Romantic, sensuous, and mysterious, this Gothic deck speaks the language of the subconscious, of our dreams, and sometimes of our nightmares. In doing so, it gives us the strength and guidance to face our fears with confidence. The vampires in these cards are not monsters, but dark and damned protagonists that live in technological and desolate urban landscapes, a version of our own reality. Their poignant beauty is apparent as they move between their human and supernatural natures.
When Waite and Smith created their deck which has become a de facto standard, they were both members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. That group considered the Tarot part of their magical system, the magic of the light.
In the modern mythic world of the vampire, many of the traditions of the light—which is shunned by vampires—are reversed. Thus, the Sun card, usually considered a sign of good fortune, shows a vampire on a hill just before sunrise, perhaps drawing a will or epitaph into the ground. The Judgment card that follows shows the sun rising and the vampire..