An intelligent guide to the tarot
and related subjects
As soon as I saw a picture of the Vampire Tarot, I knew I wanted one for my collection. Tarot cards have progressed to the point where they have a sort of natural synergy with all things mysterious and occult, so a tarot design that incorporated vampirism seemed quite natural. When I received my deck, I wasn't disappointed. The artist, Nathalie Hertz, has done an excellent job of blending tarot symbolism with vampire imagery.
In some ways, the Vampire Tarot reminds me of the Halloween Tarot, although it is, as one would expect, a bit darker.
Standard suits and standard names for major arcana cards are used:
Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice,
Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgment, World
Suit Names: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles
Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, Page
The deck is standard tarot size, and has 78 cards and an instruction booklet, which is 36 pages in length. Most of The Vampire Tarot booklet is devoted to the meanings of the cards. As an example, the description for The Chariot (shown above) reads as follows:
"It's a full moon, and the chariot driver is chauffeuring his master bat in his quest for blood. The red-curtained coach symbolizes action and movement. The driver guides the chariot confidently to the destination, always in control of his instincts and emotions. Dauntless, he looks for future victims." Standard keywords associated with The Chariot card then follow, including reversed meanings.
The booklet also describes a few tarot spreads, and has a brief biography of the artist.
Nathalie Hertz is a French artist, born in Paris in 1968. She notes that her first tarot deck was the Tarot of a Moon Garden deck, and that she is now a collector of tarot decks. She reads cards as well.
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