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The WayCard Oracle

Varied themes – Child, Nest, Hero Crossroads, Threshold,
Betrayal, Earth, Air, Fire, and
Water – reflect your journey.

~ Quote from the back of the box

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Title: The WayCard Oracle
A Guide to the Inner Journey

Author: Martha Winona Travers

Illustrator: Martha Winona Travers

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

 

  • The WayCard Oracle is a unique and simple deck of cards that features 33 ordinary illustrated cards that depictures keywords for our better judgment.
  • I can’t say much about the illustrations on the cards since there are not any. The illustrations are done by Martha Winona Travers. All cards have the same background/templet. The background is white and there is faded gray arrow pointing north. In the middle of the image and for all 33 cards, there is a keyword that is used for divination.
  • The back of the cards is not reversible and it bares the same background/templet as the front of the card. Only that in the background color is a forest green and the arrow pointing north is a gold color.
  • The texture of the cards is semi-sturdy and shuffle well. The cards are matted and feel really nice. They are approximately “4 X 5”.
  • The cards are stored in a beribboned magnetic box.
  • The text booklet is written by Martha Winona Travers. This book contains 96 pages. The book starts off with a Foreword, a Preface and an Introduction. Then you are introduced to a “Table of Correspondence”. Then to a section called “How to Use the Cards” and here are included two spreads called “Patterns” and “Three Cards”. Then you are brought to a section called “Interpretation of the Waycards”, this will give you the meanings to all 33 cards. For each chapter you will see the title of the card, a group of keywords (other than the ones written for each card), a quote from a philosopher or author and an a lengthy description.
  • I’m pretty impressed by this oracle deck. I don’t recall ever seeing anything so simple before. When I learned that it had 33 cards, I thought it was one of those French/Lenormand oracles. Then seeing the cover of it, I thought it had to do with something Celtic or nature oriented. The book is well written and it explains perfectly what the cards mean. Some people may be put off that it does not include any illustrations, but think of it this way, all that empty white space serves to write notes, what the cards mean. If you are interested in picking up this oracle deck, click here!

 

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

The Avalon Oracle

The Avalon Oracle is a transformational journey
through the sacred landscapes of Britain and a
getaway to the Holy Island of Avalon.

~ Quote from the back of the box

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Title: The Avalon Oracle:
Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle

Author: Jhenah Telyndru

Illustrator: Emily Brunner

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

 

