Celtic Wisdom Tarot

[Guardian] [Courtship of Knowledge] Caitlin Matthews has been working within the Celtic tradition for over 30 years. In the Celtic Wisdom Tarot, she combines Celtic stories, myths and spiritual practices with the tarot. The major arcana contains the wisdom cards with new names for each card's function within the Celtic world view. The High Priestess is called the Guardian. Each wisdom card also shows one of the trees associated with the Celtic ogham tree alphabet. The minor arcana contains the story cards showing scenes from Celtic tales. The four suits are battle (swords), skill (wands), art (cups) and knowledge (pentacles) - the most important daily activities of the Celts. Each suit also represents a season and direction. In the minor arcana, each number corresponds to one of the story-telling genres of Celtic seanachies (storytellers). The "three" cards of each suit present courtship stories. The "tens" are quest stories. The instruction book describes these stories and the "soul-wisdom" associated with each card. The artist of these striking, colorful images is Olivia Rayner. Caitlin Matthews is also the creator of Celtic Wisdom Sticks and the Celtic Book of the Dead.

Number of Cards Size Copyright Order Code Deck/Book Set Price
22 major/56 minor
3 1/2" x 5 1/2" 1999
Order - Amazon

[back design]

Back Design: See right

Language of Card Titles: English

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): picture scenes

Also Included: instruction book (128 pages)

Major Arcana:
Soul, Decider, Guardian, Shaper, Keeper, Rememberer, Lover
Mover, Empowerer, Counselort, Spinner, Balancer, Dedicator,
Liberator, Mingler, Challenger, Changer, Dreamer, Imaginer, Protector,
Renewer, Perfecter

Suit Names: Skill (Wands), Art (Cups), Battle (Swords), Knowledge (Pentacles)

Court Cards: King, Queen, Warrior (Knight), Woman (Page)

Links to Other Sites:
Caitlin Matthews Website
Review - Tarot Passages website
Review 1 - Wicce website
Review 2 - Wicce website


[King of Skill] [Challenger] [Adventure of Battle]


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