Review: The Sacred Awakening Cards


sacred awakening cards 3The Sacred Awakening Cards is a 67-card oracle card set with accompanying paperback 48-page guidebook. The card and book set is packaged within a box with fitted lid that measures 3 7/8” x 5 ½” x 1”. The cards measure 3 ½ x 5” and are printed upon a highly flexible and somewhat thin card stock. The artist/author is Sa’arah Esther Felix, and is published by the Lemurian Temple LLC, 2013. I suspect this deck is self-published as I have never heard of this particular publisher. I purchased my copy from Amazon.

The cards shuffle easily, though I will warn anyone who purchases this deck that you will need to be VERY careful when you first remove the cards from the box. Give them a few gentle flexes. There is a very thin laminate on the cards and my deck arrived with some cards slightly stuck together. As I gingerly pulled them apart some of the black border came off so a few of my cards have white specks along the borders. This does not bother me and it never came close to tearing any of the cards, but depending on the level of humidity where you live, for some this may be a real problem, so open for first use carefully.

The imagery consists of bright colors that are a combination of painting and photo collage. The borders are black and the card title appears in white within the black border along the base of each image. The black borders allow the colors to really “pop,” and the images feel as if they are alive with energy. I have used the images for meditation and for me they work very well as a meditative tool so that may be something you may wish to consider should you purchase The Sacred Awakening Cards.

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The guidebook with a few introductory paragraphs on the artist’s idea behind the deck and how to use the deck. This is followed by several card spreads: a One Card, Three Card, and Four Card spread, as well as an 11-card Pagan Cross spread that will present you with a thorough analysis of a situation or question. Other traditional tarot spread work well with The Sacred Awakening Cards. Card interpretations consist of approximately 7 – 9 sentences that cover half the page. I have found the deck to be useful for both guidance and predictive readings.

Here is an example of The Sacred Awakening Cards in action.

For this 3-card reading I am asking for general guidance for all of my social media followers from now until the end of July, 2016. The cards you received are as follows:

Withinside + Veil + Resistance.

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Withinside indicates that you already possess whatever it is that you need to deal with any type of situation that arises in your life. You can rely upon your inner power. Despite the fact that you may not believe this, trust in the fact that every resource is at your disposal. Trust in the process, go with the flow, and be patient (paraphrased from pp. 44-45 of the guidebook).

Veil represents that which hides the love within you of All That Is. Despite being hidden by the Veil upon your incarnation, this love remains within you and is projected outward when you fall in love. Lift the Veil so you can continue to feel the flow of this divine love within you (paraphrased from pp. 43 – 44 of the guidebook).

Resistance represents the need to be open to the changes in life. When we resist change we block our own natural flow and this can lead to all sorts of problems. Be open to the lessons that life has to offer and this will help you to experience them with grace (paraphrased from p. 35 of the guidebook).

Taken together as a set, these cards indicate that the energies that are taking us from July into August are centered around helping us to realize we have the power within ourselves to transform our reality. Most of us do not believe this to be true, but it is. We all need to accept our inner power and so doing will allow us to access tools within us that have always been there for our use. Once we do that we can use that divine power within us to overcome our resistance to change, thus creating a free flow of energy in and through our lives that will help us in our own spiritual growth.

The Sacred Awakening Cards is a truly beautiful oracle that I can tell was created with love and intention. I find the images to be very soothing and some feel as though they are actually healing. I always feel uplifted after I have done a reading with this deck.

The images are all non-threatening, peaceful, some are quite joyful, and the interpretations offered in the guidebook are fairly straightforward, making The Sacred Awakening Cards a great deck for beginners and seasoned readers alike.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Review: Fin de Siecle Kipper by Ciro Marchetti


Kipper is a young form of cartomancy that comes to us from Germany and is like Lenormand, but the reading method is a bit different. Fin de Siecle translates to “end of the century,” and by this, it is the end of the 19th century that lends its Victorian clothing styles, architecture, and the early inventions of the Industrial Revolution to the images depicted in the Fin de Siecle Kipper created by renown Tarot artist, Ciro Marchetti.

The cards measure 4 1/8″ x 2 11/16″. The finish is a high gloss that gives the images of the Fin de Siecle Kipper a lovely sheen. The cards glide smoothly against one another in shuffling and laying out spreads. I really enjoy the feel of this deck. The card stock of my copy was a bit stiff at first, which is common with a brand new deck, but it loosened up after about 10 – 15 times of rifle shuffling.

