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Les Vampires Oracle

A stunning deck designed for those facing difficult
decisions, upheaval in relationships or wishing
to move away from draining careers, situations or people.

~Quote from the box

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Title: Les Vampires

Author: Lucy Cavendish

Illustrator: Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing/U.S. Games Inc./Llywellyn

 

  • The creatures of the night want to guide you. Fear them not, they won’t bite…
  • Les Vampire oracle deck feature 44 fantastic and beautifully illustrated cards done by renowned illustrator Jasmine Becket-Griffith. Each card features a vampire, or better known as a creature of the night. Though, they may look intimidating and cunning, they are actually friendly and want to teach you their very own lessons to survive difficult times. Besides Vampires illustrated on the cards, you will also find wolf, birds, butterflies, and cats which are included in this oracle deck, making every card remarkably beautiful.
  • Here’s a card that I feel in love with. It’s called “Death Rites”. In this card there is an angel of death who holds this oddly skeletal creature who seems to be dead, but yet reanimated. This card talks about learning to say goodbye to someone who has passed away. Even though the person may be gone, accepting and coming to terms with their passing is about the highest honor anyone could ever give to them.
  • A card which I found absolutely funny (which I’m sure the meaning of this card is not so funny) is the “Burnt by the Sun” card. In this card there is a cute little maiden with a grouchy, yet melancholic expression on her face. Her wolf friend seems to be exhausted. This card talks about when someone wears themselves out by doing so many things at once. They can never rest because they feel like they are running out of time.
  • The last card that caught my attention and looked very familiar as if I’ve seen this character in a movie is the “Maenad” card. In this card we see a red headed maiden or nymph indiscreetly “trying” to hide behind some poison ivy’s. The red hair and green poison ivy reminded me of the fictional character Poison Ivy from the Bat Man series. As some of you may not know, Maenads are the feminine priestess of the Greek God Dionysus. When this card is drawn, it’s telling you that it’s alright to engage in pleasures that make you feel good and complete.
  • The back designs are not reversible and consist of one primary brown color. In the center of card, in an oval shaped circle, includes the character used in the “The Past a Prison” card.
  • The size of the cards are approximately 5 ½ x 3 ¾ inches. They have an absolute matted and glossy feel, preventing the cards from sticking to one another and have a very gentle and soft feel.
  • The cards are very sturdy enough and shuffles gently. They are flexible, and even if you have small hands, there will not be much of a problem shuffling them.
  • The box where the cards are stored is a two piece, bottom and lid, that is very sturdy and stores the card and booklet absolutely well.
  • The companion booklet is written by the wonderful Lucy Cavendish and contains 164 pages that includes a small picture of the card, the title of the card, keywords, a background explanation of the card, an upright meaning, a reversed meaning, and a how to work with the card meaning.
  • The artwork is done by none other than fame fantasy artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith. The medium for the art is acrylic painting which is painted on a white canvas. The art is very vivid and lucid with a touch of shadowy and noir elements.
  • I’m deeply and simply content and in love with this oracle deck. Many may think that vampires are a cliché, but I believe that once they acquire this oracle deck they will think otherwise. This oracle deck is so easy to connect and read with. Reading the companion booklet may be good to understand the meaning of the cards, but in reality, interpreting the meaning of these cards with your intuition is absolutely easy to do. Despite the dark theme of this oracle deck, it is a wonderful addition for children and teenager. If you want to become acquainted with these creatures of the night, click here or here!

 

© 2010 – 2015 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

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Oracle of the Mermaids

When you connect with your Mermaids,
you tap into the vast reservoir
of the Feminine Divine, which in turn enhances
your ability to draw love into your life,
raise your self-esteem, and create sensual bliss…
~ Quote from the box

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 Title: Oracle of the Mermaids

Author: Lucy Cavendish

Illustrator: Selina Fenech

Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing/U.S. Games System

  • Hear the calling of the sirens, for they have a message you need to heed…
  • The Oracle of the Mermaids contains 45 sublime and lively illustrated cards. Each card features a some sort of water maiden, be it a mermaid or a siren. In this oracle deck, for about the first time and unlike many other mermaid oracle decks, you will see a few male mermaids as well as two Goddesses, Yemaya and Aphrodite, who have been featured in this oracle deck as well as incorporated as mermaids!
  • One of the cards which I feel in love with was the card titled Divine Sensuality. This card has a blond mermaid laying on the ground with a rose and rose petals around her. She appears to have no breast wear covering her breast other than the hands which are crossed. Her fin tail is red and so are the scales on her arms. She looks at you ever so sensual, calling and asking you to be seduced. This card denotes that you should never care what others have to say about your sexuality or who you engage in making love to. You are entitled to treat your body and desires to who and which you want to. The key words for this cards are, Making Love & Erotica. Like I said earlier, one of my favorite cards. 😉
  • This card, titled Honor The Masculine has got to be one of the most utmost card which represents all males and that they too should be honored. In this card a mermen floats underneath and in the middle of the ocean with his arms stretched out. A beam of light, bubbles, and radiant waves surround him. If you are a man, this card tells you to honor yourself and feel that you are one. The keywords for this card are Respecting Men, Embracing the Masculine Divine.
  • The last card titled Yearning, is an old traditional one, it’s about what mermaids do best. In this card we see a mermaid who has come to the aid of a sailor whose ship has wrecked. It appears that this mermaid brought him to shore, but is somehow wanting for him to wake up and to embrace her the same manner she’s embracing him. This card speaks about yearning or longing for someone whom you’ve known, met, or not even met yet. Though it is suppose to be alright for you to yearn for someone, in this case it’s not so good. Yearning for someone may cause distractions in your daily life and priorities. The keywords for this card are Longing for Someone, Undesired Separation, and Pining.
  • The back designs are not reversible and consist of a blond and pale skin mermaid with a green mermaid tail who floats in the middle of the ocean in what appears to be a cave of some kind.
  • The size of the cards are approximately 5 ½ x 3 ¾ inches. They have an absolute matted and glossy feel, preventing the cards from sticking to one another and with a very gentle and soft feel.
  • The cards are very sturdy enough and shuffles gently. They are flexible, and even if you have small hands, there will not be much of a problem shuffling them.
  • The box where the cards are stored is a two piece, bottom and lid, that is very sturdy and stores the card and booklet absolutely well.
  • The companion booklet is written none other than by Australian author Lucy Cavendish and contains 168 pages. The companion book starts off with an Introduction, then small paragraphs titled  The Healing of the Merfolks, Mermaid History, Mermaids and Sensuality, The Symbols of the Mermaid, Kinds of Mermaids, Why We Must Connect With Water, Mermaids and Moon Cycles, Why Are Mermaids Sometimes Mistrusted, How To Connect With The Mermaids, Signs The Mermaids Are With You, When To Work With This Deck, Card Layouts That Connect With The Mermaids, Blessing Of The Waters To You… After this, the card meanings are introduced which consist of the image of the card on the left side of the page, the title of the card and keywords on the right side of the page, then three messages of the cards which are titled, The Mermaid Sings, Reversed and Divination.
  • The artwork is done by Austrian Faery and fantasy artist Selina Fenech. The medium for the art for the cards
    appears to be two types of arts, some being painting on canvas and the other ones being drawn through computer.
  • I’ve seen and slightly worked with other mermaid oracle decks, but this one takes the cake! The Oracle of the Mermaids really connects with the readers on all levels and these water creatures speak volumes when you consult with them. Lucy Cavendish has given these sirens a higher voice, one which you can’t miss. If you are interested in learning and getting to know these mermaids, click here!

 

© 2010 – 2015 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

Higher Intuitions Oracle

An oracle deck using animal and nature
to conquer indecision and place
people on their appropriate paths.

~ Quote from the bottom of the box

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Title: Higher Intuitions Oracle

Author: Kristy Robinett

Illustrator: Johna Gibson Bowman

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

  • Heed these earthly creatures messages for they have interesting things to share with you.
  • The Higher Intuitions Oracle presents 44 magnificent animals that Mother Nature has gifted us so we would never feel alone and to learn from them as well. This oracle deck features both realistic and mythical animals. Some say that animals have always been wise and have been the intuitive voice that we humans never listen to and simply ignore. Some animals even become our animal familiar.  In this oracle deck you will find mammals, birds, insects, and aquatic animals, all which will contribute by changing you life for the better.
  • In this oracle deck, a card that I found adorable is the card titled “Awakening” which features a cub who remains half-awake after awakening from its nap. When this cub card is drawn in a reading, it tells you that you need to awaken and see what’s around you. You may also want to be open minded to a situation and/or people around you. Over all, you will have to awaken both emotionally and mentally.
  • This deck includes one of many mythical creatures known as a Pegasus who has beautiful rainbow wings and who heeds the message “soar”. When this creature appears in a reading, it’s telling you to fly away freely, wherever you want to go. It is time to take charge of a situation and release anything that hinders you. If you are told to take a leap of faith, do so, you’ll never where it may lead you to.
  • Next, there’s the mythical creature known as the Phoenix who is rising from the flames and reinventing itself without limitations. This creature gives you the message to “take flight”. The Phoenix, much like the death card, tells you to shed your old ways, your old habits, and start from new. It also tells you that you are on the verge of a spiritual awareness and you may want to get in touch with your spiritual side.
  • The back designs are reversible and very warm and friendly. The back of the cards consist of a brown owl who sits on a tree with a full moon behind it.
  • The size of the cards are approximately 7.4 x 3.6 x  inches. The card stock quality is fantastic and very durable. They have a slight matted touch to them. They are not ridged or flimsy.
  • The cards are sturdy enough and shuffle gently. They are flexible and if you have small hands, it should not be a problem for you to shuffle the cards.
  • The box in which the cards come in is sturdy and holds the cards and booklet absolutely well. The box is a magnetic box with ribbons that hold the flap and the box together.
  • The small companion booklet included with the cards is written by Kristy Robinett, contains 128 pages that includes the name of the animal in the card, the message that it portrays, anywhere from 3 to 5 keywords per card, a quote from a famous public figure, and a brief but well elaborated description of the cards.
  • The artwork is done by Johna Gibson Bowman. The medium for the art appears to have been done with water colors with a touch of chalk painted on a canvas. The art is very friendly, yet very warm. The images along with the medium of art are inviting.
  • I just want to make clear of one thing. If you’re a dog lover, you won’t find a card illustrating a dog. And I wonder, out of all the intuitive animals, the dog (being the most intuitive) is not featured in this deck. As an avid dog lover, this saddens me. But none the less, this oracle deck is fantastic and it’s very easy to read. You don’t really need the companion booklet to understand the message that these cards convey. This oracle deck is idealistic for people of all age and gender. It is very child-friendly too. For children, these cards may be used to tell a story about animals. This oracle deck does live up to its title. Both the author and illustrator did a fantastic job bringing this oracle deck as well as the animals illustrated in the cards to life. To get antiquated with this oracle deck, which I know you will love, click here!

© 2010 – 2015 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

2013 Pecto Award nominee for;

Outstanding Oracle Deck of the Year
Outstanding Illustrator for an Oracle Deck
– Johna Gibson Bowman

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