"Vibrant colors; the imagery is based on the author/artist's own meditations in sacred sites around Glastonbury (thought by some to be the site of the magical isle of Avalon) and this deck is strongly keyed into earth energies. The handbook that comes with the deck retells Pagan and Christian Arthurian legends associated with Glastonbury and Avalon. A very powerful deck for meditation."
"Soft watercolor art; based mostly on familiar versions of the Arthurian legends that have entered mainstream culture. If you have read 'The Once and Future King' or seen 'Excalibur' or 'Camelot,' you will instantly recognize many of the characters and situations in this deck. If not, all of the background stories are retold in full in the accompanying book, 'A Keeper Of Words.'"
"This illustrated book was intended as the handbook to accompany 'Legend The Arthurian Tarot,' but is also sold separately. Since it does such a good job of retelling so many of the Arthurian legends, it makes a useful supplement for other Arthurian decks as well."
"Tightly rendered, realistic, fantasy-style art, with especially gorgeous landscapes. Combines Arthurian legends with Irish and Welsh myths to imaginatively reconstruct what a Celtic pagan Arthurian mythos might have been like. The accompanying handbook is good for the Majors but not much help with the Minors."
"A year-long (and rather involved) neopagan meditation course intended for use with "The Arthurian Tarot Deck" by Caitlin and John Matthews. Gives much fuller (but not necessarily clearer) explanations than the handbook that comes with the deck."
"Celtic-style artwork; some of the Trumps and most of the Court cards are Arthurian. The companion book is clear but not overly complicated, and the interpretations are fairly standard, making this a good deck for beginners."
"NOT a tarot book per se, but highly recommended if you are working with any of the major Arthurian-themed tarot decks (above). A brief guide to all the main Arthurian motifs and characters, with short and to-the-point explorations of the spiritual meanings thereof. If you are racking your brains to remember who Sir So-and-So is, this is the book to reach for."
"Similar to 'The Arthurian Tradition,' above, but with more focus on the characters and themes of the Quest for the Holy Grail. Draws on a variety of sources; brief, insightful, and very helpful if you're working with Arthurian Tarot/Hallowquest, the Glastonbury Tarot, Legend/Arthurian Tarot, the Grail Tarot, or the Celtic Tarot."
"Comic-book style art; based very closely on Jacques Boulenger's retelling of medieval French versions of the Arthurian legends, which unfortunately are not explained in the minimal LWB that comes with the deck. If you are familiar mainly with British or modern neopagan versions of the Arthurian legends, you will only be confused, as the medieval French tradition is quite different."
"Realistically rendered fantasy-style art. The suit of Cups features Lancelot, Gwenhwyfar, Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, and the Grail in what amounts to an original retelling of the legends that exonerates Gwenhwyfar of infidelity and Morgana of treachery. The full story is given in the accompanying handbook. The other suits are not Arthurian."
"Pale and tentative watercolor art; the accompanying handbook is remarkably obscure. To work with this deck successfully it would be helpful to be familiar with R.J. Stewart's other books, as this author has his own idiosyncratic take on Merlin which bears very little relation to the best-known versions of the legends."
"Not a tarot deck, but a 52-card divination deck. A few of the cards (Merlin, the Priestess of Avalon) feature characters out of Arthurian legends, but most relate more generally to the realm of faery and to nature."