The concept of dragons exists in virtually every culture. This is shown in the Minor Arcana of this deck which uses Asian dragons for Cups, European dragons for Swords, African dragons for Wands and Central and South American dragons for Pentacles. This allows you to better understand the energies of the cards, the cultures, and the Tarot, making this a powerful deck for divination.
The Major Arcana uses famous dragons. The Empress shows Tiamat, "representing primordial chaos, the female force and energy of creation." Death shows St. George who slew the dragon. The Devil is Apep or Apophis, "the dragon that, for the ancient Egyptians, blocked the way to Ra, the sun god, and guarded the regions of death." The Fool, however, is simply "The Hunter of Dragons, representing "mankind's insane thousand-year-old search for the dragon." The images may not be traditional, but the intent is there.
Because of its worldwide focus, this is a unique deck unlike any other. It's a virtual collection of world art for collectors. It shows how the power and symbolism of the Tarot can be universalized into virtually any tradition. And it will give you an incredible visual entry into the clout and majesty of the dragons of the world.
The Deluxe version of this comes with a beautiful, embroidered bag to hold your deck. The Mini Deck is small enough for pocket or purse and easy to carry anywhere. If you like dragons and the Tarot, this is a deck you simply must have!
What are Dragons and why are they so important to us? Are they part of our mythos, or members of our everyday lives? Shawn MacKenzie, author of The Dragon Keeper's Handbook and Dragons for Beginners, explains.
In the simpler times of long ago, our ancestors struck flint to tinder and, with deer on the spit and wolf cubs at their feet, watched shadow monsters dance across cave walls. They knew Dragons intimately and held them close. How could they not? With primordial majesty, Dragons ruled earth, sea, and sky. They were reminders of the danger beyond the firelight, the world beyond comprehension. They were Awe personified, revered for their wisdom and at-one-ment with the Universe, dreaded for their strength and elemental energy. But what about the importance of Dragons in today's society? Shawn MacKenzie, author of The Dragon-Keeper's Handbook, explains just how truly relevant Dragons are to us.
While Llewellyn's Classic Tarot has my name on the cover, I did not so much design this project as direct it. Llewellyn wanted a deck that was designed to be faithful to the traditional tarot images, symbols, and meanings recognizable to most modern tarot readers and students. Creating a faithful yet new expression of timeless tarot imagery is... read this article