The Avalonian Oracle

avalonian-oracle-boxHow I absolutely love the stories of King Arthur, his knights of the round table, & the gods, goddesses, & magical beings associated with those stories. I have been to England & climbed to the top of Glastonbury Tor, which I still consider to be one of the highlights of my life. I was understandably excited when I heard news of The Avalonian Oracle being published by Schiffer Books. The complete title of this deck is, The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom From the Holy Isle. The 128-page paperback guidebook is written by Jhenah Telyndru with artwork by Emily Brunner. The deck comes housed in the 6 x 9 x 1 1/2″ hinge-lidded magnetic closure box that is pretty much standard now for Schiffer decks. The deck can be stored on its end so the footprint in a bookshelf is very small.

The Avalonian Oracle is a 46-card oracle deck with a twist. There are seven “suits,” avalonian-oracle-2which are referred to as “Cycles.” The guidebook is organized so that the cards belonging to each cycle are discussed in each chapter, which results in the guidebook containing seven chapters of card meanings and interpretations. The other two chapters consist of an introduction and the guidebook concludes with a chapter devoted to eight card spreads and a few concluding paragraphs with suggestions as to how to use the cards as a magical tool.

The introduction in most guidebooks is basically a “how to use this deck” chapter, but that is not the case for The Avalonian Oracle. The chapter is important and should not be glossed over in order to get to the meat of the book. The introduction lists the names of the cards in each “cycle” and by their titles and brief explanation of the “cycle” this gives you a good overview of the overall feel and vibration for each cycle of the deck. The introduction is also an excellent reference point to use as you do readings with the deck. The cycles are not indicated on the cards, but you can easily discover to which cycle they belong if you refer to the introductory pages. That will then tell you in which chapter you can find each card’s meaning.

The cards themselves build upon the concept of the spiritual journey and include such avalonian-oracle-1beings one would expect to encounter when taking a spiritual journey that is of a Celtic nature. Cycle One (5 cards, referred to as Seeds) focuses on your journey to Avalon and the various stages that comprise that part of your journey. Cycle Two (5 cards, referred to as Stations) is about the stages of healing we encounter. Cycle Three (5 cards) depict the goddesses you may encounter on your journey (Rhiannon, Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Arianrhod, & Branwen). Cycle Four includes a card for each moon of the year (13 cards for 13 lunar cycles) . Cycle Five (9 cards) is entitled the Nine Morgens who are important ancestresses. Cycle Six (3 cards) represent the 3 realms of the universe as the Celts saw them. Cycle Seven (6 cards) represent the forces that make up the Avalonian cosmology. When doing a reading it is important to note from which cycle your cards originate because knowing that will add a deeper meaning to your readings.

The information included for each card varies from Cycle to Cycle. For example, the cards of Cycles 1 – 3 include with their card interpretations a card description, keywords, quest, divinatory meaning, and affirmation. This same information is included for the cards of Cycle 4 (the 13 Moons of Avalon), but a brief explanation of the particular herb associated with each of these cards opens the card interpretations. The final card of the deck, The Silver Wheel, includes an herbal association as well as a brief discussion of the mythology of the Silver Wheel. Otherwise, all other cards follow the descriptive outline of card description, keywords, quest, divinatory meaning, and affirmation.

The cards measure 3 3/8″ x 5 1/4″. They are well laminated with a glossy finish. Card avalonian-oracle-3backs are completely reversible although the guidebook does not provide reversed card meanings. The cards are are of sturdy, yet flexible card stock that makes them easy to shuffle. They have a blue border with silver detailing. The herb, plant, animal totem, symbol, or spirit associated with each card is depicted within the card image itself and also in isolation as an additional feature of the card in the lower left or right-hand corner of each card.

