by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
Illustrated by Will Worthington
The little white book that comes with the deck also tells us that the DruidCraft Tarot draws from both the Rider and the Thoth. From my own experience with all three decks, I would say it draws more heavily from the Rider. However, that matters not because what this collaboration created was not short of outstanding.
The artwork is of course a draw. Will Worthington scores big on the decks he’s worked on. I prefer the style of art in this deck though – not a line drawing in sight. What makes this an outstanding reading deck for me is the positioning of the people in each card.
Will created such a fluid sense of movement with each post that it brings to life the technique and theory of directional dignities.
Put a few cards together in a spread and you will see how chatty this deck becomes. All the cards help to create a fuller scene, the people cards particularly show who is conversing with who, who is ignoring, looking back, looking forward – it really makes tarot reading a lot easier. That alone would make this an excellent deck. But it doesn’t stop there.
The court card family follows an equal blend of the sexes with: king, queen, prince and princess. The latter replacing the knight and the page and it is where we can see some of the Thoth influence.
Elementally speaking, the DruidCraft Tarot keeps to the popular tradition of wands = fire and swords = air. The people of the court also follow older traditions of hair colouring to suit/element and also stature, poise and general dexterity. Not everyone likes the pentacle people – the big feet especially but they are at least grounded in reality.
The DruidCraft Tarot is one of my favourite reading decks and is a permanent member of the 10 Essential Tarot Decks list.
Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd (24 Sept. 2004)
Cards / Paperback: 78 / 192 pages
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.2 x 24.2 cm