TAROT OF THE SWEET TWILIGHT- ITALY 2009
Artwork by Cristina Benintende
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Beautiful colours set in the twilight zone, somewhere between daylight and dark, each card bordered in indigo, images of oranges , greens, blues and reds, an assortment of characters parade throughout the Tarot sections. These characters are individualistic, and have vitality in their distinctiveness.
Although this Tarot is ultra modern, somewhere between gothic and Burton to comical and ethereal, it is not a particularly hard deck to read. The personalities of each card are likeable and approachable. They are not unknown to a regular Tarot user and certainly give an interesting twist to some of the concepts. My particular likes of the majors are an eloquent Magician, sassy Empress, Jekkel and Hyde Emperor, a kindly Death, a floral slight to the Star and a World card that is magnificently memorable. It is a Major Arcana that is so heart felt. Fantastic work by Cristina Benintende; this would have to be one of the most affable Majors I have worked with.
The minor arcana is full of intriguing images that do move from one image to the next; a story evolves in these suits, as is the traditional structure of the Tarot. Sometimes the story twist may not be what we are familiar with but this is marketed as an intuitive deck and if you allow the time for the intuition to take over, interpretations are clear. My favourite images from the minors are the 6 of Cups –communing with that adorable bear, the creative chaos of the 8 wands, the portrayal of moving on in the 6 swords and the conceptual approach to the 5 pentacles of travellers in a combi; all phantasmagorical.
The court cards are my favourite part of any deck. This is the place for an artist to let character speak and this deck doesn’t disappoint here either. The vaudeville knaves, with fantastical knights, youthful queens and masked kings are all a treat.
I don’t think I have ever found a deck that is so complete in every section. Often there is strength in one part of the deck but not in this Tarot of the Sweet Twilight. The sections are very distinctive yet every part has warmth, a wow factor and a humor that makes one approach.
Well done and thanks Cristina Benintende.