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The Sibyls Oraculum: Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa Cards – May 15, 2018
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“The Sibyls Oraculum: Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa is a beautiful exploration into a history that few people know about: the mythically shrouded women behind the founding of major centers of oracular divination in the ancient world. The artwork transports you back in time with its rich imagery that pays homage to classic mosaic and frescoes found throughout the Mediterranean. The system itself is timeless, providing a multifaceted tool for illuminating the inner psyche.” ― Laura Tempest Zakroff, artist and author of Sigil Witchery
“The Sibyls Oraculum is a brilliant and unique work of research on the ancient traditions of the oracles of the Sibyls and their true African origins. As a native of Rome and having done extensive research on the black Sibyls from Libya and Ethiopia in connection to the traditions of the Black Madonna in the Mediterranean culture, I found the accurate research conducted by Tayannah Lee McQuillar very informative and enlightening, on a subject that is hardly ever spoken about today in Western society, except among people who are in the classical studies. In my field research I also found that the beautiful mosaic of the black Sibyl from Libya on the pavement of the Duomo of Siena is the only one covered completely today, with no explanation at all. Thus bringing to light that the true tradition of these powerful oracles is indeed African will help shift the common belief of the ‘white Sibyls.’ Creating a special deck of oracles with Katelan Foisy’s powerful images is very helpful in today’s society to connect to an ancient but also new form of divination to bring clarity in our hearts, minds, and souls.” ― Alessandra Belloni, singer, author, teacher, percussionist, and artistic director
“The Sibyls Oraculum truly is unlike other divination systems I have worked with, not just in its images and symbolism, but in its clarity--there is no ambiguity or vagueness, no wiggle room to slant the interpretation to be what you want it to be, rather than what it is. I am intrigued by the Sibyl’s Oraculum, and look forward to working with it!” ― Anastasia Haysler, Walking in the Iron Wood blog and CEO of Tarot Media Company
This one needs to go up top. (John Dee and the Empire of Angels) "Written in breezy, informal prose, Louv’s overstuffed book will appeal to those interested in angels or the occult." ― Publishers Weekly
"On the surface, this deck appears to be a simple homage to the archaeologically-based history of ancient goddesses, but McQuillar quickly lets readers know that much more is going on here. Her deceptively concise history of the influence that Libya had on the ancient Greeks and Romans is an eye-opener. McQuillar, with the help of Foisy’s mosaic-styled artwork, reclaims the original symbolism and power of the Goddess tradition and its surviving inclusive, esoteric depositories of wisdom." ― Anna Jedrziewski, TarotWise.com
About the Author
- Publisher : Destiny Books; Tcr Crds/P edition (May 15, 2018)
- Language : English
- Cards : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1620556715
- ISBN-13 : 978-1620556719
- Item Weight : 1.42 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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fascinating ladies that I googled to see the work behind these wonderful women. Katelan Foisy artwork is just visually stunning.
Let me just address the issue of the card stock first. Yeah, it sucks. I've gotten used to being disappointed by card stock from publishers -- and certainly this deck was not printed with the quality it deserves. Unfortunately, unless you self-publish, you can't guarantee good quality stock, and I totally get how some publishers will only take a risk on a deck if they can keep it cheap. As a rule, I don't punish the artists by taking stars off on reviews. The way I figure it is if I really want the deck I'll deal with the card stock and especially at a good price it's worth the amount of time it will last. Personally, I backed this deck both sides with clear, acid-free contact paper and it's perfect.
Second, while the card stock is disappointing, it's not as problematic as if this were a "normal" oracle deck. This deck is divided into four categories of cards, and you do a reading with one of each of the four. So you are never shuffling the entire deck, which might really shorten the life of a badly stocked deck. In fact, I find I end up just gently mixing each type of card in my hands. So damage by shuffling is not an issue.
Truly, this is an amazing deck. The book itself is worth the price in terms of learning stuff I didn't know. It's also really refreshing to find a deck that explicitly states that it is not for fortune telling but for helping you get to the root of an issue and figure out how to address it. That's how I read anyway, and as a reader, it's useful to be able to get the person you're reading for on board immediately with how you work -- and having the deck whose methodology is such is far easier than having to explain one's philosophy. I'm a life coach, and find this deck to be an amazing tool because of how it works.
So basically the deck has four categories of cards (which I am describing to the best of my ability as the book is in the other room). One reflects the core issue at hand. The second is what is causing you to not see that core issue. The other two are a thought you need to cultivate to help you deal with the issue, and an action to take. Really simple, and really brilliant. It's great for opening up an issue and not focusing on the wrong question. A reading with this deck is very much like a session with a life coach. It probably helps if you're familiar with concepts like projection and thought work and appreciate a certain methodology in your readings. This is not your ordinary "pick a card, any card" oracle, and may not be the easiest choice for a newbie, but if you take the time to figure it out and get used to it, it'll be a workhorse.
The artwork is gorgeous, and different from any of the many decks I own. My only criticism is that the cardstock feels really cheap and insubstantial. This deck really deserves a sumptuous card stock, like the ones from Hay House. But frankly, if you're thinking of buying this deck you're likely to be a card geek anyway, and not unfamiliar with card stock issues and "deck modification." With the matte contact paper lamination on both sides, this deck feels wonderful, and has the heft and texture I wish it would have had to begin with.
By caramelKisses on October 6, 2019