Guest Author - Amelia Tucker
The Seeker's Guide to The Hidden Path is the newest *must have* on my bookshelf. A beautifully designed set of 40 divination cards accompany a thoughtfully written book that helps even the beginner be able to continue their pagan path.
As readers will note, I am always recommending finding your own way. I have never recommended one book or path over another and even when asked for a specific answer, I always recommend searching deeper within to find guidance. I truly feel that The Seeker's Guide will help anyone work their way to deeper understanding of their spirituality.
You will note that The Seeker's Guide is actually 40 more cards of an overall system called The Well Worn Path. Although they are part of a larger work, the authors assure that simply learning and using this deck as a stand alone will be useful to anyone. After studying and working with the included deck, I will agree that it feels sufficient and definitely does not feel as if it lacks another deck to feel complete. I do plan on purchasing the first half of the deck for my own use simply because I like the empowering sense that goes with this style of divination cards.
The book itself is clearly laid out. There is a background to the deck and the authors' previous work. If you have never thought of using divination cards or have been turned away by the idea of being boxed into meanings and others' interpretations, you will be pleasantly surprised at how fluid and open these cards leave you. The suggested spreads are intuitive and beautiful, the background given is well explained and lends itself to helping create your own interpretations.
Every card has its own page that is broken into three sections: Divination Meaning, Teaching and The Shadow's Edge. Divination Meaning tells what each card's appearance indicates. It gives general influences to be thinking about but does not offer a laundry list of rules for the card's meaning. The Teaching section provides deeper meaning to each card. It delves into a richer background and offers more connections between the pictures and the concepts behind the artwork. I find myself seeing each card in a different way as I meditate on the meanings that speak to me and those that the artist rendered. The learning experience is interesting and intuitive. The Shadow's Edge offers even more real life interpretation for each card. I especially like this section as it connects the teachings of each card with other related cards. This is again a wonderful representation of how everything is interconnected.
I strongly recommend this deck. It is an artistic and spiritual work that has a place on every seeker's bookshelf. No matter what your personal journey entails, The Seeker's Guide To The Hidden Path divination kit is a tool that will be useful to everyone.
The Seeker's Guide To The Hidden Path By Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor Art By Mickie Mueller