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Earth Magic Oracle Cards: A 48-Card Deck and Guidebook Cards – November 1, 2010
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Dr. Steven D. Farmer is the author of the bestselling Animal Spirit Guides, Power Animal Oracle Cards, Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards, Power Animals, Sacred Ceremony, Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides guided meditation CD, Earth Magic: Ancient Shamanic Wisdom for Healing Yourself, Others, and the Planet, and the soon-to-be-released Earth Magic Oracle Cards (Nov 2010). He's also host of his own radio show, Earth Magic Radio on ContactTalkRadio.com. Dr. Farmer is a Soul Healer, shamanic practitioner, ordained minister, and former psychotherapist, offering workshops on Soul Healing, various shamanic topics and private consultations.
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However...my major complaint with this deck is that the cards are not individually numbered.
There are 48 cards in this deck, so if I pull a card (as I like to do each morning with my meditations). Well, I'd have to flip through the whole handbook that accompanies this deck backwards and forwards just trying to find the card based on the miniature pictures in the booklet....which can be very time consuming.
I found this so annoying, that I actually pulled out a pen and numbered the cards myself in the corner of each card , then wrote the number in the accompanying booklet to match up, so as to make it easier to locate the card with the page in the book.
Of course, I could just look at the card, and pretty much interpret it as I CHOOSE to see it without looking in a guide book, sure.
and sometimes that's what alot of us do I'm sure.
But with a new deck, It's nice to be able to have a little guidance on the cards.
So I read the booklets that accompany them just to get an introduction to the deck.
My suggestion to the printers -If they spin out any new editions of this deck for the future, If they could put numbers on each card , it would make it infinitely easier for people to locate the card in the booklet and not spend 10 minutes flipping around trying to find out where it is.
Just a suggestion.
Otherwise, I love these cards.
1) The cards themselves are poorly manufactured. There is a coating over the cards that has already started peeling after 2 uses. I am not a harsh shuffler as I like to preserve my cards for as long as possible, but the coating is peeling up and makes the cards look terrible. The cards are also unwieldy and their size does not make them easy to handle.
2) The art is non-cohesive. The main reason I prefer Tarot is that it is a standardized system. I bought these cards knowing that they would be an oracle system, which is not governed by anything in particular, but I did not realize that the art would be so different. There are many different artists for this deck instead of a single one, so you get images that have people in them, ones that are purely nature scenes, some that are cartoonish, others that are made to be realistic, and I don't connect with at least half the deck. When I looked at images for this deck online I saw cards that I liked. Once I received the deck, however, I found many that were odd and didn't really fit with the theme. If there had been a single artist, it might have worked.
Overall, these are probably better than many oracle cards since they portray good and bad, light and dark. However, the card coating is peeling and the art is non-cohesive. Perhaps if you prefer oracle cards over Tarot these would be a good fit, but they don't work for me.
I like the small companion book as it has great tips for anyone just starting out in reading oracle and tarot cards, and is small amd easy to take with you.
These cards have absolutely beautiful artwork. Even if you don't feel connected to the act of oracle reading or meditating, you will enjoy these cards for their aesthetics. They are larger than a regular deck of cards, and have a thickness and gloss to their stock that make them high quality. It makes a lovely addition to your bookshelf or altar.
It’s important to make note that the publisher considered a reviewer's specific suggestion and included page numbers in the instruction booklet so that you can now easily look up the card name in the index near the front and just flip to the corresponding page. I was very pleased by that!
I think these cards are an excellent gift or starting point for someone with a newfound interest in tarot. No, it’s not exactly the same, but there are similarities and Oracle cards provide a more simplistic, yet meditative approach that can be a wonderful introduction and useful every day tool.