The Celtic Wisdom Tarot

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By Caitlín Matthews

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Caitlín Matthews

Caitlín Matthews
Caitlin Matthews is internationally renowned for her research into the Celtic and ancestral traditions. She is the author of 36 books, including The Celtic Tradition, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, and Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom. She is co-founder of the Foundation for Inspirational and More...



• An original tarot based on Celtic spiritual traditions 

• Written by the bestselling author of The Celtic Book of Days

• Draws upon the ancient oracle traditions of the Celtic druids to create striking visual images 

• Major and minor arcana cards reflect the druids' belief in the immortal soul 
and the values that infused daily Celtic life 

• Honors ancient Celtic tradition in a way that will provide inspiration and direction for modern seekers 

Divination was an honored art among the Celts, who believed that spirit was present in all things. Caitlin Matthews's The Celtic Wisdom Tarot draws upon the ancient oral traditions of the Celtic druids to create striking visual images that profoundly reflect the druids' deep-rooted belief in the interconnectedness of all things. Immortality of the soul was a tenet of druidic belief and the 22 cards of the major arcana follow the sacred triple spiral of the soul's path through many lifetimes. These cards mirror the mysterious thresholds of the Celtic otherworld where all life is subject to powerful transformations. The minor arcana, on the other hand, is redesigned to depict the rich spiritual values that infused the daily life of the Celts. Battle skills, art, and knowledge--the chief hubs of Celtic life--replace the standard pentacles, wands, cups, and swords. Together the wisdom cards of the major arcana and the folklore-based cards of the minor arcana create a meaningful fusion of deep spiritual truths and the lessons of daily life. 

The Celtic Wisdom Tarot provides a portable oracle to help clarify confusing situations and empower readers to take advantage of lifeis opportunities. It honors the ancient traditions of the Celtic peoples in such a way that their truths can still be a rich source of inspiration and direction for modern seekers. 

". . . remarkable and stunningly illustrated tarot adaptation. A completely new path into personal divination. For the serious student of shamanism and spiritual wisdom, this is a tradition--and resource--not to be missed."

Napra Review

"In my position as editor of SageWoman I get to see a lot of decks; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Only rarely nowadays does one come along that really knocks my socks off; but the Celtic Wisdom Tarot is such a deck. Without a doubt, this is the best new Tarot set I've seen this year--a 'must-have' for lovers of Celtic lore and Tarot enthusiasts alike. Highly recommended."

Anne Newkirk Niven, SageWoman

"Provides extremely in-depth divination - delving into the querent's soul for the truth and honesty of a situation."
Aleesha Stephenson, Body Mind Spirit Magazine, October 2003

"One of the top three or four decks ever in terms of art." 

Lee A. Bursten,

"The Celtic theme provides a nice introduction to Matthews' knowledge of Celtic myth and cultures."

Michele Jackson,

"This is first class all the way. Wonderful book. Well written. Filled with information about Celtic ways and divination by tree."

John Gilbert, American Tarot Association Newsletter, Summer 2000

". . . this deck is helpful in attuning to the innate wisdom residing in each of us."
Four Corners, Oct-Nov 2006