Hello, soul friends!
Today's review is covering a deck that had caught my attention as soon as I saw it! It's original concept seemed in line with things I was exploring and I was looking at finding all of the tools to help me carry on my education and journey. I pre-ordered a couple decks (one for me and my bff) as soon as I could. And waited for this beauty to arrive.
I hope you enjoy my review and generous pictures!
The Moon DeCk
This atypical deck caught my attention as it was so different from other oracle decks I was using, and I thought it would give me a new way of focusing my readings on more of a Moon Phase or Moon-centric type of reading. There wasn't much online at the time, so I just pre-ordered and waited patiently!
From The Moon Deck Website:
The Moon Deck is an interactive tool for connecting to your intuition through the path of self-love and ritual. Created to foster community and healing, this entire set is inspired by the cyclical beauty of the moon and the inherent wisdom of women. It shares insights on growth, purpose, transformation, practice, and creativity - with freedom for personal exploration.
The Moon Deck can be worked with in a similar format to tarot, as an oracle guide, or as a daily tool for reflection and meditation.The Moon Deck as a full set with its hand-crafted wooden box is a special limited Collectors Edition. You can also purchase The Moon Deck in a natural cotton, hand silk-screened pouch. This oracle deck is created with a local eco-friendly printer using recycled paper and plant-based ink. Each deck is complete with 44 cards + guidebook, and is infused with love and prayers.
About the Team
Aarona Lea Pichinson author + co-creator
Born in LA and brewed in NYC, movement, holistic health and the arts have been at the forefront of Aarona's journey. As the author and co-creator of The Moon Deck, bringing this vision to life is a culmination of her personal and professional work. Aarona and Andi continue to run the business and expand its vision together with love and constant learning.
Inspired by 22 years of yoga study, 15 years as a wellness advisor and yoga teacher, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts, and a love of writing and globe trotting - Aarona shares her passion and growth as a teacher and guide. She's influenced by several yoga traditions and personal-development roadmaps which have consistently led her towards healing and purpose through the path of self-love. She shares practices to bring balance and perspective to life's greatest breaths and is on a mission to creatively collaborate with other conscious change-makers worldwide.
Currently residing in LA, Aarona teaches public yoga classes, facilitates adventure retreats globally, leads empowering women’s workshops, offers private coaching, and is a writer, and guest blogger. She's been featured in MindBodyGreen, New York Times, Self Magazine, Free People BLDG25 Blog, Healthy Travel Mag, National Geographic Traveler UK, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, and Fréttblaðið of Iceland, to name a few.
For inquiries + to learn more: www.AaronaLea.com
Andrea Keh illustrator + co-creator
Andi is the Illustrator of The Moon Deck, proud mama of two and wife of William Keh.
Watercolor/gauche/silk painting, graphite pencil drawing, and natural dyeing are her creative passions. She was awarded a scholarship from the Home Fashion Products Association and received a degree in Textile/Surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2005.
After college, several yoga teacher trainings, and the early childbearing years, Andi and Aarona partnered together to create this healing guide and continue to run the business and expand its vision together.
For The Moon Deck, she blended pencil drawings on coffee stained paper. Silk paintings were created separately and then married with the drawings to create the final illustrations.
She also creates dreamy wearable art with silk and natural dyes and would be happy painting flowers for the rest of her life.
For art inquiries + to learn more: www.AndiKeh.com
Trina White customer service + wholesale
Unapologetic optimist meets acute pragmatic; Trina knows that magic is real, but you have to practice and believe in it in order to reap its fruits. She likes to think of herself as The Moon Deck muse supporting the team wherever it’s needed - including customer service, wholesale, team coordination, solid note taking, and making sure we don't miss a beat. Trina is a yoga teacher, student, and also helps coordinate and maintain the guest experience for various yoga festivals throughout the country. She has worked in big corporate offices as well as with small mom and pops. Wherever the setting; her goal is always to serve, support and love. Trina is originally from the Greater Boston area, but now resides in Brooklyn.
Ashley Bruni editor + branding director
One part skeptical New Yorker, two parts openhearted free spirit.
