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  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Tcr Crds edition (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738720712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738720715
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 7 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 16 April 2010
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"As the world spins slowly beneath a dying sun, the Dark Angels descend to walk the wounded earth again. Taking upon themselves the passions and desires of mankind, they witness the last, strange flowering of humanity as time itself spiral down into darkness"

"78 Arcana of bitter hope and dark solace, with instructions".

The Art is Gothic with deep, pale hues of colour. The characters are wanton, serious, sad and compelling and the scenery is reminiscent of vampires and graveyards. It's pleasantly scary, there aren't any horrible monsters in it. The Majors do not their names written on the cards, just their numbers, while the suits are distinguished by different simple, coloured borders. If you look for Rider-Waite symbolism, it's quite hard to find. Most probably because the Dark Angels are 'dark' and foreboding, whereas the Rider-Waite depicts light and sun in the majority of it's cards. The Ace of Wands for example, shows a skull placed upon wooden pole with hands reaching up to it, against a gloomy, stormy gray sky, The LWB says "Everything begins with the first movement towards the goal!", an insightful and original take on the Ace of Wands, even though the picture lacks the fiery, energetic depiction of the card. 'The Lovers' card simply shows two 'Dark Angels' stood behind a couple, against a misty floor and deep, dark blue cloudy skies, the LWB says "With spread wings, the angels protect that which they love. For pity and for desire they choose to join with them in their fate and cleave to love against the darkening of the eternal night".

This deck is intriguing, inspiring and compelling and has a lot to offer the reader whose looking for something powerful, original and insightful to read with, although you may need to refer to the LWB to understand the card's symbolism.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
End of Times style deck 12 July 2010
By Tarot Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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"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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
great addition to any dark tarot collections 22 Dec 2010
By nursejuju - Published on Amazon.com
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this deck is a beautiful. if you need an a deck where the each card literally tells you its meaning then this isn't a deck for you, the deck utilizes your own interpretation of the card. the images on this deck are dark but not to the point where it would creep out you or the questioner. the images are honestly just sad and gloomy. each card as with many tarot deck almost depicts its own story. which forces the reader to narrate it in his or her own way. the only drawback to this deck is the back piece depicting half of a mask, which is a giveaway if you utilize reversal readings. but as a collector this a very artistic deck. another good thing to point out is the theme is not over done. compared to a lot of 'dark' decks where the images are overly dramatic showing how 'gothic' the deck is. the images are primarily dark angels in a dark post apocalyptic world. there are no cliche looking vampires cover in blood or muscular werewolves howling at the moon.
this deck emphasizes on the darker and sadder aspect of life but as always 'in the darkness comes light. this is a good addition to any tarot arsenal to explore the darker aspect of reading, without the need to see excess blood, gore or excessive demonic imagery.
a funny fact if your a fan of the musician 'emily autumn' shes on the 9 of cups.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you love Tarot cards for the art these are for you. 12 Feb 2011
By Brandie - Published on Amazon.com
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These cards are beautiful. How ever they are not for beginers. They do not have face names or numbers. Which can be fusterating in the begining. They are a set of easier one to remember though due to the pictures are so vibrant and diffrent there is no question of which suite you are looking at.
I do not like the booklet that comees with them. the Designers could have put more effort into it. If you are new and just cant pass them up I suggest buying a book that explaines more about tarot so that you can learn and be comfortable using these cards as fast as you can charge them.
*** No really wheres the spell check***
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful dark deck 29 Jun 2012
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Hello everyone,

VIDEO REVIEW:

The video review is a look at the cards for anyone who has not seen the deck (9:30). The room was a little dark. I hope you enjoy seeing the cards.

WRITTEN REVIEW:

For those who do not want to watch a video review, let me just say a few words about this lovely deck. I think it is a particularly beautiful offering by Lo Scarabeo. The artwork is by the tarot creator, Luca Russo, and it is quite unusual in style. It works very well for a dark deck like this.

Some of my favorite cards are -- and there are so many that it is going to be hard to choose only a few -- I'll start with the Sun because it is so beautifully crafted. A Dark Angel clasps a glowing globe close to her as two angels dance in front of it. She is lit from behind by light. The play of light and dark in this card is beautifully done.

Our Empress is in a dark wooded forest. She herself is lit but is surrounded by darkness. The LWB sheds some light on this cards as follows: "At the end of time: The Empress of the angels nurtures the dreams of that which is past. She is the mother of death and the bearer of pain. They dwell within her and she rules over them." Wow, not quite what I would have thought! Fascinating.

The Page of Cups is a particularly beautiful dark angel with dark wings, near a lake. She holds onto a large silver cup. The LWB reads, "The angel of coercion grasps the cup of servitude and obeys."

The Ten of Wands shows a spectre of a figure standing under a haunted looking tree with many gnarled branches, under a dark, cloudy, night sky. There is the suggestion of a moon behind the clouds. The LWB reads, "The burden of ambition must be carried to the end of the road."

Our Queen of Swords is a beautiful ballerina. Traditional meanings are for her to be honest and forthright in her dealings. The LWB states, "Armed and ready the angel of sorrow will kill any that oppose her." That is beautiful and in keeping with this dark tarot!

I am enjoying reading the LWB and studying its meanings. It is written by Lillie, and I loved it. More, please!

I also loved the simple borders on these cards, with a number or symbol in the case of Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings, and a symbol for which suit -- Cups, Discs, Wands, or Swords. There are no languages on these cards, and the cards seem to work fine without them. I hope Lo Scarabeo follows with more decks in this style as it allows this artwork to really shine.

Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. Card backs are nonreversible. The back of the card is a mask design with a feather.

If I could wish for one thing from this deck, I would wish for a little more detail in some of the cards. It would be nice to see a little more tarot symbolism, even if it was not entirely traditional.

Overall, I really like this deck and am very glad to have it in my collection! I would recommend it to anyone who likes dark decks, gothic themed decks, or a nontraditional meditative deck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great but.... 24 Jan 2011
By Ivan - Published on Amazon.com
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hello all

let me start with saying that this one of the most beautifull decks that I have ever used or owned. I completely recommend this to any collector or experinced tarot user.
With that said, I do not recommend this be your first choose if you wish to enter the magical world of the tarot. The symbols in a few of the cards do not feel to match the meanings and is too highly themed to be dark, it also has a small instruction book with meaning but these are so vague and odd that without being experinced it will be very hard to do a good reading.
Very pretty though and nice addition to a collection.

Enjoy
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