“Whispers of the twilight twist into the corners of your soul awakening long-forgotten feelings. Surreal images surprise your mind. Colors and curves delight your eyes. Bittersweet beauty tinged with sadness stirs your heart and you are moved beyond expectations. You are changed. You grow wiser. You find the world is more complicated but no less beautiful.” – From the Little White Book to the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight
Bold coloring and surreal imagery, uncertain circumstances viewed by emotive eyes, this is the eerie landscape favored by the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight. Painted by the fanciful, confident brush of Cristina Benintende, this deck is reminiscent of the kaleidoscopic films by Tim Burton, where wide-eyed naiveté and subversive knowing romp in off-kilter worlds.
Haunting yet appealing, the illustrations glow profound in the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight. Rich, chalky brushstrokes paint a world that’s a bit like ours, but not quite—a place where our feet find purchase and our imaginations set aflame amid the in-between place of symbol and the subconscious.
Measuring approximately 4 ¾ x 2 ½ inches, the cards feature an attractive indigo border with a reversible (but a bit too busy) montage on the backs. The Minor suits are Chalices, Wands, Pentacles and Swords, with the Court Cards following the Knave, Knight, Queen and King designation.
The Little White Book, penned by Barbara Moore, doesn’t provide keywords but rather “jumping off points” for personal interpretation. Many are quite good, especially for journaling and personal contemplation.
I’ve been using this deck for several months now with great success, especially for creativity and fiction writing. I’ve also had great results when reading for others, and even my 11-year old once read with the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight deck, giving me some amazing insight into a character from my first novel that I’m working on!
Fans of the Deviant Moon Tarot and the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot would most likely love the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, as would anyone who enjoys the art of Dali or the visual storytelling of Tim Burton. I highly recommended this deck for creative, romantic types, especially for idea brainstorming and solution generation.
Insights that go beyond “good enough” into the realm of otherworldly perspectives and refreshing, surprising readings have been my experience with the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight, and it may provide the same to you if you’re drawn to Benintende’s shadowy, fantastical artwork.
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