Review: Pagan Ways Tarot

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Pagan Ways Tarot Deck and Companion Book

Published by Schiffer

By Anna Franklin
Description from Publisher:
Pagans recognize that the material world perceived with our five senses is only part of the whole. There are unseen Otherworlds overlapping our own, populated by gods and goddesses, nature spirits, and elementals—the conscious embodiments of the natural forces and energies responsible for the functioning of the universe. For the Pagan, everything has a soul or spiritual essence. This deck is based on the Pagan worldview, its symbols, and teachings, and offers 78 beautiful cards featuring gods and goddesses. An accompanying, easy-to-understand guide tells the story of the Fool as he journeys through the Minor and Major Arcanas, encountering the forces that shape him and each one of us. The myths of the gods create links between cards, between the Majors and Minors, and between the inner and outer paths we walk. This Pagan system of divination can initiate you into the realities of your own psyche and become your guide to spiritual enlightenment.
This deck took me completely by surprise! I didn’t expect to like these images so much.
Pagan Ways Tarot IS a Pagan Tarot. Some of the names, imagery and symbols used here are different than what we’re used to seeing in mainstream tarot decks or older decks-but, I promise you it works in this deck. Each card features a god or goddess in what Anna Franklin describes as a conscious decision to portray them in generic clothes. I like this approach because it gives us a multi cultured view of mythology.

The suits are as follows:
The Minor Arcana-The Journey of Life
The Major Arcana- The Journey of Initiation

The Companion Book:
There is a full color scan of each card followed by the cards place in “The Journey”. This is followed up by the “Upright Meaning” and the “Reversed Meaning”.
Also included in the companion book:
Appendix: The Symbolism of the Cards
Using the cards for Divination provides an overview that is easy to follow
The Zodiac Spread, The Planetary Spread and the Celtic Cross Spread are illustrated and explained in detail
Using the Cards for Meditation and Spiritual Development
There are two reasons I’m impressed with this deck. First the images appeal to me and I feel they are well executed. Second, this is an opportunity for each of us to get to know the Pagan perspective. I think Pagan followers will like this deck and I think it’s a great opportunity for the non-Pagan to learn.

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