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The Sacred Circle Tarot: A Celtic Pagan Journey Paperback – 31 Jul 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Tcr Pap/Cr edition (31 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156718457X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184570
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Franklin (England) has been a witch for 30 years, and a Pagan in her heart for all her life. She has conducted many rituals, handfastings and sabbat rites. She is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, a coven of the Coranieid Clan, a group of traditional witches with their roots in the New Forest, and branches in several parts of the UK. The Hearth publishes the long-running Silver Wheel Magazine, runs teaching circles and postal courses, and is also a working coven. Anna Franklin is the author of eighteen books on the Craft, including the popular Sacred Circle Tarot, Midsummer, Lammas (with Paul Mason), and The Fairy Ring.


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Format: Paperback
As soon as I touched the box after opening the outer Amazon packing I felt the cards talking to me, I picked them up and now I can't put them down, I have many decks and this is one of my favourites, the cards are beautifully done, the images easy to understand and the link to the Tarot from the Celtic tarot is also easy to understand, as for the book that is brilliantly done, with the Fool's journey being described at the end of each card, what he has learned etc. A must have deck for anyone, I showed this deck to a friend of mine who does professional tarot readings and she was over the moon with it, in fact she was so over the moon her sister asked me to order one for her for her birthday, the cards are powerful and I am looking forward to doing readings with them. What you say? You have done no readings with them? At this moment in time I am reading through the book to line my thoughts up with the Celtic and Tarot meanings as some of the cards are slightly different, but still a beautiful and powerful deck to have and own.
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Format: Paperback
I bought a set of these cards for my sister after beind drawn to their images online. I showed the box (unopened of course) to a friend who was equally stunned by them. We both then ordered a set for each other! I felt instantly connected with the cards. The images are stunning in their relevance and detail to traditional pagan images and their connection with the elements. Anna Franklin & Paul Mason deserve many congratulations for their dedication in producing a deck to this high standard. The cards themselves are suitable for beginners with their key words and also for more experienced readers with their attention to detail in each image. What more can I say?
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I love this sumptuous photographic deck. I intend to use it in my own personal meditations over the next several months. I like to pick a card a day as a daily guidance tool, so a new deck typically takes about 2 1/2 months to absorb into the subconscious. The luscious imagery of The Sacred Circle Tarot promises to be very thought provoking indeed. The book that accompanies the deck reflects a wiccan/druidic magickal practice but retains the ancient association of swords with air, wands with fire. Many of the new decks that reflect the wiccan tradition reverse the elemental meaning of swords and wands. Being a traditionalist, and follower of a Scottish shamanic path, I prefer to use decks that keep the swords as air and wands as fire. The Sacred Circle Tarot uses layered photographic imagery, created by overlaying Mason's collaged photographic images with symbols chosen by Anna Franklin. This deck, begun over 15 years ago, could only be completed in the manner the duo envisioned when they discovered the computer program Adobe Photoshop. Unlike other photographically collaged tarot decks, The Sacred Circle layers several different images with illustrations (ie. dragons and other non-photographic creatures/symbols) in a single scene as if the real and astral appeared in the same moment for the photographer's lens. The effect of the layering is surreal, opening a psychic doorway for the user by drawing the eye into a rich scenic image. It is rare for both a deck and book to capture my heart, Sacred Circle does so and more.
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This is indeed an attractive deck but it unfortunately has one MAJOR flaw. The back of the cards are designed as such: two crossed swords behind a shinning disc, above the disk is a lovely cup. The problem is, due to the direction of the swords and the crowning cup, as you shuffle, cut and before you do your spred, you KNOWahead of time whether or not the card is going to be reversed or not. I find myself trying not to look at the cards as I shuffle or before I do a layout. This adds a strange sort of stress to each reading. The book is well researched in the Celtic vein and if you are not concerned with the above mentioned, it is definitely worth having.
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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2005
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I spent many years looking for my ideal tarot deck and when I discovered the Sacred Circle, I rediscovered my enthusiasm for the tarot itself... The images are beautiful and thought-provoking and perfect for meditation as well as divination. Everyone who has seen my deck wants a set of their own - wonderful!
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This fully-illustrated deck is extraordinarily beautiful. Franklin and Mason began this venture when they were fresh out of university, but then abandoned it as too big a project and it lay untouched for fifteen years. This deck is the result of a further two years collaboration and very hard work, bringing to us a stunning visual feast of the pagan path and way of life. The box for the cards is over-sized so there is room to wrap the cards up and still keep them inside it. The box is plain white apart from a border round the edge, thus giving the reader the opportunity to embellish it in any way that seems appropriate.

The book which accompanies the deck is also excellent, with plenty of information about each card, without being too overwhelming. Several spreads are described, including 'the Circle Spread', 'the Web Spread', and 'the Romany Spread'. There are also two chapters on using the Sacred Circle Tarot for meditation.

All the cards are on a black background. The titles of thirteen of the Major Arcana have been changed, e.g. 'the Fool' becomes 'the Green Man', 'the Hierophant' becomes 'the Druid', and 'Strength' becomes 'the Warrior'. The picture on the box is 'the Lady' ('the Empress') and is a good example of the standard of the artwork. Also, Franklin has altered the order slightly of some of the Major cards "to fit more closely with the theme of the deck". All of the cards show scenes of nature, including actual sacred places in England and Ireland, plus images of real people. The vibrant nature of the artwork is such that anyone who loves Mother Nature will have no trouble connecting with the cards.

The Minor Arcana cards are no less captivating.
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