by Alana Fairchild
I have worked with this deck for several years. It has a very gentle supportive energy about it. You get a nice companion booklet (not a huge book, not a Little White Book) and the color cards are glossy and relatively easy to shuffle despite being large.
There are a lot of different ways to use this oracle. Simple divination is how I most often use it. One can also follow its guides and prompts for lightworking.
The artwork is a mixed bag. Some of it is very lovely while some has a less intricate feel to it. I will note there is some nudity in this deck so if you don’t wish for unclothed chests for instance, you may not want this one. All of the art is tasteful.
My only real issue with this deck is that the representation is nearly entirely caucasian. I feel this misses the universality of what Lightworkers are. I would much prefer that all races be represented in a deck for Lightworkers.
Lightworker Oracle by Alana Fairchild
by Ann Moura
This is a lovely witchy deck for pagan practitioners especially. The companion book is 239 pages with black & white images of each card, extensive descriptions and meanings for each card, and a lined page for notes for each card.
The Major Arcana follows the rider waite loosely. The cards themselves represent various themes and beings associated with witchcraft.
People on the court cards are represented visually by age. I feel this deck has done an especially good job of that – in many decks the people all look to be within just a decade or two of life.
The Minors have individual artwork – if you like pip decks this one won’t be for you.
Each card in this deck has a narrative style story to go with it, so you won’t be left wondering what the author intended by the art. If you just want to get straight to the simple keywords and meanings, each card also has Meanings, Reversed, and Prompt words.
I would recommend this without hesitation to anyone coming from a Wiccan type practice.
Green Witch Tarot by Ann Moura
This is going to be a very basic review, as the intricacies of the Ordo Templi Orientis are outside of my personal practice. While it has the Rider-Waite as a framework, the esoteric aspects are layered in multiplicity throughout.
The tuckbox version comes with a Little White Book that surprisingly helpful given the lack of volume. Each of the cards helpfully has the name of the card printed upon it, as well as where it fits in the deck as a shadow behind that (ie trumps, cups, disks, wands, swords). This will help the reader when using the deck as a basic tarot deck for sure.
This deck utilizes the Tree of Life, so a knowledge of the kabbalah will help the reader get the most out of readings. An understanding of the Golden Dawn would also be beneficial. As you can see in the cards I’ve highlighted, there is a rich symbolism at work here.
I would not recommend this for a beginner simply because there is so much going on to learn – tarot, kabbalah, esoteric studies. But at the same time, I do not recommend people accept arbitrary limitations – if this deck speaks to you, by all means get a copy.
Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot
by Suzy Cherub
The Star Temple Oracle is a 44 card deck. The cards are assigned to stars – each star has attributes that go with it, such as which chakra it governs and a crystal. History, mythology and archetype are also included for each star.
Each star gets 6 cards in its governance, with the exception of Atlas & Pleione which have just two- Father of the Sky and Mother of the Sea. These individual cards include a keyword, a mantra, a set of ‘star words’, and a divinatory meaning.
There is a wide ethnic diversity in the representation in this deck, and an attempt at a range of ages. If you are looking for gender and body-type inclusion, this deck may not be a great fit for you.
Personally, I love the art. The combination of stars and divination is done well and the result is a deck that can be used in healing journeys and self-improvement journaling with ease.
Star Temple Oracle by Suzy Cherub