  • The Avalon Oracle is a magnificent deck of cards that features 46 beautifully illustrated cards that pictures the time, nature and people in the Avalonia era.
  • As I was looking at each card through the deck, one particular card had me, “OMG!” and “Awww”. This card is called Moon 3, Moon of Transformation. This card is by far the most beautiful of all. This card has an air to an animal haven. The clouds are very vivid. There are animals circling the image and each other. Below the image there is a black rooster who appears to have found a gold nugget. Above it, entwining with the clouds, there is a white rabbit, a fawn dog, a grey lamb, a light brown hawk and a fawn owl. This truly is my favorite card because it shows my love for animals. When this card is drawn, it is asking you to demonstrate what you have learned from past experiences.
  • The second card is quit beautiful in its own way and many mystics and Avalon fans may love it. In this card there is a person dressed in a blue hood who is sailing on a shallop. It is dawn and from the water emerges a celestial being that glows in a frost blue color. This being is holding a sword pointed up in the air. When this card appears in a reading, it is telling you that the end of a struggle is coming.
  • The last card is a nice one. In this image we have the Goddess Rhiannon siting in her throne. Passing by her is her white horse. She is dressed in a red dress and in her right hand she is holding what appears to be a wand with different branches that have pears attached to the tips. When she appears in a reading, she is telling you to stand strong and to not let anyone bring you down. Stay strong for what you believe.
  • The back of the cards is reversible. It is not recommended that you read the cards in reverse. The image for the back of the cards is pretty neat. The image consists of a round stone that has two circles joint together, creating an infinity sign. The top and bottom part of the image has a blend of entwined wires and on the side white flowers.
  • The texture of the cards is semi-sturdy and shuffle well. The cards are glossy and feel really nice. They are approximately “4 X 5”.
  • The cards are stored in a beribboned magnetic box.
  • The text booklet is written by Jhenah Telyndru. This book contains 128 pages. The book starts off with a short Introduction and it contains 7 seven pages and each page demonstrates how the cards are grouped into different categories. After that, there are two page titled “The Sight and Synchronicity”. Then the meanings of the cards are introduced to you. There are 7 groups, all which contain a group of 5 to 13 cards. This groups are, Cycle One: The Five Seeds of Wisdom. Cycle Two: The Avalon Cycle of Healing. Cycle Three: The Goddess of Avalon. Cycle Four: The Thirteen Moons of Avalon. Cycle Five: The Nine Morgens. Cycle Six: The Three Realms and Cycle Seven: The Cyclic Journey. Each page within those 7 groups contains a section that gives you information and meanings of the cards. The pages for each cards are organized by Card Description, Key Words, Quest, Divinatory Meaning and Affirmation. After all of this you will come across a section that will provide different card spreads. The spreads are, Single Card Draw, The Avalonia Cycle of Healing Spread, The Awen Spread, The Ninefold Spread, The Three Realms Spread, The Mirrors Spread, The Three Cauldrons Spread and The Five Seed Spread.
  • The illustrations for each card was done by Emily Brunner. The art is computerized, via Photoshop. The art is very soft and nice. The art makes detail in each card stand out and gives a proper theme to the deck as a whole.
  • I’m not a big fan of the Avalon, but I do know many people who are. When I saw this deck I felt that it would be appreciate for Avalon lovers and felt that this deck had so much to offer. I was blown away by the book and all the information that it includes for each card. I was also taken that it features Goddesses (I wish it would of included more Goddesses, but I know that the ones that were there were pivotal for the theme of this deck.) The divinatory information is filled with too much information for you to use and the descriptions of the cards really helps you understand each card. I highly recommend this deck to all Pagan/Wicca/Avalon lovers. To buy it, click here.

 

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

Carry Me Crystals

What if you don’t have access to the crystals you
wanted to work with? Through the power of intention
and the creative use of thoughts and words…

~ Quote from the back of the box

 

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Title: Carry Me Crystals
Chakra Clearing and Oracle Deck

Author: Joanie Eisinger, Elizabeth Jarvis and Peter Jarvis

Illustrator: Joanie Eisinger, Elizabeth Jarvis and Peter Jarvis

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

 

  • The Carry Me Crystal is a cute bundle that includes 44 beautiful and colorful cards. Each card features a picture of a precious stone and precious metal. They are all so colorful and lively.
  • In the first card that I was drawn to was “Gold”. I’ve always liked gold, not just because of it’s value, but because of the color and shine. Gold is very scared and it was a mental that many people would admire and fight over centuries ago. When this card is drawn, it is telling you to improve your sight, let love for other things and people be paramount.
  • The second card that people find appealing and beautiful is “Amethyst”. I’ve always had a liking for this stone. I like the way it looks and how its purple color emanates such peace and tranquility. When this card is drawn, it tells you to welcome light and energy. Once it shines through you, it will open your crown chakra. Also, use this stone or card to re-energies you when you are feeling down or sad.
  • The last card that I was immediately drawn to is the “Garnet” card. This card/stone is special to me because it is my birthstone. When this card is drawn, it lets you know that your wounds (physical, mental or emotional) will be healed. Whenever someone has hurt you, because to forgive, forgiveness will heal you in all the right ways.
  • The back of the cards is not reversible. Instead, you will have the title of the card and the divinatory meaning written in the center of the card.
  • The texture of the cards is sturdy and shuffle well. The edges of the cards are gilded. They are approximately a little over “3 X 2”, (a bit smaller than poker cards)
  • The cards are stored in a beribboned magnetic box.
  • The text booklet is written by Joanie Eisinger, Elizabeth Jarvis and Peter Jarvis. The begins with a “Preface” and an “Authors’ Message”. Then you will be provided with two pages for each cards. On the upper left hand side there will be the name of the stone and below it, the chakra that it is affiliated with. Then you will have lengthy paragraph that explains the meaning and how it can aid you.
  • The illustrations may or may not have been done by the creators/authors of this project. Nonetheless, the pictures are very nice and visually attractive to look at. Each stone is photographed by a professional camera and sits in the middle of the image and white a white background. I’ve never seen such beautiful display of stones before.
  • I found this oracle deck to be very cute and accessible. When I saw the size of the box, I thought the cards were going to be a bit larger, but upon opening the box and retrieving the book, I saw the size of the cards and smiled. Then I went to explore the book and was surprised by how much information was provided for the cards/stones. This is a fantastic addition to those who work with stone for divination or for healing purposes. Or simply for stone lovers. If you want to own this oracle deck, click here!

