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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away......., 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Druid Craft Tarot: Use the Magic of Wicca and Druidry to Guide Your Life (Paperback)
Blown away is exactly how I felt when I received my Druidcraft deck. Yes, I'd seen images of the cards online, and read the reviews, but to actually see them in my hands was something else.

The artwork is glorious, packed full of detail and drawn to a very high artistic standard. There is so much in each card that I seem to find something new in a card every time I look at it. As you might expect from a deck called the "Druidcraft" deck, there is a significant amount of symbolism portrayed in the images, but this is not confined only to the Druid and Wicca traditions - there are many elements of Celtic mythology showing up here too. The accompanying book makes an excellent job of highlighting and explaining all of these, for those of us who do not have a background in Druidry/Wicca/Celtic mythology, though I found myself wanting to do further reading to deepen my own understanding (hint - there's a reading list at the back of the book).

In addition to detailed treatment of each card - approached in a rather unusual though effective way - the book also gives a whole lot of information on Tarot, along with some appropriate spreads (and some examples of how these are read). There is also an account of a suitable ceremony for the blessing and dedication of the cards, should you wish to do this (I did, and it felt so right). All in all, it is a most impressive work and complements the deck superbly. Incidentally - and this is a purely subjective opinion - I think the decision to use sepia for the card images AND the accompanying text was nothing short of inspired. For no reason I can define, it just works so much better than black & white would have.

There are one or two changes to some of the more traditionally named cards, but all in keeping with the context of the deck. The Emperor and Empress become the Lord and Lady respectively, Judgement becomes Rebirth, Temperance becomes the Fferyllt (druidical alchemists), and the Devil becomes Cernunnos (aka Herne the Hunter), the antlered God of the forests. Pages and Knights become Princesses and Princes, but this latter aspect shouldn't be unfamiliar as it is found in other decks. The assignation of the elements to the four directions is also in line with the magical traditions and therefore varies slightly from what may be found elsewhere, though users of Naisha Ahsian's Crystal Ally cards will find that there is an exact correspondence.

In summary, a wonderful deck, and one which I feel I can really work with. Marks out of 10? At least 20, I'd have thought.......
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