The Faery Wicca Tarot Review by C.J. Rose faery4d.jpg (14137 bytes)
by Kisma K. Stepanich, illustrated by Renée Yates
pub Llewellyn Publications, 1998
non-traditional card titles
eight: Justice; eleven: Strength
suits are Aer, Tine, Uisce, and Domhan
courts are Ainnir, Ridire, Banrion and Ard Ri
no illustrated pips, no captions
backs non-symmetrical
purpose: Four of Domhan

The book that comes with this deck is a generous helping of Irish mythology. The
Tuatha De Danann, Celtic pantheon, is here laid out for us by an initiated Ollamh of
the Faery-Faith Tradition who is also a priestess-Hierophant and Dame Commander of
the Noble Order of Tara, in the Fellowship of Isis, Clonegal Castle, Eniscorthy,
Ireland. The Faery Wicca Tarot is encoded with the secret language of the Bards as
represented through several ancient Gaelic and Irish alphabets, as well as sacred
symbols and ogham.

This deck consists of 83 cards. The One Power card is unique, as are the four Gift
of Faery cards: the Crane Bag, the Apple Branch, the Hazel Wand, and the Holy Stone.
The twenty-two Ancient Ones have Gaelic names. The sixteen Helper Cards are four
Ainnir (maidens), Ridire (knights), Ard Ri (High Kings) and Banrion (High Queens) in
that order! The forty Element Cards comprise the suits Tine (fire), Uisce (water),
Aer (air), and Domhan (earth).

Each of the four Great Cities of the OtherWorld boasts a poet/sage who lends
knowledge, science, wizardry and magick to the Bardic College containing the wisdom
of the Ancestors. The pip cards of each suit represent the climb up a corresponding
face of the Holy Mountain. The crown is connected to the court cards. The Tree of
Trees atop the crest holds the trump cards in top, branches, trunk, roots and root

The spirit walk up the Dun na m Bar, the Fortress of Ships, begins in the east,
with mind, spring, morning, the feather, the sword. The south face of the Holy
Mountain turns to willpower, summer, midday, the candle, the wand. The west face is
the path of heart, autumn, evening, the cauldron, the chalice. The north approach is
called instinct, winter, night, faery gold, the Bone of Peace.

As the Cuardaitheior, or the seeker, the neophyte makes their journey through each
station of ancestral wisdom the cards encountered in the solar realm are: Draoi
Gebann; Bansagart Ard Brigid; Mathair Bandia Eire; Athair Dia Dagda; Treorai;
Muirneach Deirdre and Naosie; Carbad na an Morrigu Anand; and Fiorcheart Macha;
Dithreabhach Arias. Moving through the Roth Grian threshold into the luna realm, we
are tested by Rundaigne Banba, Crochadoir Amorgen; Bean Sidhe Cailleach; Uisce
Coisrichthe; Aibhirseoir Cernunnos; An Clogas; Realta Dana; Seanchailleach Gealach
Cnoc; Grain Paiste; and Breithiunas. The third threshold card, Fiodoir Bandia
readies us to repeat the journey as Draoi Gebann, Initiates.

This deck characterizes itself for us here now via the Four of Domhan:
I gently touch ground and find myself before the entrance to cave. But this
entrance is unlike all other cave entrances. this one shines forth the same white
light that rose from the center of the earth. Could it be that I now stand in
Earths Heart?
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Addendum: This set has been republished in a mini-kit format.  The book size has been considerably reduced.  

If you would like to purchase this deck in its republished, mini-kit format, click here.

Faery Wicca Tarot Deck
Publisher: Llewellyn

Images Copyright (c) 1998 Christine Yates

Review Copyright (c) 1998 C.J. Rose

This page is Copyright © 1998 by Michele Jackson