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Archangels Inspirational Cards

Overview

To truly capture their divine essence, artist and esoteric scholar Adriano Buldrini created 22 exquisitely rich and realistic oil paintings of the archangels. This powerful oracle opens a channel of communication to the divine, bringing us closer to celestial light, guidance, and abundant love.

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Overview

To truly capture their divine essence, artist and esoteric scholar Adriano Buldrini created 22 exquisitely rich and realistic oil paintings of the archangels. This powerful oracle opens a channel of communication to the divine, bringing us closer to celestial light, guidance, and abundant love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738735474
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1987, Art Publisher Lo Scarabeo has published over 100 Tarot decks that have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. Only the best Italian and International artists are selected for our new decks, and the result is that Lo Scarabeo's decks are all recognizable as an exceptional artistic value.

Tradition
One of Lo Scarabeo's goals is the preservation of traditional Tarot decks.

Development
New decks and ideas are continually gathered from all over the world. This allows Lo Scarabeo to produce some of the most innovative decks available today.

Quality
Lo Scarabeo is committed to ever increasing quality and beauty of their products.

Distribution
*Llewellyn is the exclusive distributor of Lo Scarabeo products in North America.

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Interviews & Essays

Summary:
A simple yet powerful deck of twenty-two cards provides a bridge between our conscious minds and all the facets of the Divine which reside within all of us. Striking art enhanced by textured gold foil make these cards handheld treasures that are truly inspiring. The descriptions and exercises, which are more like spells, provide practical advice and help just when we need it most.

Review:
The Archangels Inspirational Cards are visually striking. The deep black borders contrast strongly with the textured gold foil that is used on for the background of the angel portraits, the borders, the name (in both English and Hebrew), and the astrological and zodiac glyphs. The portraits themselves are bold with rich colors. There is a variety of ethnicity, coloring, features, and expressions that make this one of the most dynamic angel decks I've ever seen.

The book makes it clear that these cards are not meant for divination. They are for meditation and contemplation. The text provides a little background about the angel, what the angel represents, and sometimes some of the angel's traditional symbolism (but not for all the angels). Each angel also has an "exercise" that sometimes reads as magic spell, technique for meditation, or advice. Many of the angel portraits look very feminine to me but the book uses the male pronoun. Angels, traditionally, are genderless, so this is not to be seen as an error, but may feel incongruous to American users.

Here is an example of text, for the angel Zadikiel, whose portrait shows a slim face with narrow eyes, a broad forehead, with hands held in a prayer position under the chin, and surrounded by thin, swirly black and purple wings tipped with red.

You have chosen Zadikiel.

His name means "Righteousness of God," but he is also known as Hesediel, or "Justice of God."

Zadikiel is responsible for directing the "violet ray" emanated by God to the Earth: the transformation. According to tradition, Zadikiel represents Forgiveness, Mercy, and Transmutation. His gifts are necessary to receive "divine mercy" and to begin one's life again from a new level of consciousness. It is precisely the strength of forgiveness that triggers the most profound transformation of being.

Zadikiel is portrayed with his hands together to indicate rectitude and contemplation in prayer.

In the Kabbalah, he presides over the Sephiroth Hesed.

Exercise: Take Zadikiel's card when you feel bitter, offended, and disappointed by another person. Place the card on your heart, close your eyes, and let your negative feelings for this person turn into compassion. Then light a candle and dedicate it to the heart of this person, asking with all sincerity Zadikiel protect him or her.

Two small downsides in the design of these cards, or more appropriately with the book: First, while the cards all include both a planetary and astrological glyph, there is no mention of these in the book. It will be helpful to have a chart of these glyphs handy as well as an understanding of these correspondences if you wish to make use of them. Second, the cards are not numbered, which makes sense as that would imply a hierarchy that might not be appropriate, but would make it easier to look up the card meanings. Nor are they in alphabetical order in the book, so to find a meaning, one has to page through until the card is found. Since there are only twenty-two, it's not too much of a problem.

Deck Attributes
Name of deck: Archangels Inspirational Cards
Reviewer's Byline: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
ISBN: 9780738735474
Creator(s) name(s): Adriano Buldrini
Artist(s) name(s): Adriano Buldrini
Name of accompanying book/booklet: Archangels Inspirational Cards
Number of pages of book/booklet: 191 pages, 31 in English
Author(s) of book/booklet: Adriano Buldrini
Available in a boxed kit?: yes
Magical Uses: simple spells
Reading Uses: Inspiration, advice, contemplation, meditation
Theme: Archangels
Tarot, Divination Deck, or Other: Inspirational cards
Why was deck created?: for contemplation and meditation

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