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The Wildwood Tarot: Wherein Wisdom Resides Card Book – June 7, 2011
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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This is about 99% of the deck. The artwork, the card stock, the box and book...all just as I'd like them to be. The images speak volumes, so I've added photos of all the cards and the packaging. They feel good in the hand, not overly slippery and more of a matte finish. Will Worthington's artwork, for the most part, is gorgeous and has an active, engaging feel. As a Pagan, I love the Celtic/Shamanic/ancient imagery (which are, as a plus, void of the Christian symbolism of the traditional RWS cards). Sturdy box for storing the cards...lovely...and the book is a wealth of information.
Actually I don't have anything to put here... There's nothing I've found which would make me say, "I don't like these cards because..."
Hmm, a few points here, but these are points that may be "meh" for me and completely great for others. As a Tarot beginner, these decidedly do not follow the RWS symbolism and interpretation (to an extent, anyway), so the book that comes with the cards is not only informative, it's vital to understanding what you're interpreting. This means you can't just go to any "How To" book because the card meanings likely won't match up. I knew this before I bought the deck, so it's not a problem - just means it'll be a bit before I develop my intuitive abilities enough and remember the new meanings to get a good reading. Borderless would also have been great, as the illustrations are amazing, but this is never a deal-breaker for me (I have contemplated taking the scissors to my decks and just cannot do it - sacrilege! hehe). And finally, a few of the cards stop me or make me scratch my head (Nine of Bows - the Wodwose, for example - is just freaky, and I cannot associate "respect" with that card just yet).
Overall, I'm pleased with this deck. I was hoping for a more instant connection with it (based on other reviews and seeing the artwork online), but it looks like I'll have to spend some time with it. In general, I like it enough to take the time to work with it and understand what it's showing me, so that says a lot. And even if I never read with this deck, it is a beautiful and well-presented item to add to my growing Tarot collection. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an RWS alternative or to those with a Pagan/Celtic worldview who are drawn to this deck.
I initially purchased "The Wild Unknown" deck, and while the art was beautiful (and unique) and the descriptions intricate, I did not feel in any way connected to the cards. Even in the initial readings when referencing the book, the cards and the descriptions felt alien to each other, and forced. For those of you interested in that set, I highly recommend it and still use it occasionally, but it is not for me as a reader or as the one being read.
After shelving Tarot (literally and figuratively) for a few months, I got back into meditation to continue coping with my anxiety and decided to look for another set of Tarot cards that I felt more intuitively. That's when I spotted The Wildwood Tarot deck. I've always felt drawn to and connected to nature, both in a physical sense as well as "spiritually" you could say, and the concept of Druidism has always intrigued me. Upon receiving the Wildwood deck, I opened the box and immediately read the first couple of chapters. I spent a good deal of time studying the Wheel of the Year, and all of its interconnections and symbolism. Afterwards, I looked through each of the cards and was shocked at how much they spoke to me. I studied the art on each card as well as the descriptors and immediately felt as if I could close my eyes and envision myself within the card. The images are so clear, the pictures so nuanced and complete, that I could immediately give a reading based solely on the card and the intricate details presented within the artwork. There is not one card in this deck that I could not immediately relate to.
Know that I'm not even a novice reader, and barely a beginner, but this deck has made me enthusiastic about taking a journey into Tarot, if not entirely in a spiritual sense, but as a means of clarity in reflection.
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Plenty of descriptions to accompany the cards*