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Day 3: Top 5 Oracle Decks of 2018 (ones you purchased and/or released in 2018)
I only bought four oracle decks in 2018. (Five tarot decks, four oracle decks…okay, let’s stop there and not discuss how many books and how much yarn I bought last year!) Again, in order of acquisition:
Seventh Sphere Lenormand. Yep, by the same person who did the Seventh Sphere Tarot de Marseille. I was seduced by the color palette. Like the tarot deck, it’s plastic, although the smaller cards feel less flimsy. I realize that I’m going to end up saying the least about it of all these decks, and that may make it look like I care the least about it. Actually, I’ve used it more than any of these others. But with the exception of its names for the Man and Woman cards (Animus and Anima), it’s a standard Lenormand deck, and I just don’t have much to explain about it. Unless you want me to go on about how much I like the colors?
Supra Oracle. A few years ago, I got the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. That put me on the creators’ mailing list, so when they did a Kickstarter for a new oracle deck, I heard about it. (Note to self: STAY OFF KICKSTARTER.) I admire this deck. But I’m having trouble using it because I haven’t figured out what kinds of questions it would be good at answering. It doesn’t feel like a predictive deck, nor does it seem inclined to give advice. Insight, perhaps, or deeper spiritual meanings. Unfortunately, I haven’t found the guidebook to be of much help.
Lunar Nomad Oracle. I didn’t intend to get this deck. I’d seen it announced, but by the time it came out, I’d gotten how many tarot and oracle decks? It was striking, but not a priority purchase for me. And then it turned up at Half Price Books on a day I had a coupon for 20% off. If you haven’t guessed from the name, it’s a Lenormand deck, or maybe it’d be more accurate to call it a Lenormand+ deck. It has 43 cards: the standard 36 from the Lenormand, a second set of Man and Woman cards, and 5 cards of Shaheen Miro’s own invention. The cards are huge for Lenormand: to do the Grand Tableau, I’d have to lay the cards out on the floor, and I note that Miro doesn’t even mention this spread in the accompanying book. (How would you do the Grand Tableau with 43 cards, anyway?)
Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle. I’d admired the art in Siolo Thompson’s Linestrider Tarot, but hadn’t been able to read with it. I’ve seen her Scrying Ink Lenormand deck, but haven’t made the commitment to buy it. And then she came out with this deck, and, well, flowers! (And other plants. And a mushroom.) I figured that either I’d be able to read with this deck or I wouldn’t, but it would be lovely to look at in any case. Plus, unlike tarot and Lenormand decks, I wouldn’t be comparing it to other decks. I’m sure there are other botanical oracles out there, but I don’t have them and I’m not going to have to unlearn a different system to use this deck. So far, I’ve gotten some spot-on readings with this deck, which is the best encouragement to keep using it. I admit, I’m a bit frustrated with the guidebook. There isn’t much information on how to use these cards for divination, and because this deck is unique, I can’t rely on other books as I could with tarot and Lenormand. On the positive side, it has the card illustrations in full color and larger than the cards, as well as additional illustrations, and it has interesting information about the plants themselves.