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Deviant Moon Tarot: Premier Edition [Cards]

Patrick Valenza
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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1 Dec 2007
Stylized characters and moonlit dreamscapes draw you into the luminescent world of Deviant Moon Tarot. With larger cards, this special Borderless Edition highlights Patrick Valenza's stunning artwork and allows readers to connect more deeply with the evocative tarot imagery. 48 page book included.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems; Crds/Bklt edition (1 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572816112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572816114
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 11.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
This deck is newly printed (Summer 2008) as a mass market deck: some initial problems with supply seem to have been experienced although in my opinion this shouldn't panic anyone into parting with more than the list price for this deck. Amazon have had supplies both in the UK and in the US although they seem to be coming in fairly small batches at the time of writing and seem to be selling fast.

The Deviant Moon is a highly imaginative and well thought out deck set in a strange world. Both Majors and Minors are fully illustrated and anyone familiar with the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition will find the deck readable straight out of the box. The LWB offers short descriptions and key words specific to the deck. The cards are full of rich detail and this makes for a good reading deck. Some people (not all) find the images in this deck very dark and I would recommend that anyone considering purchase goes to the deck's website beforehand to read more about the deck and to view some of the cards.

It is a great deck and deserves a place in your deck collection. I'm not sure I would recommend it as your only deck since some of the images could be disturbing to some..... but go and have a look at some more cards to decide for yourself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautfully Sick Deck 29 Dec 2009
By Hannah
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This deck is quite sick. The artwork is clear and compelling, its the evocative figures that make you feel 'wrong' inside. Its not horrific, gory or bloody, it just weirdly surreal. I bought it to face the 'dark side' as it were, and I am very pleased to own it even though to pick it up makes me feel like I am trying to make myself catch a big ugly spider. I think it has a lot to offer in terms of reading with it and I don't think it turns a reading into negative one but lends more truth to a reading instead.

It is based on the Rider-Waite and easy to read, although not quite as obvious.

The cards are well made, and a bit bigger than usual (taller and slimmer) and come in their own standard box.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Beautiful 28 Aug 2009
This exquisitely designed deck might be a little dark for some but it suits my tastes and is excellent to use. Valenza worked on this deck for several years and as I'm in the process of designing a deck myself it's easy to appreciate the work that has gone into producing this beautiful set of cards. I've found I use it as my main deck but even if your preferences are for something lighter, it would be a wonderful addition to any tarot collection and has rightfully taken its place among the more popular of recent tarot publications.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New edition (Chinese printing) 15 Sep 2010
As mentioned above, this review is of the second edition of this deck, which was printed in China. Against many expectations, the printing came out better than expected, with brighter, richer colours that are more true to PD's designs. The deck's creator has been selling first-edition decks via his website, and also offers decks wrapped in paper that he covers with his own hand-drawn designs. IMHO, to buy a deck, it's more special to find his website and buy direct from Patrick himself!

Anyway, in sales terms, this deck has been a game-changer, one of the most popular and influential for decades, and as such, does have its detractors. Some people criticise the "dark" symbolism, and say the characters are all in urban surroundings - this completely ignores the fact that all the suit of Wands and many other cards, including the Major Arcana, are in rural locations. Anyone who calls this a nasty, negative or dark deck, can't have seen the Ace of Wands - ot the other Aces for that matter, Temperance, The World, the 3 and 10 of Cups, or the wonderfully passionate Lovers.

When it does want to draw attention to something negative though, it doesn't hesitate to grab you and present you with an image and a feeling than will stay with you far more than any other deck. Many of use who use this deck and compare notes agree that this is a "tough love" deck. If it needs to tell you something straight, it will do so. There's no sugar coating, and no "there are no negative meanings" for the DM. I think of it as the sort of friend who'll support me, but also offer criticism when I need it, and a good kick up the backside if that's best for my own good.

I came to the DM after a good basic grouding in Rider-Waite type decks, and it is very different to those.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These cards are absolutly fantastic 30 April 2009
These cards are absolutly fantastic the pictures are very unusal and the title The Deviant Moon sums this deck up I would recomend this pack to everyone you wont be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best tarot! 23 Mar 2010
Beautiful art, amazingly easy to use but full of depth of meaning. Great for beginners and experts. Join the facebook fan page for updates and info from the creator.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but of bad quality 9 Jan 2010
By Notshka
Such a gorgeous and delightfully lunatic deck. A good candidate for intensive use. BUT. Unfortunately the quality of the cards is poor. Several corners were split already in the first shuffling, and I was careful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, bizarre and beautiful 22 Oct 2009
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This is a strange and beautiful deck, which, although it largely follows the Rider-Waite-Smith conventions (though Justice is 8 and Strength 11), brings new meanings to the cards. The artwork is grotesque and surreal; the backgrounds created largely through extreme photo-manipulation featuring images of cemeteries and abandoned buildings, with of the characters having started out as sketches to which manipulated textures have been applied.

Many of the characters have a strange double face, one side of the face is in profile while the other side looks straight out (think full moon/crescent moon) - difficult to describe but very striking to look at. Characters sometimes have extra or missing limbs, The Empress has three breasts, Death is pregnant, and the figure in the Nine of Pentacles has a wheel instead of a foot...

The level of detail is amazing: the more you look, the more there is to see. The misery of poverty is brought to new heights in the facial expression of the figure in the Five of Pentacles, and in the Three of Swords there's an almost knowing look in the eye of the figure transfixed by three swords: is she suddenly aware of what is happening, or is she, perhaps, playing up to her situation calculatingly looking for sympathy?

The Little White Book is good as far as it goes, but the deck really needs the book that Patrick Valenza is working on. Meanings are given for reversals, and the backs of the cards give no hint of whether the card is upright or reversed.

I wouldn't recommend this deck to a beginner as much of its imagery is quite dark and unconventional, but for a more experienced tarotist this deck has a great deal to offer.

UPDATE: 2013 and the Deviant Moon is still my "working" deck...
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5.0 out of 5 stars They are perfect for me
This deck was purchased on recommendation.
They are perfect for me, as I like unusual items.
They may appear a bit dark and sinister to some, but everyone has a dark side... Read more
Published 22 days ago by V15
3.0 out of 5 stars Not borderless
Did not receive the borderless edition. These had borders that I had to cut off.
Published 23 days ago by bookofthemonth
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought these for my husband and he absolutely loved them, the...
I bought these for my husband and he absolutely loved them, the artwork on them is amazing and I would definitely recommend these if you are looking for something a bit different. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tracy leivers
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Beautiful deck very happy. Has its very own unique personality all of its own, still one of my favourite tarot decks. Arrived safe and sound no complaints at all :)
Published 1 month ago by Stam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The deck is gorgeous!
Published 1 month ago by Guillaume
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and special!
these cards are beautiful and very unique, they have lots of dark and bizarre detail on them which promotes 'reading material' they are amongst my favourite decks of cards to use,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Deviant Moon Tarot
I purchased this after reading a review on Aeclectic. I love this deck, it is easy to read, the cards are of good quality if slightly on the large size which can make shuffling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ninette Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cards.
Beautif artwork on these cards. They are different but I have found them good to read. Especially good if you are an intuitive reader.
Published 4 months ago by Betty Crocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different
This Tarot deck is different to my favourite deck. I just wanted something different, but similar to, the favourite and it's surprisingly good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Crow Shaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting cards
This is a wonderfully enchanting tarot deck. The packaging the cards come in is beautifully designed. The images on the cards can appear rather dark and haunting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Treburg
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