As I’m writing this, I am sitting in my kitchen. The sun has not even risen yet and the sky is a dark blue. The leaves on the trees are dancing and crows sing their song of magick in the distance. It has been a while since I last heard a murder of crows so loudly. The Morrigan feels close and the darkness of this morning has strong currents of magick. I am enchanted.
In a not so subtle transition to the main topic of this post. Here is my take in a review of the Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards. So, without further ado let’s jump into the 3 bewitching reasons I love the Penny Dreadful Tarot!
1. It is featured in Penny Dreadful
The Penny Dreadful Tarot is of course, based on the Showtime television series, Penny Dreadful. If you haven’t seen it yet, you absolutely must! The show itself has now finished running but it is simply too delicious to not watch it.
It is actually used in the show, you can watch the cards being spread in every intro. So, it is not just based on the show, it is actually featured in Penny Dreadful! In the show, the deck is used by Vanessa Ives a deeply thoughtful, magickal character living in Victorian England.
Plus, the tarot also visually picks up on many of the show’s storylines and themes. For instance, the witches who appear in the second season are featured in the pentacles suit of the minor arcana. The symbolism of the scorpion and vampire are also woven into the major arcana.
Did you fall in love with the show and its themes? Then you will certainly fall in love with the tarot!
2. Its simplicity is bewitching
The simplicity of this deck is bewitching. The background of each card is a deep purple. The imagery is then traced in white. This pairing of white on purple makes the images on the cards pop!
In contrast, many decks contain a myriad of colours while this deck contains only two. Yet, these two colours serve the deck well. The simplicity of the deck’s colour scheme draws out the symbolism of these cards.
It is quite fascinating how well the duo-colour scheme of the deck works. I personally love working with colourful decks. The Celtic Oracle, Native Spirit Oracle and Druidcraft Tarot are three of my top decks. What’s more? They all have brilliant and vibrant colours. So, it is not like I have a bias against decks with a tonne of colour.
Yet, I am also deeply drawn to the simplicity of this deck’s colour scheme. The white outlines on purple are entirely bewitching and accentuate the depth of this deck’s energy.
3. It is dark and mysterious
While the storyline of the show continually searches for the good this path is wrought with dark mystery. The show is a classic example of gothic Victorian England.
In the show, many Victorian monsters appear like the werewolf, Dr. Frankenstein, and of course, the vampire. Witches also make an appearance, though the concept of the witch predates the Victorian Era considerably.
The deck then draws upon some of these elements. The vampire, and witch both feature in the deck. Yet, the dark mystery of the deck goes beyond elements of the show as well. For instance, the cups suit features imagery of a dark hooded figure with chalices being emptied around them. Although this hooded figure is not a character in the show this imagery fits into the gothic dark narrative.
It is elements like this dark, hooded figure which also differentiate the deck from others based on narratives. These elements allow the deck to stand on its own as well. Each card does not necessarily translate into a storyline. If anything, this makes the deck even more bewitching, as you can easily visualise the deck being used in the Penny Dreadful world (which you couldn’t really do if it had the character’s faces on it).
Overall, this deck is absolutely bewitching. From its dark mystery to its connection to the show I am extremely pleased with it!