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Angel Tarot Cards Cards – May 15, 2012
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Doreen Virtue is a best-selling author, a doctor of psychology, and a Christian who studies scripture. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, the BBC, The View, and Good Morning America, and has been featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide. For information on Doreen’s work, please visit her at AngelTherapy.com or Facebook.com/DoreenVirtue444. To enroll in her video courses, please visit www.HayHouseU.com and www.EarthAngel.com.
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There are 78 cards just as you would find in the traditional Tarot, but this deck only uses gentle words and images. Some words have been changed for certain cards that would exist in a regular Tarot. You won't find the "Devil" card in this deck, but an alternative name, "Ego". There is also no "Tower" card which is usually a frightening image in the traditional Tarot, but in this deck is more appropriately titled for me, "Life Experience".
The Major Arcana exists in the deck, but each card corresponds to a specific Archangel. For example:
Justice - Archangel Raguel
The Sun - Archangel Uriel
The Hermit - Archangel Raziel
The Wheel - Archangel Michael
The Chariot - Archangel Metatron
Life Experience - Archangel Chamuel
Strength - Archangel Azrael
The Dreamer - Archangel Metatron
Unity - Archangel Sandalphon
Renewal - Archangel Jeremial
Awakening - Archangel Gabriel
The Lovers - Archangel Raphael
The World - Archangel Michael
The Star - Archangel Jophiel
Balance - Archangel Zadkiel
Ego - Archangel Jophiel
The High Priestess - Archangel Haniel
The Magician - Archangel Raziel
The Empress - Archangel Gabriel
The Emperor - Archangel Michael
Release - Archangel Azrael
It was interesting to find that each of the Major Arcana cards correlated perfectly to a specific Archangel and that Archangels speciality. What I loved as well was that each of the Four Elements in the Minor Arcana also corresponded to something magical and angelic. There is nothing harsh about this deck.
In a traditional Tarot deck you would have the Fire "Wand" set and in this deck the cards are labeled as "Six of Fire", "Seven of Fire" and so forth. The beautiful artwork for this element is of Dragons. Picture the "fire" breathing image of a Dragon as well as the Chinese Astrology depiction of the Dragon behavior. Fire is action oriented. (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
As for the Sword set in a traditional Tarot which would be the element of 'air', this deck is made up of magical Unicorns. "Five of Air", "Six of Air" etc. Imagine a Unicorns horn as a symbol of the Sword. Unicorns are airy and whimsical just like the element of Air which also represents thought and mental processes. (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
The Pentacles reside in the Earth element in a traditional Tarot, but in this deck the images are of Fairies in Garden like atmospheres, "Three of Earth", "Four of Earth". etc. In the Tarot deck the Pentacle cards are associated with the physical and tangible, so it's no surprise the image of the Elementals also known as Fairies are used. Fairies are outside in nature and assist us with concrete needs such as finances, home and sometimes obtaining love. (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Water is the most beautiful section of the deck using Mermaids as the star of this part within the set. In a traditional Tarot it would be known as "Cups", here its been changed to "Water": "Seven of Water", "Eight of Water" etc. The visions of the Mermaids in blue sparkling water associate with emotions, feeling and needs. The Mermaids dive into the depths of water or in this case assists us with getting to the core of an issue internally in order to manifest our desires. (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Each set (fire/water/earth/air) within this set of cards have different colors that correlate with each element. You can easily pull them out within the deck. The Water set has a Blue border, Earth has Green, Air has Royal Blue, Fire has Burgundy and the Major Arcana is Royal Purple.
If you're new to the Tarot, but have had difficulty in learning the way it works, this is a great deck to use. I've always found some of the Tarot decks to be difficult to gravitate towards and learn. I did not have that issue with this one and in fact it's made me branch out into visiting other Tarot decks out there. It's laid out efficiently in the little guidebook that comes along with it. More importantly this deck is also an angel deck to assist you in becoming more familiar with the Angels and Elements that make up the other spiritual planes. This deck is also helpful in getting to know some of the Archangels functions on top of that.
The cards in this deck are always accurate for me. I manage to pull the exact cards that are mirroring the situation or feeling I'm having that given day. Sometimes I'll keep pulling the same card repeatedly to get me to notice an issue or concern that I'm not addressing or a foretelling of what's to come. I've given reads for other people and have found the same cards would keep falling out for them. They've commented at how accurate a read I've done for them is.
The cards have some key phrases and descriptive words on them as this is a deck that was made so that a beginner or someone new to Tarot could easily use. The Tarot is not evil, but many who are unfamiliar with how to use it may shy away from it because some decks do have harsh images and complicated messages. This deck is being marketed as gentle and safe for those that fall into the category of fearing the Traditional Tarot. After becoming acquainted with this deck you'll find yourself getting excited to join the world of Tarot and find that it is what you make it.
I've finally found a Tarot deck that I'm 100% happy and comfortable with using effortlessly and with complete accuracy. Other decks I've used would fall to the wayside as I wasn't gravitating towards them or feeling any sense of excitement or truth. I have not had that problem with this deck. This is now my prized possession. This is truly a gift from the heavens.
I bought this mostly on a whim - it was on sale, I'd assume because of Doreen Virtue's gone-crazy-for-Jeezus thing, and I thought "heck, why not get a Doreen deck before they go out of print or something." I figured I'd maybe review it online and get a laugh out of it. I mean, taking the Spooky Scary Nasty parts of Tarot out of the equation and creating a "100% gentle, safe, and trustworthy" version? Hah. Lulz. I was ready to troll the hell out of this thing in my review, just based on the packaging and advertising.
Turns out, however, that this is...an incredibly good deck. The art is, yes, early-2000's digital manipulation/painting, so it's a bit cheesy in places, looking at it in 2018. But the symbolism and arrangement of said symbols are awesome, and a lot of the cards are incredibly gorgeous (the Queens just about brought me to tears upon initial study). The symbolism is so deep and powerful. The layout is unique and actually really good; you might dislike it if you dislike having keywords/phrases on the card itself, but I personally find it helpful, especially with the personality keywords of the Court Cards. After 15 years of mixing the processes of memorizing meanings and reading intuitively, it's interesting to have keywords on Tarot cards.
The retitling and choices of archangel on the Major Arcana is actually very appealing to me. Death has become "Release" with Archangel Azrael, The Tower has become "Life Experience" with Archangel Chamuel, and The Devil has become "Ego" with Archangel Jophiel. I don't find these changes feel like artificial softening of the cards - rather looking at things from a different perspective, and titling them as such. "Life Experience" can be every bit as painful as The Tower is - as many of us know - it's just a different, dare I say more accurate title. The Minor Arcana's numbered cards are just as beautiful and actually I connect very well with them too.
A note: From what little research I've been able to do, Doreen now (as of Feb 2018) says she actually didn't have much to do with the Tarot decks that were published under her name (ie this, the Fairy Tarot, and possibly the Guardian Angel Tarot too). Most of the work was done by Radleigh Valentine (the author/designer of the deck) and Steve A. Roberts (the artist). So let's give these collaborative works a second chance, and remember that one person's conversion doesn't necessarily delegitimize an entire body of work.
In other words: Regardless of Doreen's current religious views, this is an awesome Tarot deck and one that I'll be using quite frequently now. Thank you, Radleigh and Steve, for your fantastic work, and Doreen, thank you for lending your name to this, at least for the time you did, so that it could be published in the first place.