Unboxing The Mystical Shaman Oracle

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards Unboxing and review

I saw the Mystical Shaman Oracle cards on Amazon last month and fell in love with them. There was something about the imagery that really spoke to me, and despite my best intentions of not buying any tarot or oracle cards for at least six months, I clicked on the purchase button quicker than you can say “Hey presto!”.

Then followed a wait of a couple of weeks - not only was the deck on pre-order, it would be shipping from the US. As I waited for them to wing their way to me somewhat impatiently, I was also berating myself for not being able to resist the siren song of a shiny new deck of cards.

But boy oh boy, am I glad I didn’t resist! This deck is absolutely amazing! Co-authored by Colette Baron-Reid and husband-wife duo and Shamanic traditions experts Alberto Villoldo and Marcela Lobos, this 64-card deck focuses on sacred symbols that are common to all people across time and cultures.

Unboxing the Mystical Shaman Oracle

The deck comes in a big sturdy white box with a magnetic closure. The 139-page guidebook is bigger than the oracle cards, and it’s nice and chunky. It starts with an introduction to the cards, how to read them, and has an interesting 4-card directional layout. That’s followed by the card meanings - there’s a full page black and white image of the card and the interpretation is divided into The Essence, The Invitation, and The Medicine. Like all of Collette’s decks, the cards are best read with reversals {which is The Medicine that the card offers}. Lots of good stuff in there!

Mystical Shaman Oracle by Alberto Villoldo Unboxing Guidebook

The oracle cards are in a smaller box, which is great, because it means you can store the cards and guidebook on your shelf and repurpose the big box for something else. And the imagery on the Mystical Shaman Oracle cards is powerful! Jenna Dellagrotia, the artist for all of Colette’s decks, has done a fabulous job with the artwork. It has a very earthy feel with its predominant color palette of browns, reds, greens, and blues; and the imagery seems a lot more mature and intense than her other decks.

Mystical Shaman Oracle cards by by Alberto Villoldo and Colette Baron Reid unboxing + review

If you like to read intuitively, there’s a lot that you will get from just soaking in the images. Supplement those intuitive hits with the meanings from the guide book and you’ll be blown away with the depth that these cards offer.

I can’t wait to get to know this deck better! I have been using them along with my tarot draws to see how they pair with my decks. And I’ll be working with them for some tarot + oracle readings on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there!

If you feel as drawn to these cards as I was, you can buy a deck on Amazon!

If you'd like to work with me one-on-one for a tarot reading, you can do that here. All my readings are delivered online, so no worries about scheduling conflicts or time zones!

So tell me, what do you think of these cards? 

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Tarot reading for May 2018

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