The Robin Wood Tarot

Deck by Robin Wood
© 1991 Llewellyn Publications

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The Fool in
                the Robin Wood Tarot3 of Cups in
                the Robin Wood Tarot4 of Wands in
                the Robin Wood Tarot
The High
                Priestess in the Robin Wood TarotPage of Swords in the Robin
                Wood Tarot8 of
                Pentacles in the Robin Wood Tarot

The Robin
                Wood TarotI 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.

The Robin 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 cards.

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.

The art 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.

Robin Wood
                Tarot BookI 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:

Deck Details - The Robin Wood Tarot

Number 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, Page

Back Design of Cards: Robin Wood Tarot Card Back

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