The Greenwood Tarot: Pre-Celtic Shamanism of the Mythic Forest - Mark Ryan

This is the only deck I have ever been able to use, never having read the accompanying book. I found Chesca Potter's illustrations both inspiring, and full of hidden depth. The deck uses what might be termed pre-Celtic {?} British religious symbols, such as images of animals, landmarks, gods and goddesses, and imagery including the Green Man and other symbols from pagan artefacts. The four suits are Wands, Arrows, Cups and Stones, each aligning to a different season and element on the Wheel of the Year, around which the deck is based, so the book explains. The major arcana is also different in that some cards have been changed from the normal format and not just in name, but meaning. For instance, The ancestor takes the place of the Heirophant, The Archer replaces the Chariot, Balance is there instead of Temperance, The Greenwoman instead of the Empress, The Greenman as the Emperor, The Blasted Oak as the Tower, and there are a few other surprises, too. The artwork is extraordinary and I am sorry that this deck is no longer in print. It is a great loss.