6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Quality deck for reading or meditation,
This review is from: Tarot of the Old Path (Cards)
This deck has some of the best tarot art work I've seen -- the cards are good quality and handle smoothly. Each one is painted in clean, clear water colours, beautifully executed in fine detail.
The cards in the pictorial Minor Arcana depict men and women in stylised medieval costumes set against white backgrounds. This gives them a light and "airy" feel. The colours reflect the magical values of yellow/swords, blue/cauldrons (although they are depicted as goblets), green/pentacles and red/rods. So far, so traditional.
The symbolism in the Major Arcana leans towards nature based paganism rather than ritual magick and contains some cards that would make beautiful pictures in their own right, particularly The High Priestess and The World. There is nothing here to really upset a traditionalist, although a few cards have been re-named: The Chariot becomes Mastery (the charioteer's four horses representing the four elements); The Hanged Man becomes The Lone Man and The Hermit is The Wise One. The Devil becomes Temptation, and The Moon is Illusion. Temperance becomes The Guide; Judgement becomes Karma, and Death is The Close. The Magician, although he keeps his name, is a horned shaman casting the runes, with his power animal by his side.
Although the box claims this is a tarot of "female energies and wisdom" created with the help of "eight witches, based on the traditions of the Wicca path" you don't have to be a Wiccan, or even particularly feminist, to use and enjoy this pack. It should appeal to anyone who wants attractive "non-threatening" cards ..... in fact you feel that such a pretty tarot could never predict anything unpleasant. You have to look really closely to see any blood on the Ten of Swords!
Use it to read, or as a meditational aid. The symbolic detail in the Major Arcana would repay study by anyone drawn to a nature based path.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2012 16:18:27 GMT
R. Fearnley says:
i have had this pack for longer than i can remember and use it professionally and personally..the edges of my cards are worn with use. i think the interpretation above is spot on and i would recommend these cards to anyone. however, they are often not easy to interpret as i do believe that they incorporate the absolute feminine especially from the white witch perspective (of which i am). so, if any man reads these cards i would suggest that he uses them for meditation purposes initially.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012 21:05:01 GMT
Thank you for these helpful comments.
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