The Robin Wood Tarot has rapidly become one of the most popular Tarot decks in the world. And no wonder! Robin Wood's beautiful art, with its vibrant imagery and luminous energies, has enchanted Pagans and non-Pagans alike.
The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana are filled with life that, until now, was unseen in the Tarot. It is also filled with the energy of nature, taking the images outside of rooms and into the beautiful abodes of the gods. Just look at some of the cards! The Magician, wearing mystical robes, is crowned by the stag horns showing him to be the representative of the God of the Hunt. The High Priestess, an ageless woman, wears a lunar band, showing her authority within a coven. Behind her are trees and a darkened sky lit only by the moon. The Empress is shown outside, at a spinning wheel while the Emperor, still on his majestic throne, sits in front of awesome mountains. The devil shows two figures escaping their chains toward the light of new possibilities. Since Pagans don't believe in the Devil, there is no brooding figure on this card. You will enjoy the other unique cards in the Major Arcana, too.
The shining strength of this Tarot deck lies in its depiction of the fifty-six cards of the Minor Arcana. All of these cards spring into pulsating life! The characters on the cards almost seem to breathe. Often, the cards seem so dimensional that you get the feeling you could jump into them. Watch the boy carefully carve the pentagrams on the wooden disks of the eight of Pentacles. Gleefully help steal away with the blades in the five of Swords. Join in the merry dance on the four of Wands. Share a drink with the slightly tipsy gent on the nine of Cups.
The fifty-six page booklet which comes with the deck explains everything you need to know to be able to give a good Tarot reading. Written by Robin Wood and Michael Short, the booklet gives the upright and reversed meaning for each and every card in the deck.
Traditionally, Major Arcana cards have a name while the ace through ten of the Minor Arcana cards only have a number. That is the pattern followed on the deck. But in the booklet, each of the numeric cards is given a word or short phrase to help you identify the meaning of the card with virtually no effort.
The booklet also includes three different Tarot layouts: a fifteen-card spread and a ten-card spread for general readings and a five-card spread for specific questions. You can use these cards with any Tarot spread.
This is an ideal first deck that makes learning the Tarot fun and surprisingly easy. Pagans will love the influence of nature on this deck. Experienced Tarot readers will want this deck because of the depths it will trigger in readings. And art lovers will want this radiantly colorful and infinitely captivating deck. Get your copy right away.
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