The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck is a lovely collection of artwork by renowned artist, Josephine Wall. The card-sized paperback booklet is written by Gaye Guthrie. The deck and booklet are housed in a 4 1/8 x 5 7/8” box with fitted lid. The box has a glossy finish with the image from the Peacock card on the box lid. Two additional cards are featured on the bottom of the box with isolated elements of card images on all four sides of the lid.
The guidebook for The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck contains 64 pages with two pages labeled for notes. Gaye Guthrie begins with a brief discussion of how to use the deck. This is followed by the interpretations of the cards. A 3 x 1 ¼” black and white detail of each card appears on the page followed by the card’s interpretation that concludes with what the author refers to as a “mantra,” which many will also recognize as a positive affirmation. No information is provided on how to use the mantras. Myself, when I am using a positive affirmation I repeat it five times in front of a mirror as I look myself in the eye. I do this three times a day. Repeating a statement five times assures that it reaches the subconscious. Looking at yourself in the mirror while using an affirmation or mantra focuses your conscious mind on whatever you are hoping to manifest by using the affirmation or mantra. One page is devoted to each card and its interpretation. The guidebook concludes with a section entitled, “Reading the Cards.” This consists of a one-card spread, a three-card spread, a four-card spread and the Celtic Cross that is usually found in most Tarot guidebooks.
There are 46 cards in The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck. Cards measure 3 ¾” x 5 ½”. They have a nice smooth laminate semi-gloss finish and shuffle easily once you’ve broken them in a bit. Josephine Wall’s artwork is gorgeous. She makes wonderful use of bright colors and light. Images have a flow that gives them a sense of movement and inner life. When using the deck I recommend that you allow your eyes to wander over each image. Something specific will pop out at you and grab your attention (at least for me). If this happens pay special attention to that symbol or color that is calling to you because there is additional meaning for you. There are three angel cards (Archangels Gabriel and Raphael, and the Angel of Miracles), eight animal guide cards (Animal Bond, Dolphin, Dove, Dragon, Dragonfly, Owl, Peacock, and Unicorn), and thirty-five additional insightful cards for guidance.
The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck is very simple to use. It is ideal for beginners because it does not contain any images that some may find frightening or upsetting. The images have a healing vibration to them and are soothing to the psyche. The card spreads are very simple to use and there are simple explanations included in the guidebook as to how to use the card spreads. All of these factors combined make The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck an ideal deck for beginners. I also consider this deck to be suitable for children who may be interested in exercising their intuitive muscles.
Here is a sample of how the deck works. I used the 4-card spread. My husband, who has been out of work since last October, decided in December to start his own business. He provides in-home care for the elderly in order to keep them in their own homes for as long as that is physically possible for them. It’s been touch and go with getting started up so I asked what we could expect from his new business venture regarding income. The cards I received are as follows:
Past: Epiphany ~ the meaning of this card is a sudden realization. This occurred in early December when my husband suddenly realized the banking industry was not for him. I had been telling him this for years, but of course he doesn’t listen to me, but I’m glad he finally woke up!
Present: Seven Heavenly Virtues ~ this card neatly sums up what his business will provide others since the Seven Heavenly Virtues are Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Patience and Temperance. This card sums up his need to put his spiritual gifts to work, which is exactly what he is finally doing.
Future: Archangel Raphael ~ the archangel of healing blesses my husband’s business. I am amazed that the term “caregiver” is used here because those are the people my husband has employed and he refers to them as his Care Team. They focus on helping the person with whatever they need, taking them out, and providing companionship.
Outcome: Money ~ the advice of this card is to be strong and the money will come in, so in a nutshell the Money card answered my question. I swear I did not pull these cards purposefully. This was a completely random draw. I am very pleased with how each card of this spread applied to my husband’s business situation.
I have just begun to use the card images for meditation. Josephine Wall’s art is so intricate that your eyes will not get bored as you center yourself and examine the same card image for a few minutes. The card images of The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck lend themselves easily to meditation. I also feel that with proper focus, intention and use of the included mantras they can be used as an additional tool for spell work for those of you who are practitioners.
As you can see, The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck is very user friendly. I highly recommend it to those new to divination as well as to those who may find Tarot to be a bit too daunting or frightening. I also feel that children would love this deck if they are interested in card reading.
~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.
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