Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm; EddisonBooks Ltd; £24.99
The Druidcraft Tarot comes as a set with its own guidebook in an attractive box. This deck will be an addition to a taromancer, psychiatrist or writer’s toolbox.
The Druidcraft Tarot has been described as “rich and inviting”, which it definitely is with its vivid colours and gentle way of illustrating the things that it wants to show you. The deck itself follows the usual titles of a Rider-Waite or Thoth deck, but any differences in the images from the traditional illustrations come from either Celtic mythology and what little is known of the ancient Celtic and Druidic culture.
The Major Arcana is where the most changes have been applied. For example, the Emperor and Empress cards have been changed to Lord and Lady; and the Devil card, instead of a hellish entity with two human figures in chains, the Druidcraft Tarot shows a man and a woman lying in a forest glade with the silhouette of a horned being emerging from the forest, which will most likely be the Herne, the British deity of the Hunt, or the Gaulish Cernunnos. The Minor Arcana have largely remained the same in essential with only cosmetic changes in keeping with the mythology, and the only real changes to the Court cards in which the deck has Prince and Princess in each suit instead of Knight and Page as they didn’t have the latter titles in Celtic culture.
This deck can be used by anyone tarot reader as long as they keep an open mind; though it doesn’t hurt that it comes with its own guidebook. This is also perfect for those who have an interest in the Celtic mythology and Druidic tradition, which are fairly easy to find out as many books on the on the subject have been published.
The Druidcraft Tarot is also available as an app by Fool’s Dog LLP on iTunes for £3.99 and Google Store £3.79.