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The Transparent Oracle [Cards]

Emily Carding
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1 Mar 2010
Prepare to be amazed. This 76-card circular deck is filled with magical symbols and images inspired by the natural world, and printed on clear plastic to be read in layers. Form inspirational mandalas and seek answers from kaleidoscopic whispers with this innovative deck. The shape allows each card to be rotated to form a new image when placed atop another card! Combines elements of shamanism, astrology, and ceremonial magic, to view underlying patterns of life, bring beauty to chaos, and demonstrate the interconnectedness of all things. The ideas developed in The Transparent Tarot go one step further with this Oracle deck, finding completely new ground. Infinite combinations of animals, landscapes, planets, guides, elementals, and more, are key to intuition and imagination!

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  • Cards: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US); Box Tcr Cr edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764334867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764334863
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Emily Carding lives in Cornwall with her amazing husband, ethereal daughter, the glorious Albus Dumbledog, (who has created his own oracle deck, due out from Schiffer Books towards the end of 2012!) and the newest addition to the family, the three cats known as the Supurrrnal Triad; Kether Kitty, Chokmah Cat and Binah Puss.
Here she has created various offerings, such as The Transparent Tarot, the Transparent Oracle, and The Tarot of the Sidhe for Schiffer Books. She has also contributed book covers, articles and artwork for several works from Avalonia Books. To date these titles include Towards a Wiccan Circle (Cover), Both Sides of Heaven, (Cover and article- "The Salvation of the Sidhe"), From a Drop of Water (Article- "Nimue: The Archetypal Priestess"), Hekate Her Sacred Fires (Cover, Article- "Painting Hekate" and internal illustrations), and VS. (Cover, Articles- "Sun and Moon" and "Painting Polarity").
Avalonia also recently published Gods of the Vikings which features cover art and numerous illustrations by Emily. She is a regular columnist for Mermaids and Mythology magazine and has recently finished putting the finishing touches to Faery Craft, a new faery lifestyle and magical practice book due out from Llewellyn in Autumn 2012.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Miss Carding! 21 Jan 2011
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My shipment of the Transparent Oracle arrived today.

At first I was surprised by the size; the box and deck were allot smaller than I expected; very good news indeed! The sheer practicality of shuffling can be difficult when, like me, your hands are small, but I can say with increasing confidence, this circular deck *is* easy to shuffle! Hurrah!

Number one star for Miss Carding - tick :)

The simple brilliance of this deck is stunning; the concept of creating transparent cards is in it's self amazing, allowing the readings to build up in layers, just like life it's self!

For me, it makes so much sense, as each layer gives a depth of meaning to the readings in a visually stimulating way; concepts are conveyed symbolically within the art work; Miss Carding has called upon the four directions of the compass, and the spiritual concept of the Hermetic "As above so below" to combine with the Jungian concept of Within as well, forming the Seven Direction the cards represent.

Star number two - tick! :)

The usual booklet which accompanies most decks of divination cards, has been replaced by a complete book on the deck; no having to shell out yet more sheckles on an indepth book; another star - tick :)

The foreword is written by David Rankin and Sorita D'Este, a husband and wife team who really need no introduction here; just google Avalonia Books... David has also written some interesting spreads to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 2 Nov 2012
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Received this as a gift and I love it! I found the cards a little difficult to shuffle but the images are amazing and you can layer the cards to create different readings. Lovely images and excellent descriptions and meanings in the accompanying book.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demanding & Complex 20 Aug 2010
By Susan Shedd - Published on Amazon.com
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I've waited a bit to post a review of this deck because, frankly, I needed something of a shift in my own perception to work well with it. And boy, am I glad I stuck with it!

I was so enthralled by the use of position in the Transparent Tarot that I assumed this deck would work the same way, and was a bit flummoxed when it didn't. Overlaying the cards DOES enhance the reading, but the majority of the images are balanced around the circular shape, so the resulting single image is of a different nature.

