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2.0 out of 5 stars beautiful but cold..., 18 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Dragon Tarot Deck (Cards)
While the artwork is beautiful, I feel that this is an art deck rather than a working deck; I cannot imagine ever trying to use this deck for a reading. The dragons are simply too far forward in the mix, as it were.

Another imbalance is the artist's choice of colours. The majority of cards are presented with virtually all detail falling in the purple-blue-green range giving the deck a cold feeling. The suit of Wands is an exception - there the overall colour is orange-red, which makes the Wands feel as though they belong to another deck.

A few of the major arcana feature a wider colour palette, adding to the feeling of two decks in one. The Emperor is orange/brown based, as is one of the two dragons on the Lovers. Strength and the Sun feature the warmer side of the spectrum by virtue of involving a lion in the imagery, but the reds and oranges of the Devil suggest the christian concept of hell.

Perhaps the image I rebel against most is that of Temperance which depicts a dragon peering into a pool of water while above the dragon a pair of ghostly human hands hold a pair of cups with smoke flowing erratically between them. All this with midwinter trees in the background: not what Temperance is about for me, I'm afraid.

The little white book briefly explains the imagery of the major arcana, but only offers very brief divinatory meanings for the minor arcana. Also included is a folded poster illustrating the Celtic Cross spread, though the author has decided to title it "Ancient 10-Card Tarot Spread", rather than use its traditional name.

The reverse of the cards is an attractive design featuring four dragons interlinked by their tails, the symmetry of which shows that the deck is intended for use with reversed cards.

While this is, in its own way, a very attractive deck, it isn't one I could work with and certainly not a deck I would expect a beginner to flourish with.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 11:59:43 BDT
katie says:
i was a beginner, and i flourished well with this, maybe helped by the bigger book that came with mine, or by the natural affinity i had with the cards, and the ease i found at understanding the meanings of the pictures.
lovely positive readings i get from these cards.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 12:37:43 BDT
I was one who fell for Amazon's "deck and cards" only to receive the cards spiel. If it works, it works! Maybe if I had the accompanying book, I'd have a better understand of the colour palette use (always a good idea to have that first line to what the author was thinking!).

It's funny the way different people can pick up different decks and find tham almost transparent or totally opaque. Although I collect decks as an (expensive) hobby, I always return to the Thoth and that relative upstart The Demon Moon, and have many people people when given the choice that they couldn't have a reading from that deck.

Glad the dragons fly for you...
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