Enchanted Oracle Cards – Sep 8 2008
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Mythic fantasy artist Jessica Galbreth was born on April 29th, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio. Today, she makes her home and studio in Waterville, Ohio with her husband Josh and their two children. Though Jessica did study fine art with a major in painting for three years at the Toledo Museum of Art, she also considers herself largely a self-taught artist. She crafts her original works of art mostly with watercolors, pen and ink, but at times also utilizes an airbrush and acrylic for certain effects.
Jessica began her art career in 1999 with a modest web site. Much to her surprise, the interest in her fantasy and faery art seemed to increase very quickly once she showcased her art on-line, so she went on to expand her web site and product line. Now you can find Jessica's work in numerous formats, from prints to greeting cards to calendars and books to collectible figurines and ceramics produced by leading manufacturers throughout the world. Her work is often featured at Spencers Gifts, Hot Topic and at specialty retail shops throughout the world. With distribution of her art and inspired products reaching as far as Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan, Jessica has truly become a world-renown artist.
She is perhaps most celebrated for her ability to capture the haunting and often mysterious beauty of goddesses and faeries from mythology. Each of her visions brought to life on paper have a personality of their own, and often evoke strong feelings in those who view them. Some of her faeries are elegant, sweet and wistful, while others are defiant, dark and powerful.
In the early 1990s, at a party, someone put a tarot deck in Barbara's hands; she's held on tightly ever since. Tarot provides just enough structure so that we don't get lost as we explore the mysteries, plumb our dark corners, and locate our North Stars.
Barbara has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She's published a number of books on tarot, including Tarot for Beginners, Tarot Spreads, The Steampunk Tarot, The Gilded Tarot, The Mystic Dreamer Tarot, and Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Writing is solitary work and is relieved by teaching tarot at conferences around the world. Barbara also loves working directly with clients, helping them uncover guidance and insight in the cards.
Connect with Barbara online at www.tarotshaman.com.~
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Although the cards are beautiful, I was really disappointed in this collection. The 36 cards feature almost the same exact poses (a girl looking over her shoulder). Almost all of them are fairies, and although I don't mind that, I would have liked some more variety. The necklace is something you would get from out of a toy machine, and is clearly directed at teens, as another reviewer said. The bag is low quality, but I expected as much because most drawstring bags are.
The cards, however beautiful, are not strong. They, too, are low quality and don't seem very inspiring.
The entire set is very juvenile, and perfect for teens just starting out in tarot cards. Although these ARE NOT TAROT CARDS, this deck could be useful for someone trying to start out small and looking for meaning in a small deck before jumping up to a 78-card deck.
I was disappointed, but maybe someone else will like this.
They have beautiful art work and the book is good. I haven't worked with them much since I got them because I was soooo disappointed in how they looked. I couldn't wait for them to arrive and then I saw how they looked and really haven't picked them up but a few times since. The book is detailed and has good information in it. If you are looking for a good set to start with this would probably be one you can use.
If I had known about the cards before, I would not have bought the deck. Yes, the pictures are pretty; but I wanted them to be the exceptional quality that Jessica Galbreth is known for and I just didn't think these were it.
Cons - The "beautiful silver pouch" is just a cheap organza bag. But at least it is something to keep the cards in and keep them somewhat protected.
Cons - The fairy charm looks like something you would give your little daughter. It is basically Tinkerbell with pink wings on a black ribbon. Cute, but not something I would use in a serious practice.
Cons - Some of the spells in the book seem cheesy to me. I would rather craft my own.
Pros - The deck comes with a 240 page book that describes situations in your life that you might be going through as well as what the cards might represent. It gives some good exercises for journal writing and visualization. It gives a couple different layouts for you to use in your divination.
Pros - The artwork is beautiful. The pictures were done in watercolor, so the color is soft and easy on the eyes. The images definitely evoke emotion when you look at them.
Pros - The deck is only 36 cards. So if you are just starting out with Oracle or Tarot like I am, it is a good way to get a feel for what you are doing without being overwhelmed.
Pros - Oracle decks are based more on intuition and emotion than tarot decks are. Instead of trying to "read" the cards, I look at them and try to decide what the image is making me feel at that time. Then I refer to the section in the book for the particular cards I am using and between the descriptions and what I take from the image myself, I am able to apply them to the questions I am seeking answers to.
Pros - This deck is VERY good for single card readings. I use it every morning. I draw a card to see what my day will be and what I should prepare for.
Overall, this is a perfect starter kit before graduating onto some of the bigger decks and more complicated layouts. When used in conjunction with a pendulum, you should be able to find the answers you are looking for.
When purchasing this deck, realize you are purchasing it for the cards and the book, not for the pouch and the fairy charm. As with any divination tool, before you purchase it, make sure you have a connection to it. I suggest trying to find pictures online of some of the cards to see if the artwork appeals to you. If it evokes a feeling in you of some kind, then you are on the right track.
You can see a video of it on my youtube channel Tara Incognita. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-mRXeCYtcQ
I started again with the pendulum which was suddenly working as it should, and this encouraged me so I tried once more with the cards. I sat down and really concentrated on the thought, "Show me whether I made the correct choice with this oracle." I did a three-card spread in which the cards seemed to know EXACTLY what to say to convince me that they were connecting with me. I got chills all over my body. Needless to say, I'll be sticking with this oracle.
The artwork is wonderful and the interpretations are detailed and poetic. This is great for a first deck and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking to start out. :]
Opening the box of this set was a real treat. The images are gorgeous. Some are whimsical and innocent, while others are a bit dark and intense. These faeries definitely make you want to unfold your wings and fly with them.
The artwork for the "Enchanted Oracle" has been created, by the talented, Jessica Galbreth. This deck is the first by this artist, but you can find her work in numerous formats, from prints, greeting cards, calendars, books and collectible figurines.
Jessica lives in Ohio with her husband and their two children. She considers herself largely self-taught, even though she did study fine art for three years at the Toledo Museum of Art. Most of her work is done with watercolor, pen and ink.
The cards are standard size with a matte finish. They are borderless, with a small title bar on the bottom. The card backs are simple but elegant, done in black and lavender and are reversible.
The two hundred and forty page book was written by Barbara Moore and reads like Magic 101. The book also contains four one card spreads, a three card and a four card spreads. The cards are not numbered so they are listed alphabetically. Using the book, you will see that not only can you read each card, but each also leads to an exercise using a pendulum, spell work, journaling, crystal and oils.
Barbara is an active member of the American Tarot Association. She enjoys the challenge of giving a voice to tarot cards and oracle decks. She has written companion books for several other decks. Her book compliments the deck beautifully.
This deck and book set is perfect for one card daily readings. This would be an excellent first deck. With the silver bag and faerie pendant (which can be used as a pendulum), makes a perfect gift for the faerie lovers.