Hidden Path Oracle Kit

Overview

What treasures does the Hidden Path hold for you? Insights into the ancient wisdom of your craft- a beautiful way to align with mystical realms and magical energies- a powerful tool for receiving guidance about the possibilities ahead on your life's path? The gifts that await are as unique as each person who embarks on the journey.

Multi-faceted and magical, The Hidden Path can be used by those on a nature-based spiritual path for divination, pathworking, celebrating seasonal ...

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Overview

What treasures does the Hidden Path hold for you? Insights into the ancient wisdom of your craft- a beautiful way to align with mystical realms and magical energies- a powerful tool for receiving guidance about the possibilities ahead on your life's path? The gifts that await are as unique as each person who embarks on the journey.

Multi-faceted and magical, The Hidden Path can be used by those on a nature-based spiritual path for divination, pathworking, celebrating seasonal rites, creating ritual experiences, and accessing the hidden Mysteries of the Craft. Bestselling Wiccan author Raven Grimassi and High Priestess Stephanie Taylor have collaborated once again with award-winning Pagan artist Mickie Mueller to create these transformative cards that can be used alone or as a complement to their popular Well Worn Path kit.

The Hidden Path kit contains 40 cards, a 216-page guidebook, and a black organdy bag.

"Can be used alone for insightful readings, pathworking, or ritual creation . . . this deck provides a complete tradition for the solitary practitioner . . . A great teaching tool!" —New Age Retailer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738710709
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 830,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Raven Grimassi is a Neo-Pagan scholar and award-winning author of more than eighteen books on Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. He has been devoted to the study and practice of witchcraft for over forty years. Raven is co-founder and co-director of the Ash, Birch, and Willow tradition.

Grimassi’s background includes training in old forms of witchcraft as well as Brittic Wicca, the Pictish-Gaelic tradition, Italian Witchcraft, and Celtic Traditionalist Witchcraft. Raven was also a member of the Rosicrucian Order, and studied the Kabbalah through the First Temple of Tifareth under Lady Sara Cunningham.

Raven currently lives in New England with his wife and co-author Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. Together they direct The Fellowship of the Pentacle, a modern Mystery School devoted to preserving pre-Christian European spirituality.

Stephanie Taylor has been a Witch at heart for all of her life, and a tarot reader and spiritual counselor for over fifteen years. A Third Degree initiate of both the Italian Witchcraft Tradition and in the Irish Celtic Wiccan Tradition, she is also a minister of the First Celtic Wiccan Church.

A sought out professional in her craft and an expert in her field, she has appeared in several discussion panels related to Witchcraft and on regional news media.

Currently a teacher and co-director of the College of the Crossroads, a Mystery School dedicated to preserving and passing on the Old Ways, Stephanie makes her home in southern California with her partner, scholar and writer Raven Grimassi.

A Traveler's Guide to the Well Worn Path is her first book.

Mickie Mueller is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist of fantasy, fairy, and myth. She is an ordained Pagan minister and has studied Natural Magic, Fairy Magic and Celtic tradition. She is also a Reiki healing master/teacher in the Usui Shiki Royoho Tradition. Mickie enjoys creating magical art full of fairies, goddesses, and beings of folklore. She works primarily in a mix of colored pencil and watercolor infused with magical herbs corresponding to her subject matter.

Mickie is the illustrator of The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path decks, the writer/illustrator of The Voice of the Trees and A Celtic Divination Oracle, and the illustrator of The Mystical Cats Tarot. Since 2007, Mickie has been a regular article and illustration contributor to several of the Llewellyn periodicals. She resides in Missouri.

To learn more about Mickie, check out her online gallery and blog.

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Read an Excerpt

The theme that runs through this deck is associated with the myths and legends of the Otherworld. The images in
The Hidden Path deck contain the essence of mystical concepts that are both ancient and modern. In this way the deck connects you with a living tradition that spans past,
present, and future.

The essential theme begins with the idea of the Silver
Bough and the Golden Bough. These sacred branches appear in ancient myth and legend where they grant safe passage to and from the Otherworld or Underworld. Those who carried the sacred bough entered the realm beyond in order to retrieve information, oracle power, or a magical vessel.

