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Tarot of the Old Path

by Sylvia Gainsford, Howard Rodway & 8 "Witches"

Tarot of the Old Path Deck
Price: $20.00
Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.75 x 4.75 inches; or 70 x 120 millimeters.

Back of card: White, with ornate intertwined turquoise flowers, stems & leaves. Can be inverted.

Booklet included: Yes, small, 41 pages, 2.75 x 4.35 inches, or 69 x 110 mm. Subtitled, A Handbook of Female Wisdom, written by Howard Rodway.

Publisher: AGM Mueller. Printed in Switzerland.

Comments: Suits are Rods (some of them brooms, see above), Cauldrons, Swords & Pentacles. Major arkana is non-standard & includes cards named, Mastery (Chariot), The Wise One (Hermit), The Lone [Hanged] Man, The Close (Death), The Guide (Temperance), Temptation (Devil), Illusion (Moon), Karma (Judgment).

I am puzzled why cauldrons should be so small. Most of them shown in this deck are mere three-legged drinking bowls, a utensil which I don't think has ever existed. The bigger, full size cauldrons have - or once had - a functional use. You could place them directly into an open fire, such as in a hearth. Or in the ceremonial fire of the coven. In this respect they were a counterpart to the old 3-legged spiders (or spyders, perhaps), which were old (German?) frying pans with legs.

A lot of wicca's outer garb - brooms, cauldrons, etc., are mere medieval household utensils. In this regard, is the Guide shown on the Guide card an alien, or a type of woodland nature spirit? The wicca folks know the answer, and I suspect I do, too (the rest of you will have to guess). In the 1980's coffee table book, Fairies, (a collection of strange charcoal drawings) is a single, small sketch of our "typical" alien. Something for the UFO folks to think about.

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