These mystical allies posses the hidden knowledge
of shapeshifting, camouflage, change,
invisibility and metamorphosis.
~ Quote from the box
Title: Oracle of the Shapeshifters
Author: Lucy Cavendish
Illustrator: Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Publisher: Blue Angel Publishing
- These water creatures have come to splash you with euphoria, don’t fight it.
- Oracle of the Shapeshifters deck features 45 rich and lavish illustrated cards. Each card features both real and mystical animals; such as wolves, owls, and spiders, or dragons, phoenixes, and unicorns. These creatures are not alone, they come in their human form and they are here to help your transform into something new and radiant, to discard what it no longer needed. These changes will be inner or outer, mental, mental, physical, or emotional. It is up to you what you want to change.
- One of the cards that stood out for me from this deck is 14. Miss Spider Web. Here is a woman who is standing in a dark lair underneath a dungeon. Behind her are several spider webs. The spider webs appear to have pearls or crystals tangled with them. Next to her is a pretty large black widow. The figure wears a medieval dress. This figure reminds me of Elizabeth Bathory. The messages of this card are “Reconsider your alliances, make new connections.” What this card tells you is that you need to mingle with other people outside your “Web of connections”. Make a new or many more friends.
- A card which has a powerful and profound feeling and vibe to it is card 20. Elizabeth and the Lion. Here is the virgin queen standing and holding a lion’s head. The lion is gentle and very calm, and the queen is very trusting of this lion. The messages that this card conveys are “It is time to be a great leader”. Of course, this card is telling to stop being the follower and pave the road for others or simply pave the road for yourself.
- The last card which is one of my favorite and just reasons with me on so many levels is card 23. Quetzalcoatl and the Priestess of Time. Here is an Aztec priestess with beautiful bronze skin color and honey colored eyes and black hair. She stands behind a golden wall of an Aztec pyramid. Wrapped around her is the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl who is morphed into a green feathered dragon. This card is just beautiful! The meaning of this card is, “The time has come. The time to act is now.” This card tells to stop staling and do something! Time may be running out and you only have so much to do in a short matter of time.
- The back designs are not reversible and consist of one primary dark blue color. In the center of card is young girl holding her owl friend who appears in card 39. Little Owlyn which was zoomed in to accommodate the back design for these cards.
- 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 not as sturdy as the Oracle of Shadows and Light. Despite that they are not sturdy enough, they still hold up well. 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 box, bottom and lid, which is very sturdy and stores the card and booklet absolutely well.
- Companion booklet is written by Lucy Cavendish and features 164 pages. The book starts off with an introduction, then with the following paragraphs, Who you will meet within this world, What hold us back from evolution?, Forming a sacred alliance with the shapeshifters, Lucy’s shapeshifting vision, Human cells and change, Imagination and positive change, The self you tell yourself you are is not your only self, How to work the Oracle of the Shapeshifters, Layouts: Spreads to connect, Divine and Communicate, Questions you may have. And finally, the card meanings! In the card meaning pages you will find the picture of the card at the very top of the page, the card number, the title, and he key words. Then you have three interpretations, descriptions, and divinatory meanings.
- 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 can’t say anything but nice things about this oracle deck. I like animals, and I like that there are several animals in this deck. Though, dogs were not featured in the Australian edition this oracle deck, but the wolves make up for the lack of dogs. The theme of this deck is all about shapeshifters, shifting the inner and/or outer appearance of yourself. There are some cards that I found a bit out there. But none the less. It is a beautiful deck and idealistic to use when you are in a time or point of changing something about yourself for the greater good. You want to change something about yourself for better results and need the help of the shapeshifters, click here!
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