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The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot Paperback – 27 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd (27 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859061826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859061824
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 18 x 4.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello! I'm Caitlin Matthews. I live in Oxford, England with my partner, John Matthews. If you want to know more about our courses, events and forthcoming books, you are cordially invited to visit us at

Here I am in a stone-built farmhouse on Orkney that uses a similar construction for beds and cupboards as the Stone Age village of Skara Brae. The peat fire is smoking and the saithe herring are curing nicely. Time for a little dusting of the dresser. Why don't you come over for a cup of tea?

I'm primarily known for being the author of many books including Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, Psychic Shield, and Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom. I write in the fields of metaphysical non-fiction, poetry, fiction, folkstory and myth, as well as writing books for children. I'm known for my research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions, and the ways in which I provoke exploration of the creative metaphysical field, and how we can apply it to our spiritual path.

With John Matthews, I've written the Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, the Arthurian Tarot and Walkers Between the Worlds. Our latest collaboration is the StoryWorld series of cards and books for storytellers of all ages, which now has seven packs - two more titles to come in Autumn 2010.

Although I'm the author of over sixty books, most of my work is oral rather than written. As a teacher of ancestral, shamanic and metaphysical traditions, I go all over the world, working with communities and spiritual institutions. With John Matthews, and my dear colleague Felicity Wombwell, I co-founded The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the mythic, oracular and sacred arts. Our FiOS shamanic training programme teaches students the ancestral wisdom and healing arts as living sacred traditions in which we still engage.

As a singer, I play Celtic & medieval harps, sruti and psaltery. My CDs include Deep Well in the Wild Wood: Songs from the Place Beyond and the latest, Earth's Own Heart: Songs from the Faery Hills appears soon. I was the Pictish language originator and song-writer of Song of the Exile for the 2004 Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur and I appear frequently on international radio and television.

For the last 20 years, I've had a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to healing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation. I use my voice to help open the way between the worlds, to sing the soul's essential nature, tracking it through the client's story and bringing it homeward, with the help of spirit allies who have chosen to work with me.

I'm currently working on Rekindling Ancestral Hearths: a book to help us come into good relationship with our ancestors. I believe that being in communion with our ancestors and gifting spirits is essential for the wellbeing of our world, and lies at the root of war and peace. I'm also completing the Celtic Ancestor Oracle and going on to a book on Celtic Seership and Vision.

For new readers of my work, there is no 'one book' that conveys all that I teach, but the following practical books may be a helpful guide for you to begin somewhere:

Walkers Between Worlds - for a grounding in where our spiritual traditions arose.
Singing the Soul Back Home - for a guide on how we come into come relationship with our gifting spirits
Celtic Devotional - for a post-denominational way of spiritually acknowledging each day and season
Psychic Shield - for those who need a friendly guide to how the universe and ourselves rub off each other and how we can do it more harmoniously with attention to the care of the soul.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Enigmatic Da Vinci... 15 May 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
When opened, the cards and reference book are quite pretty (I hope this doesn't sound too mundane!). I noticed that there are 80 cards, 2 more than the traditional tarot deck. All of the illustrations are reproductions of the original Da Vinci works and are beautifully presented. On closer inspection all of the microcosm cards (except the court cards) have a keyword on it to facilitate imagery and connection to it, and exploration of the message being conveyed.

The macrocosm cards are, in most cases, given the same names as those of a standard Rider-Waite major arcana deck (although the illustrations are obviously different). The cards that differ are: II High Priestess - Enigma; VI Lovers - Twins; VII Chariot - Imagination; X Wheel of Fortune - Time; XI Justice - Experience; XII Hanged Man - Passover; XV Devil - Pain & Pleasure; XVI Tower - Deluge; XVII Star - Way-Shower; XVIII Moon - Conception; XIX Sun - Birth; XX Last Judgement - Renewal. I examined card `0 Fool' and found that the meaning corresponds to the standard Rider Waite `0 Fool'.

The two extra cards are `Enigma Cards', one represents the `Enigma Pattern', the other is `The Enigma Card'. The Enigma Pattern reveals how the card-backs join together to form a complete pattern of repeating roundels and interlocking knotwork. Across the Enigma Pattern design are five repeating, many-sided geometric forms, which Leonardo designed. There is detailed explanation of the background and meaning of this in the reference book.

The second extra card, the Enigma Grid, shows the sequence of the full deck face up. This grid reveals the natural resting place for the cards if they were to come together as a complete deck. Although the two Enigma cards are not actually used in readings, they are referred to in the various unique spreads shown in the reference book... particularly the Destiny Spread. Through using these spreads you will learn how matching the card-backs together produces a series of random connections that transcend the Enigma Grid sequence, helping you find the unique signature of your soul's code.

The reference book is comprehensive and covers an introduction to the theory behind the cards, an introduction to Leonardo Da Vinci, explanation of how the cards work, and a chapter on both the macrocosm (major arcana) and microcosm (minor arcane) cards. There are also sample spreads and readings to experiment with. You will find a bibliography, further reading suggestions and acknowledgements at the back of the book as well.

Each macrocosm card is given a two page spread in exploration covering `Dimmi' - Core question/meaning; `Background' - exploration of the symbolism; `Soul-Code' - expansion of meaning; `Upright' - Focussed meaning; `Reversed' - reversed meaning; `Disconnected'- used as part of the Enigma Pattern interpretation. The microscosm cards are explored under the same headings, but are given one page each.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and profound deck 15 Sep 2009
By S. Chan - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have had this deck for a while. I fell in love with it when I saw it through the display window when walking pass a tarot store. Immediately I went online and looked up the name of the deck (good thing the suits are named differently than most decks). I am a huge fan of the Da Vinci style so this really was me indulging myself a little.

This past week I finally started reading through the book and am amazed at how the images were selected to fit the meanings of the cards. It's rather amazing how nicely everything goes together. And although the cards are a little flimsy, I think the artistic value and actual content of the cards more than make up for it. Recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful idea, lacking in quality 6 Nov 2006
By Indigocoatl - Published on
Format: Paperback
While some people find the large amount of white border space on the cards to be a problem, I can see why Caitlin did it that way - the images vary in width and height, so the white space varies from card to card.

My big problem with the deck is in the quality of the cards - they are very thick, which makes quite a stack for my small hands to shuffle - and they are not cut to the exact same width and height. That is a real problem when shuffling and (especially) cutting the deck, because the "fatter" cards are going to always be the ones your hands find. Therefore, you can't really randomize the cutting.

Given the amazingly beautiful quality of some decks (U.S.Games' Golden Tarot, for instance), I'm disappointed in this book/deck set.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I Met My Match 17 Jan 2007
By Anna Morgan - Published on
Format: Cards
I received this deck as a birthday gift, so maybe that's why it's brought me accurate and enlightening readings... Anyway, it is philosophical, simple, and beautiful. I have several decks, and this one speaks to me the most clear and to the point - actual advice about what I need to be doing with my life or getting a clearer understanding of what I've been feeling. Just telling me about who I really am. Readings leave me happy and inspired, something I don't get from my other decks. With this deck it is definitely a journey of trying to figure it out; there are so many facets to it, just like a mystery. So, if you are a philosophical, artistic individual and are seeking to understand your mind and soul from an amazing perspective, this deck might be for you. The more I handle it the more I realize how it's been missing in my life. How often do you find that?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great deck 30 Jan 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this is a great deck but i dont recommend if you are just learning to read tarot, its best to start with a rider waite or universal waite deck so you can learn the suits, the art on this deck is wonderful and interpretative on its own.
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