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    Oracle Deck Review – Secret Woods: Guides and Inspirational Messages by Kelly Patton

    Oracle Deck Review Secret Woods Guides and Inspirational Messages by Kelly Patton Publisher: Schiffer Red Feather Pages: 28 Cards, 72 Page Guide Book Publication: June 29, 2021     Author and artist Kelly Patton honored experiences she’d had spanning more than a decade by expressing insights and life lessons through art. Twenty-eight cards in her oracle deck feature unique animals, nature spirits and unusual creatures as guides who share their secrets and offer loving advice. “Secret Woods” comes packaged in a sleeve with a die cut offering a peek at the cover of the box beneath. The wrap-around box has a magnet to hold down the flap. Inside is the…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The Magician & The Devil     Let’s look at an interesting pairing this month, and compare The Magician with The Devil. Yes, these two Major Arcana cards have differences, but they have similarities, too. First, let’s review some terms. If you’ve read my column before, you can skip the next two paragraphs. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized…

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    Seeing the Signs: Oracle Deck Review -The Wild Elemental Oracle by Michelle Motuzas

    Oracle Deck Review The Wild Elemental Oracle by Michelle Motuzas Publisher: Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit 44 Cards & 112 Page Guide Book Publication Date: August 28, 2020     Once again, I am reviewing an oracle deck based on the images of animals. The Wild Elemental Oracle by Michelle Motuzas and published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit has an entirely different look and feel than the Animal Lore Oracle Cards that I reviewed last month. They are every bit as artistically beautiful as spiritual, they certainly speak to the diviner using the cards. But the colors used to illustrate the cards – while vibrant and glowing – are…

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    Comparing The Knight of Pentacles & The Knight of Swords     For this month’s comparison we are going back to the Court Cards. Let us examine a Tarot “Royal” pair by getting to know the Knights via the Knight of Pentacles and the Knight of Swords. Just in case this is the first time you are reading my column, we will first review some basic information. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. There are 56 Minor…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

    Tarot Deck Review The Dark Goddess Tarot by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince Publisher: Red Feather Mind/Body/Spirit 176 Pages Publication Date: October 28, 2020     The Dark Goddess Tarot is created by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince (copyright 2020 by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince), and published by Red Feather Mind/Body/Spirit, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310. The Dark Goddess Tarot is a fascinating and beautifully lavish deck that explores 78 powerful female archetypes and the feminine powers inherent in magic, mystery, death, sex, dominion, and shadow. The Dark Goddess Tarot comes in a 6 1/4 inch by 9 inch cardboard box with a magnetic lid. The box is matte finish…

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    Comparing the Four of Swords & the Four of Cups     This month we will talk about two Tarot cards that approach the same concept, withdrawal, from two different vantage points. Let’s investigate the Four of Cups and the Four of Swords. The Four of Cups and the Four of Swords are Minor Arcana cards, so we know the message offered by these cards will most likely be more immediate in nature, or will most likely be connected to more day-to-day issues. The easiest way to get a decent understanding of a Minor Arcana card is to examine its number, or in the case of Court Cards, its rank,…

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    Interview with Nick Ribera – Creator of The Goracle

    Interview with Artist Nick Ribera     The Goracle is an oracle deck created by artist Nick Ribera that explores the beauty and power to be found in pain and death, and their role in learning intimately about the self. After reviewing card samples of The Goracle, I was excited to speak to Nick and find out more about this remarkable Oracle deck. Raushanna (RA): This is quite a striking and intense Oracle deck! My first question is the obvious one: what inspired you to create The Goracle? Nick Ribera (NR): Hello Raushanna! Thanks so much for speaking with me today. We’ll have to go back to 2018. I have…

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    Comparing the Aces     Let’s shake things up a bit this month, and talk about the four Aces and their connections to each other. Aces are different from the other Minors, as they are seen as being the seeds of their suit and element, rather than the manifestation of their suit and element. Aces are not material or manifested. They are tendencies that are the foundation of the manifestations of their suit; for example the Ace of Pentacles is not Earth, but rather a tendency to become Earth! The Aces are Minor Arcana cards, so we know right away that the messages offered by these cards will usually be…

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    Comparing The King of Wands & The King of Swords     We haven’t looked at the Court Cards of the Tarot for a while, so it is a good time to compare two Court Cards. This month we will compare two Kings, the King of Wands and the King of Swords. If you have been journeying with me already, you can skip the next paragraphs that offer some foundational information. The 78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards (dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, and archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in…

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    Tarot Deck Review – Visionary Path Tarot by Lucy Delics

    Tarot Deck Review Visionary Path Tarot by Lucy Delics Publisher: Park Street Press (Inner Traditions) 32 Pages Publication Date: 11/03/2020     The Visionary Path Tarot invites us to explore the vibratory nature of the universe and how it shimmers in our dreams and visions. Lucy Delics has created a portal to the mysteries into which sacred plant medicine guides us. This is a black and white deck, with intricate line drawings and images described on the box as “psychedelic.” The black and white drawings are alive and animate against solid black backgrounds. With a softened gaze, the drawings move and come alive. The images containing many references to plant…