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Tarot of the Sweet Twilight [Cards]

Lo Scarabeo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good works of art July 5 2014
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Good works of art, but the gender of the characters within these 78 cards are seriously off-balanced. After I bought it I found out that this is more of a female deck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surrealistic Journey into the Twilight! July 28 2009
By Neko-san - Published on Amazon.com
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From samples over the internet, these cards "called" to me. I didn't know exactly why, but then it hit me. "Wow! This is Tim Burton meets Tarot", I thought. It's undeniable that the imagery in the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight seems to be taken out of movies like "The Night Before Christmas" and "Corpse Bride". However, this is not just a rehash of the Rider Tarot in the spirit of those movies, but an ingeniously designed deck by Christina Benintende.

The cards on this deck are bordered black, with a reversible back to behold. The imagery losely follows the Rider tradition in a surrealistic fashion. With muted but contrasting colors, each card sucessfully captures the environment at twilight. At times, a sun and a moon will be seen at opposite ends of a card. The characters are languish being of pale skin that at all times captivate your imagination with their hidden emotions. However, this is by no mean a depressing deck.

Each card on this deck is labeled top and bottom on six languages including English, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Dutch. The Major Arcana are numbered at the top with stylish purple roman numerals, starting at 0 with The Fool. No matter how much I try, I won't be able to make justice to these cards. Instead, I can say that my mind was full of wonder as I enjoyed them. Is there a scythe as the shadow of the skeletal figure in Death? Is that an effigy of Yoda at the bottom left corner of Strength?

The suits in the Minor Arcana (chalices, pentacles, wands and swords) are subtly integrated into the imagery. The pip cards are fully illustrated and numbered at the top. There are a lot of interesting cards in the Minor Arcana like Ace of Cup with a woman bathing in a cup, Nine of Pentacles with a Catwoman look a like in view, and Knave of Wands with a troubadour with a spanish guitar to mention a few.

The only disappointing part of this deck is perhaps the Little White Book that comes with it. If you wanted to know what inspired the designer, you won't find an answer there. However, the descriptions were to point of the imagery on the cards.

If you like surrealistic art and tarot, this is probably a good deck for you. I suspect this is a deck I will enjoy for a long while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Redo for Tarot Sept. 4 2009
By N. Almack - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't a typical Rider-Waite clone deck. A fair number of the illustrations depart from the standard symbology, but not so much that the interpretaions are totally lost! You shouldn't have too much trouble adapting to the deck for doing readings from.

But that's not really why I dig this deck. It's the look. The colors are vivid, but not overly cheerful. I read a review where someone felt that it was the deck that Tim Burton never made, and I think that is an apt description. It's got some gloomy outlook amidst the more upbeat cards, and the drawings are rather charming. It's not as far out there as the Deviant Moon Deck either; it's stylised without departing from certain Tarot norms.

Additionally the card stock is a good wieght and the finish is not overly slick making them easy to handle. Lo Scarabo's boxes have a different fold at the bottom that doesn't roughen up the cards when you put them back in. The little white book is a bit on the sparse side, but that's standard. The meanings given in it do seem to vary a bit from what you learn elsewhere, but I found them to be relatively easy incorporated twists of other decks.

All in all, charming without being overly cheerful or theme interpretive.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Twilight Nov. 4 2009
By Bonnie Hoffer - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply put: This deck is amazing.
The cards are great quality with beautiful artwork. It's magical, depressing, emotional, artistic, but without being over done. It is what it is, the sweet sweet twilight.
I did a great deal of research before purchasing and I am beyond satisfied.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Surrealistic Nov. 30 2009
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
"Whispers of the twilight twist into the corners of your soul awakening long-forgotten feelings. Surreal images surprise your mind. Colors and curves delight your eyes. Bittersweet beauty tinged with sadness stirs your heart and you are moved beyond expectations. You are changed. You grow wiser. You find the world is more complicated but no less beautiful." - From the Little White Book to the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight

Bold coloring and surreal imagery, uncertain circumstances viewed by emotive eyes, this is the eerie landscape favored by the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight. Painted by the fanciful, confident brush of Cristina Benintende, this deck is reminiscent of the kaleidoscopic films by Tim Burton, where wide-eyed naiveté and subversive knowing romp in off-kilter worlds.

Haunting yet appealing, the illustrations glow profound in the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight. Rich, chalky brushstrokes paint a world that's a bit like ours, but not quite--a place where our feet find purchase and our imaginations set aflame amid the in-between place of symbol and the subconscious.

Measuring approximately 4  x 2  inches, the cards feature an attractive indigo border with a reversible (but a bit too busy) montage on the backs. The Minor suits are Chalices, Wands, Pentacles and Swords, with the Court Cards following the Knave, Knight, Queen and King designation.

The Little White Book, penned by Barbara Moore, doesn't provide keywords but rather "jumping off points" for personal interpretation. Many are quite good, especially for journaling and personal contemplation.

I've been using this deck for several months now with great success, especially for creativity and fiction writing. I've also had great results when reading for others, most notably when I did Black Friday gift-giving readings on Beyond Worlds at Blog Talk Radio. Even my 11-year old once read with the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight deck, giving me some amazing insight into a character from my first novel that I'm working on!

Fans of the Deviant Moon Tarot and the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot would most likely love the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, as would anyone who enjoys the art of Dali or the visual storytelling of Tim Burton. I highly recommended this deck for creative, romantic types, especially for idea brainstorming and solution generation.

Insights that go beyond "good enough" into the realm of otherworldly perspectives and refreshing, surprising readings have been my experience with the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, and it may provide the same to you if you're drawn to Benintende's shadowy, fantastical artwork.

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot

(To see 19 images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at JanetBoyer.com)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tragically Cute July 25 2012
By Nicole Morragan - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I would be so in love with these cards and connect immediately with them, but I was wrong. =[

That being said, it is of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tradition, but not a 'clone'.
The artwork is pretty fascinating, and cute, but the images do not seem to convey traditional meanings very well.
There's lots of face-paint on the human/fairy/part-animal characters, funky Suns & Moons, quirky animal friends, and peculiar environments to keep you entertained.
It's not VERY sad/mopey/morose, but sometimes certain cards have that Deviant Moon Tarot tortured-soul thing going on.

The LWB (Little White Book) is next to useless. Most of the "meanings" found within are verbal-summaries of the artwork. I can SEE what is being presented, but what does it MEAN!? Some "meanings" are simply questions. Yes, it could force you to dig deeper/use your intuition; but if you wanted to find some concrete answers or are new to Tarot, it's pretty infuriating.

There are some pop-culture references found within the artwork: The Hermit screams Rob Zombie to me, Yoda makes a crystal- like appearance in Strength, the Ace of Wands card reminds me of James and the Giant Peach, the 9 of Pentacles is Cat Woman, 10 Pentacles reminds me of Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Knave Pentacles reminds me of Willy Wonka.

The box is pretty awesome (the standard, but awesome Lo Scarabeo design), where there is no bottom flap to destroy your cards when you tuck them away inside the box.

I really wanted to love this deck, and I so thought I would, but we just don't connect. For now...
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