The mystical journey within the deck begins with the opening of the secret door, which is hidden from normal view. The setting for the majority of the cards in this deck takes place in the Otherworld where we find the Faery or
Elven race. Here the reader is guided through an initiation experience that includes experiencing the eight festivals, or
Sabbats, of the Wheel of the Year. In effect, the experience of this deck is within the Otherworld, which connects you directly with the astral impressions that empower each of the seasonal rites.

The eight festival cards depicted in this deck present a mated goddess and god pair. Together they journey through the Wheel of the Year in a shared mythical tale that brings a cohesive understanding to the divine presence within the seasons of Nature. Here the goddess and god have titles instead of names, which allow the user of the deck to relate to the images regardless of personal cultural preference. The storyline provided in the companion book to The Hidden
Path
deck, encourages the reader to experience herself or himself as the hero on a sacred quest in the Otherworld.

In the traditional tales of the hero who journeys to the
Otherworld or Underworld, the figure must return to the world of mortal kind. It is the return of the hero that renews and revitalizes the people who await the reunion. In
The Hidden Path deck, this important element is included in the theme of the cards. The last portion of the deck presents the portal of return from the Otherworld through the image of a cave tunnel leading back to the material world.

As you work with this deck you will find that the cards serve as alignments to Otherworld beings (the Elven or
Faery), as well as bridges to the inner realms themselves.
“Journey Through the Hidden Path” in this book (163-180)
contains a guided image journey through each of the cards.
This will aid in connecting you to the mystical themes reflected in the images.

In The Well Worn Path deck we presented the mystical figure known as the Crone of the Cottage. The images in that deck depicted her cottage, the surrounding grounds,
and the mystical areas associated with ritual and magic. The journey included in that deck’s companion book guided the reader through an encounter with the Crone of the Cottage,
and then led the reader through the teachings associated with her realm.

The Hidden Path presents the gateway from the Crone’s cottage into the Otherworld. In the Otherworld realm the reader is linked to transformational energies, which offer elevation and enlightenment. It is here that the collective consciousness and collective unconscious is preserved,
blending the knowledge and experience of our ancestors with the evolved insights of their descendants. When you work with The Hidden Path deck, you are embracing the spiritual heritage passed to you from all the kindred souls who have trod the sacred path.

The theme of The Hidden Path deck brings the reader back into the Crone’s cottage to experience the final connections that join his or her personal path to the work ahead that unites the tribe or community. It was mythologist
Joseph Campbell who once pointed out that the inward journey leads us not to being alone, but instead opens for us the entire world.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction ix
About This Deck 1
The Theme of This Deck 3
How to Use This Deck 7
Divination Spreads 13
Looking Glass Spread 13
Wheel of the Year Spread 17
Five Element Spread 20
Three Realms Spread 21
The Cards 29
Sacred Bough 31
Oak, Ash, and Thorn 34
Faery Door 37
Between the Worlds 40
The Kindred 44
Otherworld 47
Oak King 50
Holly King 53
Sacred Sight/Site 56
Priestess and Priest 59
Drawing Down the Moon 62
Great Rite 66
Tree in Winter 69
Yule/Winter Solstice 72
Imbolc 76
Tree in Spring 80
Ostara/Spring Equinox 83
Beltane 86
Tree in Summer 90
Litha/Summer Solstice 93
Lughnasadh 97
Tree in Fall 100
Mabon/Autumn Equinox 103
Samhain 107
Triformis 111
Chthonic Roots 114
Astral Body 117
The Fates 120
Karma 123
The Watchers 126
Art of Magic 129
Centers of Power 132
Elder Staff 135
Sacred Grotto 138
Three Great Realms 141
Three Great Mysteries 145
Charge of the Goddess 149
Mortar and Pestle 153
Perfect Love and Perfect Trust 156
Oath 159
Journey Through the Hidden Path 163
Celebrating Seasonal Festivals 181

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