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The Amazing, Century-Spanning Tarot

The Llewellyn Tarot is a stunning achievement that has already drawn acclaim for its depth and beauty. Its watercolor imagery invites you into a mystic world of ancient forests, sensuous seascapes and wondrous waterfalls brimming with mystery, meaning and magic. This lavishly illustrated deck is based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, making readings easy. It also reveals a compelling Celtic story featuring Rhiannon as The Empress, ...

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Overview

The Amazing, Century-Spanning Tarot

The Llewellyn Tarot is a stunning achievement that has already drawn acclaim for its depth and beauty. Its watercolor imagery invites you into a mystic world of ancient forests, sensuous seascapes and wondrous waterfalls brimming with mystery, meaning and magic. This lavishly illustrated deck is based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, making readings easy. It also reveals a compelling Celtic story featuring Rhiannon as The Empress, Bran the Blessed as The Emperor, The Wild Herdsman as The Devil, Gwydion as The Magician, Llew Llaw Gyffes as the Bringer of Light and other figures from Welsh mythology.

This deck—created by famed artist Anna-Marie Ferguson—reveals Welsh myths and honors Llewellyn George, who traveled from Wales to the U.S. in 1901 to teach astrology and start Llewellyn Publications. The deck comes with a full-size book that explains the myths associated with the image on each card as well as their divinatory meanings. It also includes two original spreads.

The Llewellyn Tarot brings life to the ancient myths while keeping to a structure that makes it ideal for giving readings. It honors the wisdom and spirit two great personalities, one who strived in myth, and another who strode to open astrology in a new land. Inspiring and practical, this is the deck you will use every day and on special occasions. Whether this is going to be your first deck or your hundredth deck, it is the deck you must have.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738702995
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: Book, cards and pouch
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 373,795
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 2.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna-Marie Ferguson, a Scorpio, was born November 10, 1966, in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, England. When she was ten years old her family emigrated to rural Alberta, Canada. Anna returned to England in 1982 to undergo training in graphic design. She eventually returned to Alberta, where she continued a career in design, devoting her spare time to developing her illustrating skills, ably assisted by her three cats.

Anna's fascination with Celtic legends and the Tarot began when she was a child in England. The atmosphere of the New Forest was steeped in history, and faithful readings of the legends cultivated an appreciation of "the romantic" in Anna. Such formative influences have inspired Anna to keep this bygone age alive through her art.

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Summary:

Close enough to the RWS deck to be usable by beginners and yet filled with the beauty of the Welsh legends, something that will fascinate anyone intrigued by that myths of the Mabinogion or who spiritually lives with that pantheon. A must for anyone who loves the artwork of Anna-Marie Ferguson.

Review:

Part of the reason for the creation of this deck is the celebration of the original founder of the company, Llewellyn George. George was one of the prime movers in popularizing astrology in the U.S., and his book, now titled Llewellyn’s New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Interpreter, may have trained more astrologers over the last century than any other single book. Honoring him is something that was long overdue and this deck is only a small at-a-boy compared to the thanks he really deserves.

The deck also honors the current president of Llewellyn Worldwide, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Mr. Weschcke purchased what had become a tiny, failing enterprise owned by a now-forgotten printer and created a powerhouse. He published the first modern books on astrology. He published books on magick when nobody else would do so. He published the some of the first accurate books on Wicca and Witchcraft in the U.S. Without him, the "new age" might never have developed. Honoring his contributions to the metaphysical community with this deck is only a small at-a-boy compared to the thanks he really deserves.

This brings us to the question of whether the deck is a worthy honor for these two men and how it stands independently as a Tarot deck.

The Llewellyn Tarot is close enough to the RWS "standard" to make this an ideal deck for beginners (because so many books relate to the RWS tradition) and for those who like the art of Anna-Marie Ferguson. It also adds names from Welsh myth and corresponding differences in symbolism.

For example, the Fool is shown on a horse leaping over a stream, the Hierophant does not have the two men kneeling at his feet, the Lovers are inside, on a chair, the Chariot is bursting from ocean waves, and Strength shows a man next to a horse, apparently overcoming a boar rather than a lion. If you are experienced with the Tarot, you know enough about the symbols and meanings of each card so that the art is not important for the basics, but can add to your interpretation.

