I was never a big tarot user, but now that I’ve become more comfortable using my primary deck, I’ve decided to try other deck styles.
When I came across The Wildwood Tarot deck, I knew I had to have it. It felt as though it was calling out to me. The artwork grabbed my attention, and I couldn’t look away or stop myself from owning this deck. It feels ancient and deeply connected to nature and the unseen mysteries of the universe.
It might feel intimidating if you are a beginner, but the guidebook is in-depth and insightful. I recommend reading it thoroughly before doing any spreads because the card style differs from other decks.
The Major Arcana
The system of the deck is based on the wheel of the year, and each archetype will correspond with a different season. This isn’t a “traditional” system, but it feels natural and unique. If you aren’t acquainted with the wheel of the year, then learn more about it before doing any readings.
What I love about the Major Arcana is that they feel earthy and ancestral. Looking at them, I can feel a connection to how the Pagans of old may have viewed life and the spiritual world. The artwork is very detailed, so pay attention to what you see, as it can give you more insight into your readings.
In this deck, each suit is started off with the court cards. When you read the description for each card, there are 4 reading points that will help guide you through the meaning: as a person in your life, as an aspect or process, as an event/happening, and questions. At the bottom of the page, there are several keywords that you should also pay attention to that are titled tracks and pathways. These can help you focus more on what you should do, focus on, or exhibit.
Here’s a breakdown of what each suit means and represents:
Suit of Arrows
On the wheel of the year, the suit of arrows is positioned moving from Imbolc through the Spring Equinox towards Beltane. Their element is Air, which is associated with creative intellect, conceptual dreams, strategy, projected wishes, communication, ambition, cunning, and being of the mind.
Suit of Bows
The suit of bows is the season of summer from Beltane through Midsummer to Lammas. Their element is fire, associated with creativity, science, philosophical and esoteric pursuits, skillful ability fueled by will, and development.
Suit of Vessels
The suit of vessels appears from Lammas through the Autumn Equinox to Samhain. Their element is water, associated with emotions, relationships, romance, compassion, forgiveness, instinct, joy, faith, mourning, and being of the heart.
Suit of Stones
The suit of stones is positioned during winter after Samhain through Midwinter to Imbloc. Their element is Earth, associated with achievement, possessions, material security, practical skills, physical abilities, worldly ambitions, and being of the world.
I love how the meaning of each suit and card is represented in the artwork. You can get a feel for the elements and see exactly what the artist is trying to convey. And the artwork and guidebook are so detailed that it’s hard to misinterpret the card’s meaning once you’ve read through them all.
There is so much detail and information that I feel I will always learn something new from my readings. Blessed readings
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