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The Mahābhārata Oracle

Published by Red Feather. Author Gita Rash

Review by Mary Nale

The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic where the main story revolves around two branches of a family – the Pandavas and Kauravas – who, in the Kurukshetra War, battle for the throne of Hastinapura. Interwoven into this narrative are several smaller stories about people dead or living, and philosophical discourses. (Source)

The guidebook and deck are packaged in  a magnetic flip close lid that has become standard for Schiffer. It’s a sturdy box that you can depend on.  The image on the box really got my attention but, sadly, that’s the only card in the deck that follows through with that style of art.  I had expectations of exotic images for some reason and what I found were images that are a bit more cartoon or comic book like.  I knew without having to look that there was more than one artist involved here and as it turns out there are four.  I feel a bit let down with these images.   There are 36 cards and a guidebook with this set.  The cards are oversize and they have gilt edges.  The card stock is medium thickness-not too flimsy and not too thick with a gloss finish that is perfectly done. They are easy to shuffle and there’s no sticking together. (This is not the glossy type of card that feels like plastic.)

In the guidebook you will see a list of “Main Characters” that will help you familiarize yourself with the story line. There are illustrated spreads to try but, no sample readings.  The guidebook is done in gray scale.  On the front of each card you see the card meaning in yellow and an image in a gold ornate frame with a black and yellow marbled border. Each card is numbered.  The main character name is not on the card.  There is a good amount of information about each card starting with a description of the character in the story and what this card could mean in your reading.

My favorite card in the deck is 10 Loyalty and the Main Character is Supritika. “The enormous, mighty, powerful elephant of Bhagadatta, who was fighting on the side of the Kuravas in the war, was a force to reckon with.  He was quick, agile, and noted for smashing the enemy chariots into splinters with one single blow, causing panic and chaos.It almost seemed for a time, during the warm that the Pandava army was fighting with Supritika alone, and the mighty elephant was getting the better of them-seizing them and hauling them over his head, flinging them in the air, successfully keeping the enemy at bay and trampling anyone in his way!  What a spectacular display of fighting prowess! In this manner he guarded his master, Bhagadatta, and protected him loyally till the end, which came when Supritika was struck with a shafted arrow by Arjuna, he remained in his position; although urged by his master to escape, he did not move.  After he was fatally struck, Bhagadatta became exposed and was also killed.”

“This card indicates supreme loyalty, fidelity, a backer, supporter, friend, or partner who stands with you till the end.  Someone dependable and fiercely loyal is at your disposal.  You can rely on this partner’s loyalty to accomplish your goals.”

The Mahābhārata Oracle can be used as a tool to develop your psychic awareness and intuition.  Gita Rash explains different types of psychic gifts in the guidebook.  This deck would be a great addition to your oracle card collection since there are no other decks that are based on the tale of Mahābhārata.  I must say I applaud the creativity of bringing this story together as an oracle set.  I’ve shown one card from each artist so you can get a feel for how this deck looks.  I can’t seem to connect with these images but I’m sure many of you will find them to be inspirational.

You can order your deck through Red Feather or by using our Amazon link. 

This deck was supplied by Red Feather for review.

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