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Playing Card Oracles Deck [Turtleback]

Ana Cortz , C. J. Freeman
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  • Turtleback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems; Gmc Pcr Tc edition (31 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572815256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572815254
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I got this deck (along with the large book) a short while ago, and I am completely in love!

Reading with playing cards can seem a daunting task, this deck and the authors guidance make it seem natural and yet magical. These cards and the illustrations are just resplendent and breathtaking. Very evocative and they convey the intuition, mood, feel and ambience of the card powerfully. The colours are done in stark red, black and white along with muted colours which is simple, yet gorgeously perfect.

I love the backs. A darker cream yellow with swirling symbols in black. Great for focus and concetration as you shuffle. The little white book that comes with it is very informative for being so small. It should get one started right off. But I do also HIGHLY reccommend the actual full size book which I reviewed as well on Amazon. The insights, teachings, essays and sheer joy of the book is beyond monetary value, as are the cards.

The cardstock is very good, with not too slick lamination. They are slightly bigger than normal playing cards, which IMO is much better, the images jump out at you and you can see the incrediable detail. They are the perfect size. They feel "at home" in my hands.

This deck will bring you stunning insight and tranformation, if you're at all interested in divination I cannot reccommend this highly enough.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This deck is a work of resplendent art............. 2 Jan 2007
By Rashchupkina - Published on Amazon.com
I got this deck (along with the large book) a short while ago, and I am completely in love!

Reading with playing cards can seem a daunting task, this deck and the authors guidance make it seem natural and yet magical. These cards and the illustrations are just resplendent and breathtaking. Very evocative and they convey the intuition, mood, feel and ambience of the card powerfully. The colours are done in stark red, black and white along with muted colours which is simple, yet gorgeously perfect.

I love the backs. A darker cream yellow with swirling symbols in black. Great for focus and concetration as you shuffle. The little white book that comes with it is very informative for being so small. It should get one started right off. But I do also HIGHLY reccommend the actual full size book which I reviewed as well on Amazon. The insights, teachings, essays and sheer joy of the book is beyond monetary value, as are the cards.

The cardstock is very good, with not too slick lamination. They are slightly bigger than normal playing cards, which IMO is much better, the images jump out at you and you can see the incrediable detail. They are the perfect size. They feel "at home" in my hands.

This deck will bring you stunning insight and tranformation, if you're at all interested in divination I cannot reccommend this highly enough.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Deck Is Real 25 Sep 2012
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
At last! After 25 years of reading with Tarot decks I finally found the system that is logical and meaningful. If you're looking for a cookie cutter system created by some abstract person claiming a deep secret knowledge into the esoteric world then the Playing Card Oracles are not for you.

I've studied Tarot and Cartomancy, whilst these systems are interesting the amount of conflicted information all claiming to be "the real truth" about them has tarnished and constricted their use. Ana Cortez presents a divination system using ordinary playing cards that both makes complete sense and has logical, academic and esoteric meaning. The Playing Card Oracles themselves are embellished with artwork by her father CJ Freeman, but throughout her book and her online tutorials Ana constantly reminds us that any ordinary playing card deck can be used thus enlightening us to the idea of the playing cards being something more than simply a tool for hocus pocus.

I have to admit after using many different Tarot decks (and Tarot systems) when I first looked at each of the cards from the Playing Card Oracle I was underwhelmed, but upon further study under the guidance of Ana Cortez's book and online videos I began to understand their relevance and now appreciate them more. Ana encourages you to use the deck as a complete system not just rely on the images painted by her father and many times throughout her tutorials reference is made to the suits and numbers rather than relying simply on pictures on each card.

With this deck I have a three dimensional system with more layers to my readings than any other system I have studied. I can only assume the naysayers giving negative reviews of the Playing Card Oracles are likely more interested in the fantasy of esoterism rather than the reality of it. To learn is academic to understand what you learn is divine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pick a card, any card... 17 Feb 2014
By Dr. Kayla Garnet Rose, PhD - Published on Amazon.com
By their numbers, suits and pictures
The cards communicate
And begin to tell their story
Each time we shuffle fate.
-CJF

The Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck by Ana Cortez and CJ Freeman has a regular deck of 52 playing cards, each transformed by original artwork to invoke the wisdom of the ancient oracles. Here, the LWB is definitely our friend and guide to interpreting the archetypes and symbols of each card and revealing hidden meanings. With irrisitable names such as 10 of Diamonds, Tendra and 9 of Spades: The Throne of Spiders each card beckons for more investigation. Ultimately though, as the author states, "let the images, the colors, and the total picture of the cards in your layouts inspire your interpretations. The magic is inside *you*."

