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Dreaming Way Tarot: A Review

Posted by Donnaleigh on February 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM


The Dreaming Way Tarot Deck used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT USA. Copyright 2012.

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Title - Dreaming Way Tarot

 

Artist - Rome Choi

 

Publisher - U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

 

 Style of Art -Looks like a watercolor or mixed media, dreamy, reminiscent of sophisticated children's book illustrations. Whimsically-flaired images with neutral expressions. Lots of color and depth to these vibrant images.

 

Card stock - Normal to rugged. These are not thin cards. At first shuffle you may find them a bit stiff, but they loosen up with use. Nice quality card stock.

 

Finish - Matte with a slight sheen

 

Shuffles -A bit stiff right out of the box, but they loosen up with use. Can be riffle-shuffled.

 

Size/readability -  4 3/4" x 2 3/4" ;  Images are easy to see.

 

Borders - Thin white borders

 

Color -Pretty watercolor with high contrast.

 

Backside -Vibrant green with strings of ovals...reminds me of a microscopic cross section of the cell structure of a plant. The backs of the cards are a surprise, as they seem a different mood than the fronts of the cards (see below). While the backsides can be told upright from reversed if you really stared hard at the card, in general I would say this deck generally honors reversals as the pattern of the card back is complex enough to look similar in either direction.


 


Packaging: Thin cardboard box. Will wear over time if not protected (see above).


Booklet: Little White Book, 39 pages, same size as cards. Each Major Arcana is given a short descriptive paragraph and then upright and reversed meanings are provided. Minor Arcana have upright and reversed meanings (see below). Elements and numbers are briefly described in a separate section.



The Dreaming Way Tarot Deck used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT USA. Copyright 2012.

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Number of cards - 78

 

Elements: Pentacles, Wands, Cups, Swords

 

Strength/Justice = Strength is 8. Justice is 11.

 

Major Arcana = Fool plus 21 cards, traditional titles/names based on RWS system; no additional cards.


Theme - Rider-Waite-Smith based meanings, although some cards take some artistic license and deviate a bit.


The Dreaming Way Tarot Deck used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT USA. Copyright 2012.

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Above, 3 of Pentacles strays from the traditional meaning of "teamwork." The LWB says of this 3 of Pentacles upright: "There are benefits now, but they are insubstantial and temporary, competent but not expert."

The 9 of Cups, typically a card of indulgence and a "wish come true," has a rather "4 of Cups" vibe of apathy. The LWB says  of this card upright: "Pride in achievements, savoring the situation, satisfaction, smugness, sensual pleasure, coming true." So while it  does seem to still indicate the wish coming true, the expression of the woman suggests perhaps less satisfaction than expected (if one reads by expressions).


The Dreaming Way Tarot Deck used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT USA. Copyright 2012.

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More samples, above.

The 5 of Wands stays true to the argumentative crowd we are familiar seeing.

The 10 of Pentacles is more about financial success and removes from the family scene for more adult business-like interactions.

Strength shows a peaceful walk with her lion, rather than overcoming it (seems to indicate partnership rather than control).  The LWB speaks of this card as representing love -- not of the romantic type -- but rather of "unconditional love that comes from compassion and complete acceptance."


The World card deviates from what we typically see. But this gentleman is resting because his projects are complete; his is a successful rest that brings harmony and fulfillment.

 


 Courts: Labeled as Page, Knight Queen, King (samples below).

 

 

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Aces - Reminiscent of the RWS "hand coming out of the sky," these Aces are just the element (no hand), without people or characters in the cards (samples below).


 

 

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Unique trait/s - Some of the cards show genders that are difficult to discern (see the 2 of Cups, below, which may be two woman, or is one a man?). There is no nudity in this deck, so it would be appropriate for a younger audience. The expressions on the characters are rather neutral in most cards. This can be either an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your reading style. If you depend on card expressions to pull out emotions, this deck, may leave you feeling rather bland with outcomes. However, the neutrality allows you to attribute any emotion to any reading, despite the card, if you want more flexibility in your readings.


