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The Dreampower Tarot Deck & Book Set

by R.J. Stewart & Stuart Littlejohn

The Dreampower Tarot Deck & Book Set
Price: $32.00
Number of cards in deck: 80

Measurements: 3.15 x 4.7 inches, or 80 x 120 mm.

Back of card: The Yggdrasil, the sacred ash tree of the Norse, that holds together earth, heaven & hell by its roots & branches. A quick check of the book did not turn up the word, but it's clearly this tree that's meant. In the book, it's called the "Inverted Tree". It's a beautiful back to the cards, but contrasts poorly with the major arcana & court cards (ie, you won't know if the card is face up or down). Not intended for inversion.

Book included: Yes, 186 pages, 4.7 x 7.1 inches, or 12 x 18 cm. Black & white illustrations.

Publisher: Thorson's. Printed in Great Britain.

Comments: From the book: The Dreampower Tarot contains 22 Trumps (major arcana), 40 Number/Elemental Cards, 16 Court/People cards, and 2 map/key cards. Rearranged, this means you have the usual 22 majors & four suits of 14 cards each, plus two more cards.

In the major arcana are these three realms: Stone, Pearl & Whirlpool. Specific cards relate to each of these, but as the cards are not labeled nor color coded, you will have to memorize the illustrations in the book. So far as illustrations go, the spiral on page 42 is correct.

Between the three realms are connecting trumps. There are two between Stone & Pearl, and two between Pearl & Whirlpool. Here are the majors:

Stone: Teller, Gate, Stone, Table, Sleeper, Choir. The connecting cards to Pearl are Division & Arousal.

Pearl: Opener, Tangler, Seed Pearl, Stairway, Raptor, Maiden. The connecting cards to Whirlpool are Becoming & Conjunction.

Whirlpool: The Maker, Maze, Whirlpool, Observatory, Void & Knower.

Court cards: In the suits of Messengers (air) & Spirits (fire) the court cards are King, Queen, Herald & Child. In the Souls (water) and Ancestors (earth), the court cards are King, Queen, Warrior & Child. Each of the court cards do dual elemental duty. The King represents his element, plus fire. The Queen represents her element, plus water. The Herald/Warrior represents his element, plus air. The child represents his element, plus earth. So, for example, the King of Messengers represents both air & fire. The Queen of Ancestors represents both earth & water. The cards are not labeled but are vaguely color-coded, so with a bit of practice you'll know what suit is which.

For the pip cards we have yet another set of rules. Suits are Earth, represented by Gnomes; Air, represented by Sylphs; Fire, represented by Salamanders; and Water, represented by Undines. For all that, the pip cards themselves are rather dull, having only keywords.

All the cards are illustrated in the book, though in the case of the pip cards, I wonder why. Notes on the majors are copious, notes for the court cards are much briefer, while the pips have only keywords. As a whole, this is either a very exciting deck, or a bit of a muddle, depending on your point of view.

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