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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    "And you, their best beloved one, are now to me, flesh of my flesh."

    Given the current fascination with all things vampire, the extravagance of Bram Stoker's imagination and the tarot's links to history and myth, this is an excellent combination of vampire lore and the ancient tarot. Mining Stoker's interest in the tarot (Stoker was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn and friend of Pamela Coleman Smith, creator of the most used tarot in history), Place explores the images of Stoker's darkly romantic Dracula on his cards, each a superb depiction in gothic shades of black, purple and red, whether a pulpy heart impaled with three daggers or the pale-skinned Mina, two puncture marks on her delicate neck. Here is rendered life and myth, King of Knives (Lord Byron), or King of Garlic Flowers (Bram Stoker). The cards are high-quality, heavy-coated cardstock with square edges.

    The matching book offers a tour of vampire and Tarot particularities: "The History and Philosophy of the Tarot"; "The Vampire in Legend and Art"; "The Vampire Tarot Trumps"; "The Minor Suits and the Tools of the Slayer"; and a guide to using the cards. The author cautions those who are familiar with his previous sets- based on alchemical, Christian and Buddhist symbolism and mystical philosophy- that he has not crossed over to the dark side. Death, rebirth and eternal life are the constant themes of myth. The Vampire Tarot celebrates the literary vampire as an ancient mythological creature focusing on mortality and the nature of the soul. These are no clumsy, frightening monsters from village folklore; rather, "the literary vampire is an esthetic creation of romantic poets... influenced by the gods of mythology".

    If you are a tarot aficionado, the cards speak for themselves. If you are a neophyte, consider The Vampire Tarot a challenge, an opportunity to expand the mind and embrace the great themes of rebirth and immortality, an archetype of the unconscious on a journey of transformation.

    Luan Gaines/2009.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    An Elegant & Intriguing Take On Tarot

    Robert Place has created yet another splendid contribution to Tarot in The Vampire Tarot, his most recent opus. Place's artistic style lends itself beautifully to a darkly elegant interpretation of the Tarot images filtered through the scrim of vampire mythology, and his scholarship makes for some unique takes on the Tarot.

    Thematically, the deck is primarily focused on Bram Stoker's Dracula, the quintessential Vampire novel, although he draws on the lore and traditions of vampires dating back to the Greeks. The glossy, sharp-edged (a nice touch!) cards are drawn from a variety of of other Gothic, Romantic (the movement, not the sentiment, which is why Lord Byron, Franz Liszt and other, possibly unexpected, people appear in the Court cards) and vampire imagery. The images are arrestingly beautiful and frequently disturbing, dancing along the themes of death and resurrection, blood and salvation, madness and creativity. Place uses the alchemical quest for enlightenment, the desire for immortality that informs the vampire mythos and the Tarot facility for mapping the progress of the soul to craft a timely and satisfyingly coherent themed deck.

    The book is a fascinating exploration of the history of Tarot and the evolution of the accoutrements of the Vampire legend, pulling from a wide research base, and a valuable contribution in itself to Tarot literature. Place brings the earlier versions of Tarot from the early Renaissance to the development of the Marseilles style decks back into descriptions of the Tarot, which enriches the descriptions of the cards and their meanings. Between the information on vampires and the elaboration of Tarot imagery and history, the book gives one a lot to chew on.

    The production values are very high - good quality card stock, a densely packed book and a handsome storage box.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    Bleh. Do Not Want.

    The only reason I got this deck is because I couldn't find the other Vampire Tarot set by Hertz in store, and boy, do I regret it.
    The only thing I found interesting about this deck is that it gives plenty of room for intuitive interpretation, and it doesn't stick by the traditional Pentacles/Wands/Swords/Cups, though for a beginner the correspondences could get a bit tedious, then cards Ace-10 are only marked by picture and color, and the user has to remember whether what exact type it is. The pictures use many figues from vampire fiction, and that art isn't very amazing enough to trigger the imagination. I wouldn't really suggest getting this deck for divination use, only if you're a real hard fan of vampires, it can be a fun collectible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    my new favorite tarot set

    i love the pictures and ideas behind this set. I use it often and feel as if this purchase was a great buy

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Vampire Tarot

    IT was okay, but really it is more for the seasoned tarot reader, I would not recommand for a novice. There is a lot of info about why they choice the picture for the card, and little info on what the card could mean. It doesn't let the person know that if the card is upside down in the reading it means something completely different then if it is right side up. I have been reading tarot for about ten years now, and this is good for a gift maybe, or maybe to appease a vampire fan. But as far as keeping for your normal tarot deck I would say no, it is good for fun and entertainment.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    Love, Love, Love!

    Their pictures are beautiful and although I am a beginner what I read in them is accurate but usually it is confirming situations like past events.

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    Posted March 10, 2010

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