Davide Corsi is an illustrator based in Italy.
Dragons are symbols of power, and over the centuries have come to symbolize the destructive and dangerous aspect of power. Tarot Draconis revisits the roots of the dragon energy and helps us to release and channel that power in our lives. This Rider-Waite-Smith-style deck is great for basic readings and for helping embrace and free our own wills and strength.
Davide Corsi's art is shown off nicely in this fantasy-style deck that follows the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. Corsi has a lot of tarot experience, having created the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night, the Pictorial Key Tarot, the 3D Grand Trumps Tarot, and the Ghost Tarot.
Dragons, like cats, can lead to perfectly delightful novelty decks, or they can delve deeply into the more powerful symbolism. Tarot Draconis is the latter. Careful consideration is given to how the modern meaning of dragons (in Western society) has changed. From the earliest of our mythology, dragons have represented huge obstacles that heroes must overcome in order to obtain the rewards of valor, both physical and spiritual. How did the dragon come to represent that?
At their root, dragons represent the energy of primordial chaos, a strong energy that must be overcome and put under the control of civilization. After centuries of this power, our individual wills, being put down, repressed, and despised, it has become part of our collective and individual shadows. It has become something to fear, something to overcome.
As with any characteristic that is relegated to the shadow, it grows in power and impatience, becoming impossible to control and instead popping out at the most inappropriate times. This deck refuses to see dragons as negative energy requiring control. Instead, it explores this power that lives within each of us. It presents this energy as potential for change and growth, as symbolic of our inner teachers and guides. So this deck can be easily read as a straight up RWS deck, and readers can also go deeper by exploring the theme of repressed power and will within each card.
No deck is perfect, and one of the flaws with this one is that some of the Minor cards are less evocative than others. The images all work for the meanings, but some create a more immediate emotional response than others.
The booklet includes solid interpretive information and a spread designed specifically for the deck. The spread uses the theme of dragons, but the position meanings are general enough that it could be used for a wide variety of readings.
Deck Attributes Name of deck:
Reviewer's Byline: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Creator(s) name(s): Davide Corsi
Artist(s) name(s): Davide Corsi
Name of accompanying book/booklet: Tarot Draconis
Number of pages of book/booklet: 63, 12 in English
Author(s) of book/booklet: Unknown
Magical Uses: None
Reading Uses: General
Artistic Style: Fantasy
Original Medium: Computer-Generated
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Yes