Some of the cards deviate a bit from the traditional imagery expected, but the clear card images lend themselves well to intuitive interpretation.

 

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Price -At the time of this review, this deck was a mere $12.24 on Amazon.com, a very low price for a tarot deck.


Font size/style -Clear, medium-sized font at the bottom of the cards.


 The Star and Temperance Cards have many similarities:

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The "Difficult Cards" - Let's take a look at some of the "harsh" cards of traditional tarot and see their mood, below (Tower, Devil, Death, and 3 of Swords).


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The neutral expressions of the characters seem to tone down the emotive shock of these cards.

It's as if they are saying, "It is what it is."

 

Opinion -This deck is has a fun, other-worldly, dreamy, fairy-tale like vibe. The evocative images do create clear readings, as you'll see in the sample reading below. The vibrant colors are fun to work with, and the images are easy to see. A few of the cards may take you out of your usual tarot definitions as the images deviate a bit from what you may be used to seeing, but most of the cards stay true to RWS tradition  and will be recognizable immediately, even with the story-like flair. I've had great fun reading with these cards, and somehow I am brought back to my childhood with these storybook-like images that bring out the fairy tale world in my own life story. This is one of the few decks where I absolutely love the Death card; it is my favorite card in this deck. Because it lacks nudity, this would make a fabulous first tarot deck for youths interested in tarot. This enchanted deck did steal my heart.

 

Wish list/What I'd Change – I was surprised to see the bright green backs, especially since the deck has a dusty gray overtone to it with washes of color that are more subtle. It seems a strange marriage between the fronts and the backs. It would be nice to see more expressive figures, but I think the dreaminess of the cards might get lost in that change. These cards can be what you make them.

 

Sample Reading: 


In this reading, my client asked, "Will I be able to travel overseas by March?"


The cards received for this sample reading are below, with the reading interpretation following the image:

 

 

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  • Situation: 5 of Swords
  • Challenge: 7 of Pentacles
  • Advice: 6 of Pentacles reversed
  • Outcome: 5 of Pentacles


SITUATION: The 5 of Swords as the situation suggests she is trying to take many of something, perhaps more than her share. Someone or something (bills?) are left with nothing. The LWB speaks of this card sometimes indicating "selfish actions," or "sacrificing integrity." This reminds me of the phrase "have your cake and eat it, too."

 

CHALLENGE: The challenge of the 7 of Pentacles here is obvious from the imagery. Too many shopping bags! Too much expense! However, you'll notice this is not the typical 7 of Pentacles, which shows someone resting on a garden hoe as a plant slowly ripens. Yet the imagery here is highly applicable to this reading. The LWB says of this card, "Taking the time to reflect on what you have and what you need, questioning your choices." This makes it very clear that her challenge will be finances and where she puts her pennies.

 

ADVICE: The advice: 6 of Pentacles, reversed. Upright, this would mean, "dole it out," "give it out," or "share." Here it reversed, so I see this meaning, "Keep something to yourself right now. The LWB agrees, and warns that this card reversed can mean, "Struggling to make ends meet." The advice: Hold onto your purse strings right now.

 

OUTCOME: The outcome if she goes abroad?  5 of Pentacles. This is the card of poverty, and this card imagery supports that meaning. Doing without, being in debt, this person is living in the cold. The LWB says, "Poor financial status, unhealthy, getting hurt, hardship, feeling left out in the cold."  This is pretty clear: if she goes, she'll pay for it afterward by having to do without or  having a string of debt follow."


So you can see the deck reads quite easily and though we had one image here (7 of Pentacles) that strayed from the image we might be used to seeing, the meaning fit right in like a comfy new pair of slippers that have a cozy fit at first try. This deck is a lot of fun to use, is kid-safe, and I've found it is also fun and evocative for using for personal journaling.

 


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Warmly,

 Donnaleigh

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