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Negative and unsettling messages for some cards.
on 28 February 2013
Hmm...I am undecided in regards to these cards.
I own many card decks by Doreen Virtue, and a couple by Steven D Farmer, so I am familiar with oracle cards. I liked the look of the "Ask Your Guides" oracle cards, so I decided to purchase them. I was disappointed to discover that some of the messages are, in my view, rather unsettling and negative.
"...something is off and you may be in danger" is part of the message for the "Deceit" card. The "Suffering" card has the message of; "Sickness may be at hand; and accidents, traumas, sudden loss, and injury are all potentially around you. Your physical body may be challenged, and pain and suffering may follow."
I pick a card each week, and I would personally feel very scared and upset if I was to receive a card with a message like that attached to it. I am not expecting every card in an oracle deck to be happy and positive - pain, disappointment, suffering and loss are inevitable parts of life. However, I do think that the wording can be put in such a way as to avoid scaring people, and to try and make the message be as empowering as possible.
I had reasoned with myself that if I drew one of these cards one week, it would at least be a warning to be on the alert. But as I said before, I do think the wording could be more sensitive and less alarming.
The cards themselves are lovely though, I find that I get a lot from the pictures alone. It is more just the messages in the booklet which unsettles me.
So on the whole, I am still debating whether to keep these cards or not. They are nice cards, but my word of warning would be that the messages aren't necessarily put in a gentle way, and some of them may be unsettling, if you are particularly sensitive (like I am).
I hope this review helps someone.