Ms. Ferguson says that some of her inspiration has been from the Visconti decks. The Visconti deck is one of the oldest forms of the Tarot, and probably the oldest version we have today. The surviving original set, dating from the middle of the fifteenth century, is missing some cards and has some additional cards that are no longer used. Today, several artists have redrawn the deck, so saying that some of her work has been inspired by the Visconti decks, rather than deck, is an accurate statement. In comparing her work with those decks, it can easily be seen that the style of her art does have some influences from those decks, and a few cards have similar symbolism.

The Minor Arcana seem to be almost directly derived from the RWS pattern, but in Ferguson’s own style. Their backgrounds have large spaces of watercolor washes rather than the intricate details found in the Majors.

The book that comes with this deck (a full-size 288 page book, and not a little booklet) is filled with information about Welsh myths and lore. There is also an introduction to the Tarot and two spreads (two more on extra cards that accompany the deck). The rest of the book has a glossary and pronunciation guide, both of which are very helpful in dealing with the myths and language. There is also a bibliography and index. The Llewellyn Tarot Companion book is perfect for explaining the myths on the Major Arcana cards of this deck.

You'll find it is easy to do readings with this deck. Sometimes, something on one card or another will draw your attention—it’s as if you're being sucked into Ferguson’s impressions themselves!—and you'll simply want to look at it. This leads to further investigation into the meanings of the myth illustrated on the card and the further use of the book.

Ferguson’s artistic style is incredibly unique. Using watercolor, she is able to eke out some surprising intensity from the color. The backgrounds of the Majors verge on realism while the characters in the front seem to be dreamy or hazy—dare one say mythic? If you like this blend of realism and impressionism, you’re going to love this deck and use it often.

The current kit includes a plain, but elegant gold organdy bag.

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0-7387-0299-4
Creator: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Biography of creator: Anna-Marie Ferguson, a Scorpio, was born November 10, 1966, in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, England. When she was ten years old her family emigrated to rural Alberta, Canada. Anna returned to England in 1982 to undergo training in graphic design. She eventually returned to Alberta where she continued a career in design, devoting her spare time to developing her illustrating skills, ably assisted by her three cats. Anna’s fascination with Celtic legends and the Tarot began when she was a child in England. The atmosphere of the New Forest was steeped in history, and faithful readings of the legends cultivated an appreciation of "the romantic" in Anna. Such formative influences have inspired Anna to keep this bygone age alive through her art. Anna is the creator of the popular Legend: The Arthurian Tarot. Over the years, her paintings have served as both book illustrations and works of art exhibited in museums and sold through galleries.
Name of accompanying book: The Llewellyn Tarot Companion
Number of pages of book: 288
Author of book: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Available in a boxed sex?: Yes
What are the extras in the set?: A separate, smaller box that can be used to protect the deck and a sheer golden brocade pouch with beads and tassels that can also be used to hold the deck.
Magical Uses: Path working, visualizations, perhaps past life information for people who are drawn to the ancient Welsh tradition.
Reading Uses: General readings, past life readings, romance and love
Ethnic Focus: Celtic, Welsh
Artistic Style: Although Ms. Ferguson describes the style as classical watercolor with a touch of realism, but not photographic realism, I would say they are less realistic and more impressionistic. The imagery is very soft, as if there were a softening lens in front of a camera.
Original Medium: Watercolor
Theme: Ancient Welsh Paganism
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Loosely. However the Major Arcana also uses symbolism from the older Visconti decks and much is drawn from Welsh tradition.
Does it have extra cards?: Yes, it has two cards, each with an explanation of a Tarot spread created for this deck. One is "Llew’s Spread," to illuminate a situation, and the other is the "Red Dragon Spread," to overcome an obstacle.
Are there alternate names for the Major Arcana cards?: Included on each card is the traditional RWS name with two exceptions. The High Priestess is called The Priestess and the Devil is called The Horned One. Also on each of the cards is the name of the character or event from Welsh tradition illustrated on the card. Here is a listing:

Number RWS The Llewellyn Tarot
0 The Fool Peredur
1 The Magician Gwydion
2 The [High] Priestess Ceridwen
3 The Empress Rhiannon
4 The Emperor Bran the Blessed
5 The Hierophant Taliesin
6 The Lovers The Dream of Macsen Wledig
7 The Chariot Manawydan
8 Strength Twrch Trwyth
9 The Hermit Myrddin
10 Wheel of Fortune Arianrhod
11 Justice Lady of the Fountain
12 The Hanged Man Enchantment of Dyfed
13 Death Arawn
14 Temperance Keeper of the Well
15 Devil (The Horned One) The Wild Herdsman
16 The Tower Bala Lake
17 The Star Branwen
18 The Moon Lake of Maidens
19 The Sun Llew Llaw Gyffes
20 Judgement The Sleepers
21 The Universe Cadair Idris

Why was deck created?: There was a dual purpose. First, to honor the original founder of Llewellyn Worldwide, author and astrologer Llewellyn George. Second, to illustrate some of the characters and myths of ancient Wales as described in the famous book, the Mabinogion.

