Meet Philip Carr-Gomm, creator of the DruidCraft Tarot

I have been working with the DruidCraft Tarot since I first bought my deck in 2004. The powerful images (which draw on Britain’s landscapes and ancient past and embrace both Druidry and Wicca) have helped me through the best and worst of times, and also helped guide many of my clients.

I’ve spent so many hours working with this wonderful deck that questions have arisen - about subtle details, names, and influences. I was delighted to have an opportunity to ask the deck’s creator, Philip Carr-Gomm, some of my questions.

Magic of the court cards

For me, the outstanding achievement of this deck is the court cards. For many people, these are the hardest part of the tarot to really connect with - yet the DruidCraft Tarot contains 16 distinct people, each one perfectly capturing the essence and energies of the card.

So what helped Philip and co-author Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington, create them so perfectly?

“Many tarot books start with the major arcana with all the massive archetypes, follow through with the pip cards and then seem fairly exhausted by the time they get to the court-cards- because designing a deck is just such a massive undertaking.” says Philip. “For that reason, I wanted to start with the court cards first, rather than see them as an afterthought. My background in psychology was another reason I was drawn to start with people first.”

In his thirties, Philip took a BSc degree in psychology at University College London, and then trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis and began a private practice. With this background, perhaps it’s no surprise that the court cards are the real star of this deck. Just talking to Philip, I could sense his genuine love and fascination for people, but I was still curious - how did he manage to get each court card so perfectly reflective of the energies it represents?