Oracle and Tarot Decks

Tarot Obsessed! VR to Katey Flowers

Hi Friends~Here’s my video response to Katey Flowers’ #tarotobsessed video. I forgot to mention in the video I adore the Sun and the Moon Tarot in a Tin. It is a top five deck for sure. And in addition to pendulums, I scry as another form of divination that I use with oracle and tarot.

QUESTIONS:
1. What was your very first tarot deck?
2. What is your current favourite tarot deck?
3. What is your most used tarot deck?
4. What is your least used tarot deck?
5. How did you learn to read tarot?
6. What do you use tarot for?
7. How do you read tarot? (Intuition or book?)
8. Do you use spreads?
9. Do you mix tarot with other divination systems?
10. What makes a great tarot deck?
11. How important to you is it that a deck stick to the tarot system?
12. Do you have any back up decks?
13. Do you have any unusual/unique decks?
14. What’s your current deck crush?
15. Do you read reversals?
16. If you could only use one deck, which would it be?

Thanks for watching!

<span style=”color: #800000;”><strong>Many blessings and love to all of you,</strong></span>
<span style=”color: #800000;”><strong> Kim</strong></span>
<span style=”color: #800000;”><strong> Abundant Life Tarot</strong></span>

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Collecting and Storing Oracle & Tarot Decks

This topic occasionally comes up when a popular vlogger goes on a purging mission to shed themselves of too many oracle and tarot decks they’ve amassed. How many is too many? Clearly, this number is subjective and all in the eye of the tarot/oracle owner.

I have a small collection because I have just started out on the collector’s journey. There are folks in our community who have hundred and thousands of decks in their collection, while there are others who only work with one tarot deck. I knew one deck would never satisfy my thirst for new decks, as I love to look at lots of different art styles and I do readings for others. No two people are the same, so I ensure I give thought to which tools/decks I will use in a reading and one or two decks would not cut it in the type of readings that I do. But, do I really need 100s of decks?

I have to admit – when I see videos from the top dog vloggers showcasing their massive collections, it can cause bouts of envy. I then remind myself that although I would like 100s of decks, purses, shoes, crystals – I do not have room. I live in a four bedroom house with my three kids, a husband and one day soon a puppy. I do not have the luxury to carve out tons of storage for my decks. I want my decks to not be crammed or crushed by the weight of others.

I also want to be able to touch all of my decks throughout the year. I have this thing about having decks sit for months and years without being touched. I also had this same thing when I was a child and had too many dolls that no longer were played with. It’s not fair. Decks should be played and utilized. Sure, there’s the lust worthy collector’s deck that is never touched. But, the vast majority of decks we obtain are to be use and to be read with. It’s a shame when many do not get used.

I do not want to become a deck hoarder. My mother hoards designer bags. The tags are still on many of her bags and she may very well never use them. I know I have hoarder tendencies in my genes, so I combat it with some forethought and planning.

The small cabinet that stores the majority of my decks will be my barometer on if I have too many decks or if I have room to get more. As that cabinet fills up, I become a lot more selective on what goes in it. I also start to think about what decks I can give, sell or trade away. Once the cabinet is filled, no more new decks will be coming into my home.

Going into deck collecting with a plan and a vision of what your collection will grow to BEFORE it gets there is an effective way to manage your collection without becoming a large, massive distraction for you. Too many decks overwhelms the reader and oftentimes we spend so much time fretting over not using certain decks when we really should be letting go of the duds in the group and focusing on the decks that we are resonating with.

The other major issue is a plan and budget cuts down on spending on decks that may or may not work. I do not like to sell or trade decks. In fact, it is a strong reason why not too many decks come into my home – because I do not want the hassle of storing decks that do not resonate or selling/trading them when I need more space. It is better to bring decks in that I LOVE than ones I hope will one day become a top deck in my collection. I do not have time or energy for storing decks that are just so/so to me. Plus, I have to spend money on many other things in my life, and decks is just a small part of my monthly/annual budget.

Vlogger Nandora has an Excel spreadsheet, a budget and a formula to calculate the amount she’s spending annually on her decks – which is an excellent idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFcjMMyyh4.

Collecting or hoarding? How do you ensure its one versus the other in your life?

Much love,
Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

My Aussie Oracle Decks!