The Avalonian Oracle provides very deep readings. I recommend that when using this deck you leave your reading out for a while so you can ponder it. I have gained many fresh insights into various situations simply by leaving the reading out so I can look it over as I walk past it throughout the day. If you have an affinity to the Celtic pantheon, culture, or the Goddess in general, you will really enjoy this deck.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Paulina Cassidy in the Artist’s Spotlight

Paulina Cassidy’s artwork is very popular among collectors. She is known for her ink and watercolor paintings of faeries and whimsical nature sprites. Working from a sketch that evolves into a pen and ink drawing, Paulina then adds soft pastel watercolors to her pieces. Her artwork is collected around the world. Paulina Cassidy is also a mass-market published Tarot and oracle artist with two tarot decks and two oracle decks to her credit. They are:

  • The Paulina Tarot (US Games Systems, Inc. 2008)
  • The Joie de Vive Tarot (US Games Systems, Inc. 2011)
  • The Faerie Guidance Oracle (Llewellyn 2012)
  • Witchlings (US Games Systems, Inc. 2014)

In this blog post I review all four of her decks and sit down for an interview with the artist herself. My questions are in bold below and Paulina’s responses are in italics. My review commentary appears in regular type.

 

Were you formally trained as an artist or self-taught? How long have you been an artist? 

I started drawing from the age of 3; quietly sitting at the kitchen table with paper and pen; happily lost in my own little world. At 14, I started creating cartoons for local newspapers, but altered my direction at around 17 when my style developed into something completely different than cartooning. I worked mainly with pen and ink for a number of years after that, as well as having created regular illustrations for magazines. In 1998, I delved full time into this when I launched my website, Restless Moon Gallery.  It’s an interesting process in discovering one’s artistic voice as we experiment and grow, whether one is self-taught or formally trained.

What sparked your interest in Tarot and how long have you been interested in it? 

A number of years ago, a collector requested that I consider making a tarot deck. I thought the task to be too challenging at first, but I proceeded, regardless. I began working on my first deck in 2006/2007, and two years later, the Paulina Tarot was born.

The Paulina Tarot (2009)~ 

paulina-tarot-compositeUS Games Systems, Inc. published Paulina Cassidy’s first work, The Paulina Tarot, in 2008. Housed in a simple tarot box with 44-page LWB (little white book), the entire set measures 3 x 5 x 1 ¼” and retails for $21.95.   The Paulina Tarot is a traditional 78-card tarot deck. Major arcana titles are traditional. Suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Court cards are the traditional Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The cards have a thin white border, card titles appear in black within the white border below each image, and the backs are fully reversible. The LWB, written by Paulina Cassidy, includes a brief description of each card’s imagery, and several keywords for both upright and reversed interpretations. Only one card spread is included, the traditional Celtic Cross.

The cards measure the same as the box and are very easy to shuffle. They have a semi-gloss finish that allows them to glide smoothly together without sticking together. The images, unlike some of her other work, is rendered in full color with the backgrounds completely painted in watercolor. The color scheme varies and is in general keeping with the theme of each card. Backgrounds range from lovely bright pastels to somber grays that gives the deck a balanced color scheme.

The imagery of The Paulina Tarot is highly intricate. The characteristic swirls, tiny flowers, stripes, dots, and other design elements of Paulina Cassidy’s work adorn each card. As an artist myself, I appreciate all the work that went into creating each image. In order to fully appreciate The Paulina Tarot I highly recommend that you avail yourself of the use of a magnifying glass. This is one of those decks that would have benefited from being printed in a larger size.

Within a spread the cards depict lively faerie and fantasy characters within a whimsical landscape. Natural elements, such as trees, flowers, and celestial bodies are anthropomorphized, which adds a great deal of whimsy to the images. Overall, The Paulina Tarot is highly detailed making it a feast for the eyes.

 

Your artwork is very intricate. Has this always been your style or did it evolve in recent years?

I’ve been creating intricate pieces for years, mainly using pen and ink. It’s always been a meditational process for me. As well, it’s an evolution filled with self-discovery. My wish is to evolve with each piece I create, always.

On average, how long does it take for you to create a card image? 

