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The Well Worn Path [Cards]

Stephanie Taylor , Mickie Mueller , Raven Grimassi
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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5 Oct 2005
A Uniquely Pagan Divination Deck...and More! Although there are many divination decks that are designed for Pagans, they still tend to rely on the symbolism of the Kabalah or other spiritual systems. Now that changes forever! Grimassi and Taylor, with artist Mickie Mueller, have created a divination deck for Pagans, Witches, and Wiccans. Because this is not just another Tarot, a special full-sized book is included with the deck. It shows how each of the deck's forty cards tell part of a story that reveals the meaning and symbolism of the cards. This makes learning them easy! You'll also discover the divinatory meaning of each card. The spreads described in the book are also Pagan oriented, and are focused around the images of a cauldron, a crossroads, and a pentagram. The Well Worn Path is also far more than just a divination deck. The book includes instructions for how to perform Solitary Pagan rituals. The only tools you need are the cards of the deck. You can literally perform a ritual anywhere, anytime, with nothing more than these cards. The book also reveals the Pagan spiritual teaching of each card, making this the first deck that can be used as a set of flash cards for learning Pagan spirituality and traditions. These cards, with the book, are a complete system. But unlike other decks, it is also an expandable system. You can add their second deck, The Hidden Path, to this deck, using them together or individually. A must for all Pagans.

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  • Cards: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Box Gmc Cr edition (5 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870671X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738706719
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deck Focuses on the Witchcraft/Wiccan Path 11 Sep 2005
For those who do not know, Raven Grimassi has been providing the pagan community with books on hereditary witchcraft, Italian witchcraft and Wicca for many years. Stephanie Taylor is a Third Degree Initiate in both the Italian Witchcraft Tradition and the Celtic Wiccan Tradition.
They have paired together to present us with a deck that reflects the mysteries specifically of witchcraft and Wicca.
The deck is comprised of 40 cards that do use witchcraft and Wiccan symbols, derived mostly from the European traditions. Images of cauldrons, wands, athame, pentagrams, the four elements, Summerland and more are, as I see them, derived from Wicca and witchcraft more than any other cultural or spiritual path. There are elements that are specifically Wiccan in nature, such as the Rede and the Wheel of the Year. But it does not detract from the nature of the deck. It was designed specifically with this in mind, and the images fall right into the intended place.
The imagery is illuminated by the very talented artist Mickie Mueller. Her figures are lifelike, and her impression of the Crescent-Crowned Goddess and Initiation (portraits of Grimassi and Taylor) are typical examples of her style. Very stylishly executed, and a she is a good choice as illustrator for this deck.
This is not a tarot deck. Its use would be similar to a tarot deck; to seek inner counsel regarding your own personal path or to be used to illuminate the personal path of someone you would read for. The accompanying book gives you insights into the use of the deck and interpretations.
After the introduction of the book, a discussion on the theme of the deck and a general overview on the use of the deck, the authors go into Divination Spreads for use with this deck. The cards are then examined one by one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 28 Jun 2008
This deck really is a lovely idea and so practical as well for modern pagans and witches and especially for beginers. You can begin practising the craft straight away without haveing to go out and find things like daggers and cauldrons and silver chalices every thing you need to start praticing the craft is in the deck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very beautiful cards,all with a wiccan/pagan theme.The guidebook is very indepth,and I really like how you're encouraged to add to the interpretations of the card yourself with your intuition,for instance my additional meanings for Book of shadows card are 'A new chapter starting in your life','Learning and studying are needed' or'New information needed(possibly a need for another book from Amazon which I've been considering buying)'.This makes the cards very personal and unique to each owner.
There are also a couple of rituals given which you can do with the cards,and you can also create your own,using the cards as the tool symbols,so this would be great if you don't have or want real tools,are a beginner who hasn't got theirs yet,or are a teen who's parents aren't keen on the idea of an athame.
Very compact kit too so good if you have to travel and can't take much with you.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved these 26 Nov 2010
I have seen these cards used for a number of years by friends, and was delighted to see them so reasonably priced on Amazon. For a set of divination cards they offer good all round guidance, easy to understand by any level of user, and the cards themselves are beautiful.

The set comes with it's own next bag to store them in and a smaller box to store only the cards (not sure why, it isn't big enough to store the book too - the suggestion to colour or decorate the box for protection didn't gel with me). For those used to divination cards there are other ways to "cleanse" the cards prior to using it, which is lot easier ! The main display box is fine for me to keep both the net of cards and the box together....