Very clearly not a tarot deck, instead the author links the 52 cards with the calendar and 52 weeks to a year. Cortez presents two spreads, the Present Spread and the Cats Spread, both of which use the cards in a way to look at the weeks and months to come. She also suggests to look at the 4 card spread as if looking at a person, the bottom card relating to issues of the earth, feet, home, career, possessions etc of a foundational nature; the next card relating to water, the torso, love and emotions; the third card speaking to the air, throat, ideas and communication; and the top card representing fire, the head, what is dominating the reading and what the seeker is most aware of in the current situation.

After shuffling the deck seven times, focusing on what was grounding me (feet), what was moving me (heart/womb/torso), what was I talking about/listening to (throat) and what was most on my mind (head) I pulled the following cards:

For my first card I pulled 11 of Spades, Pampero, a shirtless man in striped tights is holding a thin épée loosely in his hands, looking somehow both amused and battle scarred. "This Jack makes a loyal ally or formidable adversary. Unlike his one sided brother in hearts, La Hire, who hides his other side, Pampero seems to be lacking in any great dimension."

The second card was 9 of Clubs, Galahad, a knight in full armor kneels upon a cushion win the clouds while gazing upon a Grail centered in the sun. "...associated with idealistic vision, and the tendency to become disconnected from reality."

The next card was 2 of Diamonds: The Rivals. My first instinct was to say a succubus in evening gloves lounges on a cloud while a man gasps for air below her, his body half buried in the earth. "Rivalry or clash within our lives can create the push that brings our personal best." originally the card I resisted the most when I pulled it, this lesson actually rings the most true in my life right now.

The last card was 2 of Hearts: The Lovers. A man and a woman are back to back, bound together by ropes, both at the chest and one arm at the elbow. Each has their free arm outstretched, pointing or beckoning to something beyond our sight. "Two hearts are bound together in a relationship, tethered by the sweet and bitter cords of emotion." for what is most on my mind, this certainly ran true.

A very different reading from the upbeat, optimistic Art of Life reading, I certainly know the perfect goth person who would enjoy these cards and get a lot out of them. There is also a full length source book available, The Playing Card Oracles by Ana Cortez, presenting the history and methodology for card reading. Beautifully illustrated by her father, C. J. Freeman, who also provided stories and poems for the book.

For more oracle deck reviews, please visit KaylaGarnetRose.com. Blessed be.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special, one-of-a-kind book on divination 13 Sep 2013
By kycady - Published on Amazon.com
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There is more in this book than paper and ink. It is filled with the wonders and tribulations of the world. As a reader, I find mydeck to be almost alive with answers and suggestions to the questions I am posed. Ana Cortez and her wonderful father have brought back a divination system of the Playing Card Oracle reading in a fresh, vibrant manner. I woke up from a dream of rememberance about my Grandmother reading the playing cards for friends and family. As a little girl, I'd watch mesmerized. That evening I went on-line to see if anyone read the playing cards anymore - and found this fabulous book! Thank you Ms. Cortez and Mr. Freeman!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great little deck at a great price! 6 Oct 2012
By Speck - Published on Amazon.com
This listing is for the newest USGames release of this deck, which is a smaller, playing card size deck. The larger size has been sold out for a year or so. I have the larger size, but because I love the deck so much, I felt I had to get the newer small version as well!

The cards are of sturdy card stock, and look just like the original bigger deck with a few small differences- the lamination is not as shiny, and the cards seem just a tiny bit thicker...USGames prints in several different countries, and this deck is printed in China. I prefer the China printings, they have a nicer quality.

As for the Playing Card Oracles system, it's awesome! See my review here on Amazon for the book/card set.
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