Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Hobbit Tarot Review

Circle Network Card Review: The Hobbit Tarot By Peter Pracownik and Terry Donaldson Published by US Games Systems Inc  78 card tarot deck and booklet in packet £20

This tarot deck provides a parallel between the amazing storyline of Oxford professor, JRR Tolkein’s novel ‘The Hobbit’ and the experiences we have in our own life and seeks to provide caution and wisdom to help us achieve our aims. The booklet offers interpretations of each of the 78 cards and includes a 12 card ‘The Ring of Gollum’, a 9 card ‘The Sword of Aragon’ and a 14 card ‘The Arkenstone’ spread, the last, an unfolding as a spiral to be read in story-telling fashion, from the centre outwards.

UK based Peter Pracownik is at the forefront of visionary genre artwork and has produced 78 inspired, creative artworks for this deck. He was also commissioned by US Games Systems Inc to produce the artwork for the ‘Dragon Tarot’, the Wyvern Collectible card game, ‘The Lord of the Rings Tarot’, the ‘Imperial Dragon Oracle Deck’ and the ‘Woodland Wisdom Oracle Cards’.  He has held successful exhibitions in Hollywood and has made appearances on TV in the UK and US.

London based Terry Donaldson is a professional tarot reader, guide and healer and the author of several books on tarot, magic and folklore. He travels extensively and has studied in Greece, Iran and India. He previously collaborated with the artist, Peter Pracownik on ‘The Dragon Tarot’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings Tarot’.     

The card backs are imperceptively irreversible and provide a kabbalistic style geometric web design with a golden ring to represent each of the sephirot. I was pleased to see the glyph as, we are reminded that within the chaos and violence of this story, morality and spiritual values play a vital part. I found the deck, and the storyline, has a staunch masculinity, similar to the myths of the Anglo Saxons which originally inspired the novelist. 

I have chosen to describe two cards as samples:

The Six of Cups shows Gollum gazing at the golden Ring which he found years before while with his cousin on the river, Anduin. He is deep inside his lair by the lake. Bilbo has not yet arrived and found it. Gollum was a hobbit but his possession of the Ring made him mentally and physically deformed but it gave him invisibility for fishing and attacking stray Goblins who would provide his meals. He acquired the name, Gollum from the horrible swallowing noise he made in his throat. Divinatory meaning: Giving and receiving on an emotional level, a time to play. This card shows happy memories and innocent times, sharing with others. It is full of nostalgia, even naivity. It says ‘play time’ and put away those memories which are painful and sad. Reversed, this card indicates emotional withdrawal and detachment.     

The artwork for the card of O The Fool features Bilbo Baggins (which appears on the rear of the packet). It depicts Bilbo stepping out barefoot from his beloved home in the hills, wearing a waste-coat and with his knapsack thrown over his shoulder, as he embarks on the great adventure he has been chosen for. Divinatory Meaning: A new chapter of life is presenting itself, be open minded to this personal journey. In a spread, this card energises the part which seeks adventure and spontaneity and requires a leap of faith to find out where it takes you. There is a need for caution. Risks must be assessed. Balanced opinions are required. Reversed, the card shows a reluctance to make a commitment or the following of an unwise path, either by the seeker or by a foolhardy person who causes disruption.  

You are invited to respond and provide feedback about this deck on the website. http://www.peterpracownik.com/

Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk

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