This is the first part in a series I am doing on my deck collection. As I broke down each category of my decks, I realized I did not have as many as I thought I had – which is a huge blessing! I only have a small collection of Australian created decks, but the ones I do have are abundantly loved and regularly in my reading rotation. Featured are decks I own from Blue Angel, Llewellyn Publications, and Rock Pool Publishing. I own a total of 6 Australian based decks. I taking stock of my inventory and grateful to see that I do not have as many decks as it may seem.

Featured Decks:
*Soulful Woman Guidance Cards: Nurtarance, Empowerment & Inspiration for the Feminine Soul, Shushann Movsessian and Gemma Summers (http://www.blueangelonline.com/soulful_woman_cards.html)
*Lightworker Oracle, Alana Fairchild (http://www.blueangelonline.com/lightworker_oracle.html)
*Sacred Rebels Oracle, Alana Fairchild (http://www.blueangelonline.com/lightworker_oracle.html)
*Cosmic Reading Cards, Nari Anastarsia (https://www.rockpoolpublishing.com.au/cosmic-reading-cards)
*Heal Yourself Reading Cards, Inna Segal (https://www.rockpoolpublishing.com.au/heal-yourself-reading-cards)
*Dreams of Gaia Tarot (https://www.ravynnephelan.com/dreamsofgaiatarot)

Kim
Abundant Life Tarot (A.L.T.)

Sacred Traveler Oracle Cards Unboxing

I unboxed Denise Linn’s Sacred Traveler Oracle Deck this week and must say that I am impressed. This 52 card deck and guidebook, published by Hay House, artwork by Nick C. Welch and Jesse Reisch, is a deck that really does give you signs or messages that you are moving in the right direction. The box is matte, as are the cards. The cards are standard Hay House sized and shuffles nicely. There were a few small knicks on a couple of the backs of the cards, but I can live with them.

I’ve owned Sacred Traveler since Halloween, which was two days ago, and already I’ve played with it multiple times. It is that good. The guidebook has several spreads and lists the card meanings alphabetically. The guidebook’s message has a black and white representation at the top of the page, epigraph, the card’s meaning, and what does the Sacred Traveler want you to know. Let’s just the cards are predictive and most definitely prescriptive. Right out of the box I was able to start playing with them, even without consulting the enchanting guidebook.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on getting this deck or do you already have it? How are you incorporating it into your spiritual practice?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

Postcards from Spirit Follow Up Impressions

On October 12th, I posted the unboxing of the Postcards from Spirit, created by Colette Baron-Reid, artwork by Jena DellaGrottaglia, and cover design by Tricia Breidenthal. I promised to do a follow up video after I played with the deck. After daily play, I have to say it is indeed a unique, beautiful deck and I will continue to divine with it.

Knock out any preconceived notions you have about what you think this deck is  about and go into this new relationship with an open mind. Some decks are hard to define what exactly they are, as is the case with Postcards. Prior to receiving the cards, I thought this was a deck about connecting with souls that have transitioned and who are trying to say special messages about life in general from the other side. This deck is somewhat along those lines, only these messages are directly for the seeker. Spirit is whomever you wish – past on family members, God, angels and guides.

I have been asking for general guidance for the day or around a specific situation, as in the case of a work related issue. I made a few mistakes yesterday at work and luckily brought Postcards with me that day. I shuffled the cards, drew one and was comforted by words of wisdom from my ancestors, by way of Colette’s warm, but direct messages. I was able to gain new perspective instantly on the situation.

My final words on this deck is if you are called to get it, there’s a reason. Several months ago I was intrigued enough to pre-order the deck and based on the messages I’ve been receiving, know that I made the right decision to buy Postcards from Spirit.

Let me know what you think of the deck or if you have questions or comments. Thanks for going on this new journey with Postcards from Spirit with me!

Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

Oracle of Nightmares Review and Reading

Oracle of Nightmares is an independent card deck sold on Etsy by White Rabbit Oracle. Despite its dark pictures and foreboding name, it is an all purpose deck that can be used for shadow work or as a part of a larger tarot/oracle spread.

The deck is standard tarot size and has a good stock, perfect for shuffling. Some of the images fade into the darkness, which adds to the element of darkness and mystery. This deck does not come with a guidebook, but the images and key words are enough to light up your intuition.

It will play nicely with my Triple Goddess tarot or my soon to arrive Darkness of Light Tarot. I will be using it during the fall and winter months for shadow work and divination. A great deck, with surprisingly gentle, but firm messages.

