The Deviant Moon Tarot Book: Review
Hardcover: 340 pages
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.3 x 10.7 inches
WOW! The Deviant Moon Book has exceeded my wildest dreams. Patrick Valenza has a special way of taking his projects to levels of dizzying heights and this book is something that Deviant Moon lovers are going to treasure and adore.
A hardcover book for a tarot deck!
The Deviant Moon Tarot Book is beautiful from front to back. The cover is textured, the inside covers are full of wonderful images of Deviant style adverts and the content is not only an explanation of the cards, it’s also an in depth look at Patrick’s journey with the “citizens” of his unique tarot deck.
As I read through the pages I found myself admiring just how much of himself Patrick shares with his reader. Patrick’s unique way of viewing the cards is an inspiration for intuitive tarot readers. On page 29 in just two paragraphs Patrick discusses “Using this Book”. I love that he acknowledges that each of us has our own life experiences that will give us our own unique interpretation of the card images.
The layout of the book:
Acknowledgements and Dedications
A Lifelong Journey
Rise of the Deviant Moon
Creating the Deck
Using the Book
The Major Arcana
Page 31 gets us started on the journey through the Major Arcana. The Fool, card 0 begins his “delirious dance”. Patrick gives us a description, the upright, the reversed meanings and the inspiration for each of the Major Arcana cards. Early sketches, ideas, stories and childhood memories are all part of the experience of the Deviant Moon Tarot Book. One of the most wonderful things about what Patrick has done with his book is to give us a glimpse into his inner world of characters. The use of so many brilliant textures like buildings, tombstones and old hardware adds even more layers to the intuitive feel of the cards.
The Minor Arcana
Page 111 begins the look at each of the cards that make up the Minor Arcana:
Swords: Conflict. Heartfelt strife. Anxiety. Danger.
Wands: Nature. New beginnings. Creativity. Fertility. Growth.
Cups: Water. Subconscious thoughts. Peace and tranquility.
Pentacles: Materialism. Industrious work. Spiritual void.
For each card you will find a description, upright meaning and reversed meaning. There are also early sketches and in some cases a backstory for each card. I cannot think of a better way to get to know the Minor Arcana in such an interesting way! Even if you have been using the Deviant Moon for a long time you will find interesting details between these pages. I love the inclusion of so many early sketches and childhood memories.
To sum this up: The Deviant Moon Tarot Book is beyond fantastic. If you already love the Deviant Moon Tarot this book will take your love to a whole new level. The book is hardback and very well made to last you a very, very long time. If you are someone who treats your books lovingly it will last a lifetime and beyond. If you are someone who never really understood the appeal of the Deviant Moon Tarot, this book will show you a whole new way of seeing the “citizens” that live in this very special world where the moon influences everything. I cannot praise this project nearly enough to do it the justice it deserves. Well done Patrick Valenza and well done U.S. Games! I humbly thank you for the opportunity to review this amazing accomplishment.
P.S. This book is in my “Do Not Lend” category. It is also in my “I must inspect your hands before you touch”. I might let you look at this book but I reserve the right to turn the pages for you.