TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM
ILLUSTRATED BY JULIA JEFFREY
JOURNEY INTO THE HIDDEN REALM- BARBARA MOORE.
Be drawn into the rustic forests of old England, where dwell the pagan folk of faerie. So dense are these woods we can almost smell the pungent odors of woodland life. From the treetops to the stone circles, either hunting or communing with the animals that dwell here, Julia Jeffrey’s beautiful often-haunting images enchant us to approach them.
This Tarot depicts a romantic life style, not without its hardship but full of adorable characters that offer us wisdom and reach deeply into our imaginary memories. The portrait characters dominate these cards but they are so hauntingly vulnerable that their allure draws us to enter.
The subtlety of the Majors Arcana Star, the gentle arrogance of a young Magician, the wisdom of a wizened Heirophant and the duplicitous beauty in the Shadowdance, replacing the traditional Devil are just a taste of a plethora of absorbing Major Arcana images. It’s a very interesting touch to the Major Arcana as it ages from child to youth to adult and not in that order.
Every suit of the Minor Arcana begins with an animal, the fox of the wands, the otter of the cups, the hedgehog of the pentacles and the heron of the swords. What follows is a playful, creative and competitive romp through the wands. A poignant sharing of love and joy shared after birth in the three of wands is empathetic and heart reaching.
The water world of the cups is ethereal and submerged in mysticism whilst the swords are intertwined with the bird world and the shape shifting of fight and flight. This is a fabulous suit of swords, one of the strongest and most approachable I have encountered.
Finally the pentacles are a bunch of hard working folk set among the rocks and trees producing food and working at the anvils to develop coin.
The court cards are all quite youthful except for a grandfatherly King of Pentacles and a mature looking Queen of Cups. The intense concentration in the Knight of Wands and the woodland knowledge of the Knight of Pentacles is palatable. All beautiful characters to work with in the court.
This deck seeps into your consciousness, like a long lost memory of a time we all seem to romanticize. It offers us the possibility of living close to the land and creatures and depicts a humanity that does just that. Gorgeous, gentle and vulnerable artwork that enchants and like silent whispers calls us closer offering us the opportunity to enter the Hidden Realm.
Barbara Moore’s accompanying text is a great companion. We can always trust her to depict the verbal content well on any deck she’s writing for. This text is no exception.