"When the dance is done the last grain of sand in the glass will fall and time itself shall end." from the LWB
Lo Scarabeo has recently released, "the Dark Angels Tarot," created by Luca Russo. I found this deck to be very "gothic." Most of the angels portrayed in this deck are very risque. It is a very post apocalyptic tarot. The palette used is dark greys, deep purples, shades of black, midnight blues, and golds. The backs of the cards have a symbol of a partial mask, this does make it difficult for reading reversals because you are able to see from the back if the card is reversed or not. The majors are not labeled by name, but have roman numerals on the top and bottom of the card. The art is beautiful in a dark way, I only wish that the images were slightly larger.
The minors are labeled by symbols, for example; on the wands at the bottom of the card is a aymbol of a wand and at the top is the number. The court cards are also labeled with symbols. The Page has a horse head symbol, the knight has a helmet, the queen has a feminine crown, and the king has a masculine crown. The borders on the minors also differentiate by color. The Wands border is grey, the cups border is red, the swords border is blue, and the pentacles border is a muted gold. The minors are not another rider/waite clone, they very loosely follow some of the rider waite symolism, but I feel Luca created his own symbolism in this deck.
The LWB is in english, italian, spanish, french, and German. I did enjoy the, "Secret Heart Spread" created for this tarot. The interpretaions for the cards listed in the lwb, i found to be entertaining. They are dark but very contemplative. My favorite interpretaion was for the Page of Wands, "The angel brings messages from the dead, the future is the past to come."
Overall I really enjoyed this deck. I feel that this deck would be ideal for doing, "shadow" work. If you are someone who enjoy's, "gothic" style art or post apocalyptic themes, I believe you will enjoy this deck.