And NATURE is precisely the point: this deck is all about the energies of the non-human world. There are some human references (the senses, for example) but these cards allow access to a vast array of natural and other-worldly energies -- seasons, elements, weather, animals, other-worldly beings -- the whole network of energies that we live in and are so often unaware of. Tarot decks recognize and work with elemental theory and/or astrology and/or directions and/or seasons...well, you get the drift. But the cards are mostly about human desires, human will, human endeavors, and how humans work in their world. This oracle, I finally realized, is about humans being allowed access to a map of the energies around us. Once we regain our perspective of ourselves as creatures in a large and complex ocean, we can do a much better job figuring out how to swim with the tide, so to speak.

With that perspective, this deck produces a vibrant, shimmering picture of an energetic world that we are part of and can move with. This also allows for some amazing readings combining the deck with the Transparent Tarot. One of the most useful readings I do is a 2-card layout that asks: what is the current energy I (or the querent) am dealing with? How best can I(they) work with it? With the first card from the Oracle deck, and the second from the Tarot, this reading becomes even more useful. In the current climate, so difficult for so many people, I find that the question we are often asking is, "What is going ON here, anyway?" because the present is so confusing, we're not anywhere near ready to think about the future. Here a combination of 1-3 cards from the Oracle to map the energetic climate with 1 from the Tarot to show the current human actions gives a real heads-up as to whether all that effort we're expending is actually serving any purpose. Drawing a second Tarot card in answer to the question, "What is a better way to work WITH these energies?" and overlaying it with the Oracle card(s)can produce dramatic insight. Sometimes we find out that we really are working with the energies and that it's not us, it's just the way the world is working right now and we should be at peace with it. Sometimes we learn we're trying to push the river or make the sun stop in the sky and we should cut it out PDQ. I also love a focus question in the book: "What is the story that needs to be told?" (The book is very useful, though I find that I get more out of it as I increase my familiarity with the cards.)

I find that working with this energetic map is making me more sensitive to these energies and that, in turn, readings with these cards become more finely-tuned to me personally. I was amused to notice this morning that my recent training in Celtic Reiki was showing up as part of the reading!

My experience with oracle decks generally is that they are less complex and more narrowly focused than Tarot cards and with a different or more quirky world view. These cards, however, represent a vast and complex system -- one which tarot comes out of, perhaps, or is mapped onto -- and need a thoughtful, "constructive" (in the more literal sense of the word)approach, as they can discover and map the energetic field around us so that we can find the place where we belong. They really more than repay any effort you put into learning how to work with them!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complimentary and complementary 12 May 2010
By *Auntie L* - Published on Amazon.com
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Really beautiful set of cards -- and the perfect complement to Carding's Transparent Tarot. I've laid them out alone and using one or two of these cards as the foundation for a layering of the tarot deck and they are perfect together. Each layer adds a new level of complexity to the image--

Exceptional work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUE AND USEFUL... 23 Jun 2011
By Tarot Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully packaged set of cards. However, beware that the cards themselves are round. Some of my students have difficulty with or just plain don't like round cards. They're difficult to mix and awkward to handle. That said, the idea of the cards, the artwork and the thought behind this deck are challenging for anyone who wants to expand and inspire their consciousness.

It is important to remember that this is NOT a Tarot deck but rather a divination and inspiration deck that does seem to open new pathways to information stored in the energetic.

This deck also works well with other decks for "combo" spreads. When a card is placed on top of a Tarot card, for example, other layers of meaning sometime become apparent. The challenge with this deck, as with her other transparent Tarot deck, is getting used to the transparency of the cards as they are being mixed and displayed. They do require an adjustment as you do your spreads, particularly if you turn one card at a time rather than displaying the whole spread from the start.

I own many Tarot and divination decks and I'm glad I've added this one to my collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 4 Nov 2010
By A. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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This deck has flair and style coupled with beautiful imagery.
Their transparency and pictorial themes combine to create complex images. These images, I feel, allow a greater depth and insight than is usual with opaque cards.
The explanations of the individual cards and groups provided by the author are clear and comprehensive. But these are just a starting point, the richness of the imagery allows your own experiance and imagination to come to the fore. Giving give insights that go further and are more personal than those provied by a book.
I feel that these cards would suit beginners as well as experienced readers.
I have no hesitation in giving these cards five stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 14 April 2011
By V. Harper - Published on Amazon.com
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These are excellent.
Combining them with her Tarot deck is workable.
A light box (LED not Bulb) really brings out the HQ artwork.
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