Legend Tarot Deck: The Arthurian Tarot
Contributor(s): Ferguson, Anna-Marie (Author)
Cards – 1997
The legend of King Arthur and Camelot has become so popular over the ages that its archetypal characters and stories interact with the conscious and subconscious on the deepest levels. The Tarot, a powerful spiritual and divinatory tool, also works with the subconscious and conscious minds. It was only natural that the two should be combined. That is exactly what Anna-Marie Ferguson has done with her beautiful deck, Legend: The Arthurian Tarot.
If you are a collector, either of fine artwork or of Tarot decks, this is an excellent addition. If you are fascinated by the Arthurian myths but don't know too much about them, this deck, combined with the book included in the set, provides a brilliant introduction. If you are doing cooperative readings--this deck is a superb choice to offer clients.
There are three major types of Tarot decks: artistic, divinatory, and mystical/magical. Legend: the Arthurian Tarot manages to transcend limitations and succeed in all three areas...and more.
As an artistic deck, this one is top notch. Ferguson's art is as legendary as the subject of the deck. Her mastery of watercolor has made here one of the world's most famous, and most popular illustrators. By painting images from the Arthurian legends, she has created a deck that can also function as in introduction to the myths. The Arthurian myths are quite voluminous, and beside the beauty of this deck--making it ideal for collectors--it also serves as a brilliant introduction to the stories that still impact us today.
Magic is certainly not the primary purpose of this deck. The symbolism is quite straightforward and refers to the myths rather than functioning as a visual gateway to mystical symbolism. Even so, the myths of the Arthurian cycle are so ingrained in our psyches as a result of many centuries of sharing, interpretation, and reinterpretation, the images help us tap into an aspect of our being and deep minds that we might not otherwise easily contact. So although you might use this for work in general magical rituals, it is perfect for use in meditation on aspects of Arthurian legend and lore, including virtually all aspects of life. It is also an ideal addition to rituals that are centered on Arthurian myth and is a great way to tune into past lives from that period.
With any divinatory Tarot deck, one thing is vitally important: it must appeal to the person doing the reading and to the querent. Legend fits the bill both due to the artistic brilliance of Ferguson and because of the topics of the cards. Thus, it is an ideal choice as a divinatory deck. Since the myths illustrated tap into our psyches, the resultant interpretations can go to new areas, bypassing the conscious mind and reaching deep into the unconscious, providing information you might not have received from other decks.
For those more advanced in Tarot interpretation, you may be aware that one of the popular new methods of Tarot divination is known as the "cooperative" reading, where instead of the reader simply telling information to the querent, both work together to unveil the symbols and meaning as it relates to the querent. Due to the beauty and Arthurian myths illustrated here, Legend: The Arthurian Tarot is ideal for this kind of reading. Therefore, this is certainly a valuable addition that can help you provide new and valuable services to clients and friends.
Readers can either begin with traditional meanings and expand upon them with the Arthurian myth, or interpret the illustrated myth and add the traditional meanings to it. Either way, both the traditional meanings and expanded Arthurian meanings are revealed, something not available with any other deck.
The back of the deck features a deep violet color with a few white points, similar to a beckoning starfield, something out of our universe and leading to new realms of possibility. In the center is a golden labyrinth. Besides being a unique design, it can actually be used for a surprising purpose. If you simply trace the labyrinth with your index finger, from the exit to the center, the result can be an increase in feelings of peace and serenity as well as positive physiological changes. Take your time, and be sure to go from the center to the exit, too.
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.
Cards: 78 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Cards and booklet edition (1997)
Pub Date: September 08, 1997
Copyright Date: 1997
Product Dimensions: 3 x 1 x 5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
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