The Robin Wood Tarot deck review
As soon as I opened the box, I knew that I was going to get on just fine with this deck!
It’s beautiful Pagan imagery really brings each card to life. Every individual card, Major Arcana or Minor Arcana, seems to have its own unique energy– something I found very useful when linking to spirit whilst reading with this deck.
Some of the images vary slightly from the standard Rider-Waite– but this could be of benefit to a beginner, and add a new dimension for an old-hand. The Judgment, for example, shows a beautiful golden phoenix, and a naked woman rising from a cauldron of flames – which everyone can recognise as the symbol of re-birth.
I also liked the image of the Two of Pentacles – a woman walks on a tight-rope holding the two coins with difficulty – this really gives the flavour of balancing precariously.
There is no “Devil” on the Devil card, but the people chained to the box of treasures shows at a glance the “trap” of the material. However, if one looks closely, one can see that the chains restraining these people actually form the inverted pentacle.
Although the deck has a pagan basis, I don’t feel this would alienate non-pagans, as the imagery is so obvious simple, yet sophisticated.
The numbers on the cards are Arabic rather than Roman numerals, another simplification for the beginner, which I think is quite useful.
The cards themselves are sturdy plastic-backed, and the size of a standard tarot deck are slightly larger than a standard deck of playing cards, which makes shuffling and cutting very easy.
The Little White Book which accompanies the deck gives basic meanings, but I would advise a beginner to invest in a larger more detailed volume.
I used the deck for a reading, and I was taken aback at the power from these cards especially as I had only had them in my possession for a few hours. The reading was sharp and clear and the recipient was more than happy with the advice. In summary, I would recommend this deck to beginner and more experienced reader alike the cards have a powerful energy and the illustrations are beautiful and easy to interpret.