Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review: The Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck

Anna Cortez (Author) and C.J. Freeman (Illustrator)
Publisher: U.S. Games Systems
ISBN-10: 1572815256
ISBN-13: 978-1572815254
Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.4 x 0.9 inches

By their numbers, suits and pictures,
The Cards communicate
And begin to tell their story
Each time we shuffle fate.
*C.J. Freeman

 An Oracle Deck created by Anna Cortez and her father, C.J. Freeman. 
This interesting deck has 52 cards, the art has a “vintage” feel and the cards are small, measuring 4.8 x 3.4 x 0.9 inches. The card backs are a creamy yellow color with a black ornate border and a center image of swirls and symbols in black. There is a very small (with very tiny print) LWB in the card pack that will provide you with insight into each card.  The deck is constructed to represent the 52 weeks of the year. The introduction states that this is not to be confused with a Tarot deck or reading with an ordinary deck of playing cards, they have “created a unique deck that is made to accompany the companion book”.  The closing inside the LWB states that in order to get the most from this deck you will need the companion book. Inside the LWB you will see an introduction and then a description of the Suits and what each of them represents with “Key Concepts”.  The “Oracles” are then explained and the reader is advised to use these as “clues”.  There is a section on Court Cards, a Calendar Spread, The Cat Spread, and The Significance of Card Positions; each with instructions on how to lay out the cards and interpret each card with ideas on the position of each card. 

The Suits:

Diamonds: Element: Fire
Key Concepts: Prosperity, creativity, self-confidence, transformation, spiritual growth.

Clubs: Element Air
Key Concepts:  Ideas, thinking, dreams, communication, detachment.

Hearts:  Element:  Water
Key Concepts:  Emotions (love, hate, fear, etc.), sympathy, healing the subconscious.

Spades:  Element: Earth
Key Concepts:  Labor, career, housing, the physical body, discipline, responsibility.

Getting to know this deck:
I pulled 4 cards and laid them out in a row. (I used the images on the website as a reference):

 Seven Diamonds:  The Sword of Truth
The blade of this sword cuts through the fog of false thinking and delusions, allowing the light of truth to shine through.

Six Diamonds:  The Tower
Ascending the spiral of stairs within The Tower brings a new view, changes in attitudes, and feelings of protection and peace.

Ace Clubs:  Ethra
The moth represents another world, where dreams, ideas and creative impulses emerge.

Three Clubs:  The Wish
Thought has influence even beyond what we are willing to admit to ourselves, so be careful what you wish for, it might come true!

These cards represent a “snap shot” of the time at hand and the four weeks to come.

I find that these cards hold a message that mirrors a similar message I received during a recent Tarot reading; an example of synchronicity to be sure.  I mention this for those who are unfamiliar with Oracle cards and may wonder about the type of information you receive can with them.  It also may shed light on reading with playing cards-even though the author stresses that this system is unique, it should give you an idea of how a “message” will look.

I really like the “feel” of these cards, they are a dream to handle-not too shiny, not sticky and definitely small enough for those with petite hands.
The images are interesting to me and the colors are pleasing.  I also like that there are no borders on the card images. I would recommend this deck to anyone who is willing to purchase the companion book or to those who already have the book and want to discover the true potential of the creator’s vision.

*I did a little research and found that there are many reviews of the companion book on Amazon that will give you details about how the deck works.  Anna Cortez is passionate about the Playing Card Oracles, if you would like to watch her videos you can find them on her website or You Tube.

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