Vampire's Tarot of the Eternal Night (Lo Scarabeo, 2009). With artwork by Davide Corsi and a companion book by Barbara Moore, this is a distinctly dark and creepy deck, yet with a lot of depth.
The first card to show its face is the Four of Pentacles. The creepy guy with soulless eyes is a warning of what can become of us if we focus too much on clinging to the material. I notice the way one elbow of his coat is ripped - he holds so tightly to his pentacle that he has no energy to notice such things. He sits on a throne, yet looks deeply uncomfortable. Material possessions will not keep us warm at night, and closing our hearts to others leads only to a cold and empty life.
Of course, this is the darkest reading of the card. Perhaps he holds onto that pentacle precisely because his coat is ripped - he needs to watch his finances carefully in a time of hardship. One of the things I like about the companion book is that it gives a dark and light interpretation for every card, and an additional human interpretation for the Majors - three different perspectives to ponder.
As for me, today I think this speaks to my need to husband my physical resources - most notably sleep. When I'm with the girls we tend to stay up til all hours chatting, but I still wake up early. So, I need to make sure I get enough sleep, otherwise I'll get home more exhausted than when I left. Big Boy has been getting up before 5am every morning for the last two weeks, so I should make the most of not having to get up with him!
I am grateful for an uninterrupted night's sleep.