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  • Bohemian Gothic Tarot.....

    A year later and this is still the deck I hold close and reach for over and over. This is my review I did on Amazon. A looooong review, but when a deck inspires, enchants and turns your world upside down...you like to talk about it!

    http://www.bohemiangothic.com/

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    I've had this amazing and one of a kind deck since it's release by the publishers, Magic Realist Press, in end of December. It's only recently become available in the US.

    It quickly and without hesitation became my absolute favourite deck (I have over 400 decks!). There is no other Tarot on the market like the Bohemian Gothic. In my opinion this is now THE quinnessentail Gothic Tarot deck. Vargo's Gothic and others pale and wither in comparison!

    First off they're 3x5 inches and of a sensual and silky cardstock. They shuffle like butter in your hands, and only get better with use. I've used this deck everyday now for 4 months! The backs have a striking skull and arch interlocking pattern with the words "Memento Mori". There's a silver ink sheen to the image. Completely reversible. I can tell you they're extremely eyecayching!

    The creators Karen and Alex desired to create a deck truly inspired by the earliest Gothic novels and chapbooks from the 18th & early 19th centuries....books like Mysteries of Udolpho, The Monk, The Recess etc. And also the fascinating, mysterious and chilling resurgence of Gothic fiction and fad for ghost stories that started in the mid-1800's until the early part of the 20th century. These are the stories, images and inspiration for theses resplendent and breathtaking images!

    They wanted the sublime terror, not the gorey horror affect of recent times and some decks. Honestly there is no other deck currently on the market that has this inspiration and ideals. The chill in the air, the glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye, the distant moan and creaking door. Goosebumps and sighs. Mystery and eldritch primal energies.

    The images themselves are beyond words almost, you must behold before your eyes to get the full eerie effect! The cards are done luxurious deep colours. Various shades of blue abound, from a haunting blue, to melancholy, to strong rich brew of blue. The most varied and chilling collection of blues! Dark reds, reddish-orange, pink, a deep absinthe green are seen on quite a few cards. The colours play an extremely important part in this Tarot. The mood and ambience they create is amazing!

    The art and images were very much taken from actual late 19th cen to early 20th cen. cabinet photographs, people just "looked" different back then! The creators created each card anew, with incredible attention to detail and atmosphere, the result, though each image is composed of many various parts of other images is completely seamless! There are NOT collage in the normal sense! Totally and completely brilliant artistry. The effects of light, mostly moonlight is one of the most amazing things about these images. The effect makes the light appear real and moving! I have no idea how they've done it, but it's surreal.

    The images speak very loudly, clearly and eloquently to me. They sing, they whisper, they laugh, they sigh and cry.....yearn and love. These images will spark your imagination and inspiration! The tales, stories and fairytales to be unveiled and discovered in this deck are unlimited, like hidden jewels within a buried treasure chest they await to be discovered by you as you plunge into the dark waters of your subconscious.

    Speaking of dark, yes this is a "dark" deck, in content, image and colour. But don't let that label make you pigeon hole this deck and have you use it in a narrow and slotted way or role! I've found the Bohemian Gothic is a deck to savor and get to know over time. She will reveal herself to you in layers and stages, but you must devote yourself to her! She demands your time, paitence, love and commitment. But it's no hard slog, I've done all this and more with the most intense excitement, joy and a feeling of finding, finally, "THE ONE" perfect Tarot for me. The vast rewards you will get back are nothing short of magnificent for the time and love you put into spending time and studying this deck, doing daily readings, studying the images....all of it. The more you work with the Bohemian Gothic the deeper and deeper it gets, I can't believe it!

    So yes it's a Gothic deck in the truest, sublimest sense of the word, it's a "dark" deck, but at least for me, it's an everyday deck....the images run the complete gamut and convey the entire range of human emotion and experience. Besides the chilling foreboding and wickedly eldritch images there is plenty of joy, light and sublime happiness too! It reads fantastically for me on any question and with any spread. It's the deck I've turned to daily now for 4 months for a myriad of reasons, and it's never failed me!

    I really cannot put into words the sheer power, poetry and stunning beauty these cards have when they're layed out together, either in different spreads or in a row. Being borderless the images bleed together to create this powerful swirling vortex of energy and emotion! You MUST see it!

    As a last comment I wanted to mention the limited edition Silver Edition of the Bohemian Gothic that was released end of December also. There were only 500 and they're completely sold out now! Can you believe they took only 2 MONTHS to sell out?! If you've seen them, you know why. I snagged 3 copies for myself. They're going to be a HUGE collectors item, just a month or so after selling out the swt already sells for double (the set sold for $49, they're now selling on Ebay for $99 and upwards)!