The images of the Fin de Siecle Kipper are contained within a silver border and the entire card is set against a black background. I love decks with a black background. The black really helps the colors to “pop,” and in my opinion, make for a much greater visual impact than card decks that use a white background. There are no playing card inserts as with Lenormand and also the card images do not contain a short verse as many Lenormand decks do because Kipper, though somewhat similar, is really a different system that is also read somewhat differently from Lenormand. The card number appears at top of the image within a silver circle to match the frame of the image and the title appears in white against a black background centered at the base of the image. The card numbers and titles are completely non-intrusive. The Fin de Siecle Kipper  gildingdeck has a lovely silver gilding that does NOT come off on your hands as it can with some decks. You can see in the simple photo here taken with my iPhone 6 how the gilding reflects the colors in the room. It also has a lovely iridescent quality to it.

The box measures 4 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ x 1″. The box has a flap that comes down over the spine on the right-hand side of the box. The flap closes magnetically so the box can be stored upright and will not fall open. The main illustration features Fin de Siecle Kipper boxCard. No. 4: Courtship. Three card images are featured on the rear of the box: Card No. 2: Main Female, Card No. 16 Thoughts, and Card No. 10 Journey. There is silver gilding along both sides of the front cover illustration and also around the deck creator’s name. It is a lovely compact package that makes it very easy to carry this deck with you for us card readers who are on the go or never leave home with out a deck.

The accompanying guidebook measures 4 1/8 X 2 3/4″ and is the same size as the cards. It contains 83 pages. There are NO Kipper books written in English except for the guidebook for the Fin de Siecle Kipper.  All sources are written in German. You may think due to its diminutive size that the guidebook does not have much to offer, but you would be VERY wrong. The introduction is written by Ciro Marchetti and includes how the deck came to be and his reasoning for changing the cultural setting of the card images from the original Bavarian environment to that of Victorian Great Britain. This includes a short discussion of the massive societal impact of the Industrial Revolution, which is evident in several card images. There are secondary introductions from two of three contributing authors, Kipper experts Fortune Buchholtz and Stella Waldvogel.  The third contributing author is Susanne Zitzl.  The co-authors come from different backgrounds and include a brief introduction as to the manner they use to read Kipper cards.

Card interpretations open with a tiny black and white image of the card next to each contributing author’s interpretation. Interpretations are presented in alphabetical order according to the first name of the contributing author.  The contributing author’s initials are noted at the end of each of their card interpretations, FB for Fortune Buchholtz, SV for Stella Waldvogel, and SZ for Susanne Zitzl. The guidebook also includes commentary by Ciro Marchetti for 13 cards, including 2 out of the 3 additional cards he added to the Fin de Siecle, which are entitled Poverty (Card No. 37), Toil & Labor (Card No. 38), and Community (Card No. 39). The card interpretations are very thorough and provide you with what you need to know in order to make good use of this Kipper deck. The guidebook concludes with two spreads: Stella Waldvogel’s Triple Pyramid Spread and Susanne Zitzl’s SOS Spread. It is unfortunate that the guidebook does not contain examples or a discussion of Kipper reading card syntax. It differs slightly from Lenormand, but do pay close attention to Buccholtz and Waldvogel’s brief comments about reading syntax on pages 17 and 20, respectively. I include resources at the end of my review should you wish to learn more specific information about this intriguing system of divination. Ciro Marchetti concludes the guidebook with a brief discussion of how he animated the card images. You can view animations of the cards by downloading Aurasama, a free app for smartphones and tablets that will animate the cards.

NOTE: Ciro Marchetti first published the Fin de Siecle Kipper himself. The self-published edition varies from the mass-market US Games, Incorporated edition in a number of respects. Firstly, the self-published edition was not housed in a box, but in a lovely handmade satin drawstring bag made by Ciro’s wife, Maria. The bag is lined in silver, the drawstring is also silver. My copy has a single black pony bead on each end of the silver drawstring to hold the knot in place. The front of the bag has a silkscreen image of The House card with the main elements from the Journey and Change cards. The deck title appears within a horizontal banner parallel and running along the drawstring. The reverse side of the bag has a silk screened image of the figures from the Main Female and Main Male cards superimposed over a background of the Pathway card. Ciro Marchetti’s logo appears in a banner parallel to the drawstring area.

