Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards

Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards
Authors: Doris Diamond & Susan Starr
Photographic Art by Doris Diamond
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2016

Description: 40 cards and a 24 page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card size: about 3.5 by 5 inches.

The Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards took me back to my childhood, to time spent gazing through a Kaleidoscope. The artist layered nature photos and created images of magical scenes. With this deck, all you need are the cards and your own imagination to dip in and receive guidance from the Earth Mother, Gaia.

The guidebook is slim, but it covers all you need for this deck. The Introduction covers how to use the cards and shares thoughts on the creation of the cards and their meanings. Possible meanings for each card are covered in the bulk of the book. The Appendix offers suggested questions and nine sample themed spreads.

Above, in the lower right corner, you see Sparkleburst.

My mind screams 'Fireworks'. A burst of energy emerges from the card. Things are about to happen quickly. I get the sense of chaos with purpose. There's no time to prepare at this point. Allow the sudden energy to guide you to the final destination.

The guidebook gives this card the keyword, Emergence.

Your awareness opens to an alternate universe. Your passions ignite, awakening within you. With so much activity, it's not surprising your light will shine upon those around you.

In the lower left, you see Regal Strut.

You are in your element. Confidence radiates out from your body. Each feather represents an admirable trait, a gift, a talent.

The guidebook gives the card the keyword, Pride.

In working with this deck, I found the selected card brought new insight into the situation of the moment.

As a divination tool, I personally wouldn't choose this deck.

I recommend this deck as a guidance tool to further reflect on what's going on in your life. They would make nice daily prompts for your journal. They could also bring guidance and a clear view to the situation at hand, allowing you to see it from a slightly different perspective.

Gain guidance from Earth Mother, Gaia. Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing.)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: First Light Tarot

First Light Tarot  - Dinah Roseberry
First Light Tarot
Author: Dinah Roseberry
Images: Hubble Telescope
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2016

Description: 66 cards (22 Majors, 22 Insights, 22 Spread Cards), a 95 page guidebook, and a laminated Reference Card in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card size: 3.5 X 5 inches

The First Light Tarot is an amazing deck of cards. The images will take your breath away and ignite your imagination.

The author speaks of Light Beings. She has created a set of cards with images to connect you to them and allow their guidance to come into your life.

"Vibrations are the basis of all life," the Light Beings told me.

"What," they said, "Would you do if you had a system to assist you in making the correct determinations?

The First Light Tarot is not a normal deck of Tarot. The system may not appeal to everyone, but the cards can be used in multiple ways. From card reading to meditation, most will find a way to gleam insight from this deck.

The cards are divided into three types: 22 Majors, 22 Insight Cards, and 22 Spread Cards.

The Majors can be used as a traditional Tarot Major Arcana Deck. The Major cards include the card number, name and a keyword in the upper right, and in the lower left, three keywords. These cards represent the important issues in your life, the big events.

The Insight Cards can be used as an oracle deck. The cards include a number association, card number and name in the upper right, and in the lower left, the key concept. These cards represent your daily life.

The cards can also be used as a 44 card deck in a traditional spread style. The Spread Cards assist in creating a visual spread to follow. You may also use the Insight Cards and Spread Cards with any Tarot deck or Oracle Deck.

Meditation is another option with the cards. The images work wonderfully, allowing your mind to enter space and receive guidance from a higher source.

The Guidebook is divided into two parts.

The first part gives insight into the creation of the deck and the many uses of the deck. There are sections on the Spread Cards, the Universal Spread (a special spread for the deck), Astrology Signs, Numerology, Meditation, and Reading Process.

The second part covers the Majors and the Insight Cards. Topics covered on the Majors are Card Number/Name, Descriptor, Keywords, Astrology Sign/Meaning, and Advice. Topics covered on the Insight Cards are Number Associations and Advice.

The Reference Card gives a snapshot into the cards. The Majors include Card Number/Name, Descriptor, Keywords, Astrological Sign/Meaning and Quick Advice. The Insight Cards include Card Name/ Descriptor, Key Concepts, Number Association/Meaning and Quick Advice.

In working with the cards to this point, I've received good, precise readings. The cards have a nice vibration to them. With any reading involving a new deck, I first jotted down my own thoughts before looking up the suggested meanings in the guidebook. I didn't always agree with the author's interpretation, but that's part of adopting a new deck. You must make it your own and follow your own instincts. The author establishes the playing field, but you create the game to play.

I recommend this deck for anyone who has ever yearned to see deeper into space. Do you look up and wonder what else is out there? Do you feel a strange pull toward the stars and moon? This deck was made for the sky watcher and the star gazers.

Discover the First Light Tarot. Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing.)

Monday, January 25, 2016

7 of Swords - A different perspective

I pulled my card for the week - January 25 thru January 31 - and received the 7 of Swords. As usual, I jotted down my thoughts at first sight.

"carrying burdens, but these are not your own."

As many of you know, this is not the normal interpretation of this card. The Seven of Swords is a thief. He grabs what he can and tiptoes away, usually undetected. The card can represent you as the thief or it could be a warning of something being taken from you.

It's important when reading cards to follow your intuition, even if it goes against all that you know.

I'm very aware of what the card is referring to in my life. I feel this is a message for me to step back from the current situation. The battle is not my responsibility. It is not my fight. I need to hand those swords back to their owner and walk away.

When selecting a card for the week, the energy of the card can affect a multitude of people. The energy can touch a person individually. But it may also show itself on a larger scale, affecting a community or country, a public figure or situation.

In reflection of my interpretation of this card's energy for the week, here are some questions you may ask yourself.

Am I carrying burdens that don't belong to me?
Have I taken on a problem that has nothing to do with me?
Have I allowed myself to become distracted by someone else's challenge?
Am I really helping in this situation, or am I interfering?

Have a blessed week!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Your Personal Year Card and WORDs for 2016

When did people start setting WORDS instead of goals for the New Year? It seems I'm behind the times, yet again. This sounds like a great idea, let's see what I can come up with. You're welcome to follow along and create your own words for the year.

I'm picking three words, using three methods of inspiration.

I decided to start with my Personal Year Card to get some insight on the energy surrounding me for the year. For this, you add your birth month+birthday+current year, and reduce to a number below 23, which is then matched to a Major Arcana Card.

This year I find myself in the Personal Year of 13  - the year of DEATH. The energy of this card is about transformations, the letting go of something old to make room for something new, and endings opening the way for new beginnings.

I chose the Wisdom of the Oracle, a gift for my December Birthday, for my second source of inspiration. My random pull produced the number 13 card. (Right? I was a little surprised, too.) The Fork in the Road is all about making a decision, choosing a path, and moving in a new direction.

Another birthday present, the Under the Roses Lenormand became my third source of inspiration. I pulled two since they are read in pairs. I was pleasantly surprised by the cards pulled: the Letter/the Journal. I believe we can take this at face value - Journal/Book Writing.

So, what have I chosen for my word of 2016? Change, Forward, and Create.

Change - allow and embrace all changes in life and within self.
Forward - move forward, making necessary choices along the way.
Create - allow time and intuition to guide you in your creations and remember to enjoy the journey.

What words have you set for this year?