Born among the redwoods of California and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Ashley has a deep connection with nature. She returns to the wisdom of the earth and of her own bones when questions need answering and the going gets tough, so co-creating and producing a product that leverages the power of female intuition is a dream project.
Ashley has an Advertising degree from the University of Texas and has been steeped in the marketing world for 10+ years. After working for hothouse agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi and Mother New York, she focused on in-house branding for the yoga festival Wanderlust and Manhattan's progressive university: The New School. As a strategist fascinated by what motivates people, she has a unique perspective on the influence that design and storytelling have on our society.
As a girl, Ashley prayed to find her tribe. Her relationships have shaped her into the woman she is today and she is now thrilled to share The Moon Deck's potent mantras and rituals with all her sisters, new and old.
My Personal Review
This is a 44 card Moon deck featuring beautiful artwork and affirmation type phrases that allow yo to reconnect to the Divine feminine and Moon cycle. As I went through the deck the first time, I was taken aback by the beautiful artwork. I only saw a few pictures online of the prototype and had to wait quite a few months to receive my copies of the deck. It came in a beautiful wooden box, with a lovely guidebook, and the cards.
With mystical details and beautiful artwork, I really enjoyed this approach to a unique deck. It was a pricier deck for me, but it was one that I was excited to receive and was not disappointed when it finally arrived. The guidebook is chock full of amazing interpretations, reading spreads, and moon phase based intentions. I found it to be a great purchase. I love the colors, images, and artwork that was created for this deck.
The card stock is not super thick, but lacks the shinier finish that newer decks I have in my collection have, and also allows you get a nice bend without cracking the card stock. From their website:
"PLEASE NOTE: The Moon Deck is printed on recycled paper with plant-based ink locally in NY. This is a different printing process than most other decks and gives it a warm natural feel that may gently reveal your touch over time. This is totally natural. Because the wood box is handmade, each box is unique and may slightly vary in color, wood grain, shape, or quality of the Moon Deck logo. Please trust your box chose you and is the perfect magical house for your deck. Our box maker is in India and we have worked together very closely to ensure its beauty and charm."
I also love that these beauties are great to take pictures of since they are a slight matte finish that doesn't take away from the beauty of the artwork. The only issue I ran into was my cards cracking around the edges, so I had to shuffle super gently, and pluck the cards out one at a time. I was a little sad to see some of the card edges fraying a bit on my deck. So, I have tried to be as gentle with it as possible.
The backs of the deck were also as beautiful as the card images. Reversible and fluid throughout the deck. I love the moon and galaxy theme. It is such a photogenic deck. All in all, I found uses for the deck as a bit of an affirmation deck and helps me connect to the feminine wisdom that I tend to overlook a lot of the time.
I also found it to be helpful for my clients that are looking for extra self-care guidance and assistance with suggestions that do help. I don't always reach for it, but have found that it is especially helpful during my moon rituals, moon cycle, and for daily draws when I feel a disconnection with my feminine self.
The authoresses did a fabulous job of adding some amazing magic and explanations to the deck, as well. The Moon Deck can be worked with in a similar fashion to tarot, however with more freedom for personal interpretation and action-based rituals that boost daily self-love using creativity, yoga, meditation, journaling, and other self-care practices.
Through the power of ritual and honest self-discovery, this healing deck provides an inspiring guide for women of all ages, to connect to our intuitive wisdom, awaken our creative spirit, and feel at home in our body. The accompanying booklet will also brief women on how to start their own ‘Sister Moon Circle' where they can form healthy bonds and deeper trust with a supportive community of other women.
The deck includes a well executed and thought-provoking guidebook, that I think really elevated the deck's usage. All in all, I recommend this deck to those who have an affinity for the moon and would like to explore this side of oracle cards.
And since this deck is so beautiful, here are a few more gratuitous shots of this gorgeous babe!
Overall, I found this to be an exceptionally well executed Indie Deck. The artwork is unique, ethereal, and magical. I just love the amount of love that went into each card's image. I recommend this deck to any moon aficionado!
My overall opinion is that this deck is a 4 star choice.
Artwork - 5 stars
Card stock - 3 stars
Ease - 4 stars
Guidebook - 4 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.