 

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

Shamanic Healing Oracle Cards

Within the bounds of natural imagery and look into the
energies, fears, and wrong beliefs that
are holding you back from having the best life possible.

~ Quote from the back of the box

 

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Title: Shamanic Healing Oracle Cards

Author: Michelle A. Motvzas

Illustrator: Michelle A. Motvzas

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

  • The Shamanic Healing Oracle Cards is a nice and cozy oracle deck that features 44 beautiful cards The art in each card appears to be peaceful and very earthly. Each art contains different elements and symbols that give the messages to the cards more meaning.
  • In the first card there is a log that lays in the middle of the card and it divides the rain that’s falling from the sky and the lake. Under the tree, there is a blue butterfly that’s ready to fly forward and there are three white lilies. Resting on top of the tree are two blue eggs in a nest. The interpretation for this card is “new beginnings”. This card tells you that you need to let go of things in order to start fresh. It’s never good to let someone or something hinder you.
  • The second card that I found rather cute is called “Past, Present and Future”. In this card there are three black crows that are standing on top of one another. Behind them is a large black leaf and underneath them appears to be a stream of water. This card tells you to tie your past, present and future and to learn from it. It also advises you not to make the same past mistakes twice.
  • The last card which I liked is “Physic Development”. In this card there is a white swan that is floating on top of water. Underneath the water there appears to be vegetation. Above it there is a large yellow sun. This card is letting you know that there is a spark of psychic in you and it’s only a matter of time that you develop it.
  • The back of the cards is not reversible. The illustration used for the backs is a blue background with white frames. There is a brown colored hand with a white spot in the center.
  • The texture of the cards is sturdy and shuffle well. The edges of the cards are gilded. They are approximately a little over “4 x 6”.
  • The cards are stored in a beribboned magnetic box.
  • The text booklet is written by Michelle A. Motvzas and it features 120 pages. The book starts off with a Preface. Then there is a section called “How to do a Reading for Yourself and Others” and under this section there are tips and pointers like how to ground yourself, how to shuffle the cards, how to lay out the cards (this dose not refer to conducting spreads), how to scan the cards and become familiar with the images, how to read the cards and how to summarize the messages. Then you will find three simple and basic spreads like a one, three and five card spreads. After that, you will jump into the interpretations of the cards. One the left hand side you will have a short paragraph that tells you the meaning of the cards and on the right hand side you will have the picture of the card. The cool thing is that the pictures and pages are in color.
  • The illustrations are done by Michelle A. Motvzas. The images appear to be done by hand with chalk and possibly some oils and/or acrylic paints. The images emanate a good and earthly vibe, one that you do not see so often.
  • I found this oracle deck adorable and sensitive. I adore how simple and easy it is to read with. The images and the interpretations for the cards are very inviting. Michelle writes and elaborates the messages so well that it is easy to memorize and to connect with. The title for each card is self-explanatory and dose connect with the interpretations in the booklet. I adore anything that has to do with Native Americans and Shamans, when I saw this deck I had to get it. The size of the box is portable that you can carry it with you if you’d like. If you would like to purchase this oracle deck, click here!

 

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

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