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The Dark Grimoire Tarot Cards – Sep 8 2008

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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds B edition (Sept. 8 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0738713848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713847
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 7.1 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer on Oct. 12 2008
"The Dark Grimoire Tarots are therefore a true Clavicula due to their intrinsic nature and genesis: a key that can open forgotten doors in the darkest corners of the psyche, those doors hidden in the shadows and engulfed in spider webs. Opening those doors can mean gaining knowledge of our own fears and recognising our own dark side, learning how it can balance our whole being." - From the L(ittle) W(hite) B(ook)

Tales of "black books", heretical priests, forbidden rituals and dark magic weave through horror literature and films. Supposedly a mere literary device to awaken fears, reflect existential dread or "entertain" through vicarious catharsis, some individuals theorize that these types of stories--especially those of H.P. Lovecraft and The Necronomicon--contain couched truths of esoteric practices.

In this spirit of these occult mythologies, the Dark Grimoire Tarot unfurls the arresting artistic depictions by Michele Penco. Illustrated with a minimal color palette--mostly sepia tones, silvery purples, blue-gray and a smattering of green--Penco manages to capture the threatening, chaotic and maddening world of the "Great Old Ones", Cthulhu, Dagon and company.

Not being familiar with the works of Lovecraft, I wondered if the Dark Grimoire Tarot would be a dense mystery, only to be understood and appreciated by the "initiated". However, Panco's stark yet evocative images pulled me in, begging to reveal their secrets.

Many of the images are close enough to Rider-Waite renderings to be accessible to a wide audience. Some of the Minor Arcana evoke the situations and emotion imbedded within common interpretations, but those that don't are animated enough to stimulate intuition, invite speculation and encourage contemplation.
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Gorgeous deck. Dark, menacing but not overly scary. The little white book is somewhat sparse, especially for the minors, but there is so much going on in each card and the atmosphere is so rich that it should not take much to have your intuition take over and assign a meaning for the card. I love the distance in the landscapes in this deck. Your eye is drawn to the horizons and beyond. I find this very lacking in traditional decks where the main objects are all in the foreground with very little happening in the background. The artwork is rendered in dark India ink sort of sepia and other moody colors but there is just enough light to keep it alive, drawing your eye and mind into the scenes like a torch in a dark passageway. Mysterious and spooky. This would be a great deck for readings around Halloween or for shadow work.
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Absolutey love these.

I've been looking for a tarot deck for a while now, but had a hard time liking majority of the ones I found. They were all very traditional or just were a bit too colorful for my liking. I wanted to find a deck that I was in love with, rather than buying one simply to finally have one and I'm so glad that I stumbled across these. The art is beautiful and well done and exactly what I wanted. It's a bit on the darker side, hence the name, and absolutely perfect.
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