Monday, November 30, 2015

An Experience with Gilding a Tarot Deck

I Gilded a Tarot Card Deck... Here's How it Went...

Originally published in 2011

By Jude

I'd recommend that you read the whole piece before trying this.

There are a number of different things you can do to personalize the appearance of a tarot deck, among them is gilding. Recently to posting this blog I trimmed one of my decks. The trimming experience left my cards in need of sealing along the edges. I thought that gold paint would be a neat touch. When shopping on eBay I found a smashing deal on a gold Sharpie paint marker. With no idea of how much paint it would take, two were bought in medium, medium point was likely the best width to work with too - at least for me.

This is the deck that was gilded

trimmed and gilded tarot deck
This image shows completed deck after both trimming and gilding

Handling the paint marker was a cake-walk; that said, you need to exercise care.

Note: Be careful when using permanent paint marker. The paint dries exceptionally fast when spilt. Within two seconds it's dried hard enough that it cannot be removed.

The deck was handled soon after the first application. This caused the initially applied paint to work into the cardstock, it ended up looking flat, matte actually. So the paint was re-applied days later, the second time I didn't handle it for a few days to give it time to dry solidly and shiny. I'd recommend that you not touch the deck for approximately a week if you can avoid it, it stays mildly sticky that long. Anyway, I wish you luck if you try anything similar.

Tips: If you need to tap the felt of the marker on a surface to get the paint flowing, make sure that it isn't right near the cards, check the marker each time for drips. And along the same line of thought, the paint dries solid in areas on the felt of the marker, which makes the process of painting the cards more tedious and time consuming. As a result you must often lightly depress the felt on a solid surface. The more you repeat this process, the more likely it is that paint will run down the side of the marker as you do.

Comments and observations (what I thought as I finished the project): Sharpie gold paint marker was a good choice of tool (for handling). The color could have been more much more "gold" though, it dried to a dark antique brass color, I like it just the same. In the end only one marker was used; however, for somebody else's application technique, another might be required. Also, expect to get a small amount of paint where you don't want it to go - I can almost guarantee it will happen.

This swatch provides an example of the paint color used 

Update on the outcome of this project - I wish to mention that after the deck had worn some, after about a month I had to lightly swish it around in a tray of flour to remove the light amount of oil that had sweat out of it; thereafter the flour was dusted off with a cloth. After the initial oil removal, the deck still exuded a tiny amount on a regular basis.

Update long after the gilding - I wouldn't recommend that anyone do this unless they were willing to let a bit of oil staining seep into the edges of the deck. Also, after a while the paint gets gummy; it seems that's what happens as it breaks down with handling. In the end I filed the gilding off. What this did achieve though, is to thoroughly seal the deck. If you want to try something like this, perhaps experiment on an older or less favorite deck, and with various brands of paint marker.

Conclusion - I would only try this again with other brands of paint marker, and would test it on a less favorite deck before the fact.

Unfortunately the original images files that accompanied this post became corrupted when moving from WordPress to Blogger; I did my best to fill in the void. That said, the image shown is the deck I gilded at the time it was gilded.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Haindl Tarot Card Deck in Review

Haindl Tarot card review
Haindl Tarot cards. Click to open in new window for a clearer view.

The Haindl Tarot Card Deck: A Review

By Viv Dulac

The Haindl Tarot was one of the first decks I ever bought, and it remains a favorite. First published in the 1980s, it is the creation of German artist Hermann Haindl. The LWB that accompanies it was written by no less than Tarot expert extraordinaire Rachel Pollack. However, unlike many decks where the works of a particular artist are adapted or chosen after the fact by a Tarot writer, or that are developed as a collaboration, the Haindl Tarot was a finished creation in itself before Lotos Verlag ever contacted Pollack.

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Pollack was so enthralled by writing up on the Haindl Tarot, that instead of a single book, she produced three  - one dedicated to the majors, 'Haindl Tarot: The Major Arcana'; another to the minors, 'Haindl Tarot: The Minor Arcana'; and a third called 'The Haindl Tarot: A Reader’s Handbook'. The first two have been revised and reprinted and are highly recommended; sadly, the third one remains OOP. The LWB includes excerpts of Pollack’s books.

