Oracle Deck & Guidebook Review
The White Light Oracle
by Alana Fairchild
Cards (44) & Guidebook (240 Pages)
…White light holds all the colours, all the frequencies needed for healing ourselves, each other, our planet, and all her precious creatures. It is divine medicine for the soul, empowering the heart, clarifying the mind, and awakening higher consciousness. I had been dreaming of writing this deck with the visionary art of A. Andrew Gonzalez for years. Finally it is the time to release it… (Author’s statement)
The White Light Oracle deck is a gift of inspiration and visual feast. I had come across the work of artists, A. Andrew Gonzalez many years ago when I was looking for an image to accompany a piece of writing. What I stumbled upon was sheer beauty. So, when I was asked to review this deck I did not realize that the imagery used had been masterfully created by luminous image artist, Mr. A. Gonzalez. What a thrill to open the package and hold in my hands a beautifully written accompanying guidebook and 44 cards with amazing artwork.
First of all let me clarify the difference between an oracle and a classic Tarot deck. The Tarot decks are (almost without exception) 78 cards broken into a Major Arcana (the Spiritual heavy hitters) and the more relatable Minor Arcana (images that more closely resemble day-to-day events). The Tarot (in some form) has been used for centuries and is thought to even date back to Ancient Egypt and beyond. Because of the longevity and continuation of its use as a divinatory resource, specific and classic spreads (lay-outs) and standardization of basic interpretations have evolved. In many cases you could pick up any Taro deck, whether the classic Rider-Waite or more modern, Divine Diversity deck and have the underpinnings of common interpretation that then becomes colored to the specificity of the theme.
Oracle decks follow a pattern that resonates with the theme of their oracle and can be any number cards, although most often they don’t reach the 78 count. There is an open-ended quality with oracle decks that allows for use in multiple ways beyond the traditional spreads, as in Tarot and there are no standard (astral-inroad) interpretations since each deck is uniquely its own thing. And, because of this flexibility the themes used to create the oracle deck are only limited by the imagination. Both Tarot and Oracle decks are generally used in the same way- that of being a tool of prediction, deeper insight and opening pathways.
The White Light Oracle fits the bill nicely with evocative imagery and the guidebook provides fresh interpretative ideas and thought provoking questions and exercise to deepen the experience of the card you have randomly selected. I placed my cards on the back-drop of a black velvet cloth and they came alive in depth and meaning.
About the Guidebook:
I really enjoyed the way the guidebook was organized. The Introduction provided ample information about the “whys” of the deck’s creation and a surprising addition of discourse on the nature of rapture, the role of ecstasy in spiritual work and the place of ego as a detriment or boon in seeking the mystic’s way. It may seem as extraneous information, but I felt it laid the necessary groundwork for working with and opening up to the subtleties of the imagery and interpretations of the cards.
… We need to be careful that we don’t seek to nourish our spirit with that which cannot
truly sustain it. We can respect and appreciate what this world has to offer and dedicate
ourselves to giving something of heart-value back whilst recognizing
that there is a need only spiritual connection can fulfill….1.
The next section flowed into “How to Play with Your White Light Oracle”. This is a standard introduction to the traditional protocol of blessing, purifying and considering layouts, etc. that you will find accompanying most oracle or Tarot decks.
You will recognize the names of some of the cards in the White Light Oracle, but many are not the standard fare. Another unique feature is the addition of a healing frequency (such as 174Hz0 indicated on card 13-Bastet of the 174Hz. This is a nice aid in using the underlying vibrational field of these cards with some overtly displayed in the range of their healing and vibrational frequency. Sound and vibration weave the nature of the cosmos and are the driving force that sustains. Employing this thought and energy into these cards that in and of themselves carry very specific levels of frequency generated by the imagery, adds another point of connection.
The reminder of the book is dedicated to “The Messages” relayed within the cards and the Healing Process within each. Each healing is an opportunity to kinesthetically connect with the card, your body and move into the space of your luminous spirit. These are min rituals that offer resonance at a cellular and core level to promote healing, well-being and Light.
The is no one card that I enjoyed more than the other. I am, instead, savoring immersing myself in the imagery and work of each of the cards. This deck is truly a feast for the eyes, nourishment for the soul that makes use of very simple, yet deeply profound, techniques and visioning that will be relevant and evolve as the user returns consistently to its wisdom.
...The doorway to the Sacred is found within the heart. From the heart,
we connect with, nourish and develop our soul… (Author-Back cover)
Would I Recommend?
Oh my goodness, a resounding yes! The artwork alone is gorgeous and transcendent and this coupled with the insight of Alana’s text is all that you need for any path or practice.
Alana Fairchild is a world-renowned spiritual teacher and bestselling author, inspiring a devoted following of fans. Alana’s highly original body of work includes oracle decks and books as well as DVDs and albums of guided meditations and sacred music. Alana has also created a unique and powerful online healer training program?Soul Guidance and Sacred Mentoring™?and an in-person initiation program into channeling the divine feminine called The Kuan Yin Transmission™. Alana has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, and continues to create stunning new offerings to awaken the spirit and heal the soul. She is a unique and well-established figure in the metaphysical movement, dedicated from the heart to assist humanity in moving forward on the spiritual path with authenticity, grace, and a sense of humor.
A. Andrew Gonzalez
1. pp. 30
About the Author:
Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.
Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.
Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of Oak and Willow since Samhain of 2001.
As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.
Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience.
Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.
The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology
The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah
The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah
The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe
Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord
The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF
Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions
Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion
A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year
The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings
The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World
For more info: http://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html
Robin’s Website: www.robinfennelly.com
Coven of the Mystic Path, ASW: www.covenofthemysticpath.org