Tarot of Dreams
This deck was created with the aid of modern computer technology by Ciro Marchetti
in collaboration with Lee Bursten. Ciro
Marchetti is already quite well known to Tarot enthusiasts because of his
previous creation - the Gilded Tarot.
Thanks to Synergie Publishers, the Gilded Tarot is available in the
Czech Republic under the name Zlaty tarot.
The Tarot of Dreams first appeared on the market in
2005. According to the server Aeclectic
Tarot, it quickly became one of the most popular Tarot decks in the world.
The deck's creators followed the example of Rider-Waite's classic Tarot, but the traditional themes have
been expanded upon in new, creative ways.
Thus, the deck's color symbolism combined with the wide variety of
symbols used are incredibly inspirational and function as a useful
interpretational guide. The deck will answer any question. Even those who have previously never come
into contact with Tarot will be able to interpret the cards' meaning. The individual cards incorporate as part of
their design astrological signs with their corresponding symbols from the
Hebrew alphabet and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
The meaning of each card is thoroughly explained in
the handbook which accompanies the deck.
As you read the handbook, you will discover why each card means what it
does and what each of the symbols means.
A CD with the program Orphalese
Tarot that uses the Tarot of Dreams deck also comes with the cards. As part of the package you will also find
included screensavers and desktop wallpapers that use the Tarot of Dreams as
their theme. You can view an animation
that accompanies each card. An
electronic handbook is also included.
The Tarot of Dreams can be ordered directly from the author at
My first encounter with the Tarot of Dreams deck took
place in 2006 and I was thrilled with it at first sight. The cards "talked" to me even
before I read the enclosed handbook. I
was immediately fascinated by the thoroughness and the smooth lines of the
design. The author's thoughtful attention
to every detail enhances the cards' depth.
The details that you can view here will show you the thoroughness of
detail in every card.
can see the details pictured on the following cards: 6 Cups (top left), Ace of Swords(top right), Knight of Wands(bottom left) and Strenght
Because I also sometimes work with
computer graphics, I can easily imagine the almost unbelievable patience and
attention to detail which Ciro employed in the process of creating these
cards. That is also why I was tickled
pink when I saw the eight coins on the shelf in the back in which we can see
portrayed Ciro Marchetti's previous deck entitled "The Gilded
Tarot." There is no doubt in my
mind that in order to create such a fine piece of work it is necessary to first
think through the entire process. Then,
thanks to the author's unique artistic gifts, knowledge, thoroughness and
patience it becomes possible to carry the entire project through to
completion. All of this is evident in
the eight coins. I am quite delighted to
see that Ciro is not a slave to stereotypical ideas of how an authentic Tarot
deck should look and that he is not only able to bring to his Tarot new
thoughts and ideas, but also that he allows himself to be playful and to use
his sense of humor.
A new conception of the Tarot can also
meet with resistance from those who are used to working with a classic deck and
are defenders of this tradition. Such Tarot practitioners may at first disagree
with Ciro's reinterpretation. However, let
me assure you that every Tarot practitioner to whom I have shown this deck
found it to be wonderful and everyone remarked upon the sophistication used in
the making of the cards. They also
remarked upon the energy that each card represents and that they could feel
just by viewing it. The choice of a
Tarot deck is a matter of individual preference and thanks to today's wide
variety of choice, everyone can pick the deck that is closest to their heart.
The connection of knights to mythical
animals that represent individual elements is truly captivating.
Other cards whose symbolic messages
are, in my opinion, rendered by the author in a near-perfect manner are, for
example, the 10 Wands, Temperance, the 9 Swords, the 3 Wands and the
particularly well done Empress. In
short, the quality and the detail of the entire deck is simply amazing.
have been a convert to the Tarot of Dreams ever since I first laid eyes on
it. That's also why I use it in my daily
consultation practice with my clients who look for answers in every aspect of
their lives. I can therefore recommend
it enthusiastically to beginners and advanced practitioners of Tarot alike.
Picture on this page:
© Ciro Marchetti
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