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The Tarot of Northern Shadows
illustrated by Sylvia Gainsford (Tarot of the Old Path) is based mainly on the tales of The Mabinogion, a book of legends from Welsh folklore and history.
The Major Arcana feature Norse and Celtic figures, with their attendant animals and runic symbols where appropriate. The minor arcana suits are: Rods which portray Norse gods and goddesses, Cups that feature heroes and heroines from The Mabinogion, Swords featuring characters from British Celtic legend and Discs that feature Irish Celtic personalities.
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The Star card depicts a raven-tressed woman draped in white holding three golden apples.
She is Idunna, whose magical fruit kept the gods young in Norse mythology.