Haindl did not follow any particular tradition, but instead chose to let the symbolism grow from within as he was painting the images for each card. This is particularly apparent in the minors, which originally carried Thoth titles but were renamed in later editions; i.e., the Two of Wands became 'Self-Control' instead of 'Dominion'. These changes, however, are not reflected in the English edition, which is by US Games, so serious Tarot readers should consult Pollack’s revised book to deepen their knowledge on the subject.

Haindl Tarot
Haindl added runes, planetary symbols and Hebrew letters to the major arcana and I-Ching hexagrams to the pips, transforming every single card into a veritable cornucopia of meanings. Each suit is themed after one of the four points of the compass and a corresponding culture. Thus, wands are East and show Indian motifs; cups are North and Northern European; swords are South and Ancient Egypt; and pentacles (renamed stones) are Native American and West.

The court cards feature historical characters and/or deities of each particular culture. I particularly like the big-bellied, big-breasted Venus of Willendorf as Queen of Cups (or Mother of Cups in the North), the Black Kali as Queen of Wands, and the rather abstract representation of Old-Man as Father of Stones in the West.

At 5” x 3”, the cards are larger than your regular Tarot cards (which tend to be around 4.75” x 2.75” or 4.75” x 3”); the original Lotos printing is even larger, about 6” x 3.5”. While that could make shuffling a tad uncomfortable for some, the wealth of details in these magnificent cards does need room to be truly appreciated. The colors are muted earth tones, and the gray borders are unobtrusive. 

Those who like trimming the borders from their card decks (as I do) may find that trimming the Haindl makes it not only easier to shuffle, but also more vibrant. It is as if freeing the images of those borders which are the color of storm clouds, allows the sun to shine on the somewhat somber and melancholy images and change their mood to a happier one.

The Haindl Tarot is a good deck for any purpose, be it divination, meditation, or study. It is above all, however, a thing of beauty. If you plan on checking it out, it would serve you well to note, as previously mentioned, that the Haindl Tarot bears more resemblance to the Thoth Tarot system than to any other.

Copyright attributions for the Haindl Tarot: US Games; Lotos Verlag

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The John Waterhouse Oracle Deck in Review

The John Waterhouse Oracle Deck
The John Waterhouse Oracle Deck

About Seven Stars' "John Waterhouse Oracle Deck"

by Viv Dulac

If you, dear blog reader, have been around Tarot or Lenormand for a while, it's possible that you have already heard of Seven Stars. But if you haven’t, don't feel bad; she is not as well-known as she should be, in my humble opinion. Seven Stars is a well-seasoned Tarot reader, based in Oklahoma. She is also a maker of original decks that are beautiful, vibrant, and unique; I like to think of her as a luthier, one of those people who devote their lives to crafting precious musical instruments. Each and every one of her creations deserves its own review, and perhaps I’ll get to that in time.

Of Seven Stars' works, I personally favor the aptly named Deck of the Bastard - a mash of several classics artificially aged to perfection, and several of her Lenormand decks, some of which she calls “Lenoracles” because of their added cards and definitions. I would like to dedicate today’s review to her new and first oracle: the John Waterhouse Oracle Deck.

The paintings of John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) are so famous that those of you who have not heard of him probably know some of them by sight; copies of his Miranda, Lamia, and Lady of Shalott are literally everywhere one looks. I happen to love them; they are evocative, mysterious, and exquisitely rendered. I also have a weakness for oracle decks; when good, they often make for excellent “cards of the day,” nicely complement a Tarot or Lenormand reading, or can be used on their own in more involved spreads.

Given my admiration for Seven Stars' creations, you can see how purchasing the Waterhouse Oracle Deck was both irresistible and somewhat inevitable! I purchased it as soon as able, and waited, nail biting and all, until the package arrived. Unlike most oracle decks which usually carry 35-50 cards, this one offers 76, almost as many as a regular Tarot. The cards are borderless, unnumbered and unlabeled, and are printed on the silky, luxurious cardstock one has come to expect from Seven Stars. They are a thing of beauty.

