Robin Wood Tarot | Review

Published by Alison Cross on

Confession time: I’ve had this deck for years and never really used it. Why? I don’t know – too many new decks flashing their eyes saucily at me, if I’m honest.  But I recently had cause to dig the Robin Wood Tarot out because my good friend Nancy Hendrickson wanted to use it for an exercise that we were doing together. What can I say? I fell in love with the damned thing!

I’ve made a li’l video to celebrate the fact that by changing my broadband supplier, it no longer takes me DAYS to load up a 1 minute long creation.

Take a lookie at the video and then see what you think of my observations – I’d love you to add your tuppenceworth in the comments at the end πŸ™‚

There is a clear elemental colour palette for the suits.  This always makes me very happy!

Wands are fiery/sunny in yellow/red
Cups are watery in blue/pink
Pentacles are earthy/land-orientated in brown/purple
Swords are Airy/cloudy in blue/white

First up, let’s look at the Pages.

To me these all look like girls, but you know what, it doesn’t matter a jot. If you read them as long-haired boys, that’s totally fine.  Each Page holds a gleaming symbol of their suit and each sports a little clue to their personalities on their belts:

Page of Cups has an artist’s palette
Page of Swords has a spy glass
Page of Wands has fire-crackers
Page of Pentacles has a book

Onwards to the bold Knights! As you would expect, they are all mounted:

Knight of Swords – Pegasus
Knight of Cups – Seahorse
Knight of Wands – very fiery steed
Knight of Pentacles – a proper, solid-looking horse

The Knight of Cups is actually quite a foamy and active looking horse.  Although he himself is not as dynamic as the Knights of Wands and Swords.  The darling Knight of Pentacles is absolutely rooted in the ploughed fields that surround him.

The Queens are glorious creatures.  The first thing that I noticed is that the two active/Yang suits of Swords and Wands have standing Queens while Cups and Pentacles are seated.

Each Queen (bar one) has a flower and an animal associated with them:

Queen of Swords – rose and butterfly
Queen of Pentacles – fruit and rabbits
Queen of Wands – sunflower and cat

The Queen of Cups doesn’t have anything obviously associated with her.

The Kings are worthy consorts for their Queens.  They too stand and sit, to match their Queen.

I love how the King of Swords has a starry night-sky lining to his cloak. The King of Cups drinks from a cup with the Yin/Yang symbol.
The King of Wands continues his RWS reputation as the Lizard King.
The King of Pentacles looks comfortable, sitting with his slippers on!

The Robin Wood is so comforting in its similarities to the RWS, yet its different enough to warrant having both in your collection!  It’s a joy to shuffle and so easy to read with.

*** Note*** There is also a companion book for this deck, but I don’t have it.  Thanks to Nicole Diamond for the info <3

*** Note 2 *** There is an App (iOS and Android) – by The Fool’s Dog (who make great apps!)  Thank you for the heads-up on that from Nancy Hendrickson <3

What do you think of it?

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Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.Β  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


mesamag · 10th December 2017 at 2:24 am

The Robin Wood has been my favorite for a very long time. Beautiful images with lots to dig into, without being overly fussy. And the backs are gorgeous too!!

troi · 20th July 2016 at 10:09 pm

My workhorse deck, Alison. I think it has the best Devil card in any deck I've seen.

Electra Tarot · 9th March 2016 at 9:18 am

I just ordered the deck after seeing it in the book Tarot Interactions. It seems great for intuitive reading, with all the action and characters.

The Queen of Cups has a starfish at her feet, seabirds in the background, and are these seals popping their head out of the water? I can almost smell the windy sea air when I see this card.

Also I love your blog, recently discovered it and going trough the older posts : )

    Alison Cross · 9th March 2016 at 10:09 am

    Hello Electra – very good to meet you!! Thanks for your kind comments on m'blog πŸ™‚ It's a really easy to use deck – you've not wasted your money buying this one!! πŸ˜€

Alison · 8th January 2016 at 11:57 am

This deck never spoke to me but it might be time to re-visit it. They are lovely court cards, for sure. Thanks for the nudge!

Inner Whispers · 26th November 2015 at 6:44 am

I love this deck, too. Very beautiful and I think the Courts are especially strong. As well as the overall suit colour palette, take a look at their clothing. It develops across the ranks, too. For instance, the Page of Pentacles is all in brown (earthy potential), but the Queen is mainly in green (that fertile soil has born fruit and she's all about growing your material well being) πŸ˜€

    Alison Cross · 3rd December 2015 at 10:27 pm

    They are one of the nicest sets of courts around!

Nancy Hendrickson · 25th November 2015 at 9:04 pm

P.S. The Queen of Cups has fish and babies on the lining of her gown.

    Alison Cross · 25th November 2015 at 10:27 pm

    She does, doesn't she! She's absolutely glorious, although I think the Queen of Swords is maybe my favourite image – simply because she looks so lovely compared to the RWS version πŸ™‚

Nancy Hendrickson · 25th November 2015 at 9:03 pm

This is my go-to deck. I had the book but in lost it in one of my many moves. However, I also purchased the app and if you Explore the cards, you'll get Robin's explanation for why she did certain things with each card. I couldn't do without it as the app lets me expand the cards to get a really really good look at them.

    Alison Cross · 25th November 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I didn't realise that there was an app! I must add that in to the review. I shall purchase forthwith!

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