The Tarot of Vampyres Cards – 1 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Known for his gothic romance and fantasy fiction illustrations; Daniels has been a professional illustrator for nearly 2 decades. He has illustrated numerous books on vampires, faeries, Celtic lands and forgotten realms. His art is displayed in galleries across the UK and the US. Ian Daniels was born and raised in Kent.
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gruesome.. and the accompanying book is probably the best book I have ever read on Tarot (and I have shelves). The depth that the author has gone into, yet with such ease of writing, is nothing short of superb. Truly, I may not use these professionally, (as the delicately despairing, dripping blood maidens may alarm a few people) but they are the most fantastic deck for personal growth, Jungian Shadow work and clarity. Enjoy!
The cards are standard sized with a vague Rider-Waite chassis. They feel very slightly stiffer and glossier compared to other Llewellyn published decks - like the Shadowscapes and Legacy of the Divine. It comes with a paperback back which having skimmed through is well thought out with background on the Tarot' associations with the Kabalistic Tree of Life, alchemy and astrology. I don't agree with the Authors views on Tarot history and origin, or some of his associations with Esoteric doctrine which I feel was lost under colourful language, but for the most part it is very knowledgeable, lyrical and descriptive and I am impressed by it. I love that the Artist has included the astrological associative symbols discretely into scenery and characters of the cards.
The cards come boxed (as usual for Llewellyn), an awful plain white tuck box which has a tear off flap and does not hold the cards tightly at all.
My first warning is that this is by no means a "beginner's tarot". There are quite simply too many relationships here for the guide nor the cards for it to be "pick up and play".
Daniels takes an occultists view on the cards and is hugely well informed on the astrological, planetary, mythological, qabalah and alchemical influences present on each card. It is seemingly very influenced by the hermetic order of the golden dawn and its acolytes (such as Crowley) and related victorian and early 20th century occultists, like Dion Fortune. You will get the most from this deck and book if you are already slightly familiar with all these strands of mysticism. If not, it may take you a while to get used to the concepts and I will admit, at times it can be overwhelming in its thoroughness and complexity. Of course this means that, having worked with the cards you will be very aware of each subtle influence that the card suggests is in effect when drawn.
Daniels also has not made it easy by not naming each minor arcana with a single word title- instead, a list of maybe 20 is offered as the cards' "essence", so the book will probably also form a reference guide.
Otherwise the deck itself is beautifully illustrated with seductive and rich vampyre imagery, containing pertinent clues in terms of the narrative in the image, influences of planets and astrological signs and other influences. Bear in mind though that occasionally these are omitted.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The images on this deck are stunning. The companion is the best companion book I've ever read, extremely detailed and descriptive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good quality product well illustrated, but they failed to connect with me.Published 5 months ago by Clem Neville
Artwork is incredible! The detail on every card is beautiful
The book which is with it is so interesting too. Excellent buy.
This is a deck which is amazing. Ian Daniels' artwork is amazing and the clothes. This is my favourite darkest deck of the moment and if the deck doesn't blow you away, then the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Miss J. Gillespie
Cant praise these enough they are the most beautiful tarot deck I've ever seen and every single person who has seen them has commented on themPublished on 4 Mar. 2014 by Laura Sharp
bought in good faith under the advertisement guidance that although shop soiled were in very good condition but giving the fact that there s only 78 cards in the deck might as well... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2014 by miss morgan
I already had quite a few books illustrated by Ian Daniels i love his artwork and this didn't disappoint .The illustrations are beautiful and well presented. Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2013 by Debz
This was a used item that came well packaged and in lovley condition.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this tarot deck. Read more