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Summary:

Close enough to the RWS deck to be usable by beginners and yet filled with the beauty of the Welsh legends, something that will fascinate anyone intrigued by that myths of the Mabinogion or who spiritually lives with that pantheon. A must for anyone who loves the artwork of Anna-Marie Ferguson.

Review:

Part of the reason for the creation of this deck is the celebration of the original founder of the company, Llewellyn George. George was one of the prime movers in popularizing astrology in the U.S., and his book, now titled Llewellyn’s New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Interpreter, may have trained more astrologers over the last century than any other single book. Honoring him is something that was long overdue and this deck is only a small at-a-boy compared to the thanks he really deserves.

The deck also honors the current president of Llewellyn Worldwide, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Mr. Weschcke purchased what had become a tiny, failing enterprise owned by a now-forgotten printer and created a powerhouse. He published the first modern books on astrology. He published books on magick when nobody else would do so. He published the some of the first accurate books on Wicca and Witchcraft in the U.S. Without him, the "new age" might never have developed. Honoring his contributions to the metaphysical community with this deck is only a small at-a-boy compared to the thanks he really deserves.

This brings us to the question of whether the deck is a worthy honor for these two men and how it stands independently as a Tarot deck.

The Llewellyn Tarot is close enough to the RWS "standard" to make this an ideal deck for beginners (because so many books relate to the RWS tradition) and for those who like the art of Anna-Marie Ferguson. It also adds names from Welsh myth and corresponding differences in symbolism.

For example, the Fool is shown on a horse leaping over a stream, the Hierophant does not have the two men kneeling at his feet, the Lovers are inside, on a chair, the Chariot is bursting from ocean waves, and Strength shows a man next to a horse, apparently overcoming a boar rather than a lion. If you are experienced with the Tarot, you know enough about the symbols and meanings of each card so that the art is not important for the basics, but can add to your interpretation.

Ms. Ferguson says that some of her inspiration has been from the Visconti decks. The Visconti deck is one of the oldest forms of the Tarot, and probably the oldest version we have today. The surviving original set, dating from the middle of the fifteenth century, is missing some cards and has some additional cards that are no longer used. Today, several artists have redrawn the deck, so saying that some of her work has been inspired by the Visconti decks, rather than deck, is an accurate statement. In comparing her work with those decks, it can easily be seen that the style of her art does have some influences from those decks, and a few cards have similar symbolism.

The Minor Arcana seem to be almost directly derived from the RWS pattern, but in Ferguson’s own style. Their backgrounds have large spaces of watercolor washes rather than the intricate details found in the Majors.

The book that comes with this deck (a full-size 288 page book, and not a little booklet) is filled with information about Welsh myths and lore. There is also an introduction to the Tarot and two spreads (two more on extra cards that accompany the deck). The rest of the book has a glossary and pronunciation guide, both of which are very helpful in dealing with the myths and language. There is also a bibliography and index. The Llewellyn Tarot Companion book is perfect for explaining the myths on the Major Arcana cards of this deck.

You'll find it is easy to do readings with this deck. Sometimes, something on one card or another will draw your attention—it’s as if you're being sucked into Ferguson’s impressions themselves!—and you'll simply want to look at it. This leads to further investigation into the meanings of the myth illustrated on the card and the further use of the book.

Ferguson’s artistic style is incredibly unique. Using watercolor, she is able to eke out some surprising intensity from the color. The backgrounds of the Majors verge on realism while the characters in the front seem to be dreamy or hazy—dare one say mythic? If you like this blend of realism and impressionism, you’re going to love this deck and use it often.

The current kit includes a plain, but elegant gold organdy bag.

