The Robin Wood Tarot
I can't say enough wonderful things about
this deck. It's a beautiful Tarot deck creation
filled with brilliant, attractive illustrations . . . and
it still remains a favorite among some of my clients, even
after many years.
One can easily associate this vivid, colorful, and expressive art with the meanings of the cards. The Robin Wood Tarot is based on the Rider-Waite version of Tarot, yet the colors are brighter and the images add more depth to the meanings of the cards. These vivid pictures stand out so well; it's as if the deck has an energy of its very own.
Wood Tarot is a perfect deck to learn the Tarot with
because it does follow closely with the traditional
Rider-Waite structure. There are some differences
besides the art and coloring, but the differences still
allow a comprehensive understanding of the card
meanings. In fact, it seems there are always new
things that will catch your eye as you work with these
All of these symbols will continue to help you expand your knowledge and understanding of the cards. This is why I highly recommend the Robin Wood Tarot to new students if they prefer something different than a Rider-Waite-Smith version of cards. For the novice reader who is ready to step away from the Rider-Waite Tarot, the Robin Wood deck also has much to offer! Not only is it the perfect deck for a beginner, it's also perfect for reading at any level. It was definitely one of the most popular decks for both reader and seeker in its time -- and even remains a favorite for some readers and seekers today.
If you are wanting to learn to read Tarot, but the Rider-Waite deck doesn't appeal to you, then I think you'll find the Robin Wood Tarot deck to work very well for you as an appropriate alternative. I recommend this deck to anyone who wants a traditional deck with more appealing images than what is contained within the Rider-Waite cards. A considerable amount of nudity is in the Robin Wood Tarot, so this is something to keep in mind when reading for folks who may be offended easily. Certainly there is nudity within the Rider-Waite version as well, but in Robin Wood's deck, such nudity stands out far more due to the realistic details she put into all of her work.
is outstanding and offers bright, vivid cards that are
exciting and fun to work with, yet also maintain a serious
tone as well. Some call this deck a Waite-Smith
clone with a Wiccan flavor, however, I don't personally
associate the deck with a Wiccan theme . . . probably
because I don't follow those practices.
This Tarot deck is not exclusive to any specific religious tradition or spirituality, although some agree that there is a modern Wiccan or Pagan theme among the cards. Nevertheless, these cards have been used effectively by many readers from different backgrounds. This deck stands to show that regardless of your background, religion, spiritual ideals, or personal beliefs, the Robin Wood Tarot can appeal to almost everyone! And I think that's a wonderful feature of this deck as well. There seems to be something in it for everyone.
recommend Robin Wood's book that goes with this specific
deck and is sold separately. It's "The Robin Wood
Tarot: The Book" and is filled with
information about the symbolism she chose for each
card. It's a great help in understanding why Robin
Wood chose certain images for her cards.
She also stresses that it's okay to see any of the symbolism in a different way than she does. As a matter of fact, the author encourages each reader to use his or her intuition and look at the cards from their own personal viewpoints. The book is excellent in helping one to understand the reasoning behind the symbols and imagery for this particular deck.
Here is an excerpt from the back of The Robin Wood Tarot: The Book:"This book is all about the Robin Wood Tarot; how it started, why Robin chose the symbols for each card, and how she reads them. But it's not just about her deck. Some of it is applicable to the Tarot in general; there is history here, a section about symbols, a bit about how to prepare to read the cards, even the rules for Tarrochi!"
Even after 20 years from its publication in 1991, this deck continues to remain a favorite for a lot of seekers and readers. It still stands among my own favorite tarot decks!
You can visit Robin Wood's website at: www.robinwood.com
Deck Details - The Robin Wood Tarot
of Cards in Deck: 78 cards (22 Major/56 Minor)
Size of Cards: 2-3/4" x 4-5/8"
Included with deck: LWB (Little White Book)
Major Arcana: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress,
Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot,
Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Star,
Moon, Sun, Judgement, World
Suit Names: Cups, Wands, Swords, Pentacles
Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, PageBack Design of Cards: