The Mythical Creatures Oracle will have great appeal to lovers of mythology and oracle deck collectors alike. This deck is the unique creation of Sky Cybele. Viewed through the lens of cultural anthropology, Sky Cybele opens the guidebook with a brief discussion of the relevance of myths to cultures over time and how the mythical animals embody universal archetypes. Presented in stories that we can all relate to, the mythical animals are actually real energies we run across in our daily lives.
Each creature included in The Mythical Creatures Oracle represents an archetype with its own body of meaning, the interpretations of which are offered in the accompanying 160 page guide book. Sky Cybele interpreted the meanings of each creature’s archetype based upon “the content of the legends about them, the roles that they played in their belief systems, and the creatures’ purported behavior.” She also relied upon her own intuition to further flesh out the meaning of each creature and the manner in which their archetype applies to our lives today.
Although they do not physically exist within our reality, with so much emphasis being placed upon these creatures and their related stories over the millennia they have become thought forms, which means that they exist as actual creatures on the astral plane. They have real energy associated with them into which we can all tap through the use of The Mythical Creatures Oracle. Each mythological creature included in The Mythical Creatures Oracle represents that creature’s energy, the associated archetype, and can also represent particular types of people. All of these associations help the deck to lend itself well to modern-day oracular use. Since every creature represents an archetype The Mythical Creatures Oracle is a very useful divinatory tool. I have been using it with great frequency and have found the readings the deck offers me to be insightful, helpful, and also thought provoking. I have rarely encountered this outside the realm of Tarot & personally I have been very impressed with how well this deck works for me.
The guidebook to The Mythical Creatures Oracle is organized into four chapters before going into the stories and meanings of each of the cards. The guidebook begins with an introduction that focused on the importance of mythology and the relevance of these creatures as archetypes in today’s world. Since the cards can symbolize people, Chapter 1 focuses on learning the identity of your mythological totem animal. Chapter 2 consists of meditations that readers can do for self-empowerment while using the cards as focal points. Chapter 3 centers around the shadow side of the archetypes with the cards being used in order to gain better control over one’s shadow self or aspects of an archetype the reader may feel is holding them back. Chapter 4 focuses on how to use The Mythical Creatures Oracle for readings by providing a variety of questions one can ask and concludes with a 4 and 8-card spread. The remainder of the guidebook, Chapter 5, presents each card in detail. There is a full size black and white image of the card on the left-hand page, along with a list of keywords and the creature’s mythological background. On the facing right-hand page information is presented regarding the card meaning, which also includes an interpretation for inverted or reversed cards.
The cards measure 4 x 3” so they are a nice size if you would like to
combine them into much larger spreads. Card titles are based upon the type of creature depicted; such as, Centaur, Goblin, Fairy, Cyclops, Manticore, Naga, Phoenix, Werewolf, Unicorn, Satyr, and Mermecolion. A few of the creatures are well known from mythology and ancient religions so their names serve as the card title; such as, Pegasus, Kamadhenu, Ammut, Garuda, and Cerberus. Mythologies from around the world and throughout recorded history are included. Colors consist of earthtones, mainly browns and grays with nice splashes of pinks, blues, greens, yellows, oranges, and white. The Barometz receives my vote for one of the cutest cards ever created.
Personally, oracle decks and I do not get along. I resonate with Tarot and Lenormand so I rarely reach for an oracle deck, but The Mythical Creatures Oracle has quickly gained a special place in my heart. Firstly, it actually WORKS for me, which is amazing. My experience with most oracle decks is that they tend to beat around the bush and card descriptions are so wordy that if you don’t have the deck memorized you can spend a good amount of time reading the card descriptions in your attempt to glean some oracular guidance. That is not true of this deck.
What I like the most about The Mythical Creatures Oracle is that Cybele Sky’s card interpretations begin immediately with a short 3-line paragraph of keywords located at the top of the page. If you’re in a hurry and just need the gist of what the cards have to say to you then you can simply skim the keywords and move on to the next card. I really appreciate that. The keywords are followed by a 2-paragraph description or synopsis of the creature’s myth. The facing page begins with a lengthier 3-4 paragraph card description that concludes with a short paragraph for reversed meanings, which Cybele Sky refers to as inverted. The guidebook is well written and you don’t have to spend time reading through a great deal of wordiness to glean the meaning of the card.
The type of readings I receive with The Mythical Creatures Oracle are much like Lenormand readings. The readings are clear, concise, to the point, and very insightful. I really enjoy using this deck. This is one oracle with which I resonate very well.
The Mythical Creatures Oracle has quickly become one of my “go-to” decks when I need an answer in a hurry. If you enjoy mythology as I do, this deck will make a fine addition to your collection.
Wishing you many blessings!
Nefer Khepri, PhD, R. M-T.