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4.0 out of 5 stars Original Approach, Lovely Deck, 28 July 2005
This review is from: Dream Cards (Lo Scarabeo Decks) (Cards)
While being a deck of cards, this is not a tarot deck, and there was a learning curve that took me a couple of days to work out. However, this is a very imaginative and interesting look at the use of dream interpretation, and I was pleased with my end results.
First of all, the deck. This is like most Lo Scarabeo decks, being 2.5 by 4.75 inches, which is hand size, so they deal and shuffle easily. The cardboard is standard stock, and it comes in a box for storage. There is the usual little tiny booklet in five languages with just enough information to use the deck.
However, this deck is not really all that hard to work with. The introduction of the booklet suggests that these images, which display common oneiric themes, can be used to interpret dreams. The last page in English suggests some spreads, which are illustrated on the inside front cover. There is a very brief meaning of the cards in the upright and reversed positions. You draw the cards, and look at suggested meanings. While this may be good for the beginner, and I have to admit I did it for a few hands, I found the images to be more telling than the booklet, and resorted to bypassing the booklet meanings and looking directly at the cards.
The cards are uncanny, to say the least. I would say they are very surrealistic, in a modern sort of way. The artwork is quite good, a mixture of cartoon and realism, almost Dali meets Peter Max in some respects. The images bounce between colorful, happy cards and shades of grey and ominous, depending on the mood the card is trying to create for the topic chosen.
There are 78 cards, plus two cover cards. There is no correspondence to any tarot deck, so you need to start from scratch here. But it's quite simple, really. Shuffle the deck, draw some cards, or fan them out and let your client draw some cards. Then look at the topic, maybe reference the booklet, but more than likely you allow the card to suggest the topic and issues and see the connections between the cards drawn.
There are 78 different topics. The images suggest the use of the topic.
This is an interesting deck. It has some lovely artwork, and the use as suggested by the authors is unique in its approach. I would say if you are into dream interpretation and want to experiment with a different approach to interpretation that may delight your clients as well as offer some new insights, you may want to pick up this deck and work with it a bit. I am going to give it a try with some of my clients and see if it works as well as it did for my own personal readings.
The artwork makes this a unique deck to work with and if you are into surrealistic and oneiric symbolisms, you will find this deck to be intriguing as well as insightful. boudica
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