Any tarot deck is a journey, but Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion represents an adventure of multiple nuances and layers. In this card set, you will find a photographic trip through the streets of Portmeirion, a small but very peculiar Village located in the north of Wales.
This village has become a cult place for cinema and architecture lovers since its style challenges all the parameters and local aesthetics. Card by card we will travel through every nostalgic corner, full of a Mediterranean vibe, in the middle of the United Kingdom.
Built in a Baroque style when architecture was barely initiating the Modernist style of Mies Van der Rohe and its Barcelona Pavilion, Portmeirion is the creation of a romantic Magician who decided to fulfil his life’s dream by creating a space of such particular charm that has become the most popular tourist attraction in the area.
Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion
Below you can find a review of the fascinating Trump L’Oeil tarot deck.
About the Author
Craig Conley, the author of Trump L’Oeil, is a multifaceted artistic documentarian, with a passion for literature, arts, photography and, of course, Portmeirion. Conley is dedicated to spiritual growth, transformation, and study from the most diverse perspectives.
In some sense, his personality is as baroque as that of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the visionary who built Portmeirion. With great achievements in the world of music and technology, this hard-working artist was captivated by the charm of Portmeirion village and fell into the psychic spell of the archetypes that abound in its streets.
A dream come true, that’s a fair description of Portmeirion. This touristic village located in Gwynedd, North Wales was conceived and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, resembling Mediterranean style architecture.
Located on a cliff, in the vicinity of the River Dwyryd estuary, the visual and natural wealth of Portmeirion made it the ideal place for Sir Williams-Ellis to decide to dedicate his life to the construction of a unique location throughout the kingdom of Wales.
Portmeirion is considered a work that precedes the nostalgic appearance of the vibrant postmodernist architectural style, in contrast to the impressive but sober modern architectural concept. Portmeirion was built with the vision of becoming a touristic village, full of accommodations, a sumptuous castle/hotel, cozy cottages and embellishments placed everywhere: statues, works of art, plants, pedestrian paths, even woods, are some of the attractions that make up its charm.
Nowadays, Portmeirion is a charitable trust, oriented to tourism purposes for which the majority of buildings work as hotel rooms or self-catering cottages, gift-shops, and restaurants.
The Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion Deck:
Walking through Portmeirion inch by inch we will find those little miracles of the collective unconscious that let us glimpse the depth of Jung’s research. Each corner holds a powerful relic that immediately takes us back to think about a major arcana card and its important guidance towards personal enrichment.
The statue of a cherub on the verge of falling from a cliff is one of the most touching and impressive interpretations that we can confer to the Fool Major Trump. Usually portrayed as an older man being chased by the intuitive dog that protects him, we can easily connect with the erratic energy of this little angel who sloppily throws himself into the world of mortals in a decision that could change his life, isn’t that a perfect analogy for our dear Fool?
Of course, the Magician cannot be other than Sir Williams-Ellis, the alchemist who took all the elements at his disposal during a construction and reconstruction process that took him 50 years to complete. The minor Trumps are symbolized in relation to the elements with which they have traditionally been associated, for example:
- Cups: Related to the world of emotions, feelings, intuitions, and creativity, is present in the Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion as real vases, shells and pots from the village.
- Pentacles: Represent the material world, savings, financial matters and work, are described in this deck with round stepping stones.
- Wands: This suit speaks of passion, fire, and the drive to tackle new adventures with enthusiasm and strength, is represented by columns and wood posts.
- Swords: Our ability to communicate and live in society is represented by the abundant ironwork pieces that decorate the village.
Regarding readability of the Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion deck – We found it an excellent deck for collectors and tarot readers that have mastered the symbolism and traditional tarot connections, so that they can make the necessary interpretations during a spread.
Their minor trumps are closer to the Marseille scheme than to the Rider-Waite’s because they don’t reflect the scenes traditionally paired with each card the way we find in the Anglo-Saxon system. Instead, each tarot player can find their way to the mysteries of Portmeirion.
Many tarot readers love cards without frames because they come with more space for images, allowing to make a better appreciation of the symbolic details contained in each card. This is the case of the Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion, which improves readability and contains photographic richness of each of these fantastic archetypal images that await you on the coast of Wales.
You can buy the full set here with color cards and an informative photo book, or you can buy them separately. You can even buy a black and white version that would be an incredible collectable gift or it can be displayed as postcards in an artistic arrangement of this picturesque place.
The informative book is a tool of fundamental value to capture the richness of this beautiful work. It includes a village map with the location of each one of the elements photographed on the deck.
The Trump L’Oeil Tarot of Portmeirion is an exciting Tarot experiment that cannot be missed in your deck collection. It’s an invitation to delve into those elements that day by day challenge us to think about the coincidences that manifest the archetypal energy contained in the world of men. Do you dare to find the archetypes that govern your life? You can see them in Portmeirion, that’s for sure.
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