Whatever you want them for, I find them just dandy.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Oracle Based on the Old Ways 29 July 2005
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
"The Well Worn Path deck is designed to present and reveal the symbolism, meaning, and teaching that are the far-reading roots of modern Paganism and the Craft. The images in this deck depict the spiritual and religious concepts that were the foundations of European Paganism as once known to our ancestors." -the authors

Bestselling Wiccan author Raven Grimassi and High Priestess Stephanie Taylor have teamed up with award-winning Pagan artist Mickie Mueller to create a unique oracle called The Well Worn Path. More than just a divination kit, the 40 cards and 216-page guidebook serve as an introductory course on the Old Ways, and creates portals for mystical exploration, pathworking, magical alignment, and solitary rituals. The authors write in a sensible, gentle, and wise voice, like mentors on the Well Worn Path.

There are four different uses for each card in this kit:

Meaning: This section describes the basic meaning at face value.

Teaching: This section reveals the spiritual teaching or religious significance of the concept presented in each card.

Alignment: This section contains a guided imagery intended to promote a greater depth of awareness. Each card contains part of an ongoing story that will take you through a mystical journey presented on all 40 cards.

Ritual: This section demonstrates how you can use the cards to perform your own solitary ritual, which is ideal if you require privacy or have limited space.

I was immediately intrigued by the engaging art of artist Mickie Mueller, which is what initially drew me to the Well Worn Path. However, not being Wiccan, I had wondered if I would really be able to glean relevant Guidance from this deck. Having an affinity for earth-based spirituality and a familiarity with Tarot, however, proved to be the only background I really needed to use this deck effectively. Cards depicting the Pentacle, Moon, Air, Cauldron, Crone, Harvest, The Old Ones and Reincarnation are but a few of the familiar symbols and archetypes. Admittedly, some of the religious aspects were lost on me (for example, the Eight Fold Path card and the Cakes and Wine card), but most were recognizable to me in terms of symbol and practical spirituality. Other card themes include Familiar Spirit, Handfasting, Law of Three, The Rede, Broom, Summerland, Hearth, Voice of the Wind, Mother, Book of Shadows, Athame, Mother, Wheel of the Year, and so on.

The Guidebook contains three spreads: The Cauldron Spread, the Pentagram Spread and the Crossroads Spread. After experiencing a troubling situation, I thought I'd try the Pentagram Spread using the Well Worn Path cards. I was truly amazed at how relevant they were and how they "spoke" to my situation-especially the Words of the Magus card which advises "to know, to will, to dare, to keep silent". The Guidance I received was clear, confirming, and comforting.

At the end of the Well Worn Path Guidebook, there is a section on solitary rites, including the Rite of Inward Journey and the Solitary Full Moon Rite. The authors also explain how to use the card images for personal ritual, such as walking with the Greenman.

One thing I noticed, however, is that the Table of Contents is off a bit. For example, the Pentagram Spread is said to begin on page 18, but it really begins on page 20. Also, there is a typo in the Table of Contents: The Solitary Rull Moon Rite (R instead of F in "Full"). This isn't a big deal as far as the usefulness of the kit, of course, but it bugs me when I see a major publisher allow editing/typographical errors in an area as prominent as the Table of Contents.

Another thing that I must mention: I tried doing a one card reading a few days ago, and picked the Cakes and Wine card. While the message of integrating feminine and masculine energies made sense to me and imparted wisdom, I was a bit grossed out at this passage:

"...The cakes and wine are the divine offering versus the mundane meal. Here the wine is the menstrual blood of the Goddess, the essence of the cycles of life..." If you only have a passing interest in Wicca/Paganism and are a bit skittish about all the "womb" talk, you may not be too thrilled with the Well Worn Path.

The card backings feature a beautiful wooden door, as if beckoning the reader to discover the mysteries within. The 40 cards are of slick satin finish and are the same size as the cards from Llewellyn's recent releases (e.g. The Quest Tarot, Revelations Tarot, etc.) The Well Worn Path box set also comes with a cardboard box to store your cards, as well as a black organdy bag.

