Decks of Interest—2019 Divination Deck Stocking Stuffers

CECCOLI ORACLE • Nicoletta Ceccoli • Lo Scarabeo
To call Ceccoli’s illustrations fantasy art is seriously misleading. These beautifully rendered drawings are as disturbing as they are magical. The young girls who are featured, while sometimes appearing in threatening situations, aren’t helpless victims. The intense expressions on their faces let readers know that behind those wide eyes lies a brewing storm of emotion that is ready to demand a reckoning. Lunaea Weatherstone’s text adds emotionally-laden words to the visuals. I believe this is a feminist deck which was ahead of its time. 32-card deck and multi-lingual companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

MANIFESTING YOUR GREATNESS • Amy E. Chace • REDFeather
Amy Chace combined edgy, streetwise illustrations with to-the-point guidance (some of it from her mother) to create a breakthrough card deck that hints of graphic novels. Ask a question and pull a card. It might tell you to “Buck Convention”, “Move Your Body”, or “Stay the Course”. Where you go from there is up to you. This deck comes with no rules, just bold expression, whimsy, and lots and lots of color. It will make you feel like you have a friend who gets you. 46-card deck and full-color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

CRYSTAL GRID ORACLE • Nicola McIntosh • Rockpool Publishing
This beautiful deck brings nature and the power of crystals into a deck of cards so readers can access their complex energies without extensive materials or elaborate settings. We are taught how to call upon the unique spirit of each stone as we tune into the grid designs that McIntosh has created. In addition to being oracles, they are powerful meditation tools, calming and nurturing. The companion book tells us the names of the crystals in each card, making this deck a great way to learn about them. 36-card deck and full-color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

SPIRITSONG TAROT • Paulina Cassidy • U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Paulina Cassidy is the master of creating lyrical artwork that is packed full of metaphysical meaning. For this deck, she has drawn on Native American and shamanic spiritual tradition in order to merge the healing messages of the animal world with the traditional tarot format. Each animal seems to come to life as you look at the card. The background of each card is filled with carefully-patterned symbolism. I love all Paulina’s decks but this one is my favorite. 78-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

THE SPIRIT ANIMAL ORACLE • Colette Baron-Reid • Jena DellaGrottaglia • Hay House
Colette Baron-Reid has brought the Higher Spirits of animals, insects, fish, and birds to the physical plane for the benefit of their human companions. Jena DellaGrottaglia’s elegant and magical illustrations show us the transcendent archetypal wisdom each animal carries with it. The deck is a visual treasure, with wings on cats and crowns on owls. I see something new every time I look through it. This is a standout in a long line of powerful oracle decks that Baron-Reid has created. 68-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

ENLIGHTEN UP • Andrea Smith • Beyond Words
The bold, direct paintings explode off these cards. Uninhibited and emotive, they are meant to help readers find answers to the questions in their lives or the inspiration that will aid them on their journey. The release of such bold energy is almost miraculously calming. As you move through the deck each card seems to touch a different part of your soul. Female-based and inclusive, the deck is a perfect gift for Millennials and Gen Z’s. 34-card deck and guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

CRYSTAL INTENTIONS ORACLE • Margaret Ann Lembo • Llewellyn
As interest in crystals continues to grow, Margaret Ann Lembo remains at the forefront of the field. Her long list of state-of-the-art crystal card decks continues to grow. This deck remains my favorite. Its elegant design and simple, sophisticated format makes it a standout. The exquisite photography and transformational affirmations make the cards come alive. The back of each card carries a concise summary of the crystal’s healing properties. 42-card deck and full-color guidebook. SHOP FOR THE DECK

ANIMAL PORTRAITS PLAYING CARD DECK • Carol Lew • U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Carol Lew began with a standard playing card format and ended up with this imaginative (and funny) card deck. She shakes it up by creating animal portraits in the style of Old World masterpieces. Don’t let the cover illustration mislead you. These stately recreations don’t rely solely on domesticated animals. She includes pigs, hedgehogs, goats, and roosters as well. The renderings of different dog breeds is especially meticulous, making this a fabulous gift for dog lovers. Whether you use the deck for card games, to play solitaire, or to “tell fortunes” in the old school, gypsy way, this deck will add enormous fun to your activities. SHOP FOR THE DECK

CRYSTAL OVERSOUL NEW EARTH ATTUNEMENTS • Michale Eastwood • Findhorn Press
Margaret Ann Lembo introduces this crystal mandala deck, a continuation of Eastwood’s Crystal Oversoul Attunements deck. Many readers are becoming interested in crystal grids now. Before there were crystal grids, there were Eastwood’s crystal mandalas, over-arching crystal patterns from the higher realms. For those of you who are already involved in what is commonly known as ascension, these cards will make perfect sense to you. For those of you who aren’t, meditating on these cards may open portals of insight for you, as well as a personal understanding of individual crystal energies. Eastwood has included two meditation CD’s, along with these 22 cards and 80-page, full-color guide, to help make the necessary connections. SHOP FOR THE DECK

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES TAROT • J.r. Rivera & Jasmine Becket-Griffith • REDFeather
The beautiful, big-eyed young women in Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s illustrations take on an especially exotic nature when combined with J.r. Rivera’s adaption of the tarot. The creatures they interact with are sometimes real and sometimes mythical. The deck is designed for simplicity of use. The cards, while luxurious, are not overly complex. The companion book contains in-depth interpretations for those who are not seasoned card readers. It’s a special divination tool but it’s also worth the price of the deck just to look at the pictures. 80-card deck and companion book. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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