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The Celtic Shaman's Pack: Exploring the Inner Worlds Paperback – Box set, 7 Dec 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books; Pap/Crds edition (7 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852304812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852304812
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hi. I'm John Matthews. I've written nearly a 100 books over the last 30 years or so. Books about many things. Pirates, King Arthur and the Grail Quest, Faeries, Robin Hood,and many more. I love folklore, history and film and I recently began writing for movies and TV, creating documentaries, TV scripts and motion pictures. I write in collaboration with many of my dearest friends, including Wil Kinghan, Ari Berk,and David Franzoni, and with some of the finest artists in the world, including Brian Froud, Charles Vess and Alan Lee. I have also written many books with my partner Caitlin Matthews, with whom I sometimes think I share a brain, and who knows what I'm thinking before I think it. I'm also beginning to collaborate with our son, the actor Emrys Matthews, with whom we wrote the wonderful Teen Oracle. I recently began to write books for younger readers, including graphic novels and the fabulous StoryWorld series. Writing so many books has always been hard work and it continues to be so, but I love the act of creation and cannot imagine ever doing anything else. I'm greatful to all the countless people who have read my books, especially those who made my book on Pirates a New York Times best seller in 2006. There are many more books to come, so I hope you'll keep reading, and keep pestering your booksellers to stock them!

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By understanding and applying some of the main principles of shamanism, we can develop a heightened understanding of ourselves, our direction in life and our place in the world. This pack includes an introductory book and a set of 40 cards depicting the inner world of the Celtic shaman. It can be used for a range of purposes including finding answers to questions, as well as general personal development.

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By refugeewurzel on 10 Jun. 2014
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This is a pack one I needed for my studies, it is not easy to find at a reasonable price, a snap for me to find.

I very much like this set.

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By paul cotterell on 2 July 2015
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all as expected and in good condition.also arrived early,excellent
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for their purpose 23 Feb. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This deck is not a standard tarot meant for divination, and thus can be difficult to use well for that purpose. For a practicing Celtic shaman, they are indispensible for planning and focusing a journey into the Otherworlds.
If you are a Celtic shaman, this deck can become a truly sacred object. Those seeking to use it as a regular tarot should have some tarot experience first; even then, it may not work as you expect it to.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Confusing but Powerful 12 Jun. 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
These cards have a special format that is not like any other card/rune set that I have ever encountered. You have several families of cards to deal with and must draw from all of them. Happily, they are set out to provide a full reading. Also, the artwork on them is bright and energetic. Not if you are feeling in a meditative mood
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
entering the nether worlds 22 Aug. 2009
By silver elves - Published on
Format: Paperback
as an oracle...
dear celtic shamans,
... we only occasionally use this pack alone, preferring to use it in conjunction with the Druid Animal Oracle and the The Celtic Tree Oracle: A System of Divination, for we find the three together give a very effective reading. Our main use for this oracle however is more often in support of some magic we are doing or experiencing, either using the cards to focus on a particular energy or helping us understand some sign or omen that has occurred. Of course, divination tools are very personal. We've had decks we've loved that others have hated and vice versa, so trust your intuition, if you feel drawn to this deck, get it. We just drew a card from it about this review and got The Ferryman, the "guide and guardian of the threshold between the worlds". Are you ready to enter the Nether Realms?
the silver elves
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Luscious art in an unusual format! 27 April 2011
By Richard K. - Published on
Format: Paperback
This beautifully drawn set of cards is definitely not a tarot deck. Nor is is an oracle deck. I still havent figured out how to use it other than as a shamanistic set of flashcards. John Matthews launched this 17 years ago to encourage his revolutionary brand of Celtic Shaman revivalism. Chesca Potter is the artist behind the images, who is most famous for the Greenwood Tarot that has become legendary. This deck is more linear with the symbolism.

The workbook is mandatory if you want to make sense of bold, at times cryptic effort. It is a reconstruction thats not "Wicca" or anything contemporary. It relates more to Celtic legends from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. It remains hands on while providing an authentic background. It will not appeal to most outside of the Celtic reconstruction. To those insiders, it is required.

My personal experience with it is peculiar. I bought it used and originally counted a 4 cards missing. I set it aside for several years and recently counted out a complete set! It was if the cards came back on thier own! Talk about a magical deck...
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One Star 21 Mar. 2015
By Really Chile - Published on
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Came without the promised cards...
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