The Cosmic Journaling Oracle – Update

cosmic journaling oracle
Cosmic Journaling Oracle

Last week I received the printed version of my Cosmic Journaling Oracle deck, and I’m very pleased with the result!

Does the world need yet another set of oracle cards? I hear you ask Laughing

Well, it’s up to you to decide, but I have created this one to offer you something different:

  • The universal keywords on the cards all refer to one of the Major Arcana cards in the Tarot and are easy to make sense of (unlike card names such as The Hierophant). This way it should work well in readings whatever issue you’d like to explore.
  • The cards have been designed for you to create your own meanings and interpretation for each keyword. Journal about the cards to explore what each keyword means to you, so you can apply it in your readings (hence the word ‘Journaling’ in the name of the deck).
  • There will be a digital version available in addition to a very limited printed edition. With a digital copy of the deck you can print the images as often as you like for personal use – a reading copy on good quality heavy card stock (any kind of paper in quality and colour of your choice) as well as prints on paper to cut out and stick in your journal.
  • You can also use the digital images on your website, if you want to blog about them, use them for collages or other creative projects…
  • The pocket-size cards are cute and ideal to take with you on your travels, to the coffee shop, work, uni, etc…
  • I’m planning to create additional cards (for timing, astrology, etc…), which will be available as separate sets both digitally and in printed form, so you can add to the deck to build a comprehensive system as it suits you best.
  • You can even make card suggestions and request personalised cards.
  • This deck will compliment my Tarot of Quotes, which will be available as digital and printed copy in the same style (except the size of the tarot cards will be larger).

abundance cosmic journaling oracle digitalAs you can see above and in the gallery, the printed version has a black background and border.

However, the digital version will have a white background and a small black border.

The reason for this is to make this deck printer-friendly (won’t be using up all your black ink!) and also allow for the flexibility to choose the colour of paper you prefer.

With a digital copy it is also easier for me to offer you some free bonus cards as I create them. Oh the wonders and delights of the virtual world!

In the meantime, there are two copies available to buy at Cosmic Collection. Buy a printed copy, and you will also receive the digital edition for free, when it is available end of March 2016.

Watch out for my Facebook page competition to win a free printed copy!

If you have any questions regarding the Cosmic Journaling Oracle, please leave them in the comment box below, and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Any feedback or suggestions also very much appreciated!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Happy Spring Equinox

spring equinoxThe days are getting longer, but due to the snow we’ve been having here in Leeds, the warmer weather just seems like a distant dream away.

Despite the cold, the Robin in the garden is building his nest – so pleased to see he’s building it in the ivy growing up the wall of our house. His little family will be safe up there from the cats at least.

The Robin has inspired me to create a new image for my oracle deck in progress, which will be in the same style as my Tarot of Quotes. Feel free to share it.

The Spring Equinox is a time of new life emerging and the promise of long, sunny, carefree summer days ahead.

Spring heralds the dawning of creativity, generating new ideas, making plans, setting goals and working on turning dreams into reality. It’s like sowing seeds and nurturing them to fruition.

What are your creative aspirations you would like to pursue and manifest over the coming months?

If you want to use the Tarot for guidance, you can try out my Ostara spread to explore your opportunities and make things happen.

It’s always so rewarding to see how students benefit from my teachings. Please read Joanna’s seasonal article about how she has applied Astrology in her Tarot work on her blog Sun Goddess Tarot. It’s an inspirational springtime read, and from there you can explore and enjoy even more interesting Tarot related articles.

Wishing you a Blessed and Inspiring Spring Equinox,

Christiane

 

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The Journey Oracle Review

Journey Oracle, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
The Journey Oracle, © 2011 Adrienne Trafford, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

This review of the Journey Oracle by Adrienne Trafford was first published in the Spring 2012 edition of the TABI e-zine.

The Journey Oracle is a set of 46 colourful cards packaged in an attractive hinged keepsake box together with a small instruction booklet. The cards measure 115mm x 70 mm and are printed on glossy card stock.

Before I started reading about the cards in the booklet, I decided to spread them out and let them speak to me. First I noticed that virtually all cards depicted women, mostly with auburn hair (hardly a blonde in sight!). I find the artwork and style quite girly. Each card contains a keyword, such as Hope, Passion and Loss, which are self-explanatory, but there is also a set of Queens (Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds, Queen of Spades, Queen of Clubs) as well as personality types, such as the Adventurer, the Vampire and the Puppet. From the description of the Queens in the booklet it is possible to relate them to the four Tarot queens, e.g. Hearts (Cups), Diamonds (Wands), Spades (Swords), Clubs (Pentacles), so for Tarotists this will be easy to remember.

You may notice by now that there is hardly any structure to this deck. It even contains four cards with a landscape layout, with the keywords Desire, The Guardian, Eternity and The Goddess. It’s all very random in my opinion, but does a “life path” deck need to be structured? The author explains in the booklet that she started creating the images, when she found herself at a crossroads, and her journey ahead was along a rocky, uncertain road. This may explain the somewhat melancholy feel of the cards, and perhaps we can conclude from this that life can be quite random at times, without structure and not making much sense.

So how do you read with this deck?

The author suggests picking just one card for guidance, but you can also choose a standard Tarot card spread, such as a 3-card past/present/future layout. Keeping it simple is the best option with this deck, as it will give clear, concise and straight-forward messages.