The cards of the self-published edition have a matte finish. Edges are not gilded. They vary in size from the US Games, Incorporated mass-market edition only in being a hair wider. They are the same length, 4 1/8″. Card stock is flexible that contributes to the ease of shuffling. The only difference in image between the self-published edition (below, on the left) and the US Games Systems, Incorporated edition (below, on the right) is that the image of the mass-market edition appear to be ever so slightly brighter when examined closely. Ciro Marchetti had the option of having the card backs personalized for those who purchased the self-published edition, which was a lovely touch.

Fin de Siecle Kipper comparison

Additional Resources to learn the Kipper System

Frances Buchholder has her own YouTube channel called “Fortune’s Fool” and she has devoted an entire section to Ciro Marchetti’s Fin de Siecle Kipper here.

There is also a Kipper 101 course taught periodically by The Card Geek, otherwise known as Toni Puhle. She offers courses through her World Lenormand Association; and yes, you can also sign up to learn how to read Lenormand cards there as well.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Review: Carry Me Crystals oracle deck


Carry Me Crystals: Chakra Clearing & Oracle Card DeckHow often have you carried crystals and stones in a pocket or your purse in order to keep their positive energies with you? I am sure the majority of those who read this blog have done this at least a few times in their lives. I myself have done this countless times and I also wear jewelry that features my favorite stones and crystals.

Some of us do not have easy access to a shop that sells stones and we may be hesitant to purchase them online as we’re not sure about the quality of the product we would be receiving. The solution to this dilemma is now here in the form of Carry Me Crystals: Chakra Clearing & Oracle Card Deck by Elizabeth & Peter Jarvis, and the channeling of Yeshua by Joanie Eisinger. This oracle deck is meant to serve as a substitute when the actual stones are not readily or easily available to you.

The Carry Me Crystals consists of 44 cards, each depicting a different crystal or stone. The cards are accompanied by a 6 x 9” full color 96-page guidebook. The cards themselves measure 3 ½ x 2 ½”. Each card contains a full color photograph of a particular type of stone or crystal on one side and a brief description of its qualities on the opposite side. My favorite is Amethyst because purple is my favorite color.  The Amethyst card reads, “You are welcoming energy and Light is shining through your crown chakra. Please use when sad and needing re-energizing.” The guidebook has a 2-page spread on Amethyst and explains it is the stone of both the third eye and crown chakras. Various qualities and uses of Amethyst are noted.

The cards and guidebook are housed in a 6 x 9 x 1 ½” box with hinged lid and magnetic closure. It can be stored standing on its end like a book. This is one of the hallmarks of Schiffer deck publications.

The cards have a semi-gloss matte finish to them. They are not laminated so I would actually not recommend that you carry them around with you as you would a real stone. Instead, what I have done with my set is to keep one to three cards visible and I look at them and contemplate the properties of those particular stones and how they pertain to my life and my chakras as I go about my day. I am sure to display the cards I have chosen for my day in a prominent location so that I see them as I pass nearby several times a day.

Another use I have for the Carry Me Crystals is to ask what I need to work on. I then will draw 1 – 3 cards and read their descriptions in the book. I can always relate to some aspect of the properties of the stone or I may realize that I need whatever energy that stone possesses for something I need to work on in my life. I will then display those cards and refer to them throughout the day or even for a few days at a time. I will also draw 1 – 3 cards if I am feeling out of sorts and I ask which chakras need work or healing. I am always amazed when I pull 2 cards depicting stones or crystals that relate to the same chakra. A few times all three cards have related to the same chakra so I know for sure which chakra needs the most work at that particular time.

The Carry Me Crystals is a good reference to own. It not only depicts very clear photos of each stone (the same photo that is depicted on the card is also used for the guidebook), but it also tells you how that stone can work for you and your chakras. I took the guidebook with me when I went to a rock shop recently and used it as my personal shopping list. The guidebook was a huge help to me as it also helped me to assess the quality of the stones I saw in person based on the photographs in the guidebook.