Several Waterhouse paintings have been split into two cards, which makes for very interesting readings. A degree of familiarity with the myths and literary works that the paintings illustrate may prove helpful; for instance, a young man staring into his reflection in a pool is Narcissus, enamored of his own image, while a melancholy female figure who (when you join the cards, completing the picture) looks yearningly at him is the nymph Echo, who wasted away in unrequited love and became, well, the echo.

In another card, a damsel kneels alluringly before a handsome knight in full armor. She seems to be lost in adoration; but note the snakeskin that descends around her arm, waist and legs and goes into the ground. She is not the lovely damsel she seems to be, but a Lamia, ready to devour him. Or perhaps she loves him, despite what she is, and wants to protect him from herself? Remember, the cards are not labeled or numbered in any way, and there is no book, so your intuition is free to decide. I loved, loved, loved the John Waterhouse Oracle Deck, and could not wait to share it with you; I hope you resonate with it. Here is the link to Seven Stars' Etsy store (link no longer operational), and here's the link to her website.

All copyrights to the John Waterhouse Oracle deck images belong to or are relative to its author or publisher.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Winged Spirit Tarot Review

Winged Spirit Tarot
Winged Spirit Tarot review

By Viv Dulac

I have a confession to make: I'm not a fan of angels. I do like the idea of angels as liaisons between our world and the divinities though. And I find the hierarchies of Judeo-Christian angelology... intriguing to say the least. But, as a whole, angels leave me cold. And within the increasing proliferation of angel Tarot and oracle card decks, there exists a deplorable tendency towards the fluffy and the sugary; I see feathered wings, and I run in the opposite direction –well, unless it is a flying peacock, such as this.

There are, however, a couple of exceptions, and one of them is the #AmazonAdLink: Winged Spirit Tarot, by David Sexton. Published by US Games in 1999, it has sadly gone out of print, though it can still be bought quite cheaply through places like eBay. It is a Tarot deck structured around the Rider-Waite tradition; I have deliberately left (Pamela Colman) Smith out of the equation because the Winged Spirit’s images owe very little to Smith’s classic illustrations.

The cards show muscular figures in balletic poses, set against a featureless background. The pearlescent hue of the background changes with the suit: cloudy grey (majors), burnt orange (wands), lilac (cups), greenish-blue (swords) and acid green (pentacles). For all those contortions, Sexton’s art has a hieratic, stained-glass quality that is explicit in the Fool and is more or less implicit in the rest of the cards. The backs are fully reversible.

Each of the minor suits features a set of characters that appear in all the pip cards in different circumstances; they could be telling a story, or enacting the diverse aspects of a particular situation. In this respect, I found the LWB – devoted to “the bridges between humankind, tarot and angels”— particularly helpful. “Little white books” (the booklets that come with most Tarot decks) tend to be hit or miss, but this one (written by Sexton himself) is satisfactorily substantial.

There are enough shades of the esoteric in the Winged Spirit Tarot and its LWB, to pique the interest of those so inclined. Personally, I feel that this is a deck designed to spur the reader’s intuition. The hands of the hooded, somber angel that haunts the suit of swords speak to me, as does the scarlet lady that appears on the Moon card (and that the LWB identifies as Lilith), and the same goes for the gentle Page of Wands. Perhaps that's the reason why some people find it “decorative” – it either speaks to you or it doesn't. It is, in any case, not recommended for the novice, unless of course the images appeal strongly to your intuition.

The cards are quite large, and heavily laminated, which makes for a thick, heavy, unyielding deck – its only downside for me. Trimming the sides could make them more manageable for those with small hands, and a little fanning powder or card wax (available in magic stores) will make shuffling them easier for everyone.

All in all, the Winged Spirit Tarot (whose author has also created #AmazonAdLink: the Tarot of Oz) is a worthy addition to any Tarot collection, if only because of its beauty and relative rarity. It can also be a godsend for the intuitively inclined reader. I hope this review has at least stirred your curiosity about this mostly forgotten little gem.

