Let’s take a moment to talk about the Tarot of Shadows.
This shit is fucking beautiful.
It’s got myths,
Unfortunately for anyone who doesn’t speak Russian, this deck and its little guidebook are…only in Russian.
However, with a handy translating app and a quick switch of your “keyboard” to Russian, it can be translated. Right?
Okay, so here’s the deal: this deck can be used two ways. This is a 78 card deck with the Major Arcana marked with Roman numerals at the top. And then…there are 52 other cards. These other cards aren’t broken down into suits, they are only numbered 23 through 78. In the guidebook, each card’s “classic tarot” counterpart is listed, and so it can be used as a “regular” tarot deck.
The pictures on the cards and the keywords on them have nothing to do with traditional tarot meanings. There is everything from “Necromancy” to “Job” to “Archimedes’ Mirror” to “peonies.” So it can also be used as an oracle deck. But good luck figuring out the meaning of “False Prophets and their Leader Python.”
Also, a warning if you haven’t already noticed: this is not a lightworkers’ deck. The very idea of this deck was to make an entire tarot deck based on The Devil card. It’s brimming with demons, poison, deadly sins, and just overall discomfort. I fucking love it.
If you want gentle reassurance, this is not the deck to consult. But if you want answers, sit your ass down, because you’re going to learn something today.
Introducing: this deck’s Sun card.
The card backs feature a goat’s head and a pentagram.
If this deck were a person, it would be a quiet young man with dark shaggy hair. He shrugs noncommittally in response to your questions, but if you can get him to look at you when you speak, the truth is easily read on his face.
Do I recommend this deck? YES. If you have patience and a bit of tarot experience under your belt.