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The Shakespeare Oracle: Let the Bard Predict Your Future Paperback – 26 Sep 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; Pap/Crds edition (26 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592330169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592330164
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best of two worlds - divination and Shakespeare - are brought together in this illustrated tarot deck. "The Shakespeare Oracle" capitalizes on the great bard's prophetic wisdom, as well as the archetypes that populate his work (for example, Puck as Magician, Romeo and Juliet as Lovers). With instructions and custom-made readings, the accompanying book offers food for thought for Shakespeare lovers. The cards and book together should make a useful divination system.

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I've bought this oracle just to see Cynthia von Buhlers' artwork because I liked her mixed media artwork saw in "Art Revolution" by Lysa Cyr but I'm very disappointed I hoped for best. About the oracle itself, I practice tarot of Marseille and the Shakespeeare oracle doesn't inspire me and the size of the cards is too large to handle it easely. Sorry my english is very bad.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99675d44) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By magdush smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I own several Tarot decks, but this one is by far most pleasing esthetically, except perhaps for Haindl's deck. The cards are solid and rather large, so they might take some getting used to, but no matter - the size goes perfect with the rest of the design characteristics. The booklet is written knowledgeably, both in terms of the Tarot and literature. A lovely tool whether one intends to divine, or simply meditate on humanity of Shakespeare's characters.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99522d20) out of 5 stars Good archetypal tarot, lackluster minor arcana 29 Sept. 2010
By twoolworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I gravitated towards this deck simply because it is Shakespeare. I have several other decks, but, being a former English major I thought this tarot would provide me with more insight.

At first glance, I was struck by the chunkiness of the cards. This deck is typical of an over-sized tarot set, but the cards seem thicker. I am 6'2" with large hands and I still find it problematic to shuffle this deck. I often find myself having to cut the deck in half in order to shuffle it.

The cards contain artwork that is apropos for the Elizabethan era. The colors are not too vibrant and have the feeling of old woodcuts. I am quite happy with the major arcana: the selection of artwork for each card is more than apt. It is in the minor arcana that this deck fails. The minor arcana follows the typical four suits (albeit transposed into sceptres, chalices, coins, and quills) of other decks. But, in other decks you will find what this minor arcana is lacking: art. Unfortunately, the artwork on the minor arcana is beyond boring. For example, a VI of Coins simply shows 6 coins and a scroll. Each minor arcana card is differentiated by these scrolls; each card of the minor arcana contains a quote plucked from the Bard in order to aid in interpretation. While some of these quotes are perfectly in line with standard interpretations of tarot meaning, others are a little more ambiguous and without a firm understanding of Shakespearian archetypes or tarot interpretation, a user will find himself going back to the book again and again to get an accurate interpretation.

So overall, it is a good set, especially if you are a fan of the Bard. The artwork on the major arcana really makes this deck a worthwhile addition to your tarot collection. But, I would recommend having a tarot book close by to help you through the minor arcana if you do not have the suits completely memorized by number alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c35bc4) out of 5 stars To Draw, or Not to Draw... 8 Sept. 2014
By Allec - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not sure why it's called an Oracle when it's using the traditional tarot cards...but anyway, a really lovely deck! I like collecting Tarot decks, and I'm a huge Shakespeare fan, so this was a natural match! The artwork is gorgeous and printed on sturdy cardstock. One thing I didn't expect was how LARGE the cards are--but I'm okay with that (they're 3x5'' when other tarot decks I own are closer to 2x4''.)
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9958d6fc) out of 5 stars A Real Tarot Deck!! 11 Sept. 2006
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The title of this set: "Shakespear's Oracle" is slightly misleading to those searching around for just the right Tarot deck- but make no mistake, this IS a tarot set(complete 78 cards, major/minor arcana). The great thing about this deck is the subject: Shakespere's plays and characters are so inbedded in our culture(even after 400 years)that it's easy to relate to them(his character's also "reflect" the Tarot's images: King Henry VIII as the "Emperor"- no other historical figure could fit this card better!. Even if you are not familiar with Shakespere(a rare condition!), it's still easy to see the similarities between them. Glad I picked this one up and highly recommend it to any Tarot reader. 5 stars!
HASH(0x9958d6e4) out of 5 stars The art is lovely and the choices of characters and quotes for the cards are quite good. You will get more out of this the ... 29 Jan. 2016
By Emily Carlin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous deck and a must-have for any diviner who loves Shakespeare. The art is lovely and the choices of characters and quotes for the cards are quite good. You will get more out of this the better you know the Shakespeare referenced. The book does a good job of giving you a summary of the relevant bits of plays and sonnets, but you will get a much more nuanced reading if you really know them.
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