Vintage Wisdom Oracle
by Victoria Moseley
If you are drawn to the Victorian Era, or to the energy of similar past eras, The Vintage Wisdom Oracle, will call to you. It is a 52 card deck inspired by feminine energies and guidance. This deck is not strictly Pagan based, it leaves its classification very open, in my opinion, so that people from many different faiths feel comfortable using it. For example, it uses words like “maiden, Higher Power, Goddess,” and also refers to the elements, intuition, and messages from Spirit. However, the author also references “Adam and Eve, the Kingdom of God”, and does have a card “The Guardian Angel.” If the different religious references bother you, than this is not the deck for you. If they do not, and you are able to take those references and turn them into a guide for your own beliefs, then you will be satisfied with the deck at the very least.
The portraits on the cards are beautiful goddesses, maidens, and strong women. Physically they are beautiful and the artistic quality gives you the feel of holding a recently painted portrait. They are not bright and flashy, they have a calm, quiet focus on their individual detail. They have a vintage look about them in the artwork itself, as well as the font the cards are written in.
For me, the cards are a bit awkward to hold due to the size of them. I have average size hands and it can be a struggle for me to shuffle them without dropping any, as they are too big for my hands. The cardstock that is used however, has a very nice, soft, smooth almost comforting feel to them- I enjoy holding them, and I like the feel of them. This is one of the main reasons I continue to work with this deck, even though I struggle with the size physically. I am drawn to their energy.
The The Vintage Wisdom Oracle deck is accompanied by a 79-page instruction or guide book. It is much smaller than the cards, and easy to carry with you, if you so chose to continue your education on the basic meanings of the cards. The book also holds the vintage, artistic quality of the cards, with the way it is written and the fonts used.
I really like the way the author explains each card and offers different interpretations and doesn’t hold the reader to a black and white definition. For example, when pulling the Strength card, the author does reiterate the meaning of physical strength in a reading, “Great emphasis is often placed on physical strength because it is tangible and easy to measure, whether in the form of prowess, status, or worldly power.” However, further into it, she also opens up the possibility that this card could represent internal strength, or lack there of it. She also incorporates the possibility of where you are on your spiritual path in this card, “The quality of strength you have directly depends on whether you are aligned to the ego or the Higher Power.”
As a reader myself, it is very important to me that I do not feel locked into a definition or an interpretation of a card. Some decks feel more black and white, or cut and dry and in my opinion, that cripples a reader who truly uses their intuition to provide messages for the person they are reading for. I feel that this deck does give you the freedom to concentrate on the situation, the person, and your intuition and provides you with the guidance to give an appropriate answer.
If you are open on your spiritual path and enjoy the Vintage, Victorian Era, and have an appreciation for classic art, in my opinion, this is a great deck for you to work with. If you are looking for a Pagan based deck then this is not the deck for you.
About the Author:
Jade Perri, the owner and founder of Embrace Your Path. Jade is an eclectic Witch, who has been practicing for more than 10 years and offers guidance on an array of topics. She specializes in divination from Tarot Cards, Oracle cards, Runes, and Pendulums, as well as Scrying and automatic writing. Jade also practices Animal Magick, Dragon Magick, and Poppet Magick. She is an enthusiastic teacher and offers classes and certification in many different areas. She also holds a special interest in animal communication and handmade custom poppets. She is also the mother of two children, manages an animal shelter, and likes to spend time with her husband. Embrace Your Path Facebook Page. Embrace Your Path Instagram.