The Chakra Reading Cards are designed to align your chakras, and gain healing, insight, awareness, and empowerment. It's a 36-card deck divided into nine suits of four cards each - one for each of the seven major chakras, as well as two additional chakras.
Chakras have their origins in this spiritual philosophies and practices of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. They are best described as points of energy that form in the non-corporeal body. We tend to focus on the seven most important chakras, however, there are more than 88,000 chakras in the human body. They are most commonly recognised as moving wheels of light that run vertically up through the human body starting at the base of the spine (root chakra) and progressing through the sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras.
Chakras are a complex concept, with each one having a lengthy set of correspondences starting with a Sanskrit name, colour, mantra, deity, energy, number of petals (like a flower), physiological function, consciousness, sense, sound, symbols, and letters.
The Chakra Reading Cards are intended to be an interactive tool for assisting the user to align their chakras; and help them to gain healing, insight, awareness, and empowerment. To this end, this is a 36-card deck divided into nine suits of four cards each – one for each of the seven major chakras, as well as two additional chakras. The Earth Star Chakra is located outside of the physical body, below our feet and connects us to the heart of the Earth. The Soul Star Chakra is also located outside of the physical body just above the head, and connects us to higher energies and dimensions. These two chakras align the body with heaven and earth and connect us to the divine. Every card has a title which relates to its chakra’s sphere of influence e.g. the Heart Chakra relates to love, acceptance, forgiveness, play, compassion, nurturing, intimacy… And the four cards assigned to this chakra’s suit are titled Inner Child, Love, Forgiveness, and Play.
The cards measure 88 x 140 mm which is a fairly standard size for a deck of oracle cards. Oracle decks may seem quite broad and difficult to handle compared to the narrow and compact ‘standard’ tarot decks, however they are scarcely gigantic cards. The card stock is very good – solid and sturdy yet light and flexible so they are not likely to crease or peel if you tend to be heavy-handed, or a frequent user of your cards. They have a smooth and glossy finish which makes them easy to handle and shuffle. The print quality is excellent with both the colours and details reproduced with clean, crisp lines and no misprints or colour bleeds.
The artwork, by Renée Sarasvati, is quite varied and features photographs, paintings, collages, and digitally altered images and compositions. Subjects include a golden Ganesha statue representing abundance, a pair of frolicking dolphins representing play, crystals, a Lotus, a butterfly, a family of monkeys, a sunset, as well as assorted people in states of grace, meditation, and enlightenment. Each card has a colour-coded border matching it to the chakra it represents. At the top of each card is a chakra symbol representing the card’s suit, and at the bottom is its number and title. The design on the back of the cards features the ladder of chakras including the Soul Star and Earth Star chakras, superimposed on a spectrum of colours. It is not a reversible design, nor are the cards intended to be read in reversed positions.
The cards come packaged in a solid cardboard box, with a fold back lid which is kept closed with magnetic clasps. The cards sit in a cardboard well in the centre of the box, with the guidebook atop them. The box is finished in sunny yellow and features images from the deck, as well as information about it printed on the back. The box is slim enough to slip into a bag or backpack, and sturdy enough to withstand some heavy handling without sustaining any significant damage, and more importantly protecting the cards and book within.
The 111-page guidebook is written by the card’s conceptual creator Rachelle Charman. The Introduction details the purpose of the deck, this is followed by information on 'How to Work with Your Oracle’ which gives the user some ideas for how the deck may be used. This is followed by card care 101 – looking after your cards, storing them, cleaning them, and charging them. How to Facilitate a Reading outlines the standard procedures or ritual for reading cards for oneself, and this is followed with details on how to read for others. Five divinatory layouts are included - one and three card draws, and two chakra balancing layouts.
The remainder of the book is divided into 9 mini-chapters, each one dedicated to a specific chakra. Each chapter begins with an overview of the chakra, including many of its alignments, and an exercise for cleansing and balancing it. This is followed by a double page of information for each card, including a full colour reproduction of its illustration. The divinatory information that follows is spiritual and insightful, encourages self-reflection and care, offers support and gives suggestions for how to actualise desired states of being. The focus of the advice tends to be more spiritual than material, more internal than external.
If you are interested or intrigued by chakras and want to find out more about them then the Chakra Reading Cards are a great place to start. If you are familiar with chakras and are looking for a deck to help you connect to yours with focus and intent, then this deck is a wonderful tool to facilitate that. If you are looking to something a little different in oracle cards then why not check out the Chakra Reading Deck, it is beautiful and a little unusual. If you are looking for a deck that is wise, insightful, and compassionate then this is a great place to start.