Publisher's product page.
Subgenre: divination, spirituality, oracle cards
Format: oracle card deck with companion book in boxed set
Source: Personal collection
link to my review), and I have found these oracle cards work nicely with that deck. I currently also use the Gilded Tarot (Marchetti; link here for my review) as a daily deck, and I feel this oracle deck would work well with it as well. In fact, I think you can use it pretty much with almost any Tarot deck. Naturally, you can also use the oracle cards by themselves.
The deck is based on Colette Baron-Reid's book The Map (link to WorldCat record). I have not read the book, and I feel that you can enjoy and use the deck just fine without reading the book. I am sure those who have read the book might have additional insights into the cards. If I get a hold of the book and read it, I'll write a review for it.
The deck package includes 54 cards and a small paperback book of 153 pages. The book includes the following:
- A short introduction from the author.
- A section on "How to use the cards." This includes a statement on the cards' purpose, how to do a reading, and some sample readings with three card spreads (one-card, three-cards, and six-cards spreads).
- The cards' meanings. This is the core of the book. Each card gets about 2 1/2 pages of text. Text includes card number, card title, an epigraph verse, and upright and reversed meanings. There is also an illustration for every card in black and white.
The guidebook is pretty basic. As I mentioned above, the card meanings are the core of the book. Baron-Reid's writing is relatively peaceful and uplifting. Card meanings often include suggestions for reflection and ideas for further thinking. It is a pretty spiritual deck in the sense she brings in various spiritual ideas in a general way. What I am trying to say is that there are no direct divine references or specific deities; it's more things like the Universe and a great spirit kind of thing. Whether you are a believer or not, this book and deck can work for you.
For folks who read intuitively and ignore books, these cards should be good given their evocative art. If you do read the book, you get enough to get you thinking and reflecting. There are times I wish the book had a bit more depth, but overall it gives you enough to work with the deck.
In the end, I like this deck very much, and I would recommend it. I really like the art, and I enjoy its light, positive, and overall uplifting tone. I am glad I added it to my collection.
4 out of 5 stars.
This set qualifies for the following 2017 Reading Challenges: