Dragons Tarot Deluxe

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The dragon, an image of primitive force and power, is present in the imagination of all civilizations. Inspired by myths from every corner of the globe, this imaginative deck features the mystical beast and its many forms amid diverse iconography from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.

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Overview

The dragon, an image of primitive force and power, is present in the imagination of all civilizations. Inspired by myths from every corner of the globe, this imaginative deck features the mystical beast and its many forms amid diverse iconography from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.

Publisher Review:

I guess the easiest way to describe this deck is in three short sentences: Do you like dragons? Do you like the Tarot? You’re going to like this deck.

Over the past couple of decades there has been a movement to use the Tarot not as a model of spirituality and divination, but as an inspiration for a set of related or serial artworks. Although I have loved the artwork of Salvador Dali, I have always felt his deck was more for collectors of his art than for Tarot work.

So I have to admit that I approached this deck with more than a little trepidation. I feared this was just going to be an excuse to pump out illustrations based on Smith’s artwork with dragons stuck into them. Happily, I was quite wrong.

It is very clear that creator Manfredi Toraldo and artist Severino Baraldi put a great deal of thought into the creation of this deck and the meaning of each card. The LWB (Little White Book), which has an unusual landscape presentation, exemplifies this thought by spending more space describing the cards than giving their meanings. After all, the meanings are available anywhere, but the specific images here are unique. . . read more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738712352
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: 78 Card Deck with Instructions and Stora
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1987, Art Publisher Lo Scarabeo has published over 100 Tarot decks that have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. Only the best Italian and International artists are selected for our new decks, and the result is that Lo Scarabeo's decks are all recognizable as an exceptional artistic value.

Tradition
One of Lo Scarabeo's goals is the preservation of traditional Tarot decks.

Development
New decks and ideas are continually gathered from all over the world. This allows Lo Scarabeo to produce some of the most innovative decks available today.

Quality
Lo Scarabeo is committed to ever increasing quality and beauty of their products.

Distribution
*Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.

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Summary:

A great deck for people who read the cards through memorization of their meanings. If you’re interested in dragons from around the world, this deck is more than worth the time put into studying the symbols (some of which are subtly hidden) to have such a wonderful Tarot. It’s also good for Tarot art collectors.

In-Depth Review:

The easiest way to describe this deck is in three short sentences: Do you like dragons? Do you like the Tarot? You’re going to like this deck.

It is very clear that creator Manfredi Toraldo and artist Severino Baraldi put a great deal of thought into the creation of this deck and the meaning of each card. The LWB (Little White Book), which has an unusual landscape presentation, exemplifies this thought by spending more space describing the cards than giving their meanings. After all, the meanings of Tarot cards are available on the internet, in books, and can be intuited from the symbology of the cards, but the specific images here are unique.

The Major Arcana cards, for example, tend to show some famous dragons or dragons that are appropriate to the card’s meaning. The Empress shows Tiamat, "representing primordial chaos, the female force and energy of creation." Death shows St. George who slew the dragon. The Devil is Apep or Apophis, "the dragon that, for the ancient Egyptians, blocked the way to Ra, the sun god, and guarded the regions of death. The Fool is "The Hunter of Dragons, representing "mankind’s insane thousand-year-old search for the dragon." The images on the cards are not those of RWS, but the intent and meanings are there.

The Chalices (Cups) have images from China. There are people of Asian appearance and dress, combined with pagodas and the designs of the ornate dragon. The Swords have images from western and northern Europe, with scenes of knights and Vikings. The nine of Swords, meaning "cruelty," has an image that is somewhat grisly, showing a dragon fascinated by nine bodies hanging from a tree. The Wands have scenes from Africa, showing images from the pomp of Egypt to people of remote tribes. Finally, the Pentacles have images of the people and winged serpent of Central and South America. There is some female nudity and images of licentiousness.

The LWB, besides having brief descriptions of the cards, also explains a simple, three-card reading called the "Quest" reading.

The images on the cards are more focused toward the RWS meanings rather than the RWS symbols, and is therefore a fine deck for general readings. If you rely on the RWS symbols you may need to refer to the LWB to get ideas about the imagery, especially when learning to use this deck.

This is also a great deck for people who read the cards through memorization of their meanings. If you’re interested in dragons from around the world, this deck is more than worth the time put into studying the symbols (some of which is subtly hidden) to have such a wonderful Tarot. It’s also good for Tarot art collectors.

Name of deck: Dragons Tarot
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738712352
Creator’s name: Manfredi Toraldo
Artist’s name: Severino Baraldi
Name of accompanying booklet: Dragons Tarot
Number of pages of booklet: 64 (14 in English), landscape orientation
Available in a boxed kit?: Yes. The set includes the deck and an oversized (it can hold two standard Tarot decks) lined velvet drawstring bag. The lining is red satin and the exterior is black velvet. The bag is embroidered in red with the outline of a medieval heraldic dragon.
Reading Uses: General readings
Ethnic Focus: multicultural
Artistic Style: Modern graphic
Theme: Multicultural dragons
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: In name and structure, yes. The symbols are quite different from those on the RWS deck.
Does it have extra cards?: No
Does it have alternate names for Major Arcana cards?: No.
Does it have alternate names for Minor Arcana?: Cups are called Chalices. The court cards are called Infanta, Knight, Queen and King.
Why was deck created?: According to the box, this is "A multiethnic perspective [that] explores the symbol in the form of the dragon in the myths of four continents and presents a fascinating and coherent image in complete harmony with the traditional iconography of the Tarot."

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Table of Contents

Summary:

A great deck for people who read the cards through memorization of their meanings. If you’re interested in dragons from around the world, this deck is more than worth the time put into studying the symbols (some of which are subtly hidden) to have such a wonderful Tarot. It’s also good for Tarot art collectors.

In-Depth Review:

The easiest way to describe this deck is in three short sentences: Do you like dragons? Do you like the Tarot? You’re going to like this deck.

It is very clear that creator Manfredi Toraldo and artist Severino Baraldi put a great deal of thought into the creation of this deck and the meaning of each card. The LWB (Little White Book), which has an unusual landscape presentation, exemplifies this thought by spending more space describing the cards than giving their meanings. After all, the meanings of Tarot cards are available on the internet, in books, and can be intuited from the symbology of the cards, but the specific images here are unique.

The Major Arcana cards, for example, tend to show some famous dragons or dragons that are appropriate to the card’s meaning. The Empress shows Tiamat, "representing primordial chaos, the female force and energy of creation." Death shows St. George who slew the dragon. The Devil is Apep or Apophis, "the dragon that, for the ancient Egyptians, blocked the way to Ra, the sun god, and guarded the regions of death. The Fool is "The Hunter of Dragons, representing "mankind’s insane thousand-year-old search for the dragon." The images on the cards are not those of RWS, but the intent and meanings are there.

The Chalices (Cups) have images from China. There are people of Asian appearance and dress, combined with pagodas and the designs of the ornate dragon. The Swords have images from western and northern Europe, with scenes of knights and Vikings. The nine of Swords, meaning "cruelty," has an image that is somewhat grisly, showing a dragon fascinated by nine bodies hanging from a tree. The Wands have scenes from Africa, showing images from the pomp of Egypt to people of remote tribes. Finally, the Pentacles have images of the people and winged serpent of Central and South America. There is some female nudity and images of licentiousness.

The LWB, besides having brief descriptions of the cards, also explains a simple, three-card reading called the "Quest" reading.

The images on the cards are more focused toward the RWS meanings rather than the RWS symbols, and is therefore a fine deck for general readings. If you rely on the RWS symbols you may need to refer to the LWB to get ideas about the imagery, especially when learning to use this deck.

This is also a great deck for people who read the cards through memorization of their meanings. If you’re interested in dragons from around the world, this deck is more than worth the time put into studying the symbols (some of which is subtly hidden) to have such a wonderful Tarot. It’s also good for Tarot art collectors.

Name of deck: Dragons Tarot
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738712352
Creator’s name: Manfredi Toraldo
Artist’s name: Severino Baraldi
Name of accompanying booklet: Dragons Tarot
Number of pages of booklet: 64 (14 in English), landscape orientation
Available in a boxed kit?: Yes. The set includes the deck and an oversized (it can hold two standard Tarot decks) lined velvet drawstring bag. The lining is red satin and the exterior is black velvet. The bag is embroidered in red with the outline of a medieval heraldic dragon.
Reading Uses: General readings
Ethnic Focus: multicultural
Artistic Style: Modern graphic
Theme: Multicultural dragons
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: In name and structure, yes. The symbols are quite different from those on the RWS deck.
Does it have extra cards?: No
Does it have alternate names for Major Arcana cards?: No.
Does it have alternate names for Minor Arcana?: Cups are called Chalices. The court cards are called Infanta, Knight, Queen and King.
Why was deck created?: According to the box, this is "A multiethnic perspective [that] explores the symbol in the form of the dragon in the myths of four continents and presents a fascinating and coherent image in complete harmony with the traditional iconography of the Tarot."

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