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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my latest obsessions are the flowers from my garden, like these beauties, here...
...AND the Venus Rising oracle deck by Outi Harma, here...
I first discovered this deck when I started streaming on the Periscope rabbit hole. I refer to it as that because I have new thoughts and reservations about that platform, as it feels icky to have to constantly block the trolls. I'm not about wasting my time with people who are only there to cause misery, so, I haven't been on Periscope for awhile....
Anyway, there was a psychic I followed over there who would do a daily oracle read with this deck, and I just fell in love with the vibrant imagery. As a self-proclaimed oracle and tarot "card junkie," I knew I just had to have it! But, at $32, it was a little pricey to justify and it took a few months before I felt right splurging on this little treat.
There are 30 cards in the deck, and they come packaged neatly in a plastic box, tied with a ribbon. The cardstock is good quality, and the cards have a nice, slick texture, perfect for shuffling.
What I really love about this deck, though, is the vulnerability that comes through in each original piece. At first glance, you see pops of vivid colors, but the art is layered and deep. There is an interesting juxtaposition of feeling and form -- the cards evoke a sense of calm, yet the movement in the images makes you feel as if you are working with chi, vitality, life force energy.
On each card is a simple message, either in one word or a short phrase. Underscoring the vulnerable life force theme is the fact the deck does not come with a book of meanings, making for some awesome highly intuitive readings. (It does come with instructions on how to use the deck, however, which is simply to pull a card and let the message speak to you as it will. Perfect, in my opinion.)
I like to pull one card per day, and use the message as the daily contemplation. You could easily do three card readings with this deck, but the imagery is so vivid and layered that I find there is a lot of meaning to unpack with just one card.
There is one card that surprised me in this deck, and it is this one:
"Honor the Masculine.”
Isn’t it just such a beautiful message? It is not a message I'd expect to see in any kind of "wild feminine" teachings, but this is actually what will heal the toxic masculine, and a small part of healing our primal feminine wounds means restoring balance. As a feminist who loves men, I believe that what the feminist movement has put an emphasis on the kind of masculine we don't want. While necessary to discern what we need and don't need, I feel that our collective criticism of the toxic masculine is misunderstood and if we spent a little time honoring what we perceive to be the healthy masculine, we will get along much further in our efforts to restore balance.
Like I said, I am obsessed with this deck! Follow me on Instagram to see which cards I'll post next.
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My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.