About the Darkness
"The Darkness of Light Tarot" is a fully illustrated Tarot card deck developed by artist and designer Tony DiMauro.
It consists of 78 unique, traditional and digitally painted cards, designed for historical significance (from its origination in the old Italian Tarocchi, Rider-Waite, and Thoth), divination, esotericism, and collectibility as individual and unique pieces of art (and 2 additional cards stating credits).
I hope you enjoy using these cards as much as I enjoyed making them! Its impossible not to pour your soul into a project like this, and the process has been enlightening and extremely rewarding. It has brought me closer to nature and the universe, and I hope that it brings you the same spiritual comfort that I felt while making them!
Conceptually, the Darkness of Light Tarot is a treatise on the balance found in all things in the universe: the darkest paths we walk there can still be found light, and the lightest hearts still carry darkness. This is to be human, and to be a part of the great design of all things. This deck strives to bring an unabashed portrayal of nature and balance to the reader: it doesn't shy away from dark themes, and instead works hard to embrace them, weaving together darkness and light to tell a story. As a result, the deck features a tapestry of stark, rich, dramatic imagery, dualistic in nature.
The Darkness of Light Tarot aligns with the natural calendar (Wheel of the Year). Each suit corresponds with a particular season. Blades correspond with Winter, Wands with Spring, Cups with Summer, and Coins with Autumn. Each suit was painted in its designated season, with the Major Arcana being the first and last cards to be created, bookending the Minor Arcana.
Pay special attention to the characters found within the cards. There are a number of repeating elements and patterns, and a sense of time flowing throughout the deck. I strived to pack as much detail and meaning into each card as possible, while retaining the strong sense of narrative and archetypal meaning found in the tradition of Rider-Waite-Smith (Universal) Tarot.
If time and popular demand permit, I'll create a guidebook to explain more details (and mysteries!)
Tarot Card Production
Cards are printed on 350gsm cardstock at standard Tarot Card size: 2.75" x 4.75" (60mm x 120mm) using a professional quality offset press. Each deck is shipped with a cotton drawstring bag emboldened with a hand-printed double headed wolf effigy.
The deck box is printed on ultra sturdy stock, with matte finishing to reinforce the construction. The box was designed to create an elegant, classy look on the shelf, and can easily be displayed wherever a Tarot card box will fit.*
The deck will be distributed and billed by Wavelength Laboratory, LLC, a company created and run by the artist for publishing and distribution purposes.
*PLEASE NOTE: due to the sturdy construction and protective finish of the box, the first time opening should be done CAREFULLY, as the heavy duty paper can make it challenging to open, risking tears or bends. If you are a collector, it is recommended to open the box from the bottom, and if necessary, using a small blade to trim the inner left and right flaps to allow for easier release. If you aren't concerned with collectibility, open carefully and gently pull the tuck flap away from the inner flaps when opening.
About the Artist
Tony DiMauro works as a professor of graphic design, freelance illustrator, interactive media designer and gallery artist from his rural home near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He has created work for clients including Rolling Stone Magazine, Playboy Magazine, Chicago Magazine, The New York Times, Capcom, and Square Enix, among others. His work has appeared in major internationally released video games and periodicals, as well as international juried publications such as Communication Arts, American Illustration, 3x3 Magazine, and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators. Tony has exhibited work in noteworthy galleries such as Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, and the Mark Miller Gallery in New York City.
Tony completed his MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and holds a Bachelor degree in graphic design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spent his 20's working in a design agency in the city that never sleeps.
The first eight pieces from the Darkness of Light Tarot premiered at Tell Them Stories: Origins in New York City, October, 2015.
XIV Death was awarded an honorable mention in the 2016 3x3 Illustration International Pro Show.
The Darkness of Light Tarot is an opportunity for the artist to create meaningful work he feels personally connected to, and a way to contribute to the extremely supportive Neo-Pagan community he has recently discovered, and feels at home with.
A very special thank you to Lydia Gschosmann in Edinburgh, UK, who has graciously allowed me to use her brilliant photography as reference for my paintings.
Thank you to Sierra Selene for a beautiful collaboration and for promoting the deck. If anyone needs photography work in the esoteric realm, please reach out to Sierra.
Thank you to Rachel Quinlan for modeling, and for an absolutely fantastic Tarot reading. If anyone is in need of a professional reading, I highly recommend Rachel.
Thank you to Milly for sleeping next to me while I work and making me take breaks from painting to go outside and eat biscuits. You're the best dog creature ever!
And finally, thank you to everyone who stuck with me and supported me. By far, this has been the most challenging and rewarding project I have ever had the pleasure of working on.
I am in your debt.