This deck has 75 cards in the minor arcana, with five suits: cups, wands, blades, stones and cords. As explained in the page about the deck, the five suits are to go with the political arrangements of the Clans of Anieth. This deck has many color images of scenes from the books.
Designed by Lucia Shields, the deck's major arcana is connected with the Earth players that
went to Anieth to re-enact the Zelosian invasion. They played this game for many years and
the books Aveldonacc, Drakkis and the Burning Bride explain this situation
Aveldonacc has these cards and some of Lucia's notes.
The deck is also based on much of the research done by the players on European mythology as
explored by Graves and Frazer and Campbell. It is hoped that a deeper understanding of the
work of these mythographers will be appreciated by those who desire it. The cards have a
correct "feeling" to them based on the symbolic correspondences of the cards.
The name changes and addition of a fifth "royal" cards in the minor arcana is designed to
give some sense to social memes passed on from Europe. The Muse (Princess or Page) cards
are so named to give more sense to the spiritual passage through different levels of the
royal cards. Protectors are more heroic than the classical "knights" but acting in a
defensive way. The Queen cards show the transformation of the female body to produce children,
yet also mean the transformation of the basic elements of the suit. The King cards have
been renamed "mentors," the primary duty of the father to inspire and teach the next generation.
The Sage cards are the culmination of the spiritual path represented by the suit.
(Click here to look at the Anieth Nature Deck.)
This deck was designed for my sister and other people who do not care so much for Fantasy.
The images are based on the natural images from the books and the other deck. This is a
traditional deck with 78 cards.
The deck is also heavily symbolic, based on the work of mythographers such as Joe Campbell,
Sir James Frazer, and Robert Graves. The major arcana is designed to correspond to the
Celtic Ogham alphabet. The suits are in the four colors of the first four legs of the
spiritual journey, shown in the Anieth books and talked about on various pages.
Although there are no people in the royals or in the major arcana, the animals were
considered for their similarity to actions and tendencies in humans, who have mimicked their
behaviors over centuries. This work is explored in greater detail by Paul Shepard's Thinking
Animals The natural forces in the major arcana have been renamed in some cards to
allude to the real meaning of the forces.