Good morning everyone! Today I’m going to start exploring a whole new Tarot deck. This is the Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan with illustrations by Will Worthington. This deck has a slightly different system than the traditional Tarot in that it has its basis on the pagan wheel of the year. The suits are compatible with the traditional in that Arrows are Swords, Stones are Pentacles, Vessels are Cups and Bows are Wands. Many of the cards themselves have direct counterparts to the traditional Tarot, but some are very different.
There is a deep, earthy feel to this deck that speaks to that wild aspect of the human spirit that we repressed so well in our modern age. The illustrations are beautiful as you will see. I am really looking forward to delving into the symbolism of this deck that seems so appropriate at this dark time of the year!
The first card I pulled is the Six of Stones – exploitation. Similar to the Six of Pentacles, who portrays a money lender giving to the needy, this card portrays two starved looking souls searching for hand outs. This card focuses on the imbalance that occurs in this situation.
The next card is the King of Stones which is represented by a Wolf. This card is directly related to the King of Pentacles who represents an astute businessman who can be depended on for financial advice. As an event, he can represent dealings in estates and financial support.
The next card is a Two of Bows – Decision, which is very comparable to the Two of Wands. This card is about experiencing personal power. Just look at all the fire coming off of this fellow he is radiant with it! Once discovering this personal power, a decision must be made in regards to what direction this power will be put to use. Which path should you take? This is a card about the empowerment one gains when making active decisions and using will to shape one’s destiny.
Just for extra clarification on the issue of exploitation in the Six of Stones I threw down another card which is the Eight of Stones-Skill, which depicts a man hard at work developing mastery over his creative skills, developing tools that are not just necessary for his survival, but more than that, they are creative works of art. This card speaks to us about the need for Humans to creatively express themselves in their work and the diligence it takes to become the master of a craft.
Although we have used a very different deck, this reading is very much related to the reading we had on Friday which was all about hard work and creativity. This feeling of impoverishment that is displayed in the Six of Stones can be overcome with help and advice from an expert as seen in our King of Stones, but it’s also going to continue to require our full attention and power of will to make it happen.
So lets get to work!