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Royo Dark Tarot: 78 full colour cards and instructions [Hardcover]

Luis Royo
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15 April 2012
Deep, powerful, erotic fantasy.

From the art of Luis Royo, undisputed master of fantasy illustration, a new Tarot deck, illustrated in all 78 cards, opens the door to a gothic, bloody, arousing and surprisingly tender universe.


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  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Lo Scarabeo (15 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 886527123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8865271230
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 15 Mar 2013
By Reaper
Format:Hardcover
I'm by no means an expert tarot reader, but I rate this deck 5 stars because of the art. Its sensual and sexual dark fantasy so if naked women and sexual themes isn't your thing then don't get it. The other thing I like about it is its not what you'd call a traditional tarot deck, it is partly but this deck urges you to interpret the cards and figure out the meaning from your own unconscious, instead of giving you 2 pages for each card explaining the meaning and symbolism. So i think its worth it because in my opinion the tarot is an intuitive art and not utilizing the rational mind to seek information. So its all about what the imagery on each card says to you personally. I personally connect to these images because this is my type of thing. Perhaps its not everyone's cup of tea but for me its great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. 10 Jan 2013
By Ruthie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
They are amazing, they are very accurate and small enough for me to use. They arrived on time and the instructions are clear. I like these cards so much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A better Black Tarot 25 April 2012
By Neko-san - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Royo Dark Tarot is a themed deck which portraits a dark fantasy world with scenes ebbing sensuality based on the Luis Royo's paintings. This is essentially a remake of the Black Tarot, but this time around the pips are fully illustrated and some of the Major Arcana and Court Cards have been replaced as well. This is the deck you were waiting for if you were left wanting with the Black Tarot or are a fan of Luis Royo's artwork and a tarot collector.

Beware! There is a lot of female nudity in these cards shown in various levels of strength and vulnerability. In contrast, the scenery evokes a fantastic world full of dread and pain.

These cards are bordered black, numbered at the top-left and bottom-right corners, labeled in English and Spanish at the top-right corner and labeled in Italian and French at the bottom-left. The back of these cards is fully reversible, resembling a wooden door.

The Major Arcana are numbered with red roman numeral at the top-left and at the bottom-right starting at 0 with the Fool, VIII for Justice and XI for Strength. The only minor deviation from the Rider Tarot naming convention is X The Wheel (Wheel of Fortune).

In a cursory check against the Black Tarot, you may notice that many of the Major Arcana has been replaced. These include:

0. The Fool,
I. The Magician
IV. The Emperor
V. The Hierophant
X. The Wheel
XIV. Temperance
XVIII. The Moon
XIX. The Sun
XX. Judgement

The Minor Arcana are labeled with the symbols of each suit at the top-left and bottom-right corners. These are chalices, pentacles, wands and swords. The court cards are labeled as knave, knight, queen, or king. Of the court cards, only the Queen and King of Chalices were replaced.

The major departure on this deck as compared to the Black Tarot occurs on the pips. The pips are numbered with red numerals at the top-left and at the bottom-right. These are fully illustrated cards from the ample selection of Royo's artwork. In occasion you may catch a glimpse of the suit symbol on the card scenery, but this is not the rule. Although, the imagery was selected to match the meaning of the card, this doesn't always work well.

This is an interesting remake that was worth waiting for. However, it follows the RWS Tarot rather loosely, and there are cards that are difficult to "read" by the image alone. But if you are a Luis Royo's fan and a tarot collector, this deck should find its way into your collection.

Other decks by Luis Royo include:
The Labyrinth Tarot
The Black Tarot
The Labyrinth Tarot
The Black Tarot
I Ching: Dead Moon Deck
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