A Look At Deviant Moon Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot is a brand of tarot cards originating in 2008, from artist Patrick Valenza. The product is a re-imagination of the tarot cards famous for their use by gypsies and fortune tellers, Valenza’s designs take a disturbing, yet unique approach towards creating a tarot deck reflecting those original tarot readers. Since the release of the Deviant Moon tarot deck it’s popularity has soared, and I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at this unique deck.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, tarot cards were first discovered five-hundred years ago in many nations in the continent of Europe. The tarot, as they are officially called, are a pack of cards which were used to play games, like modern playing cards, but since the early 19th century the cards have come to be associated with the mystic arts and those who are occultists, Deviant MoonTarot Deck for divination or mapping spiritual pathways of the mind. Like today’s playing cards that are found in homes everywhere, the tarot is a deck of cards that also has four suits, however, they only have 21 cards at most, or 14 cards at the least. It is thought by some that today’s standard playing cards are really a descendant from an original tarot deck. There is a long history of using playing cards as tarot cards and is the basis of cartomancy.

Early in the history of tarot decks artists had to paint by hand each card one by one, so creating intricate, often mystical designs (like those seen on Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot) were rare. The artist today merely has to draw one copy of the card and he can sell the computer copies all around the world. Modern tarot decks, such as Deviant Moon, can be far richer in symbolism and the expression of symbolism given the incredible advancement in graphic expression. Yet, the heart and soul of tarot reading remains the same.

Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot has a rich history of having spooky, yet intricate illustration on each tarot card, and a hand painted individual card can even be purchases as artwork. Valenza, the illustrator, has had a long history studying the nature of tarot and combined with his 3 years of artistic work, he conveys perfectly his sense of what the person using the tarot cards should experience when using his cards for the art of tarot.

Since Valenza was 15 years old, he has been creating tarot cards. On his website are scans of his original thirteen tarot cards; his unique style and immense attention to detail are visible, and when one looks at these cards and the rest of his full deck containing seventy-eight cards, you can tell how the wide range of his style has shifted over recent years.

Deviant Moon Tarot reveals an intricate knowledge of subconscious ideas of the art of tarot, and his techniques in illustrating the designs of each card are even more brilliant. For one card, Valenza merely digitally altered an already spooky image of a tombstone and gave it his signature Tarot flair in order to truly convey the feelings of the card. His modern take on the medieval tarot designs include elongated bodies and intricate attention to detail, like urban backgrounds and gothic chamber walls.

Valenza’s first official release for sale to the public of Deviant Moon Tarot occurred during his booth at the INATS (International New Age Trade Show) in 2008, where he first revealed his breath-taking new look at the world of tarot. He name was first spread around when his signature, cracked artwork appeared on the cover of the U.S. Games 2008 catalog, making the world ask, ‘Who is this newcomer with the beautiful tarot cards? And where can I buy them?’ Valenza has been consistently creating new tarot designs for the Deviant Moon collection. He appears regularly at trade shows, game conventions, and tarot events to sell his cards and give friendly advice to budding tarot artists, as well as signing his custom work. You can buy at Amazon the Deviant Moon Tarot deck, and also check prices on used decks.

One reason that Deviant Moon Tarot may have caught on so quickly and developed such a loyal following it the deck’s appeal to the Goth and Wicca communities. There is something about the deck’s artistry and how it lends itself to a more earthy interpretation of the cards.

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