The Oracle of the Shapeshifters has 45 cards of mystic and magickal familiars. By the creative team of Lucy Cavendish and Jasmine Becket-Griffith, who also did the Oracle of Shadows and Light, it has a similar cast of large-eyed characters on the cards.
Oracle Deck - 45 Cards - Simon Pulse/Beyond Words 2013
I am a huge fan of the Oracle of Shadows and Light so when this deck came out I knew that I wanted it. It has been created by Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Lucy Cavendish, two phenomenally artistic people who, when they come together, seemingly create unbelievable magic. The deck features all manner of wonderful beings and their magical animal companions. The kinds of animals featured are wide and varied, from dragons, wolves, ferrets, kittens and beetles to raccoons, mermaids, pigeons and turtles. There is quite literally the length and breadth of the animal kingdom featured within this deck.
The cards are largish, like the previous deck, so you may need to adapt your shuffling style, they are glossy, flexible and measure 13.6cm tall by 9.6cm wide. Each card is numbered, named with keywords at the bottom. The book is 176 pages long with greyscale images of the cards, the deck itself has 45 cards. There are three sections for each card explanation: About, Speaks and Divination Meaning. I do believe there are some slight differences between the Australian release and American release of this deck.
The deck never seems ambiguous and often is quite forward and clear, sometimes perhaps more honest than one would like but such is the nature of the realm in which these beings reside. I have found it to be very insightful, unflinchingly honest and very accurate. If you walk a spiritual path, using this deck as a guide offers interesting thoughts on the journey ahead.
This deck really comes alive in your hands, the images are not two dimensional representations of our psyche but truly unique beings who wish to share their wisdom with you. Poe’s Brave Flight encourages you to lose the fear, to not let it stop you, Wolf Moon watches over us while A Beautiful Little Worm tells you to take care of yourself. Once Upon a Midnight Dreary wants you to let the creativity flow, creating beautiful, divine works, The Butterfly Ferrets share with you I am reborn while Beauty and the Beast cautions you may need space in a relationship.
The Oracle of the
Shapeshifters is truly a powerful tool for growth and
transformation, of shifting perspective and seeing what may or may
not be there. They guide gently but with a firm hand,
sharing their wisdom and knowledge as you navigate your
way through this world. Honesty is key here, as is
knowing that their soft touch will be with you. It is a
fantastic deck if you want something different, are a fan of
the first by these two wonderful ladies or follow a
path that involves moving in other realms and