The Dark Exact Tarot Guide


This guidebook is for people wanting to learn the Tarot or deepen their Tarot practices. While the images and specific descriptions included are from the Dark Exact Tarot Deck, this guide also presents general traditional card meanings that can be used to interpret any standard deck. Patterns and narratives within the cards are explored in a variety of forms, with special attention paid to the Fool’s Journey of the Major Arcana. This book also discusses ideas surrounding the practice of Tarot, and provides classic and original spreads for learning and practice.



"Breakfast. Washing the dishes. Gardening. Home. Nature. The weather. Coleman Stevenson takes the prosaic and transforms it with unexpected, yet true-feeling juxtapositions — ‘rainbows, gasoline halos’ — and philosophical stabs of mystic aloneness: ‘Some stones slide easily across a pond / some sink’; ‘You keep me like a secret, even from yourself.’ Her work vibrates everywhere with life and loss: part elegy, part dying to be born again. She herself claims at one point to be ‘held together by lightning’. Her poetry is that illuminating force striking right through and out of her." -Mark Mordue, author Dastgah: Diary of a Head Trip, and Tender Prey: a Biography of Nick Cave

The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609

ISBN 978-0-983-2987-5-5

"Coleman Stevenson's debut collection, The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609, is a bit more linear, with roots in the physical world. For instance: "a film of decomposition sped forward/appears to reanimate a dead thing/the body of the little fox frantic with ants,/the saprobic swell of hydrogen and nitrogen,/that nods the head and wags the tail again." But it's not all dark, decaying things; it's also "the animatronic pigeon's lack of a past" making it "perfect"—moments that reflect the careful unpacking of experience."


- Matt Stangel, The Portland Mercury


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