It varies, and I sometimes re-do a card image until I’m happy with it. I seem to have no definite answer to this, as I tend not to keep track of time when creating. I sort of become lost in another world, another zone . . . somewhere out of time. 

What inspires you and your art? 

Anything that supplies my soul with a sense of mystery and magic. It’s a collective and intermingling gathering of energies found, for example, in music, books, nature, art, animals, people. 

 

The Joie de Vivre Tarot (2011) ~

paulina-cassidy-joie-vivre-compositeBuilding upon her love of animals, nature, and people, Paulina Cassidy followed up her Paulina Tarot with the Joie de Vivre Tarot, published by US Games Systems, Inc. in 2011.

Housed in a tuck box with the LWB written by Paulina Cassidy, the Joie De Vivre Tarot is yet another delight. The LWB has 59 pages with two blank pages for notes. Card interpretations consist of several keywords, a brief description of the imagery, the general meaning, and a brief reversed interpretation. The LWB concludes with a 5-card spread entitled, “Spreading the Joy.”

The major arcana cards are traditionally titled and the court cards are also the traditional Page – Knight – Queen – King. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins (Pentacles in The Paulina Tarot).

The Joie De Vivre Tarot is a deck that vibrates with a childlike joy, the beings depicted in this deck are “sentient souls of love who will help you tap into intuition and connect to divine source,” (LBW, p. 1). The characters themselves are emphasized with less anthropomorphic aspects than what appears in the Paulina Tarot. The majority of color lies within the brighter range of pastels and backgrounds tend to be less developed than in the Paulina Tarot so there is a bit more negative space giving the eye a place to rest while also emphasizing the main character depicted on each card.

 

You have a knack for portraying nature spirits. Can you sense their presence? If so, what does it feel like? 

I often do sense their presence. It’s a particular uplifting shift in the atmosphere. I cannot see them with the naked eye, but I sense their personalities. They bring with them a certain purity, playfulness, and wisdom. Quite influential, and they love to be portrayed.

 

The Faerie Guidance Oracle (2012) ~

In 2012 Paulina Cassidy’s The Faerie Guidance Oracle was published by Llewellyn Books. Representing a slight departure from the whimsical creatures she had created for her Paulina Tarot and Joie De Vivre Tarot, The Faerie Guidance Oracle is her first oracle deck. The deck consists of a total of 40 cards and a 262-page guidebook, once again written by Paulina Cassidy herself. The deck is housed in a flip-lidded box of very thin cardboard. The book and deck lie nested within the box side by side.

Each card depicts a different faery with titles such as, Enlightenment, Determination, Faith, Compassion, Dreams, Intuition, Change, Energy, and Spirit. Titles are placed at the top center of the card within the border. Each card also has a brief 2-line synopsis of the card’s overall meaning at the base of the image within a light tan border that surrounds the image. Rendered in Paulina Cassidy’s distinctive style, the color scheme runs from dark blues and grays to sunny yellows and everything in between. The color scheme is nicely balanced. The images have a lovely ethereal look to them.

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The guidebook is quite impressive. It begins with a brief introduction as well as “how to use this deck” section. There are two card spreads: the Facet du Jour, which is a card of the day; and, the Crisis Spread, for which the cards are chosen consciously instead of by chance and the number of cards in the spread can vary. The bulk of the guidebook consists of the card interpretations. There is a full-size black and white image of the card on the facing page. Paulina Cassidy then devotes 2 – 3 pages for each card’s meaning that then concludes with a “reflection” that relates symbols within the card’s image to the meaning of the card.

 

What advice do you have for aspiring deck creators? 

 Patience and consistency. These are two of my keywords for card deck productivity. The task can be daunting and will feel at times as though it’ll take forever. It happens to me with each deck that I create. Remember my aforementioned keywords during the long haul. Eventually, a finished deck will manifest, and it will have been worth every bit of effort.

