The Oracle comes in two parts: the cards, and the Silent Stones Colour Scroll. The actual cards are 3 3/8 inches X 2 3/16 inches, and there are 33 of them. (The box is 4 inches x 6 inches.) The "Scroll" is actually a piece of paper with the image of a scroll and 33 numbered, colored ovals. There is also a 43 page guidebook that accompanies the cards and scroll.
The premise of this oracle is to discover your past life/lives, and how they may be affecting you now and in the future. The authors state: "People have often incarnated many times in their soul's desire to learn, to resolve an issue or to bring forward knowledge to help humanity."
The 33 cards each have an image of either 3 or 4 colored ovals that are stacked vertically. On the back of these cards, at the top, is one of 33 past lives. These include Incas, Hebrews, Native Americans, Atlanteans, Vikings, Knights Templars, Star Children, Early Christians, Japanese, etc. Also on the back is an explanation of the 3 or 4 colored ovals on the other side. This is the first stage of the oracle.
To do a meditative reading, they instruct to ask your angels or guides to show you a color that represents your past life, and then pick the card matching the color/colors that you visualized/were given. To do an intuitive reading, they suggest that you intuitively choose a card that stands out to you. Then, out of the 3 or 4 colors on the card, you are to choose one color that stands out among the ovals. When you turn the card over, it will tell you which past life you are working with and which aspect of that life is affecting you now. You can match up the past life to the description in the Guidebook.
The next step involves the Silent Stones Colour Scroll. You are instructed to intuitively choose a color which stands out to you. (These ovals are also numbered 1-33). This color represents the qualities that you have brought forward from that past life into this one, and there are 4 pages that describe these personal qualities. For example, picking Red for your first color would mean An energetic, vital person, vibrant, outgoing, dynamic, with leadership qualities.
Then, you are to intuitively choose a second color from the Scroll. This color represents certain influences that will be affecting you in the next few weeks of your life. There are then 5 pages that describe these influences. If you were to pick Red as your second color, it states You will lead a new project forward, which should go smoothly if your intention is clear.
Here is an example of the "reading" I did for myself.
I spread the 33 cards out and picked the card that I felt drawn to. This card had a White oval on top, a Rich Royal Blue oval second, a Lilac oval third, and a Silver oval on the bottom. I then picked the color that I felt the most drawn to, and it was the rich royal blue oval.
When I turned the card over, it said that I belonged to the Cathars (Albigentians), and the Rich Royal Blue represented Teachers, and those dedicated to spiritual expression. Apparently, while the groups of colors determine the particular past life you had, the colors themselves represent the energies (and strands from that life) being brought into incarnation now by those who were Cathars in past life.
The ironic thing is this: I had never heard of the Cathars before I used this oracle. But right after, within a few days, I ran into this very term. I definitely have a Teacher/Guide Archetype at work in my psyche, and have been dedicated to "spiritual expression" since I was a young girl. (This being represented by the Rich Royal Blue oval.)
When I went on to the next step, choosing a color from the Scroll, I picked White, which means a person pure of spirit. When I picked my second color, I chose Indigo. This future orientation means After a period of introspection, your wisdom may be expressed through writing or the media in order to help people see a different perspective. This, too, was eerily accurate for several reasons.
Now, understand that I'm not into past lives like some people, and I don't look to past lives as a reason (excuse?) for what is happening to me today. Yes, it's possible that I was indeed a Cathar, and a teacher/spiritual leader to boot, and that would explain my talents and interests. Yet, it doesn't give me any practical information in navigating my life. Confirming what I already know? Possibly.
My concern with these cards, and any oracles for that matter, is that people place their current lives on hold while they examine possible past lives for months (years?) on end. This is, of course, not the fault of the authors of this oracle. In fact, they expressly state in the beginning of their guidebook: "The future is never set in stone. These readings are possibilities and probabilities based on the past and the present. Your thoughts create your future, so you have the power to change a prediction or to enhance and strengthen it."
Kudos for this wonderful disclaimer!
At best, I can see how this oracle could help some discover their unconscious patterns and bring them to light, and also encourage/confirm hidden or obvious talents and aptitudes. At worst, it can be a fun parlor game for individuals and groups.
I would definitely recommend Silent Stones Colour Oracle for those interested in exploring past lives and how they may be impacting your present situation. Please note that I don't think that the packaging for the contents of the oracle will hold up very well over time.