Tree of Life Oracle Reviews
The Tree of Life Oracle is a simple deck of 30 cards, illustrated with ink and watercolour images of individual trees with a wood-look border. A point to note, this is a deck devoted to trees and a connection to nature, not to the Qabbalistic Tree of Life.
Oracle Deck - 30 Cards - Schiffer Books 2013
Review by Thomas Freese
The Tree of Life Oracle comes in a box that measures approximately 5 ¼” x 3 1/4” x 1 3/8”. The card backs show a tree’s bark with the title of the deck. The individual cards show one of 30 tree related symbols, such as Spring, Nest, Knot, Buds, Moonlight, Seeds, Wind, Branches Fallen and so on. Each card face has a border and the graphics are simple and pleasant. Cards are from sturdy glossy stock with rounded corners. The cards measure 4 7/8” by 2 7/8”.
The seven cards with human figures are thoughtfully depicted in a diverse coloring of skin tones. The little booklet is 96 pages of fairly small type and a short introduction and conclusion. Most of the booklet comprises the interpretations offered for the 30 cards, running about three pages each symbol, and showing a black and white reproduction of the card graphic on the first page of each symbol. Each card page also begins with a brief listing of words that summarizes the attributes of the symbol.
Although card reversals are not specifically addressed or indicated as such in the booklet, the attributes summarized and the text explaining each symbol does speak of the contraindications of each attribute and metaphor. For example, for Tree Stump, the symbol is summarized as “Pride and the Old Ways” and the words listed before the text discussion run the range of a positive and also “negative”, or challenging, applications of that attribute: “Wisdom, experience, ancient knowing, established heritage, facing the inevitable, disregard, decay, reminders of loss, self-involvement, loss of stature.” We have of course, ancient and established relationships with trees. This oracle taps into the archetypal teaching that trees can reflect back to us, showing us, as a brethren species, how we all move through inevitable cycles in our life. The author/artist does not indicate specific types of trees—that has been covered in other tarot or oracle decks—thus keeping the oracle simple and focused on each metaphor for life’s passages.
As an artist, I often work with wood, and we would do well to honor our intimate connection with trees and how they give to us in not only material benefit but also through inner plane instruction. When I desire simplicity in an oracle, then the Tree of Life will be helpful to distill inner questions toward the comforting message of tree wisdom.
Thomas’s first tarot deck in 1979 was a Christmas gift from his mother. Thomas is an experienced tarot and palm reader. He also reads from objects and photos. In addition he has authored 10 books on metaphysical topics and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist.