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Gaia’s Vision Oracle Cards

By meditating on the cards, you can use Gaia’s wisdom
to spark your own intuition. Listen to Gaia speaking through
these beautiful cards and you’ll find the answers you seek?

~ Quote from the back of the box

 

 

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Title: Gaia’s Vision Oracle Cards

Author: Doris Diamond & Susan Starr

Illustrator: Doris Diamond

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

 

  • Gaia’s Vision Oracle Cards is a lovely oracle set that features 44 beautiful photographed pictures that have to do with nature. All the cards are beautifully illustrated and feature different types of plants and rocks.
  • The card called “Joyful Body” is quite beautiful to look it. For the illustration, there is a blue and purple colored hummingbird that soars through the air wanting to suck on a red flower. The keyword for this card is called “Nourishment”.
  • This next card involves fruits. Fruits are a plant and part of nature, no? This card is called “Exquisite Plenty”. The illustration features blue or black berries. The keyword for this card is “Abundance”.
  • The last card has to be one of my favorite! This card is called “Rainbow Energy” This card features a variety of plants and coloring each plant are horizontal lines of the color of a rainbow. The keyword for this card is “Healing”.
  • The back of the cards are reversible. The illustration for the back of the card consists of purple and lavender. There is what appears to be a lavender flower and in the middle of it there is the planet earth. Very beautiful and appealing image for the back of the cards.
  • The texture of the cards are sturdy and not flimsy, and they shuffle decently. The cards are approximately a little under “4 x 6”.
  • The storage box for this cards is sturdy! It is one of Schiffer’s many popular storage boxes. A be-ribbon hard cover case that closes with magnates.
  • Now, before I continue to describe the booklet, it caught me off guard tremendously. This companion book is produced in a horizontal format. Those types of books that Schiffer produces carry more than 100-200 pages. The amount of pages in this companion booklet dose not amount to 100-200 pages! There are 24 pages in total. At first I thought that the book came defected. The companion book is written by Susan Starr. The book begins with a lengthy Introduction where you will find tips on how to use this oracle deck. In a section called “Creation of Gaia’s Vision Oracle Cards”, the creators share how they began to create this oracle deck. After all of that, you will find 10 pages that show the illustration of the cards along with their divinatory meanings. There are four cards and divinatory meanings for each page. Then there is an “Appendix” page called “Suggested Questions for Visioning” and it gives tips and advice for formulating questions when you are about to work with the cards. Last, you have a total of 6 spreads that you can use for these cards. The spreads are called, “Researching for the Stars”, “Wind Spread”, Forest Glen Spread”, “Sun Spread”, “Mud Spread”, “Moon Spread”, “Mountain Spread”, “Sacred Fire Spread” and “River Spread”.
  • The illustrations are photographs taken by Doris Diamond. They are altered via CGI which makes them stand out and easy to look at, being able to recall all the details in the illustrations.
  • This is a nice and cozy oracle deck that pays tribute to the Goddess Gaia. The deck is very nature oriented and easy to follow and read with. What I like about the images of the cards is that it is very therapeutic. Just by looking at the images, it can calm your anxiety and provide you with tranquility. If you are a nature lover and appreciate the art of photography, this oracle deck is just for you. To buy, click here!

 

© 2010 – 2016 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

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First Light Tarot

Take your readings to new levels by
exploring the depths of the infinite self
while also reaching out into the comes…

~ Quote from the back of the box

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Title: First Light Tarot

Author: Dinah Roseberry

Illustrator: NASA & ESA

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

  • The First Light Tarot is a wonderful and inventive tarot deck that features 66 cards (yes, 66 cards). It is a new system that takes a whole new different approach, but somehow, someway, it remains influenced from the traditional tarot system.
  • The first card from the deck known as the fool has an interesting illustration. There is what seems to be some sort of space shuttle. This shuttle just stands in the middle of space, where everything is pitch dark. The shuttle is silver. I have a small theory as to why it was chosen to represent the fool. That shuttle is going into space, not know what it will find or encounter. It’s off to an adventure, a journey. The sub-title for this card is “voyager” (that’s self-explanatory). The three keywords attached to this card are, Journey, Progress and Pathways.
  • Another card that I found wired and interesting is called “Portal”. The illustration for this card is has what appears to be silver stars and matter all around the card. But in the center of the image and of all that silver matter, there is a small black hole. The keyword for this card is called “Passageways” Yep, that’s pretty obvious.
  • The last card is from a different division of the deck. This card and the division have to do with cards that are used for tarot spreads. The title of this card is called “Who May Hurt?” The illustration features black space, but there are matters that look as if there are flames in space. They look beautiful to me! Fire in space!
  • The back of the cards are reversible. The illustration for the back of the card consists of white/silver stars that are spread throughout the image.
  • The texture of the cards not so sturdy, nor are they flimsy, but they do shuffle decently. The cards are approximately a little under “4 x 6”.
  • The storage box for this cards is sturdy! It is one of Schiffer’s many popular storage boxes. A be-ribboned hard cover case that closes with magnates.
  • The text booklet is written by Dinah Roseberry (editor of Schiffer Publishing). The companion booklet features 96 pages. All pictures and text within the book are colored. The book starts off with “Acknowledgments”. Then with an “Author’s Note” section that gives a little bit of information about this tarot deck. Then with “This Deck’s First Light” that give a little bit of additional information. Then there is a section for “Spreads” where it gives the user tips on how to conduct spreads. Some of the card spreads don’t have names, which you will need to memorize how to lay them out. There are two spreads that are named, one of them is called ‘Spread Cards’ and the other is ‘A Universal Spread’. There are also pages dedicated for the following, “Meditation”, “The Images”, “The Reading Process”, “What You Can Expect from This Deck” and some information about a reference sheet that is included with this deck. This reference sheet is more like a sheet-cheat. Last, you are introduced to the cards and their meanings. In the pages that are dedicated the cards, you have the image of the card on the left hand side and at the bottom, there’s a block that gives the name of the card and the meaning. On the right hand side, you the description. For example, “Keywords”, Upright and Reversed meanings and Advice. On some of the major arcana, you will have the Astrological sign along with a time frame.
  • The illustrations are photographs borrowed from NASA to accommodate for this tarot deck. This are real photos and they are not altered in any way or form.
  • When I heard of this new tarot deck and its system, I must admit that I was very confused. I thought it was an oracle deck. But as I had the chance and time to use it, I was surprised just how well it works and functions like a tarot deck! There is even Astrology and Numerology featured in this tarot deck. I know that there are lots of readers who dislike the court cards, well guess what? You can now say goodbye to the court cards because they are not featured in this deck. For those who like NASA and space imagery, this tarot deck features 66 images of space. It also features keywords to make the meanings easy to remember. Don’t hesitate and buy this tarot deck here!

 

© 2010 – 2016 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

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