Review by Tom LeBlanc, CTC
A renowned author on the Faery tradition of Wicca,
Kisma Stepanich offers a rather singular system of Tarot
based on her own spiritual awakening and research. The
Faery Wicca Tarot is reportedly inspired by a visitation from the
Danu while the creator of this deck was meditating atop
Sliabh na Cailligh in Ireland. During this revelation,
she realized that each of the four suits represented
the Faery cities of the underworld and each pip card
symbolized a portion of a journey to those cities.
can easily tell, this is quite a unique deck that may
prove to be a rewarding challenge to the reader
interested in Faery cosmology. This challenge, however, is
likely to be more significant for the beginning reader or
someone who is deeply enmeshed into the Rider-Waite-Smith
(RWS) system. Although Stepanich maintains much of the
meanings associated with the RWS framework, the translation
of the cards into the Irish Faery counterparts may be
somewhat disconcerting to the new reader. In this deck,
wands become Tine, cups are Uisce, pentacles are Domhan,
and swords become Aer. Similarly, pages are now
Ainnir, knights translate to Ridire, queens become
Banrion, and the kings are now Ard Ri. The Major Arcana,
in this deck consists of 23 “power cards.” This
series begins with “00, The Tree of Life,” continues
through various renditions of the RWS Major Arcana (which
are, by many accounts, truly unique to this deck)
before ending with “21, The Weaver Goddess.” Each power
card is bedecked with an arrangement of Ogham staves to
highlight their symbolic quality. An extra benefit to the
users of this deck appear in the form of five additional
“Faery Cards” (The Apple Branch, The Crane Bag, The Hazel
Wand, and the Holey Stone), to aid the seeker in his or
her journey through the land of Faery.
167-page booklet that accompanies this deck is an absolute
necessity for the fulfilling use of this deck. It details
the purpose and use of the Faery Wicca Tarot, provides
insight into the mythological meanings of each card,
suggests meditations, details unique spreads, and even
offers an index of Ohgam writing!
high-quality plastic-coated card, this deck is beautifully
illustrated with deep, vibrant colors and is rich in detail
and symbolic quality.
In short, the Faery Wicca
Tarot is a beautiful deck for the experienced reader who
wishes to deepen his or her understanding in Irish Faery
mythos. Once the adjustment to the new nomenclature of
the cards is made, this deck is likely to facilitate a
deeper level of self-understanding for all who seek its
While learning to read Tarot as a young child, Tom LeBlanc had no idea what role Tarot would one day play in his life. Having grown up providing readings to family and friends, he took his trusty deck to college and discovered that he could partially support himself by reading for others. Now a Certified Tarot Consultant with over 25 years experience, a Ph.D. in Psychology, Tom enjoys providing occasional readings in addition to writing. Tom is currently involved in designing a Tarot Certification course for the College of the Sacred Mists.
Review by Lady Flame
This deck was the first I ever purchased. It is the
one deck I use most often and goes with me everywhere.
The artwork, by Christine Yates, is absolutely
beautiful and filled with symbolic detail. Kisma
Stepanich wrote the companion book and was inspired to
create the Faery Wicca Tarot one day while sitting in
a stone circle in County Meath, Ireland. The book
goes into great detail about each card and the various
symbols on them.
The characters depicted in the Major Arcana are based
on Celtic lore and myth of the Gods/Goddesses. Each
card corresponds with one of the legends and how it
relates to the Tarot. One example of this is the
number 6 card, The Beloved. It tells the tragic story
of Deirdre and Naosie. The Court Cards of the Minor
Arcana feature legendary heros from Celtic mythology
with each card being unique to that character. The
Minor Suits tell of a spiritual journey from one level
to the next.
There are five "bonus" cards including in the deck.
One is number "00" and depicts the Tree of Life. The
other four are called "Faery Journey" cards and these
represent different tools from apprentice to adept.
The deck is very spiritual in nature as are the
meanings. It corresponds with the pagan teachings of
Faery Magick. What I find most wonderful about this
deck is the fact that each card is unique. Many decks
picture the Minors as being the same with the suit and
sometimes color changed. The Faery Wicca Minors are
different from one to another.
The only drawback I might see in this deck is that is
not really meant for a beginner. The Minor Arcana is
written in Gaelic which has made it difficult for me
at times to relate to a more traditional deck. The
Pentacles are called Donham, Cups Uisce, Wands
Tine, and Swords Aer. The Court cards, instead of
the traditional names, are Banrion, Ard Ri, Ridire,
and Ainnir. However, I have a great love for the
Celtic/Irish mysteries and the deck really speaks to
me. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest
in Celtic lore and magick.