 

Witchlings (2014) ~

Paulina Cassidy’s most recent publication is Witchlings, published by US Games Systems, Inc. in 2014. Witchlings is a card and book set that comes housed in a lidded box. The guidebook contains 201 pages with 3 pages for notes. There are 40 cards.

The cards have a narrow pastel border that vary in shade from card to card: purple, yellow, orange, green, pink, and other shades. Each card is graced with the whimsical image of a “witchling” who is an expert spellcaster of a particular type of spell. A little purple owl named Orion accompanies each witchling. Orion is “the universal Familiar of the Witchlings, acts as protector, mentor, assistant and friend” (p. 6). Orion is a benevolent energy whose spirit also assists all who use these cards.

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Paulina Cassidy designed Witchlings is no ordinary oracle deck. It can also be used in spell work. The deck can be used as an oracle deck and an oracular message is included for every card, but where this deck truly excels is in its use as a magical tool. There are 2 – 4 simple and short spells included for every card. The spells are performed with inexpensive materials that are easily available in the typical home’s spice cabinet. The spells are very short and simple to perform. You do not have to be a practitioner of magic to use this deck to its full capability.

Paulina Cassidy also wrote the guidebook. For each card the guidebook includes a 4-line poem, the oracular meaning, 2 – 4 spells, and for many of the cards inspirational creative suggestions and meditations are also included for the majority of the cards.

Overall, the work of Paulina Cassidy presents tarot and oracle readers alike with four delightful decks from which to choose. Her characters seem to come alive in the spreads and I love to see the interactions of the characters as they look at one another in a card spread. Delightfully dreamy, Paulina Cassidy’s body of work appeals to many around the world who are avid collectors of her art.

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Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The First Light Tarot

Dinah Roseberry      The First Light Tarot      Schifferbooks      $24.99

First Light Tarot: 22 Majors, 22 Insights, 22 Spread Cards

The First Light Tarot consists of 66 cards and a 96-page paperback guidebook. The cards are housed in a recessed well inside of a 6 x 9” hinged box with a magnetic closure that allows the box to be stored standing on its end as if it were a book. The First Light Tarot also includes a 6 x 18” fold-out laminated Reference Card that provides card names and major keywords, concepts, astrological correspondences and basic interpretations for quick and easy reference.

Entitled The First Light Tarot, this deck is more of an oracle deck. The First Light Tarot consists of a 22-card major arcana with the traditional card titles, along with an additional 22 Insight Cards for a total of 44 cards with interpretations. There are an additional 22 Spread Cards meant to be used by readers in order to create their own spreads. A single card position is noted on each of the Spread Cards that include two Wild Cards so readers can come up with their own names for a card position within a spread.

 

The 22 Insight Cards lend a more oracular feel to The First Light Tarot. The 22 Insight Cards and the 22 Major Arcana cards can be used in isolation for readings or combined. Only one spread is included, entitled the Universal Spread, which is a 10-card spread that is laid out just like the Celtic Cross, but card positions have different associations than in the traditional Celtic Cross tarot spread.

The artwork for the card images consists solely of gorgeous photographs of outer space taken by the Hubble Telescope that have been cropped to focus on a particular area within the larger original photos. The title of The First Light Tarot refers to the very first time light hits the mirrors contained within a telescope that enables the telescope to take its very first photograph. It is a moment of tremendous excitement for the telescope developers and the staff of NASA.

Dinah Roseberry’s goal for The First Light Tarot was to create a deck that could easily be used straight out of the box and not require any great study, thus being user friendly. The card interpretations for The First Light Tarot are traditional tarot major arcana interpretations for the 22 Major Arcana cards while interpretations for the 22 Insight Cards have a more oracular feel to them that are based upon Numerology. The two types of cards create two 22-card decks that can also be used in combination with one another. The First Light Tarot works well as a stand-alone 22-Majors only deck, a 22-card oracle deck, and in combination. The cards also work well with both traditional tarot spreads and spreads commonly found in guidebooks that accompany oracle decks, most of which are strongly based upon traditional tarot spreads. Card imagery of The First Light Tarot lacks the symbolism of tarot cards so readers do not feel bogged down with symbolic associations due to the simple imagery found in outer space photographs.

