Tarot of the Old Path Cards – 29 Aug 1997
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Tarot of the Old Path Includes Tarot of the Old Path deck by Sylvia Gainsford, and Tarot of the Old Path by Howard Rodway. Packaged in plastic bookcase box. Full description
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good deck.
Meets the expectations of any wiccan, from the most eclectic to those more traditionalists.
Beautiful artwork and would be very happy with them only that the cards are warped! Im considering returning them as theyre not enjoyable to usePublished 22 months ago by Torie Gibson