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0-7387-0299-4
Creator: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Biography of creator: Anna-Marie Ferguson, a Scorpio, was born November 10, 1966, in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, England. When she was ten years old her family emigrated to rural Alberta, Canada. Anna returned to England in 1982 to undergo training in graphic design. She eventually returned to Alberta where she continued a career in design, devoting her spare time to developing her illustrating skills, ably assisted by her three cats. Anna’s fascination with Celtic legends and the Tarot began when she was a child in England. The atmosphere of the New Forest was steeped in history, and faithful readings of the legends cultivated an appreciation of "the romantic" in Anna. Such formative influences have inspired Anna to keep this bygone age alive through her art. Anna is the creator of the popular Legend: The Arthurian Tarot. Over the years, her paintings have served as both book illustrations and works of art exhibited in museums and sold through galleries.
Name of accompanying book: The Llewellyn Tarot Companion
Number of pages of book: 288
Author of book: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Available in a boxed sex?: Yes
What are the extras in the set?: A separate, smaller box that can be used to protect the deck and a sheer golden brocade pouch with beads and tassels that can also be used to hold the deck.
Magical Uses: Path working, visualizations, perhaps past life information for people who are drawn to the ancient Welsh tradition.
Reading Uses: General readings, past life readings, romance and love
Ethnic Focus: Celtic, Welsh
Artistic Style: Although Ms. Ferguson describes the style as classical watercolor with a touch of realism, but not photographic realism, I would say they are less realistic and more impressionistic. The imagery is very soft, as if there were a softening lens in front of a camera.
Original Medium: Watercolor
Theme: Ancient Welsh Paganism
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Loosely. However the Major Arcana also uses symbolism from the older Visconti decks and much is drawn from Welsh tradition.
Does it have extra cards?: Yes, it has two cards, each with an explanation of a Tarot spread created for this deck. One is "Llew’s Spread," to illuminate a situation, and the other is the "Red Dragon Spread," to overcome an obstacle.
Are there alternate names for the Major Arcana cards?: Included on each card is the traditional RWS name with two exceptions. The High Priestess is called The Priestess and the Devil is called The Horned One. Also on each of the cards is the name of the character or event from Welsh tradition illustrated on the card. Here is a listing:

Number RWS The Llewellyn Tarot
0 The Fool Peredur
1 The Magician Gwydion
2 The [High] Priestess Ceridwen
3 The Empress Rhiannon
4 The Emperor Bran the Blessed
5 The Hierophant Taliesin
6 The Lovers The Dream of Macsen Wledig
7 The Chariot Manawydan
8 Strength Twrch Trwyth
9 The Hermit Myrddin
10 Wheel of Fortune Arianrhod
11 Justice Lady of the Fountain
12 The Hanged Man Enchantment of Dyfed
13 Death Arawn
14 Temperance Keeper of the Well
15 Devil (The Horned One) The Wild Herdsman
16 The Tower Bala Lake
17 The Star Branwen
18 The Moon Lake of Maidens
19 The Sun Llew Llaw Gyffes
20 Judgement The Sleepers
21 The Universe Cadair Idris

Why was deck created?: There was a dual purpose. First, to honor the original founder of Llewellyn Worldwide, author and astrologer Llewellyn George. Second, to illustrate some of the characters and myths of ancient Wales as described in the famous book, the Mabinogion.

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Summary:

Close enough to the RWS deck to be usable by beginners and yet filled with the beauty of the Welsh legends, something that will fascinate anyone intrigued by that myths of the Mabinogion or who spiritually lives with that pantheon. A must for anyone who loves the artwork of Anna-Marie Ferguson.

Review:

Part of the reason for the creation of this deck is the celebration of the original founder of the company, Llewellyn George. George was one of the prime movers in popularizing astrology in the U.S., and his book, now titled Llewellyn’s New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Interpreter, may have trained more astrologers over the last century than any other single book. Honoring him is something that was long overdue and this deck is only a small at-a-boy compared to the thanks he really deserves.

The deck also honors the current president of Llewellyn Worldwide, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Mr. Weschcke purchased what had become a tiny, failing enterprise owned by a now-forgotten printer and created a powerhouse. He published the first modern books on astrology. He published books on magick when nobody else would do so. He published the some of the first accurate books on Wicca and Witchcraft in the U.S. Without him, the "new age" might never have developed. Honoring his contributions to the metaphysical community with this deck is only a small at-a-boy compared to the thanks he really deserves.

This brings us to the question of whether the deck is a worthy honor for these two men and how it stands independently as a Tarot deck.

The Llewellyn Tarot is close enough to the RWS "standard" to make this an ideal deck for beginners (because so many books relate to the RWS tradition) and for those who like the art of Anna-Marie Ferguson. It also adds names from Welsh myth and corresponding differences in symbolism.