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana of The First Light Tarot have astrological associations that are factored into their card interpretations. The 22 Insight Cards have numerological associations as part of their interpretations giving The First Light Tarot a heavy dose of Numerology if one also takes into account the numerological associations typically associated to cards of the Tarot major arcana.

The card images of The First Light Tarot are beautiful, but unlike other Schiffer decks, the card stock is flimsy with a semi-gloss finish. The Major Arcana, Insight, and Spread cards all have different card backs so they can be easily sorted by looking at the reverse side of each card. The cards are very flexible and are therefore easy to shuffle despite their size. The First Light Tarot lend themselves well to both tarot and oracle spreads making this a well-rounded deck with numerous applications.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Deck Review: Mythical Creatures Oracle

The Mythical Creatures Oracle
Box cover. Box measures 6 x 9 x 1 1/2″ with hinged magnetic closure. Box can be stored standing on its end like a book.

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.

Rainbow Serpent, from The Mythological Creatures Oracle (C) Sky Cybele/Schiffer Books 2015

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

Jackalope from The Mythical Creatures Oracle (C) Sky Cybele & Schiffer Books 2015

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.

 

Manticore, from The Mythical Creatures Oracle (C) Sky Cybele & Schiffer Books 2015

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.

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Free Reading for the Week of May 18, 2015

I asked the cards in general, what do we all need to know for the week ahead? I drew 3 cards representing Body, Mind & Spirit.

The Magical Times Empowerment Cards by Jody Bergsma. US Games, Inc. 2013.
The Magical Times Empowerment Cards by Jody Bergsma. US Games, Inc. 2013.

The message on each card reads:

BODY:  Journey: Focus on how far you have come, not on how far you have to go. you will find help in unexpected places (original emphasis).

MIND:  Adversity: See the gifts in challenge. One can be taught within the calm, but the greatest lessons are learned from the storms (original emphasis).

SPIRIT: Manifestation: Your dreams have untold energy. Open the door and let them live. Desire and belief are your power.

For an oracle deck, The Magical Empowerment Cards can provide some very heavy duty readings, and this reading is a good example of that. (For my review, please see yesterday’s post).

This reading starts with a Journey, as do most things. The first card is saying we’re on a journey and heading toward somewhere & we need to focus on how far we’ve already come, not how far we have yet to travel.

Adversity tells us there will be obstacles along our path. Well, that’s life. There are obstacles and within them we find our greatest lessons.

The final card is Manifestation. If we’re brave and undertake the journey, deal with the adversity we must all face, then through our desire and faith our dreams can manifest.

This week may prove to be one of major achievements and dreams realized as long as we don’t allow the blocks we run across to overwhelm us. Instead, look past them and keep your eyes on your goal.

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Wishing you all many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Deck Review: The Magical Times Empowerment Cards

The Magical Times Empowerment Cards, Jody Bergsma. US Games, Inc. 2013.
The Magical Times Empowerment Cards, Jody Bergsma. US Games, Inc. 2013.

Artist Jody Bergsma’s Magical Times Empowerment Cards deliver just what the title suggests. The images are magical and the messages are empowering. Consisting of 44 cards housed in a flip-top box, the Magical Times Empowerment Cards is a lovely oracle with which to work.

The LWB (Little White Book) that accompanies the deck is also housed within the box and consists of 27 pages. The cards and LWB both measure 3 1/2 x 5 1/4″. Interpretations are limited to 5-7 sentences that are phrased as positive affirmations that can be used together or in isolation if you so desire.

The cards have background and borders of varying pastel colors with the image centered on the card within a circle. There is brief guidance provided at the base of each card with the title of the card centered at the top.

The LWB includes three spreads.  There is the single card spread for quick and general guidance. The 3-card Empowerment spread and a 5-card Elemental Influences spread.

