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The Wiccan Cards invite the user’s intuition and imagination into each quiet image. Each card is a doorway leading to worlds waiting to be explored. By going through these charming and deceptively simple portals, seekers can find answers and guidance.
Oracle decks can be great additions to one’s divinatory toolbox. However, all oracle decks are not created equal. Because they do not have a built in structure, such as Tarot decks do, they run the risk of being a random and arbitrary collection of lovely pictures. This may be too harsh a criticism as anyone can, if they set their mind to it, find an omen or message in anything. This lack of definition makes reviewing an oracle deck all the more difficult. For what does one base one’s critique on? There is no required structure; there are no clear expectations.
In reviewing the Wiccan Cards, we’ll consider a few specific aspects: theme and structure, imagery, instructions/interpretations provided, and how to best work with them.
The theme of the Wiccan Cards is clear: Wicca, primarily Celtic. The theme shapes the structure as well as the symbols and messages. The 33 cards are divided into five groups.
There are four element cards represented not by element but by the Wiccan tool associated with the element. The Athame for air, the Pentacle for earth, the Cup for water, and the Wand for fire. In the booklet, it is noted they relate to the directions as well: east, north, west, and south respectively. The cards don't indicate the directions which is positive as some practitioners assign different directions to the elements.
There are two deity cards, one to represent the Goddess and one for the God—Aradia and Cerunnos respectively. Eight cards represent each of the Sabbats—Imbolc, Ostara, Beltan, Litha, Lammas, Mabon, Samhain, and Yule. Three cards are called Master cards and represent the Otherworld, the Three Wise Ones, and the Oak Tree. The last sixteen cards are symbol cards and include: spiral, cat, ring, mask, kettle, raven, butterfly, book of shadows, mandrake, fox, tree of life, broom, pond, chariot, mare, and Celtic harp.
The imagery is charming. Most of the cards nicely illustrate what they are supposed to. Imbolc shows a sheep and two lambs in the snow with a few early flowers blooming. It is pastoral and very sweet. It illustrates how many people think of Imbolc. The kettle shows an iron kettle with a spout hanging from a chain. Liquid is inside and steam rising up. The broom shows a picture of a broom leaning in a corner with a picture of a flowering tree on the wall behind it. They are all exactly what they say they are, quiet and gentle.
Most people think of oracle decks as simpler and more direct than a Tarot deck. The Imbolc card, already described, can be used as an example. The LWB says “Imbolc is the feast of the new born lambs. Nature awakens from her sleep, first flowers start budding. Time indication: end of winter. This card is a time indicator, so no upright or reversed meaning. The Horned one in the aspect of an infant, the Great Goddess in the aspect of the Maiden.” You'll have to compare the instruction with the image and use your intuition and imagination to really make the interpretations of these cards grow.
This deck is most suited for Wiccan practitioners who want an oracle deck to act as a doorway for their own spirit and intuition. These simple cards invite meditation and reflection. To gaze at the broom card, for example, and let your mind wander and imagine the picture coming to life (is the broom sweeping or flying out of the picture which has somehow become a window?) will yield valuable results.
Deck Attributes Name of deck: Wiccan Cards
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Creator’s name: Nada Mesar
Brief biography of creator: Nada Mesar lives in Germany and works as a cartomancer and scryer. She is a Celtic Wicca Elder. In addition to writing the script for the Wiccan Cards, she also wrote the directions for The Sensual Wicca Tarot.
Artist’s name: Chatriya Hemharnvibul
Brief biography of artists: Chatriya Hemharnvibul was born in Bangkok, Thailand where she works as an artist. She has been influenced by her love for ancient and exotic cultures, fairy tales, and manga. In addition to illustrating the Wiccan Cards, she also painted the art for the Fenestra Tarot.
Name of accompanying booklet: Wiccan Cards
Number of pages of booklet: 32 (12 in English)
Author of booklet: Nada Mesar
Available in a boxed kit?: No.
Magical Uses: spell work and meditation
Reading Uses: All
Ethnic Focus: Celtic
Artistic Style: Painterly with subtle art nouveau influences
Theme: Celtic/European Wicca
Tarot, Divination Deck, Other: Oracle deck. 33 cards that represent various aspects and elements of Wicca. Details in the review.
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: No
If Divination Deck, what is the structure? 33 cards representing the elements, the God and Goddess, the Sabbats, and other Wiccan symbols.
Why was deck created?: As an oracle system for Wiccans and as a short introduction to Wicca for beginners.
Book suggestions for experienced Tarot users and this deck: Wicca for Beginners, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft.
Alternative decks you might like: The Well-Worn Path and The Hidden Path, The Tarot for Hip Witches Kit, The Pagan Tarot.