If you'd like to deepen your knowledge of Wicca and Paganism through pathworking, reflection, divination, and ritual, the Well Worn Path would make a lovely spiritual tool. Those who are not Wiccan may still be able to use this oracle, especially ones who are comfortable with goddess and earth-based spirituality and those familiar with the Tarot.

(To see 6 card images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a divination tool! A must have for all Pagans! 4 Oct 2005
By Kim M. Turcotte - Published on Amazon.com
I stumbled upon the Well Worn Path at my local bookstore when I was looking for another set of Divination cards. After reading the back of the box I scrapped the idea of buying the other cards and bought this beautiful deck instead. That was three days ago and I haven't been able to put them down!

The artwork is terrific! For anyone who is a seasoned witch or just a beginner on the path, the symbolism within the deck is fantastic. It is a great tool for Divination, but it is more than that, I feel this deck and book are a spirital tool that can help get at the heart of what this path has to offer. I am an eclectic pagan/witch who has been practicing for almost 10 years and I find that this deck is helping me to go even deeper into my practice. Through the use of the cards and meditation, I find I am able to delve deeper into the inner mysteries of this wonderful spiritual path.

I loved the way the book is layed out, there are three categories for each card. Alignment, which helps to tell the story that runs through the cards, connecting one card to the other. Teaching, which offers an more in depth explanation of the symbolism of the card and the history of the Path. Meaning, which offers suggested meanings of the card in a reading.

What I really liked about the book is that Mr. Grimassi says read through the book, look at the explanations and symbolism that he offers and then decide for yourself what the cards mean to you. He even suggests keeping your own notebook of what the cards mean to you. I find this refreshing and freeing especially for those who might be on the first steps of this path. So many books written today make it sound as though there is only one truth and one "right way" to experience this path. Since I believe that each person's relationship with the Divine is unique I applaud Mr. Grimassi for this suggestion!

If you are going to buy one deck this year, buy this one - You'll love it!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for all Traditions! 14 Oct 2005
By Vinny Carbonari - Published on Amazon.com
What I enjoyed most about this deck is the universal appeal. For example the images of the God and Goddess cards include subtle symbolism that connects them with any cultural expression (Celtic, Germanic, Roman, Greek, etc). The God card features Harvest Lord symbolism, waning & waxing year symbolism, woodland symbolism, warrior symbolism, and solar symbolism. The Goddess card features celestrial symbolism, nature symbolism, and Underworld symbolism. This type of depth makes the deck ideal for any tradition of Paganism, Witchcraft, or Wicca.

In addition to the general widespread Pagan connection and appeal, the deck also includes cards that are typically associated specifically with Witchcraft and Wicca. However, in reality this is not entirely exclusive, as the companion book presents general themes of Paganism that are also associated with the cards. Here again the deck shines in its universal application.

An exciting aspect of this deck is its unique use as a system of divination, a teaching tool, a ritual kit, and a source for guided imagery journeys. This makes the deck ideal for solitary practitioners, and people who require privacy when practicing. I read on a forum that military people are finding it useful to perform full moon rituals at sea or on base without drawing attention. Another person noted that the deck would be ideal for prisoners, as the cards provide them with ritual tools that they cannot otherwise possess.

If you want a deck that speaks to you, and goes beyond the standard stuff we've all seen over and over again, then this is the deck for you.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Images For Anyone, Wiccan or Not 1 Oct 2005
By Sylph Fae - Published on Amazon.com
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This I found to be a wonderful addition to my collection of divination systems. There are enough cards for the beginner or the experienced person. The images on the cards are beautiful and the meanings are very well written and easy to understand. There was only one draw-back that I encountered in using these cards and that was the fact that I wish that they had numbered the cards themselves as well as in the book. In having to constantly refer to the Table of Contents to find the meaning of each card was annoying. In contrast for example, The Sacred Path Cards are all numbered themselves as well as in the book which makes looking up the meanings (especially for a beginner) much easier. Aside from that I feel that these cards should be in every Wiccan home as well as in any "Muggle" home!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the Hidden Path as well 11 Sep 2007
By Gwendolyn J. Reece - Published on Amazon.com
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These two decks are not only important for divination, in the way of fortune telling, but more importantly for communing with the Divine. They provide doorways that can transport you into places and experiences if you choose to use them in that fashion. I would encourage it for anyone trying to walk the paths for which these cards are designed. Those who are will know instantly upon seeing the art in these cards because you will resonate with their note. They are very powerful.
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