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Meeting of Wicca and Druidry

The Wicca and Druidry religions are two of the most widely practiced forms of paganism in the world today, and although the two groups have a lot in common, they aren’t the same. Wiccans believe in the Goddess and the God; Druids are monotheists.

As Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans, we gather regularly for rituals and ceremonial gatherings to learn from each other, share common practices and beliefs, and experience the sacred. Many of us also share an interest in the stars and constellations, and view the Cosmos as a living, breathing entity that we can interact with on many levels.

If you are a Wiccan and you want to learn more about the Druid culture, then there are a few books that you should read. One is the Druids by Philip Carr-Gomm, which introduces you to the very ancient Celtic culture of Britain and Ireland. Another book is The Druids by Dr. James E. Frazer, who was a famous British anthropologist and author. Dr. Frazer’s book is really about how the ancient Druids functioned as a society.

Three Fat Readers’ Lisa, Dani, and Dustin recently discussed the DruidCraft Tarot, which prompted me to write a blog entry on the deck. This isn’t a deck analysis. It’s just me talking about my own personal experiences with DruidCraft. Another reason I wanted to go out of my way to publish this was as a passive-aggressive rebellious reaction to a recent “most influential” or “best of” book on modern tarot decks that left out the DruidCraft Tarot by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, drawn by Will Worthington. What the hell is going on here?!

Back in the day, this was one of my go-to public reading decks. I used to go to a lot of parties and social gatherings with the DruidCraft when I was in my twenties. Because I wanted to show you my copy of the deck fresh out of its ragged old box, and I read reversals with the DruidCraft, some of the cards in these pictures will be upside down. What you see here is the precise sequence, upright and inverted, in which the cards were when I last used them… approximately a decade ago.

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The deck’s concept is to be a fusion of Wicca and Druidry, expressing a path referred to in the handbook as “The Old Ways.” The Golden Dawn is also a source of inspiration for the deck, since it brought together “many of the various threads of the Western Magical Tradition…” Due to the impetus of the Golden Daw, a quantum jump in the knowledge and application of the Tarot happened, and we have relied on this in The DruidCraft Tarot Deck for its inherent value, as well as its historical link with the development of Druidry and Wicca” (cited from the guidebook).

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The Outer Mysteries, sometimes known as the Lesser Mysteries, are explained in the Minor Arcana. You’ll learn about the Outer Mysteries through studying the Minor Arcana, especially via elemental correspondences and Pythagorean numerology.

The court cards depict four clans or families coming together from the four directions that converge at Stonehenge. Each family is made up of a mother, a father, a son, and a daughter, and this group of sixteen individuals also symbolizes sixteen personality types that serve as the core or common denominator template for all of human civilization. The court titles in DruidCraft are Princess, Prince, Queen, and King.

The handbook draws parallels between Taoism, Druidry, and Wicca, in particular ideas of the Great Rite, the alchemical wedding, and the inner vs. outward, esoteric vs. exoteric, lesser vs. greater duality that is at the core of these mystery traditions, which I found fascinating.

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The Inner Mysteries, often known as the Greater Mysteries, are explained in the Major Arcana. If the pip cards in a tarot deck reflect events, situations, and everyday human experience, and the court cards represent individuals, personalities, relationships, and characters, then the Major Arcana will transport the reader “beyond time and space to the world of the soul” (guidebook). The Quest for the Grail, or, in Jungian words, the process of individuation, is depicted in The Inner Mysteries.

In both Druidry and Wicca, the Three Septenaries in the Major Arcana represent the Three Degrees of Initiation. Studying the Major Arcana, which is split into the Three Septenaries, becomes a transcendental self-initiatory experience.

The Magician is the first key. The Chariot represents the First Degree, where you work with your own abilities and enter into a connection with the masculine and feminine, God and Goddess, in order to attain unity.

The Second Degree is expressed by the second septenary of Keys 8 through 14, in which you explore Time and Space in connection with Nature in order to begin to merge your own awareness with a collective or social consciousness.

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The Third Degree is then about pulling down and absorbing the energies of the sun, moon, and stars “in a process of renewal that culminates in an even deeper sense of inner unity, represented by the image of the hermaphrodite seen in The World,” as stated by Key 15 through Key 21.

The Empress has been renamed The Lady, The Emperor has been renamed The Lord, and The Hierophant has been renamed The High Priest. The Druid Alchemist, The Fferyllt, is Key 14, and Cernunnos is Key 15. When this deck’s Key 15 appears in your reading, it’s a reminder to reawaken your sense of personal or even societal duty. Last but not least, Key 20 has been renamed Rebirth.

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This deck’s artwork is outstanding. These were painted in a vibrant, earthy palette using tempera paint. The characters are very expressive, having a Lord of the Rings feel to them. Or, at the very least, that’s what comes to mind when I think of it. Because of the high quality and size of these images, you should be able to click and zoom in to get a close look at the cards. If you don’t already possess this deck, please do so because you must see the amazing craftsmanship!

The DruidCraft Tarot, and essentially whatever the Carr-Gomms do and anything Will Worthington depicts, are two current tarot decks that get a lot of praise from the general public. If a “best of” or “most influential” list of tarot decks is released and the DruidCraft isn’t included, I know it wasn’t written by a seasoned tarot practitioner.

I didn’t write a standard deck review since this deck is already so well-known among tarot readers that there are dozens upon dozens of excellent evaluations available. My second copy of the deck is seen here. My first one, one of the early versions (it may even be the first edition; I’m not sure), is with my parents at my boyhood home in New York.

Even looking through the cards again for these pictures and blog article brings back a flood of happy memories. I like how large the cards are, but it’s also why I’ve always had difficulty shuffling this deck. I had to spread the cards out over the table for public readings and have the querent select cards from the fan. It wasn’t very graceful to have them sit there and see me struggle with shuffling.

The DruidCraft Tarot would be an excellent beginner’s deck; but, if you are a complete novice, be sure you get the version that includes the entire handbook (rather than the tiny 80-page thing). If you practice Druidry or Wicca, or if you just like all things Celtic, I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir right now– I’m sure this is already in your library.

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