- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312315023
- ISBN-13: 978-0312315023
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 342 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Druidcraft Tarot Paperback – March 10, 2005
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Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm have been initiated into both Wicca and Druidry, and are Chief and Scribe of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, one of the largest international Druid groups.
Will Worthington is a practicing Druid, Pendragon of the Order, and a highly respected artist, whose previous works include the acclaimed Druid Animal Oracle and The Green Man Tree Oracle.
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The Druidcraft Tarot
The cards are beautiful, unquestionably well-thought out. The images are colorful, relatable, and appropriate for the naturalist crowd (yes, there is some nudity, but it isn't graphic).
The accompanying book explains in great detail the various symbols and makes suggestions on how to interpret without being dogmatic. Cards are sorted into sections starting with the Minor Arcana, in order by number (not suit), which I found really helpful in getting a better idea of what the numbers themselves represent and how those cards are related even though they are in different suits.
The cards themselves are sturdy. Even after two years there is very little flaking on the edges.
These cards are LARGE. Having slightly smaller than average sized hands, I had such difficulty shuffling them that I damaged them myself (the aforementioned flaking). However, I adjusted my shuffling method to riffle the corners. The cards are so sturdy that it took the better part of the last two years to break them in enough to give, even on the edges. I also had to build up some muscle in my hand to do this, but it was worth it. There is so much detail on these cards that they really do need to be large.
The packaging is also unfortunate, with a box that really can't be used easily after opening. It's possible, but the box is large and the book, which isn't thick but sizeable enough to be heavy, is needed to hold the cards in. I stopped using the box after a few weeks and it's collecting dust on my shelf, utterly useless. It also didn't come with a drawstring bag, which was inconvenient.
Even with these issues, it's become my favorite deck. I use it several times every week and learn something new each time I use it.
I am the owner of many decks but have yet to fully "bond" with one- I think this has happened with Druidcraft. There are many Pros to this deck/ book and, in fact, have yet to find a real Con.
The book is the perfect compliment. It feels good in the hand, illustrates the cards in sepia tone and highlights key words for a fast reference. The cards are large which is a plus for me: I like that the images are large and easy from which to pull even the smallest symbology. I find that if I shuffle them in either the "washing" method of a front to back drop shuffle I have no problem with their size. Shuffling them like a small, conventional pack of cards is out of the question until they are thoroughly broken in and I feel with enough use, they will be compliant enough. As well, the washing method gives rise to the occasional reverse card which I feel is necessary for a good read.
I will say that though I have owned tarot cards since the age of 14 (many moons ago when none of the Craft was acceptable, and certainly not much was in print- Drawing Down The Moon was published in 1979, I believe, & was the first true book on the subject I read and I was a young adult.. this generation truly doesn't appreciate the strides the Craft has made in order to be so very available and given hardly a side glance by the general public). I have made several honest attempts to learn them but there are so many that my considerable ADHD is overwhelmed! The suggested method of study presented by the Carr-Gomms is very elemental and very useful for me-- I just MIGHT learn tarot now!
Philip Carr-Gomm has many Pod Casts, has published and contributed to many books and is highlighted in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids course my husband has been studying for over a year. His knowledge is impressive and his manner, calming. I am highly impressed with this deck and will be giving many for Christmas.