Deck Reviews

Unboxing the Lux Ex Umbra Tarot!

Join me as I unbox the Lux Ex Umbra Tarot, a visual feast of lush colours and beautiful artwork…

To purchase this deck: https://mystiic.com/en/products/lux-ex-umbra-tarot

My first impression of this deck is that it’s a high quality Tarot deck, full of imagery that seems to glow and pulse with life. But let’s dig a little deeper…

The name of the deck Lux Ex Umbra means light & shadow, which is based on the idea that each card has both light and dark sides. When I’m teaching Tarot, I always stress this – that no card is 100% positive or negative – there is a good/bad or light/dark side to all the cards, so I love that this is the theme of this deck!

The card stock is that high quality, velvety matte that I love so much and the deck comes with a little booklet (in both French and English). What I like about the booklet is that it gives both light and shadow meanings for the cards, which is very helpful.

This deck is a Tarot de Marseille style deck, which is different from the Rider Waite Smith deck in that the minor arcana are illustrated only with symbols and not elaborate scenes and characters. For example, the Eight of Swords in a Marseille deck just shows eight swords, whereas the Rider Waite Smith deck shows a blindfolded woman trapped in a circle of swords.

I find Marseille style decks (sometimes called pip decks) a bit trickier to read than a Rider Waite style deck – since there’s less obvious imagery to work with, it requires a better knowledge of the Tarot. For that reason it isn’t the ideal beginner deck. But what I love about these kinds of decks is that they force you to slow down and gain a broader understanding of the cards – making the Lux Ex Umbra Tarot a good deck for readers who are ready to dive a little deeper into their Tarot journey.

The Hierophant

The Majors are absolutely stunning. They glow with so much light and almost seem to leap right off the cards. My favorite card has to be Le Pape (The Hierophant), which is a beautiful dark blue crow, holding a key in it’s beak. Even the minors seem to light up and radiate a mysterious glow that lends a feeling of magic to even the most mundane of readings! I love this!

I did find the court cards tricky to read. They are in French (as are the Majors) and are depicted as astrological symbols (not people). This made me really have to pause, think and refer to the book. I think if you use this deck regularly, and especially if you have some astrological knowledge, you’ll get comfortable with them, but I had trouble reading them right out of the box.

Knight of Swords

So how does the Lux Ex Umbra Tarot read?

It reads well, but it’s the kind of deck I gravitate to when I have some time to sit with the cards for a bit. It’s not a wham-bam, boom-boom deck that is super easy to read and gives quick insights – this is more of a slow burn kind of Tarot deck. It’s the kind of deck I plan to use for Tarot journalling and meditation.

This is a stunning Tarot deck of high quality that would be a wonderful addition to your Tarot collection. Perfect for readers looking for something a little different and maybe even a bit more challenging than your average deck!

To learn more about this deck and to purchase: https://mystiic.com/en/products/lux-ex-umbra-tarot

Happy Tarot Reading!
xoxo
Kate

Unboxing the Black Cat Tarot Deck!

Join me as I unbox the Black Cat Tarot Deck by Helena Isabel Isidro de Almeida!

Those who know me, know….I’m OBSESSED with cats!!! And I’m obsessed with Tarot. So when the two collide, I can’t help but get a bit excited….

To purchase this deck: https://de-almeida.art/product/black-cat-tarot-deck-pre-order-shipping-from-15-03-2021/

When I first took this deck out of the box, I fell in love with the card backs – they’re very cute and eye catching.

The style of this deck is simple and uncluttered with the only colours being black, white and ochre yellow.

I wondered how it would read – sometimes simple imagery is easier to read than busy images and sometimes it’s harder. I’m happy to say it was easy to read – very easy!

When I read with this deck, ideas and words come easily to me and I find the images help me de-clutter my mind and just focus on the cards and their messages.

Is this a beginner friendly Tarot deck? I think it is. The cards follow the Rider-Waite-Smith format in imagery and symbolism, making it a good deck for Tarot newbies (and cat lovers!).

Card stock is medium in thickness and quality (not thick, but not too thin either) and the finish is not really matte or gloss but something kind of in between. Cards come in a cute and sturdy black box.

The cards have a fun and mystical energy to them and whenever I read with this deck I feel like a witchy, fortune teller lady who needs her own Tarot reading caravan! I have a feeling this deck will be in my regular rotation for a while.