Winged Spirit Tarot card images copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Golden Tarot (Kat Black)

Golden Tarot by Kat Black, comparison
First row: Wheel of Fortune, Visconti Sforza (Lo Scarabeo); Wheel of Fortune, Golden; Wheel of Fortune, RWS. Second row: Queen of Wands, RWS; Queen of Wands, Golden; Queen of Wands, True Tarot of Marseilles, Hadar (Spanish edition).

The images above and below serve to encourage you to compare the Golden Tarot to other decks - both the RWS--which some say that it clones, and a couple of vintage decks as well.

Reviewing the Golden Tarot (Kat Black)

By Viv Dulac

Nowadays, when one says Golden Tarot, a lot of possible decks come to mind. They include Race Point’s beautiful reproduction of the Visconti-Sforza playing card pack, as well as Lo Scarabeo’s whole collection of Tarot decks enhanced with golden foil. But long before them all, there was one
#AmazonAdLink: Golden Tarot: that of Australian artist Kat Black.

My first Tarot deck ever – apart from an incomplete Marseilles received as a gift from a witch - was the Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack by U.S. Games Systems, with the yellow box and the blue backs. I remember the trepidation with which I bought it. I looked at it, read the accompanying book by E.A. Waite, and put it aside. Somehow, for me, the cards lacked the magic I expected from them.

Many years later, my interest in Tarot was renewed. Among other books and other traditions, I discovered Eden Gray’s A Complete Guide to the Tarot and Rachel Pollack’s Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom, and was hooked. The problem was that, well, I still found Pamela Colman Smith’s images uninspiring. To the rescue came Kat Black. Both an accomplished artist and a Tarot connoisseur, she spent years patiently deconstructing European paintings from the 1300s to the early 1500s and assembling her Tarot images through layer upon layer of digital collage. The most astounding thing about these cards is that they do not look collaged, as most collage-based decks do. They look like real paintings of the era.

There has been some debate as to whether the Golden Tarot is an RWS clone or not. Tarotpedia, for instance, does classify it as a “sumptuous Waite-Smith clone”, whereas Black herself has a very different opinion. Personally, I feel that, while she does stay faithful to the Waite-Smith in spirit, she pays homage to other traditions, and does bring new and different things to the table.

Golden Tarot by Kat Black, comparison 
First row: Ace of Cups, RWS; Ace of Cups, Golden; The Sun, RWS; The Sun, Golden. Second row: The Moon, Golden; The Moon, RWS; Six of Wands, Golden; Six of Wands, RWS.

Her take on the Wheel of Fortune, for instance, plays a little like “find the reference” (her St. Joseph is almost straight out of the Visconti-Sforza), but her use of the Nativity theme gives the Wheel a whole new spin, if you will pardon the pun. On one hand, the baby Jesus does effectively illustrate the traditional meaning of the card from humble origins to divinity. But on the other, by introducing the numinous, his presence hints at an idea of transcendence from the wheel, that is in my humble opinion, entirely new, and uses the Christian symbols in a way that will resonate even for non-Christians. It reminds me, for instance, of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment stopping, or breaking through the Karmic Wheel of Life.

Published in 2004 by U.S. Games, the cards have beautiful, reversible backs, lovely borders, and luxurious gilded edges. (As a compulsive trimmer, I hesitated a lot before lopping them off. They are lovely). The cardstock is on the sturdier side, but it does become more supple with wear. The box is both sturdy and striking, and the cards are accompanied by a pretty substantial book – not to mention pretty - also by Black. Amazingly enough, this little gem is widely and cheaply available everywhere.

Kat Black’s kaleidoscope of Renaissance images somehow reconciled me to the Waite-Smith cards, which I have come to value and respect for the legacy they are. But my heart, I regret to say, is with the Golden Tarot.

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The RWS images are scans from the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative (Centennial) Tarot.

The images shown are acknowledged to be the property of their respective legal copyright holders. And with that said, these images may not be used without permission.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tarot: The Dark Season of Samhain; a Quickie Review, Multiple Decks

Samhain Tarot cards
From top left: Vampire Tarot by Robert Place, Bohemian Gothic by Karen Mahoney and Alex Ukolov, 
Bosch Tarot by Lo Scarabeo, Tarot of Vampyres by Ian Daniels, Deviant Moon by Patrick Valenza,
Gothic Tarot by Joseph Vargo.

