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Oracle Tarot Cards (Large Card Decks) Cards – January 1, 2003

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About the Author

Lucy Cavendish has been working magic intuitively since she was a little girl. She is the creator of Witchcraft magazine, which she edited for five years, and has studied magic, myth, and Wicca in Sydney and in London. As a part of her degree in arts from Macquarie University, she studied psychology, anthropology, and the magical work of ancient cultures. She is the author of Magical Spell Cards, ISBN: 1-56170-931-X. Lucy currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with her beloved family, and spends as much time as possible in the magical town of Byron Bay, New So. Wales.
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Product Details

  • Series: Large Card Decks
  • Cards
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401900984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401900984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My name is Lucy Cavendish and I'm an author and Witch. Or, an Author and witch... I love nature, the ocean, animals and people, in an everchanging and jumbled order, and I love exploring ancient places all over this amazing world, stargazing, developing new ways to do traditional Witchcraft, day-and-night dreaming, and meeting lovely people and sharing cups of Lady Grey tea with good friends. I adore books, open fireplaces, magick, kindness, laughter, beauty and creativity, and yes, my family and friends. I live in Witches Cottage in Sydney with a menagerie made up of an incredible teenage warrior princess, an environmental builder who I adore, red and black dogs, a citywitch herb garden, and way too many books and crystals and special thingies I've collected from all around the world. I practise magick, lift weights, and write every day.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 9, 2004
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Let me just start out by saying that I love this deck. It has captured my imagination and my spirit, and presently I find myself reaching for this fresh, vibrant deck before any other.

Bringing the mystical tradition of Tarot firmly into the 21st century, The Oracle Tarot by Lucy Cavendish is a bright, colorful, positive and feminine deck that exudes "girl power". You will not find any frightening images or meanings in this deck, so there's no need to feel apprehensive of the messages contained therein. Some people have never delved into the mysterious and profound world of Tarot precisely because of cards like Death, The Devil, and The Tower. However, in The Oracle Tarot Death is re-named Change and The Devil is re-named Bondage. Although upbeat and positive, this is not a "fluff" deck; I guarantee you that outmoded or negative thinking patterns and behavior will be challenged by the messages in these cards!

Instead of a straightforward deck where the 10 of Swords would be merely depicted as 10 interlocking swords, Cavendish has created a visual allegory for every single card. The stunning, hand-painted artwork of Melinda Ayre adds so much pizzazz to the images; I'm reminded of the wetly vibrant oil-painted images in the movie What Dreams May Come.

An intriguing aspect of The Oracle Tarot is that there are no court cards. I've never been attached to the court cards, and for me, they've seemed redundant in readings--so I was happy to see a deck without them, quite frankly. Another name change besides the ones already mentioned is The Hierophant being re-named Tradition.

The thick, glossy cards measure 1.61 x 5.50 x 3.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2003
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I have spent a great deal of time over the past few years trying to learn the tarot, as well as accumulating many decks. Although I found the tarot fascinating and beneficial, many of the card images can be a little scary. No one wants to do a reading for advice and wind up feeling scared! Some people say this "shadow" element is necessary - and that you can't avoid life's tough lessons. Still, I wound up selling most of my tarot stuff and gravitating toward more positive oracles.
When I read the description for this deck, I was so excited. When I opened it, I was elated! Lucy has created a Tarot deck that has kept with traditional meanings, while portraying them in a more positive, uplifting way. The deck doesn't avoid tougher issues, its just not "three swords piercing your heart"... some of the cards have been renamed (death, devil, etc.)... to show their true meanings... . The court cards have also been eliminated - for me this was a blessing bc I had always found them difficult to read with.
I recognize that many tarot traditionalists will probably hate this deck... but if you are looking for a more positive spin of the tarot, this deck may very well be for you. the artwork is colorful and vibrant - and the little book is comprehensive. Give it a try.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Cohen on September 13, 2003
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This is a powerful deck which provides easy-to-understand and insightful readings. Even if you have never worked with Tarot before, you may want to consider using this deck- there are no frightening or negative images, and the enlcosed guidebook is user-friendly. I especially like the earthy, grounding feeling and colors of the cards- it helps me feel more connected to my physical self and what my daily lessons are. The cards will alert you if there is a challenge or issue which requires your attention, but they do so in a positive and supportive manner. And there is a lot of vitality in the vibrant artwork and colors of the deck. A nice addition to your oracle card collection!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2003
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I was so happy to find this deck! I was intrigued by tarot cards, but never really liked the negativity I felt from most of them - then, I found these. The instruction book is very well-written and the cards are smooth, shiny, and easy to shuffle. They almost have a shimmer/glow to them. The artwork is fun and expressive. They are positive without ignoring that there are tough issues you must face a times. I think this is a great deck for anyone wanting to explore tarot without the negative pictures/titles .... A truly enjoyable and informative deck!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By New Age Gal on June 28, 2007
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I am an intuitive who uses oracle cards and decided I wouldn't use tarot as I felt I could get the same message across in a more positive way from oracle cards. I saw this deck of tarot oracle cards and thought "why not give this a try". I knew I needed a wide variety of cards in order to acomidate all of my clients and eventually I was going to have to get a set of tarot cards... I am so happy I came across this set of cards. Although I have not done much work with these cards yet, I feel a strong connection to them! The pictures are amazing and captivating. There are no negative images and the cards that most people decide not to delve into the world of tarot for, are not included in this set or the names have been changed. What I love most is that the name of the card along with the meaning is on the card itself which is different from tarot cards I've seen in the past. This makes it easier to give a reading. I'm extremely happy to add this deck to my collection of oracle cards. I now feel that I can acomidate all my clients who prefer tarot readings. Now they are able to get the tarot reading they want and I feel comfortable reading with them because ultimately they are oracle cards! This would be a great addition to your personal collection!
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