To learn more about this deck, visit the deck creator’s site: https://de-almeida.art/product/black-cat-tarot-deck-pre-order-shipping-from-15-03-2021/

Unboxing Amira’s Love Oracle

Join me as I unbox Amira’s Love Oracle, a deck of cards designed specifically for love and relationship readings.

Warning! My cats were very drawn to these cards and decided to display themselves prominently in this video!

Purchase this deck here: https://www.amiracelon.com/product/amiras-love-oracle-cards/

It’s fun to have a deck that’s geared specifically toward relationship readings and I like how bright, bold and straightforward this deck is.

I must say this deck is fun to read with – if you watch the video above, you’ll see me do a mini test-drive reading 🙂 I think this deck would be both useful for client and friend readings as well as personal readings and I can’t wait to add this one into the rotation of decks I use!

Unboxing The Power of 8 Chakra Oracle Cards

The Power of 8 is 44 card Chakra Oracle deck created by Trina Amiot and Michelle Gill. Join me as I unbox this deck and look through these cards for the very first time…

You can purchase this deck here: https://www.themoontree.org/power-of-8-chakra-oracle-cards/

These cards have a great feel to them – good quality, matte card stock with rose gold edging and pretty pink card backs. They are easy to handle and shuffle and the box is also nice – it has a magnetic flap which feels good to repeatedly open and close (I get my thrills where I can!) I am familiar with the chakra system, but if you aren’t, there’s a handy little chart right inside the box.

The companion book is in colour and gives additional info on each card and gives helpful ideas on how to incorporate the wisdom of each card into your daily life.

This deck reads surprisingly well! I say “surprisingly” because I have a number of affirmation decks and they usually work best for doing one card draws and journalling, as opposed to doing a multiple card reading.

I also noticed that many of the cards in this deck are different from each other – there is a mix of photographic images of crystal layouts, hand drawn images and images created with other mediums. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like that kind of variety in a reading, but it totally worked.

I can see myself using this deck in many different settings – for myself, for others, for chakra readings, journalling, the list goes on! It’s a high-vibe, fun, useful and versatile deck that is sure to help you on your spiritual journey ♥

To purchase this deck (or learn more) go here: https://www.themoontree.org/power-of-8-chakra-oracle-cards/

Unboxing the Emotion Energy Oracle (2nd Edition)!

Join me as I unbox the second edition of the Emotion Energy Oracle by energy artist Dawn Beedell….

Pre-order this deck here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/831313670/emotion-energy-oracle-deck-tarot-oracle

The Emotion Energy Oracle is a unique deck of cards, designed to stimulate intuition, feeling and contemplation. I find they work nicely as a one card, daily draw first thing in the morning or in the evening after a long day of bullshit.

Card stock is good quality – thick, sturdy and with a nice matte finish. Cards come in a nice box and the guidebook is available online.

I highly recommend getting a card stand to go with your deck – I didn’t think I’d use mine but I do everyday. It’s really nice to have a way to properly prop up a card on my desk or altar and my cats are 80% less likely to knock it over this way.
Tarot stands can be purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/837057888/engraved-single-tarot-stand-oracle-stand

I feel like these cards would make a nice gift, whether for yourself or for an intuitively minded friend. You don’t need to be a card reading expert to work with these either – they can be read right out of the box.

Here are some questions that work well with these cards:

♥ What do I need more of in my life right now?

♥ What do I need to focus on today?

♥ What will be most helpful in this situation?

Happy Tarot Reading!
Kate
Daily Tarot Girl

Unboxing the Zodiac Goddess Power Deck!

Join me as I unbox the Zodiac Goddess Power Deck by Kathy Crabbe!

The Zodiac Goddess Power Deck is a new oracle deck by Kathy Crabbe, creator of the Lefty Oracle Deck and Elfin Ally Oracle. It blends two awesome things – the Zodiac signs and goddesses!

Order this deck here: https://www.kathycrabbe.com/zodiac-deck

What I love about this deck is that it helps me better understand and connect with each astrological sign, as well as various goddess energies. The cards are beautiful, fun to work with and are a wonderful addition to my oracle deck collection!

