Deck Review: Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews

The Wildwood Tarot deck is deck that I picked up because of the nature theme. I wanted something that was more connected to nature and would make me feel more connected nature.

This deck is one that is great for someone who wants to learn a separate deck. This is not a typical Ride Waite Smith deck. It does not have the same suits. The themes that this deck has are the Bows, Vessels, Stones and Arrows. Below are the cards and how they relate to the major arcana cards of the typical RWS deck.

0 The Wanderer (The Fool)

1 The Shaman (The Magician)

2 The Seer (The High Priestess)

3 The Green Woman (The Empress)

4 The Green Man (Emperor)

5 The Ancestor (The Hierophant)

6 The Forest Lovers (The Lovers)

7 The Archer (The Chariot)
8 The Stag (Strength)
9 The Hooded Man (The Hermit)
10 The Wheel (The Wheel of Fortune)
11 The Woodward (Justice)
12 The Mirror (The Hanged Man)
13 The Journey (Death)
14 Balance (Temperance)
15 The Guardian (The Devil)
16 The Blasted Oak (The Tower)
17 The Pole Star (The Star)
18 The Moon On Water (The Moon)
19 The Sun of Life (The Sun)
20 The Great Bear (Judgment)
21 The World Tree (The World)

This is also a good deck for those who want to learn about paganism. It teaches you the basics about holidays and the way of life that pagans once lived.

This deck really gets into the deeper meanings of life. It goes deeper into feelings and emotions that the typic RWS deck does.  I love this deck for when I want to know deeper meanings of something that may have been unearthed when doing a general reading with the RWS style decks.

Some of my favorite cards are as follows.

The Deck
The cardstock is a little flimsy. It is not as thick as some of my other decks, but it is also not as thin as some of my decks either. The back of the deck has a double sides tree so the deck can be read with reversals, if you so wish, but the meanings or reversal are not given in the book. The imagery on the cards really lets me connect with the deck intuitively and go deeper into myself during a reading.

The Book
It does come with it’s own guidebook which become invaluable for decks that do not follow the RWS system. The book is a good size and gives description and story of each card. It has a very big focus on pagan holidays and pagan knowledge. This would be a great deck if you were pagan and knew all of the knowledge and the history and meanings behind the holidays. Even if you aren't pagan, or aren't interested in paganism, this is still a great deck because it will allow you to connect more with nature.

If any of this sparked your interest, you can check out the deck here on Amazon.

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