Tuesday, 30 October 2012


Surging forward over cresting waves, this Celtic Boat plows through the water, on a mission.  Are these sailors going in search of trading opportunities?  Or are they on a more bellicose path?  Are they simply exploring for the delight of it, or trying to get somewhere quickly?  Or might this be a spiritual quest?

Although these days we don't travel by boat as often, the notion of movement and the reasons why we might leave home are still similar.  Be it an expansion of work opportunities, a pleasure trip, or more metaphorical movement, the boat is still relevant in our lives.

What else might the Boat represent...

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Beautiful, but...

I've received a few more roughs from Will Worthington, preliminary sketches before he starts the amazing work of bringing these images to life in full colour.  One which I got today is over on the right.  Can you figure out which card it is meant to be?

©McCracken & Worthington
I think the image is absolutely gorgeous.  Unfortunately, I don't think it's clear enough what it represents - it could be two or three different things at first glance. So, don't expect to see this image in the final deck.  Still, I couldn't resist sharing it, as there will be something similar, and it is so stunning!

Thursday, 18 October 2012


... the Celtic Lenormand Oracle!

This deck, with illustrations by Will Worthington of DruidCraft and Wildwood fame, will be published in Autumn 2013.  In the meantime, here I will show you the background to the creative process, posting images and sections from the companion book, as well as readings, once more cards are ready.

So, welcome to the world of the Celtic Lenormand...

©McCracken & Worthington
To start us off, here is a preliminary sketch of the Rider.  He is a bard, who rides helter-skelter down a coastal path.  At his side is his harp, the tool he uses to help spread news far and wide.  Despite his intent focus on getting where he's going, and his look of being in a hurry, the sea behind him is calm.  Although he is desperate to spread the news, the world isn't too fussed about what he has to say.

Still, the Rider will carry on, enthusiastically spreading his message - the Celtic Lenormand is on its way :)