2007/08/16

The Celtic Tarot by Julian de Burgh


I just got my copy of the Celtic Tarot by Julian de Burgh through the post yesterday. Yet another eBay find and once again without any last-minute bidding. I just put an offer in a few hours before the close of auction and got lucky at the starting price. That's how I like it :)

Needless to say, I haven't had a chance to read the whole companion book, but it looks quite promising with regards to learning a bit more about Celtic myths and legends.

The artwork is really appealing... warm, soft and friendly. It's just a shame that the card stock isn't top quality.

The Major Arcana retains the original card titles (with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI), with the exception of the Hierophant, who has been replaced by the Druid. The Minor Arcana suits are the usual Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The court cards are Princesses, Princes, Queens and Kings.

In spite of each card depicting scenes from Celtic mythology, much of the Rider Waite symbology is retained which makes this deck a fairly good choice for the less experienced reader.

I would recommend this deck to anyone who is looking to learn more about Celtic mythology in a fun way, as well as to anyone who feels drawn to the artwork and doesn't want to digress too far from the Rider Waite symbology.


2 comments:

Daybreak*Dawning said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Lisa said...

You're welcome, DD. I don't think I'll be posting many deck reviews on the blog... Most decks have already been reviewd by so many knowledgeable tarotists on so many websites already.