Samhain Related Tarot Decks in the Spotlight

Yummy dark themed cards!

By Viv Dulac

The dark season of Samhain recently came and left – at least here in the northern hemisphere (Oct 31st). In ancient Celtic lore, it was believed that the gods of winter, the fairies and the spirits of the dead walked more freely amongst us on Samhain. Be it as it may, let’s celebrate the beginning of the dark season by taking a look at some dark, gothic, and mysterious decks. And what would be more appropriate for beginnings than taking a look at their first card?

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The Fool of Robert Place’s Vampire Tarot is no other than Jonathan Harker, entering the castle of Count Dracula in remote Transylvania. We do not see his face. He wears the dark, conventional clothes of his profession. He climbs the stairs, apparently oblivious to the fact that the door he is about to enter resembles a monster’s maw, from whose eyes blood streams as if the monster were crying. Blood also drips from the barred window at his right hand, and from the banister at his left. Will he let that monster swallow him? Will he survive the trials that await him inside that lugubrious castle?

The androgynous Fool of the Bohemian Gothic Tarot (by Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov of Magic Realist Press) seems about to gracefully step off a gargoyle and into the void. Is that the moon at his back, or is it the sun? It is hard to tell, with those roiling clouds blotting out the light. He or she appears lost in an elaborate dancing step, or is perhaps immersed in casting a spell. Will she survive the fall? Why is he up on that tower?

Lo Scarabeo’s Bosch Tarot shows a vagabond figure that seems in accord with the Marseilles traditional card. His clothes are ragged, and he carries a walking staff; but instead of the usual dog, he is wresting his staff from the jaws of a nightmarish beast, all hooves and ears. The landscape behind him is open and beautiful, but why is the soil next to him such a bright, arterial red? Is that the road, or grass, or a pool of blood?

Ian Daniels’ Tarot of Vampyres (Llewellyn) also features a dancing, androgynous figure. This Fool extends pale, tattooed arms; there is a blood chalice in his/her raised left hand, and a white, bleeding and luminous rose in the right one. Red roses bloom around the tomb the Fool is dancing on, and up in the air a murder of crows fly high – or is it a kettle of hawks?

White and red are the colors that the Fool of Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot (U.S. Games) is wearing. It is hard to tell if it is a jester’s getup or pajamas. He is walking in water to his ankles – in Venice? I see a gondola on the right side - and, instead of the traditional Marseilles dog, he is being attacked by a couple of greenish fish that look like enormous piranhas.

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The mist that envelops the Fool card in Joseph Vargo’s Gothic Tarot is also greenish - a sickly, yellowish green. Accompanied by a black wolf, a ragged, hooded figure looks on from a dilapidated gate. A ghost? A vampire? It is hard to tell. Would he or she come down those steps and venture onto that seemingly treacherous terrain? At least the wolf appears to be an ally, not an enemy.

Samhain Tarot Review; the Fledgling, Wisdom of the House of Night oracle
Wisdom of the House of Night oracle, 
by Colette Baron Reid and P.C. Cast.

Finally, the Fledgling from the Wisdom of the House of Night oracle, by Colette Baron Reid and P.C. Cast (and Jena Della Grottaglia) reminds us that “we cannot know things until we experience them.” The Fool, the Fledgling, has to take that step, no matter how unprepared or how foolish he or she may feel. Do not be afraid of the dark. As Ursula K. Le Guin puts it, darkness is “the right hand of light,” and the two are one.

Here's hoping you had a Happy Samhain!

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Deviant Moon Tarot (Patrick Valenza) in Review

Deviant Moon tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot Review

By Steven Seinberg

No other deck in my Tarot collection gives rise to the intensely polarizing effect that the Deviant Moon inspires. People really like it...or they really, really don't. It doesn't prompt much in the way of indifference. Surprisingly, then, this is a deck that actually has very strong ties to the familiar Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) template. Card nomenclature and deck structure almost universally follow the RWS mold; the only exception is the Justice card holding position VIII, with Strength at XI.

