Celtic Book of the Dead

[Star] [6 of Wands] The immrama are Celtic stories about otherworldly voyages. The Celtic Book of the Dead by Caitlin Mathews is based on the Voyage of Maelduin's Boat - an immram first written down in the 8th or 9th century. Maelduin's adventures symbolize the experiences we have on our journey through life and in the afterworld realm. There are 33 "island" cards. Each one shows a stop on Maelduin's voyage with its own challenge and lesson. There are also seven gift cards and two guide cards. The set comes with the companion book The Celtic Book of the Dead: A Guide for Your Voyage to the Celtic Underworld. Mathews describes the Celtic immrama tradition and gives a complete translation of The Voyage of Maelduin's Boat with commentary. She explains the meaning and challenge of each card and how to chart your own journey using the special reading cloth provided. Matthews is also the creator of the Celtic Wisdom Tarot and the Celtic Wisdom Sticks.

Number of Cards Size Copyright Back
42 2 5/8" x 3 3/4" 1992 [back design]
Order - Amazon

Language of Card Titles: English

Also Included: instruction book (136 pages, hardcover), celtic cross spread cloth

"Island" Cards:
Island of Giant Ants, Island of Many Birds, Island of the Hound-Footed Horse,
Island of Invisible Riders, Island of Plenteous Salmon, Island of Trees,
Island of the Revolving Beast, Island of Cannibal Horses, Island of Fiery Pigs,
Island of the Cat, Island of Black and White, Island of Giant Cattle, Island of the Mill,
Island of Sorrow, Island of the Four Fences, Island of the Crystal Keep,
Island of the Singing Birds, Island of the Ancestors, Island of the Hermit,
Island of the Forge, Sea of Glass, Sea of Mist, Island of Recognition,
Island of the Rainbow Stream, Pillar of the Silver Net, Island of the Shuttered Door,
Island of Women, Island of Berries, Island of the Eagle, Island of Joy,
Guide Cards:
Ever-living Lady, Barinthus
Gift Cards:
Apple, Silver Branch, Hazel-nut, Wheel,
Green and Burning Tree, Dragon-stone, Four-sided Cup of Truth

Suit Names: no suits

Court Cards: no court cards

Links to Other Sites:
Caitlin Matthews Website
Review - Wicce website


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