For example, the Fool is shown on a horse leaping over a stream, the Hierophant does not have the two men kneeling at his feet, the Lovers are inside, on a chair, the Chariot is bursting from ocean waves, and Strength shows a man next to a horse, apparently overcoming a boar rather than a lion. If you are experienced with the Tarot, you know enough about the symbols and meanings of each card so that the art is not important for the basics, but can add to your interpretation.

Ms. Ferguson says that some of her inspiration has been from the Visconti decks. The Visconti deck is one of the oldest forms of the Tarot, and probably the oldest version we have today. The surviving original set, dating from the middle of the fifteenth century, is missing some cards and has some additional cards that are no longer used. Today, several artists have redrawn the deck, so saying that some of her work has been inspired by the Visconti decks, rather than deck, is an accurate statement. In comparing her work with those decks, it can easily be seen that the style of her art does have some influences from those decks, and a few cards have similar symbolism.

The Minor Arcana seem to be almost directly derived from the RWS pattern, but in Ferguson’s own style. Their backgrounds have large spaces of watercolor washes rather than the intricate details found in the Majors.

The book that comes with this deck (a full-size 288 page book, and not a little booklet) is filled with information about Welsh myths and lore. There is also an introduction to the Tarot and two spreads (two more on extra cards that accompany the deck). The rest of the book has a glossary and pronunciation guide, both of which are very helpful in dealing with the myths and language. There is also a bibliography and index. The Llewellyn Tarot Companion book is perfect for explaining the myths on the Major Arcana cards of this deck.

You'll find it is easy to do readings with this deck. Sometimes, something on one card or another will draw your attention—it’s as if you're being sucked into Ferguson’s impressions themselves!—and you'll simply want to look at it. This leads to further investigation into the meanings of the myth illustrated on the card and the further use of the book.

Ferguson’s artistic style is incredibly unique. Using watercolor, she is able to eke out some surprising intensity from the color. The backgrounds of the Majors verge on realism while the characters in the front seem to be dreamy or hazy—dare one say mythic? If you like this blend of realism and impressionism, you’re going to love this deck and use it often.

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 0-7387-0299-4
Creator: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Biography of creator: Anna-Marie Ferguson, a Scorpio, was born November 10, 1966, in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, England. When she was ten years old her family emigrated to rural Alberta, Canada. Anna returned to England in 1982 to undergo training in graphic design. She eventually returned to Alberta where she continued a career in design, devoting her spare time to developing her illustrating skills, ably assisted by her three cats. Anna’s fascination with Celtic legends and the Tarot began when she was a child in England. The atmosphere of the New Forest was steeped in history, and faithful readings of the legends cultivated an appreciation of "the romantic" in Anna. Such formative influences have inspired Anna to keep this bygone age alive through her art. Anna is the creator of the popular Legend: The Arthurian Tarot. Over the years, her paintings have served as both book illustrations and works of art exhibited in museums and sold through galleries.
Name of accompanying book: The Llewellyn Tarot Companion
Number of pages of book: 288
Author of book: Anna-Marie Ferguson
Available in a boxed set?: Yes
Magical Uses: Path working, visualizations, perhaps past life information for people who are drawn to the ancient Welsh tradition.
Reading Uses: General readings, past life readings, romance and love
Ethnic Focus: Celtic, Welsh
Artistic Style: Although Ms. Ferguson describes the style as classical watercolor with a touch of realism, but not photographic realism, I would say they are less realistic and more impressionistic. The imagery is very soft, as if there were a softening lens in front of a camera.
Original Medium: Watercolor
Theme: Ancient Welsh Paganism
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: Loosely. However the Major Arcana also uses symbolism from the older Visconti decks and much is drawn from Welsh tradition.
Does it have extra cards?: Yes, it has two cards, each with an explanation of a Tarot spread created for this deck. One is "Llew’s Spread," to illuminate a situation, and the other is the "Red Dragon Spread," to overcome an obstacle.
Are there alternate names for the Major Arcana cards?: Included on each card is the traditional RWS name with two exceptions. The High Priestess is called The Priestess and the Devil is called The Horned One. Also on each of the cards is the name of the character or event from Welsh tradition illustrated on the card. Here is a listing:

