Deck Title – The Dark Mansion Tarot
Creator – Krzysztof Wasiuk
Artist - Magdalena Kaczan
Publisher - Taroteca Studio (Independent)
Date purchased - 2019
Does the world need another Dark Mansions Tarot Deck review? Probably not. There are a squillion of them on YouTube and Blogs already. However, as I’ve become a victim of acute FOMO (fear of missing out. We used to call it keeping up with the Jones’ in my day but your clichés have to move with the times) I couldn’t resist purchasing it. So, here’s what I’ve found with the Dark Mansion Tarot. If you’re still sitting on the fence on this one, I hope these comments help.
My initial reaction when I saw Jennifer Ball’s excellent YouTube review on the Dark Mansions Tarot (https://youtu.be/XcRn6BS2eLo) was ‘that’s okay, but it’s not something I’m majorly into and I don’t think it can be used for client readings.’ I’ve found it to be an excellent deck for working with personally though and if you are keen on this artwork style, you may be happy to use it professionally.
Favourite/Stand Out Cards
This is difficult, not because there are no excellent cards but because they are all of a very high standard. Here are the ones that jumped out at me when I first received the deck:
Wheel of Fortune
If I was to choose a favourite of all the cards, I think this would be the one. It’s not usually my favourite but the Wheel of Fortune in this deck is so original and so detailed. From the ferris wheel with all four elements represented in its spokes and the sun and the moon at its centre to the detail in the fairground scene. The Chariot also shows the incredible level of detail that really impresses me with this deck. There’s so much going on in the card, from the cobbled pavement to the inset windows and the frightened cat and its shadow. I just want to step into this strange world. I bought the standard version and you can still see the intricacy of the images in the standard size cards.
The Three 'Scary' Cards - Death, the Devil and the Tower are often the cards that make people nervous. But here we have a depressed Grim Repear, perhaps bored with the constant change that everyday life (or death) brings. In the Devil card we've got a bored little skeleton supplicant in a similar pose and an ejected previous-occupier of the Tower heading at speed to the ground, arms by her side just waiting for the chaos to stop. All new takes on those traditional images.
The Suit of Wands - some of the images in this suit are quite different from the traditional RWS. There's more emphasis on balance in the two rather than the traditional pull of the familiar verses the outside world. The progression from the apparent engagement in the four to the wedding in the six, is a lovely take on the celebration and success themes.
This is the best deck for…well it seems to be popular with just about everyone. As an independent deck, it does have a higher price tag but still perfectly reasonable for the product you receive and the three-tier option helps with this. Mind you, if I were a mass-market manufacturer, I’d be looking for an artist who could create images in this style at a lower price-point. It's a real crowd pleaser.
Where to buy
www.taroteca-studio.com (this is not an affiliate link)