Hello, soul friends!
I have been so swamped with the move, that I have hardly had time to keep up with my blog. I have so many things in "draft" status and have had to just take a bit of a break from trying to continue through my deck collection and adding reviews. Not even sure if anyone really reads these, as I am sure a deck review video would be more popular, but until I can find a method of being on video that makes me feel comfortable, I am not sure I will be uploading any videos at this time. Hahahaha! Introvert life.
Today's review is covering a deck that caught my attention for it's beautiful artwork and it being another creation from Alana Fairchild. I couldn't wait to get my own deck and work with this beauty.
I hope you enjoy my review and generous pictures!
Crystal Mandala Oracle
I picked up this deck as soon as I could, even though I know it has been out for awhile. I just felt very drawn to it after seeing a few people using it on social media, and was immediately drawn to the simple images, the use of crystals, ascended masters, angels, and different deities. I love Alana's decks and have found that each deck of hers I get becomes a fast favorite. I really enjoy her style and execution of the themes. Also, she just pours so much information into all of her decks, that I tend to just dive in and enjoy the detail.
Amazon's description of the Crystal Mandala Oracle:
This unique oracle deck is encoded with crystal frequencies and the high vibrational energy of angels, ascended masters, and goddesses to empower you to channel the divine healing power of Heaven and Earth.
In this stunning, stand-alone deck, you will work with the vibrant crystal mandalas by Jane Marin as featured in Alana Fairchild's popular books Crystal Angels 444, Crystal Masters 333, and Crystal Goddesses 888. Alana shares loving spiritual guidance from the angels, masters, and goddesses to help you integrate the frequencies of the crystals and higher beings that are featured in each of the cards. The Crystal Angels will help you heal your body, mind, and soul. The Crystal Masters will support your spiritual growth and help you successfully pass through spiritual tests and initiations. The Crystal Goddesses will empower you to embody your spirit and express your soul purpose in the world.
This powerful deck will enhance your connection to the sacred worlds of higher beings and crystal energy, opening your heart to divine beauty and empowering your soul with loving consciousness.
About the Author
Alana Fairchild is the singing, dancing spiritual teacher from Australia. With students all around the world, Alana shares a message of love from the Divine Mother in all her many faces - compassionate and fierce, protective and wild -through unique events and her highly successful oracle decks, books and meditation CDs published through Blue Angel.
Alana's great passion is the human soul - protecting it, awakening it, igniting it with divine fire, so that each individual being can fulfill their potential and live the beautiful, creative, unique life that they were born to live.
You can visit Alana's official online home at www.alanafairchild.com.
Blue Angel is a boutique independent publishing house with a strong following of fans around the globe. Founded as a specialist bookstore and art gallery in 1997, in 2001 Blue Angel evolved into a publishing company with its first oracle decks, books, and CDs.
My Personal Review
This 54-card deck is meant to be used as an Oracle deck, allowing you to devise your own meanings of the cards, as well. The dimensions of the deck are 1.5 x 4.2 x 6.2 inches and published by Blue Angel Publishing and Llewellyn Publications.
The lift top box is beautiful. And similar quality to Blue Angel Publishing decks. I love the quality and also that the decks are a little larger than the size of the decks. They are not easy to transport in their boxes, but I love the quality of the boxes and the larger size. The boxes are larger to hold the very detailed and exquisite guidebooks.
There is also includes a wonderfully detailed 256 page guidebook, that is so in-depth, much like her other creations. I love how thorough and gentle the messages are. Alana goes through so much of the process of the channeled messages she receives for each card. I enjoy a lot of her work and her writings. They are peaceful and fierce. She also has various sections of the book, dedicated to working with different energies. One section is for Angels, another section is for Ascended Masters, and the final section is for Goddesses. The card backs are a beautiful and simple mandala. Reversals are up to the reader but are really not needed with this deck. The cards are high quality with a shiny, sticky feel that makes shuffling a little less than ideal. A keyword and number is printed on the front of each card which corresponds to the keyword descriptions in the guidebook. There is nothing harsh, garish, or obscene in this deck. It can be used to read for any client, without upsetting them, or having difficulty to translate cards. The card stock is not overly thick, shiny, sticky to shuffle, and allow you get a nice bend without cracking the card stock. The finish really helps make the cards shuffle easily without scratching, but some of the cards do stick together when the deck is new. The much larger size of the cards is wonderful for pictures, but can be a bit difficult when shuffling if you have smaller hands like I do.
The size of the cards is an average oracle deck size for Blue Angel, so they are larger. I found it to be a bit difficult for my small hands to get a grasp on the deck at times. Due to this having 54 cards, the deck is also a lot thicker than her other decks, so due to the size and number of cards, I do struggle shuffling well enough at moments unless I get the right grip.
It being a Crystal deck, there are crystals on each of the cards, but they also incorporate metaphysical and spiritual themes. It really does lead one to using their intuition, as well as giving new deities to work with. This seems like an easy, gentle, and thorough deck to work with. The messages are incredibly detailed, bring a lot of new information, a different perspective, as well as new Angels, Masters, and Goddesses to work with. That being said, it is easy to use and very user friendly.
The artwork is simple and features the crystals, a beautiful mandala, and also some ethereal backgrounds that match each of the crystals. There is nothing garish or scary, so I recommend this deck for any and all clients. The messages are detailed and also bring a lot of information to work through and keep in mind while using these cards as a divination tool.
Here are some extra pictures of this amazing creation:
Overall, I think this was a much needed and well-executed deck. Beautiful, detailed, and easy to use. I highly recommend it!
My overall opinion is that this deck is a 4.5 star choice.
Artwork - 5 stars
Card stock - 3 stars
Ease - 5 stars
Guidebook - 5 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.