Review by Betty
I am a novice card reader and initially bought
this deck for its artwork. It reminded me of the "Mists
of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley, one of my
favourite authors, which was also a draw. The animal, faery
and other "guide" cards have such richness and depth
that one is quickly drawn deeply in and encouraged to
find many creative meanings for the cards. The colours
are glorious. As a beginner I found them very
accessible because there wasn't a lot of symbology, just
beautiful images and keywords on each card to start the
thought process. There are "signpost cards" that all share
the same background with only a different word on the
sign in the foreground. One person commented that they
thought the artist got lazy. Instead, I find that the
familiar background allows me to focus on the many meanings
of the particular word and what it might mean for me
at this moment.
I have not used these cards in
readings for others yet but have certainly found them
useful and helpful for myself. The guidebook gives
concise but comprehensive meanings for each card and the
explanations are written in an extraordinarily graceful manner.
Even the "bad" cards leave one feeling hopeful. I have
the impression that peace and joy for its users were
the ultimate goals for these cards. The guidebook also
gives some tips on readings and layout suggestions,
which were helpful in getting started.
As a novice card
user, I found these cards very accessible and easy to
understand. There are not a lot of symbols needing explaining
and further study and yet, I think there is enough
depth that even experienced card users/readers would
find this deck useful and helpful. Anyone fascinated by
the Avalon mystery would thoroughly enjoy this
interpretation of the legends.
I would happily recommend this
deck to anyone at any level.