Hi, there, dear readers!
You're looking at the page for a review of Nature's Whispers Oracle Deck that I got recently. I want to do this for a few reasons. One, this website is new, so I thought it might be a fun thing to do and something of interest to all you mystical peeps out there. Two, I've run into a small - I won't say problem - issue, I guess. It's something I've not experienced before. Although the way I read it's not too big of a difficulty, it is sort of puzzling. Maybe some of you have encountered this as well? Lastly, I like the idea of reviewing a deck and sharing my thoughts and experiences with it. So, I might do more down the line, who knows?!
I need to start off by saying that, like the rest of this blog, these are my own opinions, feelings, and experiences. Everyone's lives and beings are diverse. Everyone reads the cards in their own individual way. Because no two experiences are precisely the same, readers and decks, react to one another in a wholly unique way.
Now on to the good stuff, my thoughts on the deck itself!
The deck is by Angela Hartfield with artwork by Josephine Wall. It comes in a sturdy cardboard box with 50 cards and a guidebook. The cards are of decent card stock and are silky smooth, it's almost a velvety (??) texture. It's a tad difficult to describe really, but that's the closest I can get. The cards are larger than a lot of other decks, and especially regular playing cards, at about 5" in height and 3 3/4" in width. So if you happen to shuffle your cards like regular playing cards, it would probably be pretty tricky to accomplish it with these.
The artwork by Josephine Wall is the shining star here! It is positively breathtaking and just amazes you when you look at it. I swear I feel like I could study them all day! It has seemingly impossibly intricate artwork with a multitude of layers to each card. The cards are made of whimsical fantasy images in a myriad of vibrant colors. Just when you think you've seen everything a card has to offer, you begin to notice the carefully camouflaged hidden images in them.
I really enjoy the words, Angela Hartfield has come up with. They go together with the images very well. The deck does seem to be more focused on positivity, self-awareness, and self-love. So if you're looking for a deck that's no holds barred with a one-two punch, this is most likely not the oracle deck for you. It's soft, hopeful, and optimistic.
Now, the small (or not so small - depending upon how you read) issue I have with this deck. It's... the guidebook. It doesn't hold up to the cards for me at all. There are descriptions that I feel are spot on. Then there are ones that... I'm not sure, just don't seem to belong to the cards at all. Or they go off on a side tangent that's related to the card superficially. It is an oracle deck with pretty clear images and words on the cards, so you don't NEED to use the guidebook.
Now I read intuitively, so it's not a GIANT issue for me. But I know not everyone reads this way. It's perfectly fine to use more traditional interpretations or to go strictly by the guidebooks for tarot or oracle. I, personally, keep all the guidebooks that come with my decks and read them cover to cover. I like to be aware of how the makers intend their deck to be interpreted. To be completely honest, there are times when I'm intuitively pulled to look up a card in a guidebook. And that's ok. You don't have to be a strictly intuitive, guidebook, or traditionalist reader.
I feel the cards themselves are more than worth getting the deck. I've been using this deck for about a week to feel it out, and I'm more than happy with the results. It's told me some things I'm not that great at remembering to do or doing period... But it's nice to have that reminder by my side. Since I've been pulling one every morning and keeping it by my computer, it's helped me keep it more in the forefront of my mind. Giving me a tangible item to consciously work on the things I need to.
Here are a few more cards I've pulled throughout the last week.
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