Decks Published by Connections
The legends, history, and tradition of Arthurian Britain are the theme of the Arthurian Tarot. The major arcana cards depict Merlin, Guinevere, the Lady of the Lake and other familiar characters, while the minor arcana have landscape scenes. First published in 1991, it's been re-published as a 25th anniversary collector's edition.
The Beginner's Guide To Tarot is an ideal kit for the novice tarot reader. There are a clearly and attractively illustrated set of 78 cards inspired by the Rider-Waite and Visconti-Sforza Tarot decks, and a 192-page book written by Juliet Sharman-Burke.
The Camelot Oracle brings the Arthurian archetypes to life in a set of 40 cards by John Matthews and Will Worthington. 32 cards feature characters from the legends - Gawain, Arthur, Guinevere, and more - and 8 cards are 'Path' cards, each linked to a place on the included map of Camelot. The deck is both an oracle and guide on the journey of life.
The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot uses drawings and illustrations from Renaissance man, inventor, and artist, Leonardo da Vinci. His sketches have been matched with the Tarot archetypes to create a deck with some depth. The suits are elemental—Fire, Earth, Air and Water—and some of the major arcana cards have been renamed to better fit Leonardo's theme.
The Druid Animal Oracle has nicely drawn and detailed pictures of animals familiar to the Druids, each symbolic of particular attributes such as the Dragon. A thorough knowledge of British landscapes, flora and fauna would be helpful in interpretation, but it's a gorgeous deck.
The DruidCraft Tarot combines the nature spiritualities of Wicca and Druidry in a beautiful set of large-size cards. Created by well-known Druids Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington, who also created the Druid Animal Oracle.
The Grail Tarot: A Templar Vision brings together the search for the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, and Tarot in 78 cards of Renaissance-style art. John Matthews and Giovanni Caselli have created the book and 78-card deck respectively.
The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus is based on the mysterious tarot-like drawings believed to have been created by Nostradamus, and only rediscovered in 1994. John Matthews of the Grail Tarot and Wil Kinghan of the Shaman's Oracle worked together to create this original 78-card deck.
The Manga Tarot is from Taiwanese artist Selena Lin who specialises in shojo, a romantic style of comic especially for teenage girls. Her 78 cards are pretty and filled with cute, big-eyed characters. Packaged as a set in a hinged, rigid cardboard box with a 64-page book.
The Maya Deck has 45 cards with images in the style of Mayan stone carvings. It's based upon the spirituality, divination and culture of the Maya. The cards are divided into five suits - the Old Gods, the Astronomical Cards, Sacred Animal Cards, Sacred Form Cards and Day/Number Cards.
My Tarot is a black-and-white edition of the Sharman-Caselli Tarot, especially designed to be coloured in to your own specifications. The cards have an uncoated face, and a laminated pastel green back. The set includes a booklet and eight coloured pencils.
The Oracle of the Radiant Sun is another deck from husband-and-wife team Caroline Smith and John Astrop, who also created the Runic Tarot, Elemental Tarot and Moon Oracle. The 84 cards are based on solar astrology, and are divided into seven suits with old-fashioned and often surreal illustrations.
The legendary literary detective comes alive in the Sherlock Holmes Tarot. This beautifully themed 79-card deck stays true to the characters, era and stories from the books by Arthur Conan Doyle. The majors are important figures and locations from the books, while the minors each have a scene from a particular story.
The Steampunk Tarot reveals an opulent and technological empire through the steampunk essentials of Victoriana, adventure and machines. The majors are linked with the Gods of the Machine, and the suits are Airships, Engines, Submersibles and Leviathans.