Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Patrick Valenza's Deviant Moon Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot, Patrick Valenza, artist

I love this deck! Feeling the need to acquire a new deck, I went searching on-line for one I liked. A few spoke to me to varying degrees, but Patrick Valenza's The Deviant Moon Tarot is one I just love. Here's a brief description of the deck from the Aeclectic Tarot site:
It's [Deviant Moon Tarot] inspired by (and incorporates) images of cemetaries and mental asylums, and designed to illuminate deeper parts of the subsconscious. The talented illustrator [Patrick Valenza] is also a tarot student, and the deck is the result of three years of artistic work.
It's a bit odd choosing a deck without being able to handle it first, but I'm going with my intuition on this one. I read a few reviews on Amazon; one related how they appreciate the art very much but it's "too dark" for their personal taste. I can see that, though for me, it doesn't seem that way. Choosing a Tarot or Oracle deck is so very personal. For example, I like the idea of the Mermaid deck, (Tarot of Mermaids) loving mermaids, but found the actual deck rather creepy. As much as I wanted to buy into that deck, I just couldn't. I found it too gloomy and negative for my use.


  1. Now darling, how can you possibly say a tarot deck featuring dark, moonlit scenes and graveyards is less creepy and gloomy than a mermaid deck? :-D

    Just joking really, as I kind of agree, but I think it's the quality of Valenza's deck which is so attractive. Really gorgeous. Write more when you get it.

    Meanwhile, I think you're reading my mind lately, R. Dragons and mermaids have been crossing my inner landscape lately as well... And then there's that number: 222 on one of Valenza's cards that popped right out at me. That has always been traditionally one of "my" synchronistic numbers... weird!

    Anyway, thanks! I know someone who'll probably dig the mermaid deck, too.


  2. Thanks for stopping by Dia. There are many decks I like for various reasons, but after handling them and knowing they'll be used for readings, the feeling just isn't there. Like chemistry in relationships, lol. The other person might be good looking and all but there needs to be a spark to really do it for me.