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The Celtic Tree Oracle: A System of Divination Hardcover – Box set, October 15, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312020325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312020323
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colin Murray (deceased) founded the Golden Section Order--a society dedicated to the preservation of Celtic lore. The Order, and its hand-illuminated magazine, the New Celtic Review, soon gained international renown. Following a serious car accident, Colin became inspired to research ancient Celtic tree wisdom, and this led him to devise the Ogham cards. His wife Liz continued his work after his death, bringing his Ogham divination system to fruition in The Celtic Tree Oracle.

Vanessa Card is a freelance illustrated who has worked on several books projects including the popular Treasure Chest series from Running Press. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I'm really growing to like them!
Miss DePlume
This set of divination cards comes in a sturdy wooden box and the cards are beautifully illustrated.
Bernadette Wulf
I have had this deck for years and it will always remain one of my very favorites!
Rann

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rachel at Last Syllable on August 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This amazing little set is based on the Celtic tree alphabet, the Ogham (pronounced oh-um). As one reviewer mentioned, this is not just a tarot deck with tree cards: this is a completely different divination system. The Murrays present a complex layout which I think is rather exhaustive, but gives a very clear insight. If their system is too much, though, you can use other layouts; I've had good results with the standard Celtic cross layout and the three-card spread as well. The book is well-written and informative, and each card's meaning intertwines with the history of the tree. You can also use your own associations with the trees to interpret the cards' meanings. For me, the deck is incredibly accurate, and it's the one I turn to most often for omens or other divinatory purposes. I thought the wooden box was a nice touch, too. ;)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rann on April 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
While this is not a classic tarot configuration, it is a must for those interested in Celtic and Druidic divination systems. As a divination tool it is easy to use and amazingly intuative in it's interpretations, making it wonderful for beginners. It uses the ancient Ogham alphabet and it's corelations to the trees and other icons held dear by it's creators, the Celts. While the companion book is not long, it is very informative and concise. Background information on the history of the alphabet is researched in depth with references to many associated resources. This book is an ESSENTIAL reference to druidic symbolism. If one is not familiar with Celtic symbolism, this set will draw you in completely and inspire you to dive head first into this ancient seed of western mysticism.
But most of all, the illustrations and intuative interpretations provided are excellent. While the illustrations do not overwhelm the eye, they do impart a very profound sense of connection to the representation of the letter and it's associated icon. The interpretations are clear without being overly simplistic.
I have had this deck for years and it will always remain one of my very favorites!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Coutts on December 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I received this pack in the mail I was not expecting what I got - but it was wonderful once I opened it up and started reading the book and looking at the cards and putting two and two together. The set is housed in a beautifully crafted wooden box with reading sets, layouts and beautiful book which lays down the history and everything that you could possibly read about the Celtic tree and Ogham. Would thoroughly recommend it to any Irish/Celtic enthusiast.....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The Celtic Ogham Tree Cards are a wonderful introduction into the Celtic Culture. The Murray's knowledge of Celtic history and folklore is evident in their explanation of how to read and interpret the tree cards. Vanessa Card uses muted colors for her intricate and delicate pen and ink illustrations of the trees on the cards. I have used the Celtic Tree Oracle for quite a few years and I recommend this system of divination to anyone that is curious about what the surrounding elements may have to say them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By silver elves on August 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
we came to this oracle...
dear lovers of Druidic and Celtic lore,
... in a rather roundabout way. A friend had given us The White Goddess By Robert Graves (Amended & Enlarged Ed) Farrar, Straus, Giroux, a book that we finally, and gladly, got to reading over a 15 yrs later. Graves' book led us to an interest in the Celtic Tree Oracle, from which we drew a card each day for a year and put on our magic table in order to become familiarized with the system. As it is, we seldom use this oracle alone but find it very effective when used in conjunction with the The Celtic Shaman's Pack: Exploring the Inner Worlds/Book and Cards and the Druid Animal Oracle, drawing a card from each to give us a full reading. You may also find that this system is very valuable as a supplementary oracle, that is drawing a card to get more information, after you've already drawn your tarot cards, etc.
kyela,
the silver elves
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Warning: if you are a beginner DO NOT START HERE. This book and system do not lend themselves easily to those who are just starting out. On the other hand, if you are experienced and love Celtic culture, this is a wonderful system. The book is comprehensive and the cards and art are lovely. Plus, those who are drawn to the Celts will make a distinct connection. I've found if you have patience you will get wonderful results.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "lady_eire" on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
First, I must expound on the beautiful packaging in which this set is delivered - A wooden box inclusive of Book, Cards, Pad and Layout suggestion sheet. This kind of attention to detail is what you'll find throughout the book and cards.
Remember that the Ogham is not another form of tarot, but more like the Norse rune system with the symbols or runes representing a particular tree or related symbology. The Druids were by and far connected to the spirit of place through the trees, the Oak being the most sacred of all. If one gives this set an opportunity to speak for itself, without any preconceived ideas as to what it should be, I think any reader would be impressed. Both beginner and experienced, alike.
The cards are bit small, just slightly smaller than playing cards, and the book is a bit controversial, alluding to the Celtic tree calendar, the existence of which is a point of contention among many Celtic scholars. Beyond that, I am thoroughly happy with my set and have enjoyed many insightful readings.
Colin Murray passed on during the creation of this set, and I extend my heartfelt condolences and thanks to Liz Murray, who found the strength and courage to carry on.
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