Dark Mansion Study

The Magician // Dark Mansion Tarot Study

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I’m doing a card-by-card study of the Dark Mansion Tarot. Read the original post here!

When I discovered that the Dark Mansion Tarot didn’t come with a guidebook (not that it needed one) I took it as a chance to do a card-by-card study and revel in my own thoughts and interpretations of these cards. You can view the rest of the posts here.


••• The Magician •••

My Keywords:
inspection - focus - clever - manifestation
skill - concentration - action - intelligence

I love the concentration that this Magician is holding as they inspects their tools and gadgets. There is a person standing or sitting at a desk holding a magnifying glass while closely examining the wooden wand, one of their tools. On the desk in front of them lies the sword and coin, while I like to think that the “cup” is tucked into their suit pocket… close to their heart, how perfect! All around them is gadgets, inventions and alchemy. This whole scene gives me a more intimate snapshot of the Magician and how they work when no one is looking. With other Magician cards I get a strong “action” feel to them or a notion of raising energy, but not in this illustration. I quite like the more scientific feel I get from this Magician.

In more traditional decks, we tend to see the Magician standing behind their desk pointing up at the sky and down to the earth. Here we have the Magician happily doing what they do best, using their focus and skill to learn. I feel like this Magician is well organized and knows the ins and outs of every single device on their desk. They are truly a master of their craft and whatever they don’t already know, they are quick to figure it out!

In a reading

When this Magician comes up in a reading for me, it’s an instant nudge to slow down and take your time to focus on the task at hand. Be sure you know your stuff and can execute it well. You really don’t want to make any mistakes, it’s like that saying “measure twice, cut once”. There may be more information to glean before coming to any conclusions, so perhaps take another look or even possibly test it out if you can. The Magician requires a slow and steady hand, as well as a sharp mind!

The Fool // Dark Mansion Tarot Study

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I’m doing a card-by-card study of the Dark Mansion Tarot. Read the original post here!

When I discovered that the Dark Mansion Tarot didn’t come with a guidebook (not that it needed one) I took it as a chance to do a card-by-card study and revel in my own thoughts and interpretations of these cards. You can view the rest of the posts here.


••• The Fool •••

My Keywords:
foolish - free spirit - spontaneous - curious
joyful - carefree - reckless - adventurous - childish

While I’m not a fan of clowns in most tarot decks, I do however, love the representation being used for the Fool. It fits and it works! Here we have quite a happy clown sporting full clown attire, which looks to be handmade and in total Fool fashion, carelessly about to step right off the cliff. This imagery is very close to most RWS depictions of the Fool. Their hat is very sporadic and branch like, I like to think of it as a representation of how they think and act, scattered but eager. Each “tentacle” on the hat is a different pattern. These patterns make me think that they could embody the different lessons the Fool learns on their journey.

The dog holding on firmly to the rope tied at that Fools waist doesn’t seem like it will be doing much if and when the Fool steps off, it’s tied in a bow and could untie easily once weight is added. Maybe this Fool isn’t about to step off like they appear… maybe they are just being bold and want to strike a pose to show just how brave they really are. Who knows, they could be muttering “hurry and take my damn picture already!” under their breath.

Down below the cliff illustrates rolling hills and a curving path. I feel like the path is a perfect representation of the Fool’s journey through the tarot, always turning. It veers over a hill and it looks to be unknown as to where it continues on or ends.

In a reading

For me, this card represents childlike exploration and full blown excitement for the road ahead, wherever that may be. It’s a free spirit stepping out into the light of potential. Since I don’t read reversals, I tend to look at all facets of a card. This Fool can bring about a feeling of being reckless, especially if you’re not paying much attention to your surroundings and are caught up in lala land... or trying to take a really dangerous selfie! It’s a good reminder to put thought to where you are going so that you don’t fall trap to an unexpected tumble down the wrong path. In general though, this card is about putting your adult things aside and embracing some foolishness and laughter in your day. Don’t take yourself too serious, there is a time and place for that… step into your inner child.

Dark Mansion Tarot Study

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I love deck studies! One of my favorite things to do with decks is to conduct a deep dive study of their cards. I’ve always loved research papers in school, homework and picking apart something in order to learn more. Anytime I come across something new, my first thought is “I wonder if there is a book on that?!”... I’m a big nerd when it comes to studying, what can I say!


I originally planned on doing a deep dive study with the Dark Mansion Tarot when I first ordered it. I already knew I wanted to explore this deck even before it was in my hands, I was that in love! My study was going to start immediately but life happens and I’m a big procrastinator!

The Dark Mansion Tarot follows the RWS system very closely but gives off a dark, yet whimsical, twist to the Rider Waite that we all know and love. I just really love the little details thrown into the cards and it just felt like a fun study to do! I can’t pass it up and I really want to form a nice tight bond with this deck. I have been using it for almost all of my daily draws since it arrived in March, minus a few days where I grabbed another deck (for the sake of diversifying my Instagram stream). By the way, I did a full review of this deck over on the Indie Deck Review! You can read that here.

This is just a personal study and I’m in no hurry so I’m going at my own random pace, but I will be going in deck order. I’ll be starting with the Major’s following the Fool’s Journey and moving on to the Wands, Cups, Swords and Coins.


Why this deck? I just love, love, love the energy of this deck! I was instantly obsessed the second I opened the box. Each reading I do with this deck just flows for me. I also really want to form a nice solid relationship with the Dark Mansion Tarot. There are only a few that I really take the time to devote studies with, the Spirit Speak Tarot and the Golden Thread Tarot are two that come to mind. I know those decks like the back of my hand and have formed a very strong foundation with them. I’m very much a visual person and when I find a deck that I find both visually appealing and reads well for me, I can’t help but want to use it more!

So what will I be talking about with each card? I’m taking a fairly relaxed approach to the Dark Mansion Tarot and mostly sharing my own interpretations of the cards, talking about the card imagery itself and sharing my own keywords that I pin to each card. The deck did not come with a book, so these are all my own thoughts and such.

I have to stress, this is just a personal self study. What you see in the cards may differ from what I see in the cards and what someone else sees in the cards and so on. There is no right or wrong way to read the cards, it’s all personal and based on our own life experiences. Feel free to follow along and share your thoughts in the comments of each post, I love to see and read what others think of the cards!