Does this deck give accurate readings?

I have pulled a card each day over a week and found that I could relate to all of them in some way. A 3-card past/present/future reading was also quite revealing and described accurately the issue I was addressing. When I used the deck for friends, they also related well to the issues that were addressed.

Overall, the Journey Oracle is a delightful, feminine deck that offers insightful readings. It’s simple but effective; there’s no need to study the explanatory booklet in detail before starting to use them, and there’s no need for large, complicated spreads.  From my experience so far with this deck, it will offer meaningful messages and guidance on any issue.

Schiffer Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-0-7643-3783-3

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Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards

 

Madame Endora's Fortune Cards

I’m not the greatest fan of oracle decks; they tempt me with their beautiful artwork, and then disappoint me with flat and sometimes shallow readings. 

But I love dark decks, so when I noticed Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards, I was immediately drawn to the atmospheric images of the cards and decided to give them a try.

The deck was designed by the creators of the Gothic Tarot, which already hints at the atmosphere of the deck – dark, moody, mysterious.

There is a nice feel to the card stock; it’s somehow grippy and therefore easy to shuffle. The cards themselves measure a standard size of 12.50 cm x 7.50 cm.

Madame Endora's Fortune CardsThe artwork of the 48 cards blends fantasy, Egyptian and Celtic themes, and the style of the deck is described in the accompanying booklet as “incorporating mythical lore and old world concepts of the Tarot with New Age mysticism”. This is just my style of artwork Smile

The colours of the card images are vibrant with lots of gold on a black background. The title of the card is on top with a short explanation at the bottom, for example “The Gate – A barrier keeps you from your goal.” This allows the beginner to start reading the cards immediately.

The deck is divided into five suits:

The Royal Court—representing people influencing your life or aspects of yourself

The Realm of Fable—various beings from ancient lore representing outside forces affecting your destiny

The Bestiary—creatures of legend representing valuable lessons and truths to be discovered

The Treasury—mystical tools and treasures symbolising aid and guidance in achieving your goals

The Elements—consisting of celestial bodies and the natural forces, which all surround and influence us on a daily basis

The mini booklet included provides brief explanations for each card and also suggests some specially created spreads for this deck, such as the Oracle of the Dawning Day and the Seer’s Fan.

The cards are meant to be read upright; there are no reversed meanings. However, there is definitely potential to introduce reversals for additional depth.

This deck proved a hit with my friends at Halloween. Most of the readings were accurate and to the point (surprise!). Some of the cards suggest a link to dark magic, such as The Raven, The Hand of Fate and The Mystic Circle. My friends loved that one, especially on Halloween, but not sure how regular clients would take to it.

Unlike the traditional Tarot deck, Madame Endora’s Fortune cards are specifically designed for fortune-telling, with statements such as “darkness looms on the horizon” and “your luck will soon change”, but it’s certainly worth a try using them for more insightful readings offering advice and guidance.

Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards, by Joseph Vargo & Christine Filipak, 48 cards with small instruction booklet

Published by Monolith Graphics 2003

Madame Endora's Fortune Cards

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The Fairy Ring Oracle Review

Fairy Ring Oracle Samhain

Enter the enchanting world of the fairy folk and meet an illustrious group of magical creatures such as banshees, brownies, pixies, leprechauns as well as famous figures such as Morgan Le Fey, Robin Goodfellow and Jack Frost.

They have been called the Little People or the fae in the Celtic lands, where they have been loved for their ability to bestow great gifts to those who are favoured and feared for wreaking household mayhem if angered.

With the Fairy Ring Oracle deck you can immerse yourself into this magical world and listen to the wisdom of the Little People.

As a card reader, I have gained much insight into the fairy world by using this deck; Anna Franklin and Paul Mason have put in much thought and effort to create a distinctive 60-card deck, which incorporates all the lovely fairy lore and legends.

The Fairy Ring has eight “fairy festival” cards: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasa, Herfest, Samhain, and Yule. It also contains the four suits (“Courts”) – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – with thirteen cards each from Ace to Nine and the four court cards Lady, Knave, Queen and King.

The evocative artwork combines photographs with original illustrations via computer imaging in a truly effective way. Each card is surrounded by a luscious border indicating the season of the suit and depicts a particular type of faery creature or, in some cases, a particular faery personality. For example, the seven in the Spring Court is an Asrai (small water fairy) while the eight in the Winter Court is the Bogeyman. The authors appear as characters in the deck. Anna Franklin is the Green Lady and the Lake Maiden while Paul Mason is King Finvarra. Watch the film below to see more detail of the art work.

The 248-page book contains a wealth of information including introductions to the fairies, card meanings – both upright and reversed – as well as suggestions for path working and meditation.

Having used this deck for over a year now, I must confess that I enjoy it a lot. Rather than doing large and complicated spreads, I prefer one or two-card readings, simply answering the question: ‘What do I need to pay attention to in my life right now?’ And the message of the fairies never disappoints!

If you have an interest in faery lore and would like to learn more, then this oracle deck is for you, whether you are a card reader or not. The gateway to the Otherworld stands open for you to enter and receive the guidance of the Little People.

The Fairy Ring Oracle, written by Anna Franklin, illustrated by Paul Mason

60 cards and 248-page book

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Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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