This is an excellent deck for beginners and those new to card reading. The images are very pretty and completely non-threatening. There isn’t any Devil or Death cards that might frighten first-time readers. The interpretations are very short with even shorter complementary guidance printed on each card, so the Magical Empowerment Cards lend themselves well to short, yet pithy readings. They’re great for quick guidance and little intuitive pick-me-ups.

Fans of Jody Bergsma’s art will love this deck and readers who are looking for a lovely deck that gives short and concise readings will appreciate it as well.

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~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Deck Review: The Green World Oracle.

ImageThe Green World Oracle.

Kathleen Jenks, author.

Sandra Stanton, artist.

Schiffer Books

$39.99

The Green World Oracle is a very neat deck and book packaged nicely in the standard Schiffer hinged magnetic lid box.  The box measures 6 X 9” and is ideal for standing on its end in the bookcase like a book so the deck will take up very little room.  The box is made from a very sturdy cardboard with a heavy laminate. The cards themselves are made from a flexible cardstock with lovely laminate. They are easy to shuffle and do not stick together, despite the high humidity levels of Houston, Texas.

Card backs are a deep variegated green with a   stylized depiction of the earth in the center.  The design lends itself to reversed cards and the guide book does contain interpretations of reversals.

The guide book has 256 pages and is a 5 ½” X 8 ½” paperback. Image It includes an impressive bibliography and from my background in Anthropology I can easily see that a great deal of research went into the writing of the guide book.  There are numerous scholarly sources cited.  Each chapter also concludes with End Notes.  The Green World Oracle is based upon tree veneration practiced around the world at various times throughout human history.  Their stories center around deities and spirits associated with the particular trees and plants.  Stories are included and the guide book is really quite educational all on its own.

The guide book begins with an introduction followed with a “How to Use This Oracle” section.  Cards are then discussed in terms of the stories and deities or spirits associated with each particular tree or plant that is depicted.  This includes their myth and cultural significance.  Information on the botany of the tree or plant is also included.  The guide book, therefore, makes for some very interesting reading even before you begin to use the actual cards.  Card interpretations are accompanied by both an upright and reversed meaning.  A boxed-in section entitled “Artist’s Notes” concludes the discussion of each card in which artist Sandra Stanton discusses the significance of the particular symbols included in the image on each card.  Each card discussion is accompanied by a 2 ¾” X 3 ¼” black and white image of the card.

The guide book includes four spreads:  a one-card message from the Higher Self, a one-card daily reading, the “Adopt a Human for the Day” Program, the Four-Card Karmic Primal Seed Layout, and this section concludes with instructions for a ritual you can carry out with a group of your friends, if you so desire.

ImageThe cards measure 4 X 5”.  An oracle of plants and trees, human figures grace every card in the form of goddesses from various cultures around the world and through Time.  The artwork has a luminescent quality to it.  Sandra Stanton, the artist, uses a technique first made popular during the Renaissance of the use of an under-painting that is then layered with paints and varnish mixed together in glazes.  Layer upon layer is used and this gives her paintings a rich multi-dimensional depth you do not see very often in a card deck.  The images seem to shine with an inner light that adds additional grace and beauty to the images.  You really have to see them to believe them.  The artwork is truly amazing.  The deck also has wonderful energy. I could feel it through the cellophane before I even unwrapped the box when it arrived.  Images are very powerful and would make great meditation focal points if you are interested in deepening your connection with goddess energy.

The Green World Oracle has mass appeal.  Whether you like oracle decks in general, love trees, love the Goddess, or are interested in plants and/or ancient cultures, this deck will appeal to you.  I have found it quite useful. It works very well for readings on a wide variety of topics ranging from the mundane to the spiritual.  Normally, oracle decks do not work well for me.  That’s just me. I’m primarily a Tarot and Lenormand reader; however, The Green World Oracle is one of those very rare oracle decks that works amazingly well for me and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

All images (C) Sandra Stanton, 2013.

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