Hello, soul friends!
I wanted to start off a section on my website where I review card decks that I have used over the years. I have owned over 80 various decks (currently own about 70), and thought I would write some of my notes, experiences, personal opinions, and information on the decks for anyone out there looking for suggestions. Diving into the world of decks can be a bit scary, fun, and also at times overwhelming with the sheer amount of choices.
There are various differences to the types of card decks people use, but the most common ones are Tarot, Oracle, and Lenormand. Over the years, I have come to collect various and eclectic decks ranging in artistic style and type. I always purchase what grabs my attention, and have learned that my aesthetic is not for everyone. So, as always, purchase what you feel guided to use for yourself.
I am just expressing my opinions and my own personal experiences with these decks and I hope that you can appreciate the candor. As always, use your own intuition and find tools that suit your tastes.
Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards
This is one of my newer additions to my deck collection, but has become a fun one to use. I am not familiar with the book that the deck is based on, but found it to be an easy deck to pick up.
The Oracle of E Cards is published by Hay House. I purchased my deck directly from their website during one of their sales, but I have also seen it available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other bookstores.
From Amazon's Product Description:
What if Spirit, God, Quantum Fred, the Dude, or whatever name you choose to call the big Intelligence that breathes life throughout the cosmos could talk to you--with a hilarious sense of humor? Wouldn’t you just love knowing that this Almighty Energy force can offer quick advice every time you need it?
Introducing The Oracle of E, the magical oracle card deck cooked up by Pam Grout, #1 New York Times best-selling author of E-Squared and E-Cubed, and internationally renowned intuitive Colette Baron-Reid, author of Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards. Tried-and-true, uncanny, fun, and always accurate, this 52-card deck with accompanying guidebook delivers snappy, sassy answers that will not only show you how to create your own reality, but will keep you on track while doing it. Like a universal GPS, The Oracle of E reflects where you currently stand, points where you need to go, and gives insight and guidance to get you there in a style befitting the rock star you are! Perfect for millennials or anyone with a young heart and a giant funny bone.
About the Authors
Pam Grout is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of 17 books, three plays, a television series, and two iPhone apps. She writes for People, CNN.com, Men’s Journal, The Huffington Post, and her travel blog, www.georgeclooneyslepthere.com.
Find out more about Pam and her out-of-the-box take on life at her sometimes-updated website: www.pamgrout.com.
Colette Baron-Reid is the author of Remembering the Future, Messages from Spirit, and The Map, published in 27 languages, as well as The Wisdom of Avalon, Wisdom of the Hidden Realms, and The Enchanted Map oracle card decks. She’s an internationally acclaimed intuition expert and psychic medium, known affectionately by her clients as “The Oracle”; a keynote speaker; and an artist, entrepreneur, and visionary. Originally from Toronto, Colette lives in Connecticut with her husband and two Pomeranians.
My Personal Review
This is a 52 card deck includes a lot of various elements, but in a much more whimsical and light-hearted imagery. Product dimensions are 5.5 x 4 x 1.9 inches. The cards are larger than a traditional Tarot deck, but similar to most Hay House decks.
The reason I have enjoyed this deck so much is the versatility and the ease of use. It is an amazingly fun deck to use. From beginner to the experienced card reader, I think there is something quick to pick up about this deck.
The artwork has been a bit of strange thing to have left out, but I found it appealing in an electric type of way. A lot of sparks, swirls, and simple colors. The cards are all black with a touch of color and the card names and numbers on the front. The backs do not allow for a reversed meaning of the cards. Some of the card names are a little funny and the card meanings also have some humorous interpretations. I did find the deck to be a little weird to use at moments, but the advice can be a bit fun of an addition to any reading.
I find that anyone could pick up this deck and use it without a lot of confusion, or meddled up jargon included in the guidebook. This is a deck that I recommend to those who are open to a humorous point of view, or can rely on their intuition. The cards are noticeably bigger than a deck of standard playing cards and the card stock itself is solid; I recommend anyone with a new deck spend some time shuffling it and getting to know its feel, in addition to just "getting to know" any new deck. I've found that I can shuffle them quite easily, even with my small hands.
The card stock is thick, has a shinier finish than newer decks (which is annoying when trying to get a nice picture of the deck), and also allows you get a nice bend without cracking the card stock. This quality of card stock seems to be what most of the Hay House decks that I own tend to lean towards. It isn't my favorite card stock, but it works. I dislike the way the cards stick when shuffling, butI have noticed this is common with the decks by Hay House.
The art on these cards is similar to the designs of the book covers. In other words, there is no more information to be gleaned from the card itself other than what the words say. The words are not particularly enlightening, and require reference to the book to gather what they are saying. The descriptions in the book are as sparse as any I have ever seen. And while it is in keeping with the theme of the E books, it seems like it was hurriedly thrown together. Disappointing, particularly in light of having been co-authored with Colette Baron-Reid, whose decks are typically well-crafted. The Guidebook is just 80 pages and the meanings are a little plain and some left me scratching my head. I don't always feel like I am connecting very well to this deck, so I don't always jump for it. But there are times where the deck has surprised me with the poignant and much needed advice. There is a simplicity that I can appreciate on certain cards and the quick interpretations.
All in all, this is an interesting deck that I think would be better suited for a more prepared and open minded reader. It is a different Oracle than I would have expected from Colette, but it is a fun addition to use and help with a reading.
My overall opinion is that this deck is a 3 star choice.
Artwork - 3 stars
Card stock - 3 stars
Ease - 5 stars
Guidebook - 2 stars
I hope that you enjoyed my deck review, and also enjoy other deck reviews that I add to this site. I have a passion for exploring new decks and also finding various ways of connecting to my intuition. I appreciate you checking out my site and taking the time to read my review.