This deck would be great for those new to oracle cards, as well as seasoned oracle and Tarot readers. The cards are fairly easy to connect with (thanks to Kathy’s gorgeous artwork!) and read right out of the box and it comes with a handy booklet, as well as some helpful info on the inside of the box (see video above for details).

I can’t wait to spend a bit more time getting to know these goddesses and journalling with them ♥

Unboxing The Cosma Visions Oracle!

The Cosma Visions Oracle is artist James R. Eads latest deck! He is also the creator of Light Visions and Prisma Visions Tarot and Green Glyphs Lenormand deck (all stunning, five star decks, in my opinion).

This deck was inspired by the spiritual journey we take between lives, which is a topic I’ve been fascinated by for most of my life (even when I was a weird kid).

Join me as I unbox this deck and take it for a test drive…

*To purchase or learn more about The Cosma Visions Oracle, go here.

First of all, I really love this deck – the cards feel luxurious and almost decadent with their lush colors and sumptuous images.

Beauty and high quality are what make this deck stand out from most of the decks I own and the gorgeous, sturdy box just adds to the enjoyment of these cards. I own three other decks by James and all of them are like this – high quality and super gorgeous.

These cards are thick and sturdy and have a matte finish – my fave! Edges are shiny dark blue/blackish, which is a nice departure from the typical gold.

A unique feature of this deck (and Jame’s other two Tarot decks) is how the minors, when lined up in order, form a continuous scene – I demonstrate this in my video above at 12:56.

Even though it’s called an Oracle deck, it follows the same structure of a Tarot deck but the major arcana and court cards have been renamed and re-imagined. Because of this, you might need to spend a bit of time getting to know this deck before you really hit the ground running with readings.

I suspect I will mostly use this deck for doing self readings and Tarot journalling, mainly because the images really beg to be contemplated (not quickly interpreted). This is a great deck to help you slow down and feel into the cards and really connect deeply with your intuition ♥

To purchase (or learn more) about the Cosma Visions Oracle, go here: https://cosma-visions-tarot.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

 

Unboxing The Deck of Character!

The Deck of Character is a fun, fresh, modern oracle designed not just for readings but for sparking conversations – with both your friends and your “higher self”!

I’ve been having tons of fun with these cards over the Summer and it’s amazing how a simple drawing can spark so many creative ideas and insights. I have yet to use this deck with friends, but I feel like even those who’ve never read a card before could read these – they are that easy and relatable!

Something I forgot to mention in this video is that I’ve been using this deck for creative writing and journalling and it’s amazing at sparking inspiration. Ideas for characters, plot lines, etc come pouring out of me when I have these cards at the ready.

Check out The Deck of Character here: https://www.thedeckofcharacter.com/

Unboxing the Shadowland Tarot!

Join me as I unbox The Shadowland Tarot by Monica Bodirsky!

This deck is full of witchy critters, delightful monsters and fascinating creatures making it the perfect tool for shadow work and self exploration. I am just getting into “shadow work” (which I explain briefly in the video) and so this deck arrived at just the right time.

I love all the sweet, quirky and creepy critters in this deck and the way the images invite deeper exploration and inquiry. The guidebook that comes with the deck is A+++ in my opinion – not only does it give excellent card descriptions, it also gives you questions to ask for each card (LOVE this!!!)

Purchase this deck on Amazon (my affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2zUx8Fg

Artist’s site: https://www.monicabodirsky.com/

This Spring/Summer I intend to spend lots of time with The Shadowland Tarot and really get to know this deck – I will most likely be using it in a few of my upcoming weekly reading videos, so stay tuned 🙂

xoxo
Kate

Unboxing the Ember & Aura Tarot: Awakening Edition

Join me as I give you a glimpse of the new Awakening edition of the Ember & Aura Tarot by Jamie Richardson!

You may remember I did an unboxing video of the first edition a few months ago. This new edition has slightly different card backs, the cardstock is more matte (and nicer) and has rose gold edging, plus an extra “awakening” card.

To order this deck: https://www.emberandaura.com/
Use code AWAKENING to get 10% off

To see ALL the cards in this deck, watch my original unboxing video of the first edition.

To sum it up, this is a wonderful Tarot deck for readers of all experience levels and I’ve had many insightful readings with it. It’s a deck I’ll be using for many years to come!

xoxo
Kate