Review: Oracle of Mystical Moments

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Oracle of Mystical Moments

by Catrin Well-Stein

Publisher: U.S. Games Systems 

“Celebrating 50 Years of Inspiration”

ISBN-10: 1572819200

Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 1.2 x 5.4 inches

Visionary collage artist Catrin Welz-Stein intermixes unexpected elements of nature and imagination, creating a sumptuous world where flower spirits and floating castles happily co-exist. Each of the 52 oracle cards captures a magical moment full of delightful surprises and vintage charm. Powerful messages in the 44-page guidebook lead you into discoveries of insight that inspire new ways of looking at life.

Catrin Welz-Stein uses digital images to express her creativity and tell unique stories. Her artwork has an ethereal feel that explores the area between imagination and reality. Catrin is originally from Germany but has lived in Korea and Malaysia for several years with her husband and two children, thus there is also a subtle Asian influence in her work.

 

 

This Deck is So Easy to Love!

This might be the most intuitive oracle deck I’ve seen so far with it’s  intriguing images andlayers of meaning. The art is done in such a way that it softly whispers to you as you take in the images.  The guidebook has the feel of a conversation with a trusted friend. The card images are gentle and speak freely to the intuition, telling us a story with each image.  Anyone (new or experienced) can pick up this deck and fall in love with the insight offered by each card.

In the introduction (LWB) the deck creator (Catrin Well-Stein) indicates that the “52 cards tell all kinds of stories about feminine wisdom, nature and life.”  I personally get a very nostalgic feel from this deck so it might be pulling that feeling from my subconscious and that’s the beauty of an oracle deck that has powerful imagery. I have a few favorite card images that stand out to me right away and there are a few images that I don’t care for.  When a card image causes a feeling of dislike, I usually take the time to try to understand why: it could indicate something that needs attention in my life.  

The guidebook is adequate to get you started with this deck, there are no spreads to try but there are suggested ideas of how to use your deck.  With an oracle deck there isn’t really a need for an actual layout of cards. Adding a card or two to tarot readings or simply pulling a card each morning would be a great way to use this deck.  Also, this deck is perfect as a (writing) prompt for your journal. In the guidebook you will find card descriptions and keywords for each of the cards.

I like this deck!  I like the feel of the images, I like the collage art and I like the “softness” of each image.  I think the intuitive quality of the images is excellent!

 

Extended: View the Cards I Like the Most

 

48 Night Ride

This image is my absolute favorite.

Protector, Wonder in the night, Big brother, Friendship

An elephant transports two owls on his back, a mother with her young bird child.  Protectively she has folded her wing over the young owl’s head. The elephant rides through the night blowing stars up into the sky through his trunk.  Connected with magic and wonder, the elephant is a protector, a strong shoulder to lean on in all times. Even during dark times you can feel safe and secure beside him.

 

 

 

 

Other favorite images:

28 Can You Hear Me?

Loneliness, Cry for Help, Communication

6 Listen

Mindfulness, Sensitivity, Empathy

3 Sleeping Beauty’s Dream

Soul Journey, Power of Imagination, Inner Strength

44 Stranded

Misdirection, Misjudgment, Fear of Failure

*This deck was provided by U.S. Games for review.

*Please note that the Amazon images for this deck include an image of a Fool card that is not in this deck.  I think there was a mistake when the deck was posted on the site.

 

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