The Success Oracles has 50 inspirational cards featuring well-known people who reached huge career, business or personal success and wealth - Steve Jobs, Oprah, Beyonce, and more.
Oracle Deck - 50 Cards - Laurence King Publishing 2020
Success Oracles is a 50 card oracle deck which focuses on business acumen, career success, and financial entrepreneurship. The deck showcases success stories which have become part of popular culture and social mythology. Everyone loves a winner!
These successes are not focused solely on Wall Street wizardry or Silicon Valley start-ups but take into account personalities as diverse as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, Deepak Chopra, Dr Dre, Jane Fonda, Naomi Klein, Elon Musk, JK Rowling, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and RuPaul, to name but a few. In other words these are, for the most part, living oracles who are still active and setting examples - for better or worse – as opposed to information being given or directed from beyond the grave. And those who have passed have left legacies which are continuing to this very day, including Walt Disney, Enzo Ferrari, J Paul Getty, Steve jobs, Emma Goldman, and Zaha Hadid.
The cards measure 85 x 125 mm which is fairly average for oracle cards. Oracle decks always tended to be somewhat broader than tarot cards and in this instance it is very helpful because the bulk of the oracle’s of relevant information is printed directly beneath the illustration.
The card stock is both heavy and sturdy, with little flexibility, but the overall deck is not that bulky. It sits very comfortably in one's hands, and the smooth, satin finish makes them very easy to shuffle. The print quality is very good with the illustrations being kept clear and sharp. There are no colour bleeds, no misprints or blurring. The artwork, by Barry Falls, appears to have been composed digitally. When one looks closely at the images there are subtle signs of very fine grade pixilation, but this does not detract from the overall effect of the illustrations.
The art style itself is an entertaining blend of pop art and commercial illustrative styles which seems appropriate to the overall content of the oracle. The artist's palette is broad and quite subtle - giving their subjects their due dignity (as opposed to turning them into lurid cartoons). Each card is broken into a three-part frame surrounded by a white border. The upper part of the frame is white, narrow and contains the subject/oracle’s name or title. The central frame contains the oracle’s portrait and takes up the bulk of space on the card. The lower frame contains divinatory information, given in black print on white space.
The design on the back of the cards is red and white, featuring an S hooked through and O, centred inside a diamond, on a background of fine white dots. Although this image is reversible the deck to all appearances is intended to be read as upright cards only.
The Success Oracles deck comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box. The lid lifts off the base and is appropriately wrapped in glittering gold foil printed with tiny gold coins, and stars a large circular illustration featuring the holy Trinity of fiscal success – Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, and Jenna Lyons. The title of the deck and a brief descriptor of its purpose is also printed on the lid. The base of the box is stark white, linen textured, and printed with further information about the deck, illustrations of the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deepak Chopra cards, as well as printer’s and publisher’s information.
The deck itself is situated in a peach-coloured cardboard well and held together with an equally peachy cardboard band, with the guidebook, or rather pamphlet, placed on top. This box is solid and will protect the cards very well, however it is also quite chunky. While it is compact enough to toss into a backpack or tote bag it will take up a bit of space and add noticeable weight.
The 25-page guidebook is written in English, by Katya Tylevich. Each card is given equal space and features a full-colour illustration as well as biographical information which pertains to the business and financial successes of each oracular subject. These bios are written in a somewhat tongue in cheek style, full of puns and razor-sharp wit, which nonetheless takes the subject matter seriously. The cards themselves are printed with their divinatory meanings. Each card features three symbols – a stack of coins which denotes information on how to make money; a building symbol which indicates information on how to keep hold of your money; and a globe which indicates information pertaining to how to give your finances and successes meaning. There are no divinatory meanings given for reversed cards, and no layouts are included in the guidebook.
Presumably these cards can be used any which way the Seeker chooses – but they would be particularly suited to a daily single-card draw or a three-card past-present-future layout. The Success Oracles is a lot of fun, and something of a rarity - there seems to be some unspoken rule that the pursuit of financial gain and economic security is not something to devote an entire divination deck to. While the Success Oracles gives some broad and insightful advice it is not particularly specific. It is intended to be inspirational rather than directive. It is part of a larger suit of oracles that focus on love, fashion, music, and art as sources of creativity and innovation.
If you are in search of inspiration for a side hustle or a
start-up, or looking for self-employment ideas the Success Oracles is a great place to start.
Rather than slog your way through yet another how-I-won-at-business biography why not
whip out these cards and find out what monetary and entrepreneurial energies are floating
about in the ether. Kaching-kaching!