This captivating new tarot deck draws us into the vibrant but often hidden world of English magic, evoking a golden age of mysticism when John Dee was Queen Elizabeth’s Court Astrologer, antiquarian John Aubrey rediscovered ancient sacred sites, and the great physicist Isaac Newton studied alchemy.
The English Magic Tarot places the cards in the colorful yet turbulent period of English history that stretches from the time of Henry VIII to the Restoration. During this time of upheaval archetypal forces were very much at play, making this a perfect setting for the cards. Brought to you by renowned artist Rex Van Ryn, colorist Steve Dooley, and writer Andy Letcher, this deck has a dynamic, graphic style. There are unique twists to some of the traditional images, with riddles, references, and lore buried within them that will draw users ever deeper into the mystery and meaning of the cards.
The first deck of its kind to draw explicitly on the English magical tradition, The English Magic Tarot opens up a rich new pathway into the cards that will delight novice and experienced tarot users alike.
About the Author
Rex Van Ryn is an "English Magician" who has worked as a story board and comic book artist on numerous films and publications. He is best known for the graphic novel John Barleycorn Must Die.
Steve Dooley has produced paintings for London galleries for thirty years. He has also painted murals and trompe l’oeil in privately owned castles and chateaux around the world. His Post-Graduate qualification in psychology has led to an interest that is reflected in his work. He recently illustrated The Wind in the Willows App for the iPad. www.stevendooley.co.uk
Andy Letcher is the author of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom (Faber & Faber 2006 UK, Ecco 2007 US) and numerous scholarly articles on paganism, shamanism and folklore. He has been a practicing Druid for twenty years and gave his first tarot reading aged eleven. www.andyletcher.co.uk