Decks sets. I try to be very discerning with the decks that I purchase, so many decks these days are "just a pretty face" with no substance. This is not one of those decks, everything has a rich meaning.
I’ve always loved Vampires so that was my initial draw rot these cards and I’m a huge fan of roses so the backs having such a lovely image of them makes me very happy. They were definitely meant to be with me.
And the book is so wonderfully detailed and easy. I think this should be a must read for any tarot lover. It’s unfortunate when you get some tarot books that leave you with more questions than answers. Not the case here. This is great for beginners and more experienced alike.
If you want a beautiful tarot set of your own and like vamps and roses, then this is the set for you. I’d also recommend these as a gift. It’s a very very nice presentation.
The borders (being black) don't detract from the dark artwork very much, so even someone who doesn't like bordered decks could probably get along just fine with this one. The cardstock is somewhat thin and bendable, but the cards themselves have a slight matte/velvety feel that allows them to shuffle and fan out quite smoothly (without being slippery).
The guidebook is quite in-depth, with no stone left unturned. I personally only use guidebooks when I find myself truly stumped by a particular card, but I know a good guidebook when I see one.
Bottom line: this is a gorgeous deck, perfect for darker readings. I only wish I had discovered it much sooner!
Scepters = Wands
Grails = Cups
Knives = Swords
Skulls = Pentacles
The card stock is pretty good. It is a matte finish and durable. Has thin black borders which don't bother me too much. I am one who will trim my decks to make them borderless. But I do not feel the need to trim this one. I do not like white edges though. I edged my deck in red and it really made the artwork on the fronts and even the back pop.
The guide book is one of the best I have ever read. Each card has the "message section" which is general info about the card that could be applied to any deck. There is the essence of the card that is the meaning of the card in this deck and there is a shadow definition which is reading the card in shadow (kind of like reversed). There are a couple awesome spreads which I have tried and loved them. The guidebook is packed full of tons of information. The book alone is worth the price.
Overall, I highly recommend this deck. It is also good for beginners.
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