I have been a professional Spiritual Consultant and Welsh Thaumaturgist for over twenty-five years and it's extremely rare that I am impressed with a Tarot book and deck to the extent that I am with Animal Wise Tarot by Ted Andrews. The book alone makes a fascinating read but I have to admit that initially I avoided the cards due to the "artwork." Psychic Readers in general seek a visual connection with the Tarot decks they use and I am more accustomed to cards that consist of hand paintings or drawings rich in subliminal and Spiritual symbology. Animal Wise Tarot, however, utilizes genuine photos of the vast array of creatures who reside in the animal kingdom - without any additional symbols or "hidden" meanings to explore.
A while back I read a review on Animal Wise Tarot which stated: "Don't be put off by the photos on the cards. This book and deck are uncannily insightful and accurate." This prompted me to give them a trial run. Wow! Am I delighted that I did. I used a good friend who resides in another state as a guinea pig for my first "test" reading and both of us were amazed at the in-depth psychological analysis the cards provided into her husband, as well as the underlying dynamics of their marital union. We won't be able to assess the accuracy element of the reading until more time transpires but I have a very good hunch it will exceed my expectations.
I drew the Grackle as being representative of her husband's current nature and was quite fascinated when my friend expressed to me that where she resides Grackles are abundant. In fact, her husband has taken notice of one in particular which seems to repeatedly cross his path. It is mentioned in the book that there is a relevant message for us when we run into a certain animal and the meaning of the Grackle (reversed) was definitely applicable to the emotional state my friend's husband has been enduring.
The more familiarized you become with the Animal Wise Tarot book the more intrigued you are by the concept that our beloved creatures have a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to impart simply by us studying their nature and relating said to our Inner Being and Outer Actions. Suffice it to say that I would absolutely recommend Animal Wise Tarot Book and the Deck, too, to everyone. However, the cards would be particularly beneficial to more advanced Tarot Practitioners because amazing readings can be accomplished by combining traditional Tarot knowledge a wee bit with the animal interpretations.