I recommend the Carry Me Crystals to anyone who is interested in stones and crystals. It makes for a nice little reference and as I noted earlier, the cards can be set out where you will see them throughout the day or carried with you in a wallet or purse so that the energy of the stones can affect you in positive ways through their photographs.

 

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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My First Flying Dream!


Moon from the AAT

The Full Moon Over Mountains. Original acrylic painting. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2016

How did everyone do with the full moon yesterday on the summer (or winter, depending on where you are) solstice?? All that energy had me BUZZING all day long, plus I got a ton of work done that I had been putting off regarding getting my artwork copyrighted so I can start sending proposals off to prospective publishers. In the end, however, I developed a smashing headache from everything I had done, or that may have been from the energy taking me a bit too high for my own good. I slept super hard last night & I dreamt I was in an astral temple speaking with St. Germaine & Serapis Bey (both ascended masters) about what? I am not quite sure! Despite my best attempts I cannot consciously recall what was said, but I do recall also seeing Isis there, though She did not speak. She was merely looking on. After that I had MY FIRST FLYING DREAM EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! And I flew & flew!

My mom had a lot of dreams in which she flew & she’d tell me about them, but I never would dream of flying. The closest I got was back in my 20s I had a dream I was on a plane. That’s it. That was the extent of my dream flying experience until last night.

The dream began over my house & once I realized I was flying I knew I was FREE!!! So I flew The Grotto at Twin Falls, Maui, Hawaii. Copyright Nefer Khepri, 2009.to Maui, my first choice. Since they’re 5 hours behind us here in Texas it was still daylight there & I flew along the Road to Hana and made pit stops at all the gorgeous waterfalls there. I soaked up all the lovely healing energy that they have & took dips in all of their pools. Then I figured I’d keep going east. I have never been to Australia & I really do wish to go, though I do not look forward to a 27 hour flight (!!), but I flew there last night. I wandered around in some cave system that had really cool cave paintings I haven’t seen before. I was inspired by the art I found there & I could hear shamanic chanting, but never could catch up with them. Perhaps they were just there in spirit & I wasn’t meant to see them.

Then I flew on northward to see the Great Wall of China. It’s really awesome from the air. What a remarkable engineering achievement! I then continued on to the Giza Plateau where I flew around the Great Pyramid and I landed on top of the Sphinx’s head where I hung out gazing up at the stars. I could see the entire Milky Way.

I cried.

Then I heard a voice, which said, “Stop screwing around!”

Suddenly, I was back in my own body with a resounding THUD & woke up because after all that flying around I really had to pee.

True story:)

Until next time, wishing you & yours many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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How to Connect With Your Spirit Guide


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Did you know you have several spirit guides? Everyone does. Some have just a few while some, like my daughter, have 31 (!!). Why she needs so many is anyone’s guess, but she is a teenager so that may be the reason. Perhaps all teens have over 30 guides.

I have many, many people ask me all the time, “Nefer, how can I contact my spirit guides? I don’t have any. No one ever answers me!”

Not true! You DO have spirit guides AND they answer! You just haven’t learned how to listen yet. More on that in another blog post. Here, I want to show you how EASY it is to make an initial connection with your own set of spirit guides.

This comes from a happy accident that happened to me yesterday. This is the type of accident that as it is occurring you don’t realize it’s an accident until you look back on it later.

A couple of weeks ago I had purchased a very nice piece of azurite from a shop that was azurite self promo my picholding their monthly psychic fair. Now, I very seldom go to these things simply because I have no need, but my daughter wanted her cards read so I took her since there is NO WAY she would EVER go to MOM for a card reading! Oh, perish the thought!!

I was not looking for azurite, but I was looking for a few other stones. I have a piece of tumbled azurite & was happy with it so I didn’t need a new piece, or so I thought. As I passed it by one piece really caught my eye. It wasn’t as pretty as two out of the four additional pieces they had on display, but there was just something about it. I guess I was picking up on its energy.

I picked it up & the second I did it felt like something within the stone latched onto me. It didn’t want to release my hand & the azurite felt like it was glued to my palm. I pulled it out of my hand with my right hand, but that didn’t work either because then it just attached itself to my right palm. I figured OK, fine. I guess this means you’re going home with me. I bought the darn thing & took it home.

