The Dark Tarot is a Tarot de Marseille based deck designed by M. over at darktarot.com. I say “M.” because I don’t know whether this person wants to be identified, so there we go. I’ve been working with this deck for a few months now and just love it.
M. reached out and gifted me with this deck and not for any promotional purposes either. This deck isn’t for sale. In fact, digital files to the cards are available for free download at darktarot.com and you can use those files to print out your own copy of the deck. Free! Yet M. gifted me with a hard copy of the deck just because. And I am so glad to have become acquainted with this TdM deck!
Above, just look at the beautiful imagery in the Majors.
I don’t know a lot about the deck so I’m not able to give a lot of information, but I can tell you it reads beautifully. It’s a piecemeal of several public domain TdM-based decks. I’ve been working with the deck in client readings, for my Learning the Opening of the Key master class over at Tarot Summer School, and for those who follow me on Instagram, posting tons of lovely photos of the deck over there. Also, stay tuned to the end of this post for details on a giveaway. M. and I are giving away a free copy of this deck.
These cards look absolutely beautiful in a spread, and if you’ve been wanting to learn to read the Tarot de Marseille, the Dark Tarot is an ideal deck to learn on. In some of the Marseille decks, the suit of Wands and the suit of Swords can look alike and get confusing for novices. Not here.
There are white borders here but it’s easy to trim this deck if you so choose to. I love the faux antiqued look here and this will easily be a beloved deck by any Marseille (TdM) reader.
For me, I also love that there’s margin space on the cards for the potential of writing in any metaphysical correspondences that you might find useful, like numerical assignments for card counting, astrological correspondences, Kabbalistic correspondences, I Ching hexagram or trigram correspondences, etc.
If you’re a TdM reader or looking to learn TdM, this is a great deck to read/learn on. You can also integrate other tarot reading systems. For example, writing in keywords.
I love the parchment aesthetic in the background of the cards and the detailing is just wonderful. There’s an Old World feel, and you if you print the files that M. offers over at darktarot.com to produce your own deck, you could trim it so they’re borderless, which would really cause these card images to pop.
Definitely check out http://www.darktarot.com. There’s a lot of wonderful goodness over there. I wandered about for who knows how long in the “History of Tarot and Cartomancy” section. The free online Tarot Reading by the Decans is so cool.
And there’s a wonderful page of Tarot Card Meanings keyed to this Dark Tarot, which is helpful for novices looking to work with the Dark Tarot or a TdM deck.
I say if you’d really like to order a print copy deck of the Dark Tarot, contact M. at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you can work out a private purchase order arrangement. Seriously. This is an exclusive, wonderful, must-have TdM deck for your collection. And be sure to check out M.’s amazing website and the wealth of tarot content there!
Dark Tarot Giveaway
Courtesy of M., the deck creator behind the Dark Tarot, we are giving away a free deck. I will be selecting an eligible reader at random and contacting you privately by e-mail for mailing details. To be eligible, here’s what you’ve got to be able to check off:
(1) You must have a running, active tarot blog.
(2) You agree that within 3 months of receipt of your deck, you’ll post a deck review of the Dark Tarot.
(3) Post a kind note about Dark Tarot on social media with hashtag #darktarot and include a link to http://www.darktarot.com. Then send a link to your social media posting to M. at email@example.com to let M. know there’s a shout-out to the Dark Tarot.
(4) E-mail a kind, encouraging, or supportive note to M. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(5) Comment below to let me know you acknowledge and represent affirmatively to (1), you agree to commit to (2) and you’ve completed (3) and (4). This will be on the honor system btw, though I’m sure M. can help me confirm receipt of your love letter per (4). 🙂
Giveaway Closes on July 15, 2016.
And make sure you leave your e-mail address, because that’s how I’ll be contacting you if you’re selected. If you don’t leave your e-mail address and I select you but can’t find a way to contact you, I’ll simply move on and select another who has left an e-mail contact. So don’t forget to make sure I’m able to contact you! Makes sense? 🙂
By the way, those eligibility prerequisites were entirely my own idea, not M.’s. The proprietor behind darktarot.com is one of the nicest, most generous, and kind-spirited individuals I’ve had the chance to connect with. So I thought it’d be kind of funny to get a bunch of people [who want the chance to win this deck] to “spam” M. with tarot love notes.
The Dark Tarot is really cool. I’m loving my work with it and I can tell others are loving it, too. I use it in various demonstrations for a tarot course I’m teaching and I keep getting questions about this deck in particular. Everyone’s intrigued and wants to know more! So here you go. More info. You’re welcome.