So if the deck's underlying structure and terminology are transferred almost whole cloth from the widely embraced RWS deck...then why are the reactions to the Deviant Moon so strong?

Deviant Moon tarot

In a Word Visuals:

Patrick Valenza started with a drawing for each card, then used a computer to stack on subsequent layers of imagery winnowed out from photographs that he took in local cemeteries and in an abandoned insane asylum. Think about the kind of energy such source material might add to the mix, even on more subtle levels!

Also, the artist's taste for the dark and the macabre isn't limited to the original building blocks of his artwork. He seems to enjoy presenting those same elements in his finished pieces. His style might appeal to those who appreciate the works of, say, Charles Addams, Edward Gorey, or Tim Burton. It's this darkness that seems to either attract or repel people.

Admirers find his odd little characters, and the intensely earnest ways in which they go about their various little bits of business, to be whimsical and endearing. Those less impressed, however, find the deck to be creepy, scary, unsettling, nightmarish, and distinctly lacking in whimsy. This seems to add up to an irreconcilable case of different folks preferring their different strokes…
Meanwhile, love it or loathe it, the deck itself offers an utterly consistent and well-imagined little world. All the action seems to take place in and around one fantastical city, which is subdivided into several districts, each with its own personality.

The Suit of Pentacles takes place in an industrial section of the city, all gadgetry and factories. The Court Cards feature characters whose garb is as much machine as clothing, and they all wear hats or helmets that belch fumes, much like the omnipresent smokestacks in the backgrounds of virtually every card in this Suit. The citizens here – inventors, misers, flesh-peddlers – can be bright and innovative, but they all seem preoccupied with material productivity and gain, often to the detriment of their spiritual selves.

Deviant Moon tarot

The Suit of Swords is the darkest in the deck. It speaks of conflict throughout, and of power struggles and wounds. Its citizens seem to be of aristocratic standing, but beset with suffering, often self-inflicted. The theme seems to be that the intellect itself can be quite the double-edged sword, yielding the great rewards that come with incisive thinking, but also cutting deeply into everything around it at the same time.

The Suit of Cups unfolds in the city's harbor district, often quite visibly adjacent to the sea. There is much more humor and good cheer evident throughout this suit, and the images are eloquent and extra-fantastical. There's the giant fish swallowing up the trio of unworried revelers in the Three...there's the regal genie presumably ready to grant the wishes of the stunned young lad holding the Aladdin-style lamp in the Nine...and there's the fabulous image of what appears to be Death Himself hitting on the female personification of Midnight at what must be a pretty terrific party in the Two…

The Suit of Wands showcases scenes occurring in the fields and forests that border the city. The “fire” captured in these Wands isn't so much about traditional flames, as it is about the life-force found in green and growing things. The Wands characters come across as simple in some ways, hard-working, and often contemplative. They wear much less fancy dress than their fellows in the other three Suits, and seem more directly connected to the land itself. 

The Majors at times vary from their RWS underpinnings in terms of visual details, but their overall meanings still hold. For example, rather than depicting a Fool on the almost obvious precipice, the Deviant Moon's Fool is a manic chap dashing about the city's canals in a nightcap and pajamas, grinning madly upon finding himself in this strange place, with no idea how he came to be there. The card is still about beginnings and potential, but instead of a leap or fall into an abyss, the Majors here begin with an awakening from out of the calm, womb-like waters of a canal. 

Deviant Moon tarot
The Chariot card features a character who has been so successful in achieving focus and marshaling his will, that he has actually become his own chariot. Over in the Moon card, two seemingly higher-class citizens dance puppet-like at the end of a set of gossamer tendrils that have come tumbling down from the mysterious full Moon itself. The image reminds us that regardless of our social standing, we're all to some extent just servants to the whims of all that the Moon represents… 

Overall, this is a tremendously imaginative deck that conveys classic RWS meanings in an unconventional, unique style. It will seem “too dark” for some sensibilities, but will be a true delight to others. The only way to know which end of that spectrum you'll occupy is to give the deck a look for yourself...preferably by moonlight!

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