Review – Ancestral Path Tarot

Ancestral Path TarotAncestral Path Tarot

Artist/Julie Cuccia-Watts

Author/Tracey Hoover

Publisher/U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

    1995, 2013

ISBN – 13: 978-0-88079-141-0

Publisher Notes:  “The Ancestral Path Tarot by Julie Cuccia-Watts threads together the diverse beliefs of various cultures in order to find commonalities of experience between them. It examines the traditions of our ancestors through mythology to reclaim a personal spirituality that enables us to perceive the divine in ourselves and others. The Ancestral Path Tarot emphasizes the living tradition of all human cultures for us to factor into our world view. The deck portrays paths created by ancestors of different times and cultures for our consideration.”

  • 78 art card Tarot deck – 22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana
  • 4 Suits: Each suit is associated with a specific ancestral group and era.  Staves (Wands) = Egyptian nineteenth dynasty of RamsesII, Cups = British Arthurian-Britain, Swords = Japanese feudal era, Sacred Circles (Pentacles) = Native American culture is portrayed during a distinct historical epoch.
  • Major Arcana have retained their traditional names other than a slight variation to card 12, The Hanged One
  • The Court consists of King, Queen, Prince, and Princess. The images are deified ancestral figures that are identified in the LWB.
  • Pip cards are identified Ace through 10
  • Justice is card VIII and Strength XI
  • 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sturdy card stock with low gloss finish
  • Card backs are reversible
  • 31 page LWB with definitions
  • Celtic Cross illustration with positional descriptions
  • Cardboard flip top storage box.

I love the size of the deck – it’s not so tall that my stubby finger have to really stretch – it fits nicely into my hand both in height and width and shuffles easily.  The images have not been changed from the original other than some color enhancing making them brighter and bringing out more detail.  The main image is framed by a light gray border which is surrounded by a narrow white border, as can be seen in these Princess’ cards.

Ancestral Path Tarot

I was excited to learn of U.S. Games re-release of the Ancestral Path Tarot, as it has been out of print for some time and the only copies I could find were well beyond beyond the limits of my budget.  With this new printing, I would be able to have a copy of my very own.  And, I must say, I was NOT disappointed.  The rich color and detail of the images, the choice of subject matter and different cultures depicted, only further enhance the depth of meaning for each card used in any type of reading or spread of choice.

Let’s test the waters, shall we, and take this baby out for a spin.

I took inspiration in designing this spread, both from the Ancestral Path Tarot deck and the “Reading for The Star” spread by Rachel Pollack. I drew The Star at random from the Major Arcana to decide the direction for this spread.

Major themes associated with The Star:  Hope, Guidance, Peace, and Healing.  You may turn over as many cards as you wish (suggested 1-3) for each theme/question.  For the purposes of this post, I drew pairs for each.  Oh yea, don’t forget to click on the images for a larger view.

The Star - Ancestral Path TarotGifts of the Ancestor’s

Ancestral Path Tarot - Gift of the Ancestors


  1. How have my ancestor’s bequeathed the gift of Hope to me and my descendants?  The High Priestess & The SunThrough wisdom, self-sufficiency, understanding, and accepting the bounty of life and recognizing its source. 
  2. In what form has the gift of their Guidance been presented?  The Tower & Prince of CupsIn the form of perseverance that through love and optimism the ability to weather any storm.
  3. How has Peace been imparted with these gifts? Nine of Sacred Circles & The MoonUnderstanding & acceptance of (life) cycles found in everyone and everything. Knowing that maturity brings wisdom & with that, the responsibility to share this wisdom with others.
  4. Where can Healing best be found and/or developed in these gifts?  Queen of Cups & Ten of CupsIn a nurturing, loving and loyal, environment of home and hearth with family and friends close.

I highly recommend the Ancestral Path Tarot to everyone from beginner to master.  It’s a classic deck that has and will continue, to stand the test of time.

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing!


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