Number RWS The Llewellyn Tarot
0 The Fool Peredur
1 The Magician Gwydion
2 The [High] Priestess Ceridwen
3 The Empress Rhiannon
4 The Emperor Bran the Blessed
5 The Hierophant Taliesin
6 The Lovers The Dream of Macsen Wledig
7 The Chariot Manawydan
8 Strength Twrch Trwyth
9 The Hermit Myrddin
10 Wheel of Fortune Arianrhod
11 Justice Lady of the Fountain
12 The Hanged Man Enchantment of Dyfed
13 Death Arawn
14 Temperance Keeper of the Well
15 Devil (The Horned One) The Wild Herdsman
16 The Tower Bala Lake
17 The Star Branwen
18 The Moon Lake of Maidens
19 The Sun Llew Llaw Gyffes
20 Judgement The Sleepers
21 The Universe Cadair Idris

Why was deck created?: There was a dual purpose. First, to honor the original founder of Llewellyn Worldwide, author and astrologer Llewellyn George. Second, to illustrate some of the characters and myths of ancient Wales as described in the famous book, the Mabinogion.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    So Satisfying

    I actually got this deck last November. It's taken me this long to feel I might be able to put into words how I feel about this deck. Though I, (to quote Don Henley) live in "such a graceless age" that doesn't have much tolerence for such things, this deck really does at times make me want to swoon -- to fall into those images and stay for a long, long time. I feel it is the best deck I've ever come across for Tarot pathworking and meditation. I am on a Celtic path spirtually and through my heritage, so the tie-in to those myths just makes it even more perfect. I feel very blessed to have found this deck, and along with the Celtic Dragon deck that I got for my birthday just last month, I know I've got my "comfort decks", the ones you can rely on and the images you can trust to show you what needs to be unveiled.

    I know several other reviewers have commented on the lesser quality of the art in the Minors, but I don't find it a problem at all, and since the RWS deck is my foundational deck, I really like that she follows that tradition. True, she switched the wands/swords elemental designation, but really, I can't say I notice it much at all! The deck is wide, but it's actually about 1/4" shorter than my Universal Waite deck, and the same length as the Celtic Dragon, so I guess what it's all about is that extra width to accomodate the border, but I love that too, so for me, I will just deal with the size. Think of it this way, it's nowhere near as large as the almost billboard size cards of the large Crowley Thoth deck! Now that's something to try to handle.

    I am totally enchanted with Ferguson's abilities with the water color medium, the color saturation in those cards is sensual. It's a dignified, magical, welcoming deck that seems to call me to a healing place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    Perfect place to start!!! Trust Me.

    I bought this deck from a b&n store in NH, where it immediately stood out as the most visually captivatuing deck right from my first scan of the 'new age' section. Yes, I am a beginner, and although I have little experience, I know what a newbie wants to find in a tarot deck, something that gives the person a sense of understanding/cards that show meaning through the art before even referring to the included texted descriptions.. even if for mere fun. I have to say that not only is the deck Great- but the accompanying book provides SO much help, from provided spreads, to in-depth Welsh legends deriving from Each of the major arcana.... SOO much more interesting than any arthurian-waite 'suggested beginner's source' or any other I have personally come across. The book includes a more than helpful resource on the major arcana cards, which each have their own summary of visual cues and comaparisons to other deck art, a detailed legend, and a page's worth of representative meanings. Until I recently did a CRAZILY precise reading on a friend, I would not have posted my opinion, but, I was so moved by it's insight I HAD TO let other prospective buyers in on not only my respect for the deck - but of course it's author, Anna-Marie Ferguson.*ENJOY!!*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    A refreshing vibrant Welsh deck.......

    I had seen scans of this deck online and was instantly captivated. By chance I saw it at a store in town and picked it up. I was blown away when I looked through the deck! Any scans cannot do this deck justice. The cards are just breathtaking. I think the Death, the Lovers and the Moon are some of the most striking of any I have ever seen. It is true the minors are in a less grandiose style, but the reasoning is sound as to why she chose to draw them that way. And they are no less magical and shining for that. The history, myth and love of Wales and the Welsh is embedded within this deck on a profound level. It is what drew me to to the deck in the 1st place, and I most certainly wasn't disappointed! Quite the opposite, loved it more than I thought I would. The book is a wonderful addition. The major aracana cards each has a myth tied to it.....some of them in very clever and new way to look at the trumps. With so many tarot decks coming out these days, most are just not up to par. Put together quickly to turn a buck. This deck and book was obviously fashioned and designed with love and care. You won't be disappointed!

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