I did what you regularly do with new stones. I cleansed it in a mild solution of spring water with a tiny pinch of sea salt (never use much salt as that can ruin many of the more delicate stones, just FYI – a tiny pinch is all you need because you’re working with the salt’s energy signature, not the salt itself). I then set it out under the full moon (this purchase had good timing) to further cleanse. The next day I left it out in the sun for a few hours in a new solution of just spring water asking Father Ra to charge it for use with my third eye and crown chakras in particular.

I placed the azurite with my other favorite pieces and there it sat for about 10 days looking pretty.

Yesterday afternoon after a day of doing 3 readings and feeling a bit drained I decided to use my new azurite to balance my crown and third eye chakras. This is a very simple process. Other stones you can use are: amethyst (the darker, the better), rose quartz (this is best for connecting with your angels), and clear quartz.

What I do is as follows:

  • I hold the stone in my LEFT hand. You take energy IN through the left side & send it OUT through the right side.
  • I focused on my angels & spirit guides asking them to bless &work through the azurite to cleanse and balance my crown chakra first.
  • I then carefully balanced the piece of azurite on the top of my head, which is the location of the crown chakra.
  • I took three deep, slow breaths.
  • Next, I held the azurite in my left hand against my third eye chakra (located in the center of your forehead just above the bridge of your nose).
  • Again, I took three deep, slow breaths.

As I was about to put the azurite back on my altar with it still held against my third eye chakra I felt something amazing. It was as if a bolt of energy entered the azurite and then zapped me right through my third eye! I felt the bolt go clear to the back of my head and OUT. I nearly fell backwards!

I put the azurite back on my altar and immediately sat down because the room was tilted at about a 30 degree angle from my perspective. I quickly regained my composure and felt fine. I filed the experience in the over-stuffed “Gee, Wasn’t That Weird!” file and went about my day.

Fast forward to about 4 hours later. It was time to drive my daughter to work.

I don’t bother with the radio for such a drive. I’m about to pull out of the parking lot into traffic when I hear a male voice coming from the passenger seat of my car. I’m the only one in the car with the a/c on & windows closed.

The voice tells me in a very calm matter-of-fact tone: “You should turn the radio on because they’re about to play David Bowie.” I figured NO because The Eagle in Houston basically sucks & they don’t play Bowie. But you know how it is. You hear a strange voice & first you freak out, then you figure well maybe I ought to turn on the radio. I do so & hear the concluding strains of some crap song & then FAME comes on!!!!

It was all I could do to not run my car off the road in shock!

I can tell you the voice belonged to a man & he sounded to be in his late 40s, maybe early 50s. Mature-sounding. He had a typical American accent so he may have been from the Midwest, which is considered the ideal American accent to have.
Once the song started up & I avoided wrecking my car from the shock, I did ask him who he was. All he said was “Shh!” I was like, “well, then!”
My impression at the time was that he didn’t want us talking over the song, then by the time I pulled into my driveway right after “Fame” concluded Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” came on. That’s my 2nd favorite song by them so I was rocking out in my driveway. I probably scared him away with my brand of “singing.”

Today the new guide’s been a bit chatty. He tells me his name is Roger & he has already apologized 4 times for NOT being David Bowie, which strikes me as being really funny. A spirit guide named Roger! Not very exotic. No Native American Shaman, or ancient Egyptian high priest, or even a teacher from the past. He said, and I quote because it’s just too dang funny:

“I’m just plain ‘ol Roger. There’s nothing spectacularly special about me. I was just hanging around & someone said hey! Wanna be a guide? I figured that sounded interesting so I said yes & here I am! I’m also very sorry to be so disappointing right off the bat like this. I am not David Bowie, but he’ll be around. You can’t see me, but as I say that I’m winking at you.”

I received this message in a brief session of automatic writing. My new guide signed it:

“Just Plain ‘Ol Roger”

Poor Roger! I feel bad for him! I guess that the method I used to connect with my new piece of azurite basically turned out to be like rubbing a genie’s bottle, but instead of some great powerful genie, Plain ‘Ol Roger popped out!

