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The Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson

RM 160.00

 

Over a century ago, a young boy left Wales and journeyed to America, where he started a small press, now known as Llewellyn Publications. Llewellyn George's adventurous spirit and Welsh heritage embodies The Llewellyn Tarot, which also celebrates the publisher's enduring legacy.

From the creator of the popular Legend: The Arthurian Tarot Kit, this lavishly illustrated deck offers universal appeal (based on Rider-Waite) with a Welsh twist. A compelling story unfolds starring Rhiannon as The Empress, Bran the Blessed as The Emperor, The Wild Herdsman as The Horned God (the Devil), Gwydion as The Magician, Llew Llaw Gyffes as the Bringer of Light, and other figures from Welsh mythology. Watercolor imagery beckons us forth into a mystic world of ancient forests, sensuous seascapes, and wondrous waterfalls-gorgeous landscapes brimming with mystery, meaning, and magic. Also included is The Llewellyn Tarot Companion, which features an introduction to the craft and history of tarot, along with Welsh legends infused in this deck.

 

Shortly into the 21st century, Llewellyn commissioned Anna-Marie Ferguson to undertake a new deck based entirely on her own deep knowledge, both of the Tarot and her extensive research into the prime mythical foundations of the Western psyche. Born in Britain and raised in Canada, her own initiatory experiences have shaped both her art and her psyche.

Her primary source for this deck was the living Celtic tradition found in the mists and mountains of
Wales. Here the tradition reaches further back than in Ireland or England, and her art fully embodies those primal energies. Her understanding is rich in ancient wisdom and modern knowledge, as expressed in her book that accompanies the deck.

The Tarot evolves, just as every esoteric system must, and the differences between the Rider deck and this new deck are striking. Yet the student secure in the one will find the Llewellyn deck both familiar and liberating. Although the art is rich in ancient imagery, the meaning is modern and reflective of today’s challenges.

One of the most important distinctions is readily discerned when you compare the first card of the majors, the so-called “Fool.” The following is taken from my own introduction to Anna-Marie’s book.

Most Tarot decks show the Fool as rather lackadaisically setting off, smelling the roses and seemingly unaware that he is about to step off a cliff! A fool indeed. The interpretation is that we start our journey into life totally unconscious of the challenges before us.

But look at The Fool in The Llewellyn Tarot deck and see instead a youth on a white horse deliberately leaping across the rainbow chasm between the worlds to journey into this land of promise, the world where we live to learn and grow and to become more than we were. Oh, he may be a fool, but he is not foolish. He is filled with courage and purpose and is in search of adventure. Not a fool’s journey, but a hero’s — as was that of Percivale who evolved from fool to Grail Knight.

This Tarot is not only a fortune-telling device but one that is fortune-making. These are cards of power that when so used will awaken circuits of energy represented by their relationships in the formulas you create with your layouts. Or with any single card you choose with intent.

Look at The Magician, and then The Priestess and each of the other cards, and feel the timeless stirring of their secret (archetypal) energies in your soul. Let them whisper secrets to you, and then speak them into manifestation. Each card has a story to tell, and put into relationships with each other they make new stories that can become reality in this world. …

These remarks can only give you a glimpse of The Llewellyn Tarot, but I hope they are enough for you to perceive its power and glory as a true 21st century product incorporating ancient wisdom into our contemporary understanding and needs. Its imagery speaks the universal language of symbols that evolves with every reading. No publication has given me greater satisfaction, and pride.

The Tarot is not a passive instrument, but a dynamic tool — a rainbow bridge between the inner and outer worlds empowering the user with the archetypal sources of wisdom needed to reveal and then meet the challenges of a purposeful life.

— Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, Publisher

 

The set includes 1 deck of Llewellyn tarot deck and 1 book "The Llewellyn Tarot Companion" by Anna-Marie Ferguson.

Information from this page is populated from Llewellyn.

 

 

 

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