    The antique silver ink the creators have overlayed on crucial parts of each card is truly unique...never been done before! A few Tarot decks have silver foil....this is not! The haunting moonlight effect is magical and plain eerie. All the cards look lit up from within...as if each scene is in the moonlight. Some of the cards have a 3D effect, they look like photo negatives. The play of light on them is otherworldy, moving the card under the light creates all these varying effects. Hypnotic. I'm extremely proud to own 3 copies. The Standard Bohemian Gothic and the Silver edition have such different energy and vibe that I honestly consider them differennt decks, even though they both have the same images. Many have said this and noted it! The artfully applied antique silver ink makes each image come alive and read in a whole new way!

    If you can, GET a copy of the Silver edition, they are completely worth it and then some. Think of the many 1,000's of tarot decks out there then think this Silver edition with the ink overlay has NEVER been done before, you've never seen this effect and beauty!

    Yes this review is long-winded. But it's MY deck, my one true Tarot I've been waiting my entire life for. That alone makes it worthy of my immense praise and recommendation!
    Winter Rouses All My Grief

  • #2
    Okay...

    I rarely buy Tarot decks...but mmmhhhmm...

    I think I see one well worth the investment...:uhhuhuh:

    Absolutely gorgeous...

    However...you are incorrect on one thing...

    When you said :

    "I really cannot put into words the sheer power, poetry and stunning beauty these cards have when they're layed out together, either in different spreads or in a row."

    That was most untrue...for you also used a turn of phrase :

    "The chill in the air, the glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye, the distant moan and creaking door. Goosebumps and sighs. Mystery and eldritch primal energies."

    Which I do believe , and shall find to be true , describes the feel ,
    most eloquently...:bigredgri

    You touched my soul , with THAT phrase...and word...

    My favorite word...Eldritch !

    1798Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere
    I look'd upon the rotting Sea,
    And drew my eyes away;
    I look'd upon the eldritch deck
    And there the dead men lay.


    Thank you , and I shall look into this deck...

    I do also see , I now shall have a competitor on this site , for
    sheer elegance of word usage...:uhhuhuh:
    Last edited by Shawn Blackwolf; January 12th, 2009, 01:33 AM.

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    • #3
      Ohhhhh that's your favourite word too?! I looooove that word! Eldritch that is.

      Thank you for your kind words on my review. I just review decks I love mostly, I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm
      Winter Rouses All My Grief

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      • #4
        I do work with the Eldritch Realm...The Faery Folk...:bigredgri

        Originally posted by Owd Scrat View Post
        Ohhhhh that's your favourite word too?! I looooove that word! Eldritch that is.

        Thank you for your kind words on my review. I just review decks I love mostly, I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shawn Blackwolf View Post
          I do work with the Eldritch Realm...The Faery Folk...:bigredgri

          As so do I
          Winter Rouses All My Grief

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          • #6
            Yes...figured as much...

            Actually...felt it...:bigredgri

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Shawn Blackwolf View Post
              Yes...figured as much...

              Actually...felt it...:bigredgri

              I very well thought you would!

              I rarely mention it straight out,. People have so many misconceptions about it and I don't have the paitence or wherewithal to "explaining" my faith or beliefs to the masses.

              I would love to hear more about your teachings and wisdom, I fear though that we're taking this thread off-topic! Or are we? Ponder, ponder.

              I saw Sidhe-Ra peeked at my profile and sent her a message. I know her somewhat from other forums and whatnot and love her work! We have a lot in common.....I see she's your friend too!
              Winter Rouses All My Grief

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              • #8
                I sent you a link...we can speak from there...

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                • #9
                  wow...Strength is beautiful...as is Queen of Pentacles...oh, i want this deck...

                  i like how the minor arcana is drawn out (unlike my current deck)
                  Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love

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                  • #10
                    Is it out of print? It seems over 100 dollars for the set and very expensive for the cards. They still intrigue me to buy though.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LadyCelt View Post
                      Is it out of print? It seems over 100 dollars for the set and very expensive for the cards. They still intrigue me to buy though.
                      Yes, the deck is now out of print, same with many decks from the same publishers.


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                      • #12
                        Thank you for the info. I got the Fairytale deck recently just in case.

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                        • #13
                          I just double-checked @ TarotGarden and they are out of stock. Which may mean they are OOP. Glad I snatched up a copy while they still had it.

                          I haven't used it yet. But, it is a darkly beautiful deck.
                          :fpraise: All hail the mighty SEARCH function! :fpraiseyo

                          See the completed cards from the MW Tarot Project @ the link below:


                          If "a gentle touch speaks volumes" imagine what a bitch-slap can do! ~ me

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