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on 16 April 2010
"As the world spins slowly beneath a dying sun, the Dark Angels descend to walk the wounded earth again. Taking upon themselves the passions and desires of mankind, they witness the last, strange flowering of humanity as time itself spiral down into darkness"

"78 Arcana of bitter hope and dark solace, with instructions".

The Art is Gothic with deep, pale hues of colour. The characters are wanton, serious, sad and compelling and the scenery is reminiscent of vampires and graveyards. It's pleasantly scary, there aren't any horrible monsters in it. The Majors do not their names written on the cards, just their numbers, while the suits are distinguished by different simple, coloured borders. If you look for Rider-Waite symbolism, it's quite hard to find. Most probably because the Dark Angels are 'dark' and foreboding, whereas the Rider-Waite depicts light and sun in the majority of it's cards. The Ace of Wands for example, shows a skull placed upon wooden pole with hands reaching up to it, against a gloomy, stormy gray sky, The LWB says "Everything begins with the first movement towards the goal!", an insightful and original take on the Ace of Wands, even though the picture lacks the fiery, energetic depiction of the card. 'The Lovers' card simply shows two 'Dark Angels' stood behind a couple, against a misty floor and deep, dark blue cloudy skies, the LWB says "With spread wings, the angels protect that which they love. For pity and for desire they choose to join with them in their fate and cleave to love against the darkening of the eternal night".

This deck is intriguing, inspiring and compelling and has a lot to offer the reader whose looking for something powerful, original and insightful to read with, although you may need to refer to the LWB to understand the card's symbolism.
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