Try my method and let me know if it works for you. A more detailed method has a page dedicated to it at my website so do check it out. And remember, whenever you attempt to connect with your spirit guides or angels, ALWAYS call on some form of spiritual protection FIRST – even after regular contact has been established. The reason behind this is that lower spirits will attempt to masquerade as higher spirits in their attempt to mislead you. You can easily avoid this by calling on some form of spiritual protection first. Secondly, keep trying! Do not give up. It took me about four months before I noticed anything and then my guides at first only spoke to me in my dreams. Now they are seldom quiet. Sometimes I think I’m a good example of that old saying, “be careful what you ask for.” So do be careful. Remember, protection first EVERY time, and if you at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’ll happen eventually.

 

 

 

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The Blue Bird Lenormand


The Blue Bird Lenormand ($14.95 USD) is published by US Games, Inc. with a booklet by Stuart R. Kaplan. The Blue Bird Lenormand is a traditional Lenormand deck consisting of the typical 36 cards. No extra gender cards are included and the card titles, numeric, and playing card associations follow European tradition. The deck and booklet are housed I a blue tuckbox. The deck is named The Blue Bird Lenormand due to the little blue bird that graces the back of each card. Cards measure 2 3/8” x 3 ½”, which is typical Lenormand size. They arrive fairly stiff, but with repeated shuffling they break in just fine.

 The booklet is 40 pages long with a 13-page bibliography of Marie-Anne Adelaide Le Normand, the famous French fortuneteller whose name was borrowed to name the Lenormand system of divination. The booklet includes general card interpretations in the form of short paragraphs without keywords that are meant to serve only as a foundation and it is left up to the reader to gather additional information from other books that go into much more detail as to the manner in which the cards are to be read. Only one spread is included, the 36-card Grand Tableau and the method of Near and Far (or Near and Distant) reading is briefly summarized with Near and Far references also included within the individual card interpretations. A sample reading is also provided using the Grand Tableau.

 The cards themselves follow traditional European imagery. Playing card inserts are included on each card for those who practice cartomancy. The playing card inserts have the suit designs, but no numeric value other than the card’s number within the Lenormand system. The court card playing card inserts are figures dressed in the style of the 18th century French court, which was the historical period during which the Lenormand was created and first used. The card images of The Blue Bird Lenormand are quite lovely, and traditional in appearance. The card stock has a slightly varied yellowish hue to it that gives the deck an aged appearance, which adds a really lovely touch. The degree of aging appears to vary among the cards and some do not look aged at all. I hope I don’t need new glasses. In addition to the short interpretations within the guide booklet, each card also includes a verse that further explains the card’s meaning. The playing card insert and card verse are located in the upper half of the card while the Lenormand card image is located within the lower half of the card.

 Readers of Lenormand will know that directionality of the cards is important. Directionality refers to the orientation of the main symbol on the card being either toward the reader’s left or right. Directionality alters the interpretation of a reading. Ideally, the Lady and Gentleman cards should face in opposite directions. This way in a reading the people can face each other or appear back to back, either orientation of which will greatly alter the interpretation as to the health of the relationship. The Lady and Gentleman cards of The Blue Bird Lenormand both face to the reader’s right so in a spread they will never face each other nor will they ever appear back to back. The Clouds card, which is traditionally a directional card, is also somewhat confusing since the cloudy and sunny sides of the cards are not restricted to one side of the card or the other. I recommend that the reader decide for themselves the orientation of the gender cards and the Clouds card and always read those cards with your pre-chosen orientation.

 Other images within The Blue Bird Lenormand that exhibit varying degrees of directionality that can affect readings are: Cavalier (R), Ship (L), Snake (L), Coffin (L), Scythe (R), Birchrod (R), Fox (R), Bear (L), Stork (R), Ring (R), Book (R), Letter (R), and Fish (L). The orientation of the figures within the court playing card inserts should also be taken into account when considering directionality for readings.

 The images have a definite 18th century European feel and look to them. This will appeal to those readers who prefer reading with a traditional Lenormand deck. Personally, I find the imagery to be very quaint and I enjoy using this deck. For beginners, I do recommend that you supplement this deck with Andy Boroveshengra’s Lenormand 36 Cards or Rana George’s Essential Lenormand in order to further augment your Lenormand studies.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck Review


Mystical Wisdom Card DeckThe Mystical Wisdom Card Deck is a lovely collection of artwork by renowned artist, Josephine Wall. The card-sized paperback booklet is written by Gaye Guthrie. The deck and booklet are housed in a 4 1/8 x 5 7/8” box with fitted lid. The box has a glossy finish with the image from the Peacock card on the box lid. Two additional cards are featured on the bottom of the box with isolated elements of card images on all four sides of the lid.

