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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful
I love this deck the cards are so beautiful and with so much detail, you can learn a lot from this lovely deck. The trees associated with each card encourage the user to learn more about them, a help anyone on a Celtic pagan path. There is also a section for an entire year of meditation for those determined enough to complete.
Published on 4 Nov. 2008 by Lilli590

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cards but unrealised concept
I was so excited to receive these cards, particularly now that they are out of print and not widely available. I have had them for just over a week and have been using them daily to get accustomed to them.

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- The artwork - the main reason I bought these cards- is stunning. I think these are some of the most beautifully illustrated cards I've ever...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cards but unrealised concept, 5 Jun. 2013
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I was so excited to receive these cards, particularly now that they are out of print and not widely available. I have had them for just over a week and have been using them daily to get accustomed to them.

Pros:
- The artwork - the main reason I bought these cards- is stunning. I think these are some of the most beautifully illustrated cards I've ever seen.
- The accompanying book provides interesting tales from Celtic folklore, the use of Ogham, and is a nice introduction to the mythology of the Celts.

Neutral:
-All of the major and minor Arcana have been renamed so they do take some extra study before you can start using them.
-The cards are large, so shuffling is taking some getting used to and is not very comfortable. The size is as advertised however so I knew what I was getting into when I made the purchase.

Cons:
- In many, many instances, the myths that are linked to and are illustrated on the cards do not seem to relate at all to traditional card meanings. This issue is mainly to do with the minor arcana. The one card of the major arcana that doesn't seem to ring true is "The Mover" card (The Chariot). The discrepancy between image/card meaning/myth is very pronounced however with the Minor Arcana, for example, "Adventure of Skill" card (7 of wands) and the "courtship of battle" (3 of swords) cards seem totally at odds with the corresponding Celtic myth.
-Additionally, many Celtic characters, such as Epona and Rhiannon, recur on the cards, yet the mythology surrounding them is not presented in any way chronologically, making it hard to discern an overall view of the stories surrounding them or their archetypal significance.

While a lot of thought has gone into the suggested spreads, the artwork, and the inclusion of Ogham, the disconnect between the myths and the meaning of the cards is distractingly pronounced. It is obviously challenging to apply a different mythology to traditional card meanings and have them correspond (although the Mythic Tarot which applies Greek mythology to a Rider-Waite system is largely successful at this), and unfortunately I would say that this deck fails to do it successfully. This deck and book set would have benefitted greatly had the author a) done away with standard divinatory meanings and reinterpreted them according to the Celtic myths she presented or b) had kept the traditional interpretations and written up the Celtic myths separately as an overall look at Celtic archetypes, spirituality and divination.

All in all, these cards are aesthetically beautiful and I do not regret purchasing them, but I think I will use them independently rather than trying to reconcile them with the myths laid out by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and useful, 4 Nov. 2008
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I love this deck the cards are so beautiful and with so much detail, you can learn a lot from this lovely deck. The trees associated with each card encourage the user to learn more about them, a help anyone on a Celtic pagan path. There is also a section for an entire year of meditation for those determined enough to complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 April 2014
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A wonderful book on Celtic wisdom. If you like any Celtic information this book is for you. Brilliantly put together and wonderfully written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Slant on the Tarot, 30 Nov. 2001
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Another deck inspired by the Celtic tales. Caitlin is very well respected in the field of Celtic traditions. The cards are bold and quite large. The minor arcana have been changed to Battle, Skill, Art and Knowledge instead of Swards, Wands, Cups and Pentacles. There is an interesting book that goes with it that gives a number of useful spreads
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