- Cards: 80 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; Tcr Crds edition (17 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738740136
- ISBN-13: 978-0738740133
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.2 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sacred Circle Tarot Deck: A Celtic Pagan Journey Cards – 17 Nov 2014
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About the Author
Anna Franklin has been a witch for thirty 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. She is the author of eighteen books on the Craft, including Midsummer, Lammas (with Paul Mason), and The Fairy Ring. Paul Mason was a Pagan artist, photographer, and illustrator best known for his stunning photomontage images and book jacket designs. He has worked previously with Franklin as the co-author of Lammas.
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As always the success of this deck will be determined by such practical factors as the inherent strength of card used (in this case a decent weight) the size of the cards for shuffling (a little large even for a mans pair of hands) and the presentation of the images (great - though we were not keen on such a large border to each card).
It will also be dependent upon the buyers interests in the subject matter of the theme (the Celtic traidition has been well represented in the major arcana of this deck).
In all these areas this deck fairly well ticks all the boxes for me but where it fails BIG time is in the fact that the 15th Arcanum THE DEVIL has been completely removed and replaced with the 16th Arcanaum 'The Tower' in this deck.
Quite frankly with no DEVIL in a deck the whole light/dark balance so enjoyed by most Tarot students has been lost leaving a deck that fails to get to the true depths of Celtic mythology and Pagan tradition.
With no explanation as to why this was done from the authors or publishers it is confusing why they chose to depart from core Tarot philosophy.
This is a deck that has some great strengths and lovely features but which still keeps the race open for the creation of a really good Pagan Tarot.
Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.
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These Tarot cards are large (5.5" by 3.75") compared to standard decks from Lo Scarabeo or US Games. These are bordered black, labeled at the top and bottom. The imagery of each card is placed within an illustrated frame, modified to reflect each Major Arcana or emphasize the representative element of each suit in the Minor Arcana. The back of the cards shows a shield crossed by two swords at the center of a gray stone background. As such these cards are not reversible.
The Major Arcana are labeled at the top, and numbered at the bottom. Most of the standard labels from the RWS Tarot have been changed and their order has been changed slightly.
0. The Green Man - 0. The Fool
1. The High Priest - I. The Magician
2. The High Priestess - II. The High Priestess
3. The Lady - III. The Empress
4. The Lord - IV. The Emperor
5. The Druid - V. The Hierophant
6. The Lovers - VI. The Lovers
7. The Chariot - VII. The Chariot
8. The Warrior - VIII. Strength
9. The Shaman - IX. The Hermit
10. The Wheel - X. Wheel of Fortune
11. The Web - XI. Justice
12. The Sacrifice - XII. The Hanged Man
13. Death - XIII. Death
14. The Underworld - XV. The Devil
15. The Tower - XVI. The Tower
16. Initiation - XIV. Temperance
17. The Star - XVII. The Star
18. The Moon - XVIII. The Moon
19. The Sun - XIX. The Sun
20. The Rebirth - XX. Judgment
21. The World Tree - XXI. The World
As mentioned before, these cards are illustrated using photography and painting modified and merged via software. I believe that the most representative card of this deck is the World Tree. The World Tree shows a huge tree, slitting the scenery between night and day, moon at left, sun at right.
All the Minor Arcana have a key word at the top. These also include the suit name as part of the label at the bottom. The suits are labeled Wands, Cups, Swords and Discs (instead of Pentacles). These represent the elements of fire, water, air and earth, and are themselves of the frame which encases the imagery.
The court cards show a human figure representing Page, Knight, Queen and King for their respective suits, while the pips are represented with a corresponding number of icons for their suit, integrated in a scenic background.
This is a fascinating tarot deck. Somehow, it successfully manages to incorporate modern techniques of illustration, and a semi illustrated set of numbered cards, which make this Pagan/Cetic Tarot a unique entry. I may not recommend this one for beginners, but it certainly deserves a second look for those interested on Pagan/Celtic tradition.