The guidebook for The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck contains 64 pages with two pages labeled for notes. Gaye Guthrie begins with a brief discussion of how to use the deck. This is followed by the interpretations of the cards. A 3 x 1 ¼” black and white detail of each card appears on the page followed by the card’s interpretation that concludes with what the author refers to as a “mantra,” which many will also recognize as a positive affirmation. No information is provided on how to use the mantras. Myself, when I am using a positive affirmation I repeat it five times in front of a mirror as I look myself in the eye. I do this three times a day. Repeating a statement five times assures that it reaches the subconscious. Looking at yourself in the mirror while using an affirmation or mantra focuses your conscious mind on whatever you are hoping to manifest by using the affirmation or mantra. One page is devoted to each card and its interpretation. The guidebook concludes with a section entitled, “Reading the Cards.” This consists of a one-card spread, a three-card spread, a four-card spread and the Celtic Cross that is usually found in most Tarot guidebooks.

There are 46 cards in The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck. Cards measure 3 ¾” x 5 ½”. They have a nice smooth laminate semi-gloss finish and shuffle easily once you’ve broken them in a bit. Josephine Wall’s artwork is gorgeous. She makes wonderful use of bright colors and light. Images have a flow that gives them a sense of movement and inner life. When using the deck I recommend that you allow your eyes to wander over each image. Something specific will pop out at you and grab your attention (at least for me). If this happens pay special attention to that symbol or color that is calling to you because there is additional meaning for you. There are three angel cards (Archangels Gabriel and Raphael, and the Angel of Miracles), eight animal guide cards (Animal Bond, Dolphin, Dove, Dragon, Dragonfly, Owl, Peacock, and Unicorn), and thirty-five additional insightful cards for guidance.

The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck is very simple to use. It is ideal for beginners because it does not contain any images that some may find frightening or upsetting. The images have a healing vibration to them and are soothing to the psyche. The card spreads are very simple to use and there are simple explanations included in the guidebook as to how to use the card spreads. All of these factors combined make The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck an ideal deck for beginners. I also consider this deck to be suitable for children who may be interested in exercising their intuitive muscles.

Here is a sample of how the deck works. I used the 4-card spread. My husband, who has been out of work since last October, decided in December to start his own business. He provides in-home care for the elderly in order to keep them in their own homes for as long as that is physically possible for them. It’s been touch and go with getting started up so I asked what we could expect from his new business venture regarding income. The cards I received are as follows:

Mystical Wisdom Deck

Past: Epiphany ~ the meaning of this card is a sudden realization. This occurred in early December when my husband suddenly realized the banking industry was not for him. I had been telling him this for years, but of course he doesn’t listen to me, but I’m glad he finally woke up!

Present: Seven Heavenly Virtues ~ this card neatly sums up what his business will provide others since the Seven Heavenly Virtues are Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Patience and Temperance. This card sums up his need to put his spiritual gifts to work, which is exactly what he is finally doing.

Future: Archangel Raphael ~ the archangel of healing blesses my husband’s business. I am amazed that the term “caregiver” is used here because those are the people my husband has employed and he refers to them as his Care Team. They focus on helping the person with whatever they need, taking them out, and providing companionship.

Outcome: Money ~ the advice of this card is to be strong and the money will come in, so in a nutshell the Money card answered my question. I swear I did not pull these cards purposefully. This was a completely random draw. I am very pleased with how each card of this spread applied to my husband’s business situation.

I have just begun to use the card images for meditation. Josephine Wall’s art is so intricate that your eyes will not get bored as you center yourself and examine the same card image for a few minutes. The card images of The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck lend themselves easily to meditation. I also feel that with proper focus, intention and use of the included mantras they can be used as an additional tool for spell work for those of you who are practitioners.

As you can see, The Mystical Wisdom Card Deck is very user friendly. I highly recommend it to those new to divination as well as to those who may find Tarot to be a bit too daunting or frightening. I also feel that children would love this deck if they are interested in card reading.

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Full Disclosure: I received a copy to consider for review by the publisher. I only review decks that I find useful to myself & that I feel my followers will also enjoy.

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