22 years after its publication, I finally obtained a copy of this long OOP deck at a local thrift store at well below the publishers retail price. I guess it finally wanted my attention after my endless hunting for it. The cards are in mint condition! It is the final rare collector deck on my list.
Long before the days of the "deck of the month" was produced, there appeared from the UK publisher Aquarian Press these themed decks that captured the tarot world's attention. Clive Barret gave us the Egyptian Tarot and this Norse inspired deck. They were never best sellers and vanished by the mid 1990s. They left behind a legacy that is nothing short of phenomenal. Why? They went down a road never taken before, inspiring a neo pagan revival that crossed cultures and raised eyebrows.
The Norse Tarot is second behind the Greenwood Tarot in its demand and rarity. Compared to decks that followed from other publishers, this one is visually uninspired. However the theme is groundbreaking! This is the first and only deck to introduce the runes and Norse mythology into the Tarot. The runes used here are not the traditional modern ones that are accepted by the modern schools. Clive Barrett uses his own enigmatic and encryptic set of runes and assigns then to each of the 22 major arcana. The results are nothing short of revolutionary!
Yes, using Mr Barrett's major trumps, you can consult the runes and the tarot together. It is also a crash course in Aesir and Vanir mythology. The fire was lit, and very few of us could run with it. Indeed, this deck has become as enigmatic as the runes themselves...