Check out the deck creator’s Etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteRabbitOracle and her website here: http://www.whiterabbittarot.com/.

Have you worked with this deck before? What are your thoughts? Do you find it easy to use oracle decks without guidebooks?

Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

Postcards from Spirit Unboxing Video

I got my hands on the lovely Postcards from Spirit 52 Card Oracle Deck yesterday. I have been waiting for months for this deck to release, and it is finally in my hands. After yesterday’s filming of this video, I played a little bit more with this deck and I started to connect more with the images and messages.

I am a huge fan of Colette’s decks and particularly very fond of artist Jena DellaGrotaglia’s beautiful artistry. The cover designer for Postcards was Tricia Breidenthal. Jena’s art work is always breathtaking and my only wish was that in this deck, it was a little more pronounced so we can really see the details. I get that the postcards are to appear aged and weathered, but I love Jena’s work so much that I still want to see it pop off the card like in all her other works.

The cards are larger than the standard Hay House size and the box is a sturdy and attractive. The stock is interesting. It is thinner than standard Hay House decks, but it remains to be seen if that is a good thing. The edges are sharp, versus rounded.

I love the concept. In fact, I used the deck last night and called upon my grandmothers to send a message. I loved how easy it was to use the deck and the answers I received were poignant and resonated in a way that I was not expecting (which is a good thing).

The cards can be used for divination, but I think it is primarily for answering those healing questions we have about are we on the right path or what can I work on in myself type of queries.

Be on the lookout for my full deck review video and blog post of this deck, after I’ve played with it for a while, as unboxing videos only shows just a tiny bit of a deck’s potential.

Many blessings,

Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oracle Review and Reading

Mildred Payne’s Secret Pocket Oracle is truly a lovely, intuitive, and charming, yet confrontational oracle deck. I love that I can use it in stand alone readings, as well as a part of a larger tarot/oracle spread. Great for both personal and professional readings, it keeps it all the way real, and will predict like no other – but it is gentle, too (as you will see in the above video’s oracle reading). The simplistic images and keywords surprisingly triggers the intuition, and I feel like Spirit leaves nothing out and puts it all on the table for the reader to grasp and share with the seeker.

Factoids: 54 card deck. Miniature cards, beautiful card stock.

Per usual, I did an impromptu reading. In retrospect, as this video was filmed on Saturday, October 7, 2017, this message was an urgent one from Spirit to all of humanity. Simple solutions to big problems on the micro and macro levels of our lives.

The deck creator’s link: http://www.deviantmoon.com/wordpress/?p=4091

Many blessings and love to all of you,
Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

Heal Yourself Reading Cards Unboxing

I was able to get my hands on the Heal Yourself Reading Cards by Inna Segal from Amazon by way of Book Depository and the publisher Rockpool Publishing. The United States will not be releasing this deck until October 1, 2017, according to Amazon http://a.co/i3H67wi.

Here’s the link to the actual publisher’s site for the deck: https://www.rockpoolpublishing.com.au/heal-yourself-reading-cards.

Beautiful deck~36 cards and fully illustrated and glossy guidebook.

Many blessings and love to all of you,
Kim
Abundant Life Tarot

The White Rabbit Oracle & A Reading for America

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During my YouTube review video, I did an impromptu oracle reading with my lovely, new White Rabbit Oracle deck and my mind was blown away by the on point message that came through.

The two cards that instantly jumped out together was “The Shadow” and “Change.” These cards represent what America is facing right now. We are dealing with our Shadow side, or the dark ooze of racism from the bowels of our country. That illness of America is festering and growing, tainting our young minds with hate and intolerance.

We’ve had enough with words of condemnation. We need change. Real change. Change that is lasting. Change that involves preserving our humanity. Change that will once and for all root out the evil cancer that is pervading our government, our institutions and our every day lives. This change will come, with or without our president. This change, will happen.

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We are starting to see what happens when we allow cancers to grow, unchecked, untreated. It takes over. But, we have this opportunity to not have more bloodshed in vain. To change for the better. To pull up our weak and diseased minded people and show them there is a better way to be in this world. Let love and inclusion rule, not division and hate. We will change. We will be better. And so it is.

Link to my YouTube Review of The White Rabbit Oracle

~Kim with Abundant Life Tarot