“This fascinating deck works for everyone—both novices and individuals who are more in tune with their psychic capability.” – From the guidebook to the Psychic Oracle Tarot Psychic medium John Holland has created his first oracle deck largely based on many of the archetypes of the Tarot. Although Holland says the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck is a Tarot deck, it is not.
In traditional Tarot, there are 22 Major Arcana cards, 40 Minor Arcana cards (Ace through 10), and 16 court cards. In this 65-card deck, there are 22 Major Arcana cards renamed to reflect traditional Tarot energies, but there are no 10’s in this deck, nor are there any court cards. In fact, there are also seven additional cards based on the seven chakras.
In the 170-page companion booklet to the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck, Holland doesn’t explain these omissions or acknowledge the structure of a traditional Tarot deck, which is unfortunate, because it could very well confuse individuals wanting to learn the Tarot, and expecting Holland to provide accurate basics. These gorgeous cards measure approximately 5 x 3 ½ inches and have the lovely gilt edging that many recent Hay House deck have had (such as Doreen Virtue’s decks). Each card is numbered, with a keyword or phrase on the bottom to aid in interpretation. The backs are fully reversible, although Holland doesn’t recommend using reversals with the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck.
For those more familiar with Rider-Waite inspired Tarot decks and elemental associations, Holland’s color correspondences for the Minor Arcana are unusual, making it difficult to associate the cards with traditional suits by memory alone.
For example, the Emotions suit is colored green (corresponding to Cups/Water in traditional decks), the Physical suit is red (corresponding to Coins/Earth), the Mental suit is Indigo (Swords/Air) and the Spirit suit is Violet (corresponding to Wands/Fire).
• 1 Awareness (corresponding to The Magician)
• 4 Authority (Emperor)
• 10 Destiny (Wheel of Fortune)
• 15 Temptation (Devil)
• 16 Disruption (Tower)
• 18 Shadow (Moon)
• 20 Truth (Judgement)
• Physical 3 – Recognition and Reward (3 of Coins)
• Emotions 4 – Discontent and Boredom (4 of Cups)
• Mental 7 – Deception and Envy (7 of Swords)
• Spirit 8 – Accelerated Motion (8 of Wands)
The artistic renderings of Tarot archetypes in this deck are original, vibrant and evocative; in fact, it’s one of the most attractive decks I’ve ever seen.
But reading with The Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck is…another story. One time I used them and received a very odd message that was diametrically opposed to the state I had been in for weeks (which was joyful, content and energetic). The cards I drew were Emotions 8 (Emotional Withdrawal) and Mental 9 (Suffering in Silence). I was surprised at this message that seemed so out of place.
Well, two days later, I pulled a muscle in my back while out shopping that literally put me out of commission for over a week. I was in excruciating pain from muscle spasms and had to be in a recliner for days. I literally had to “suffer in silence” because crying out from the painful muscle spasms was scaring my 10-year old and I had to “swallow” my pain, especially in the mornings, for fear of waking him up or frightening him.
I did another reading after I became well, a few days ago, and these particular cards actually told me what I *had* experienced…the state I just passed through. I decided to shuffle again for general present insight into my life, to give the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck a chance to speak to my current life direction/state, and drew two more cards that are unusual: Emotions 4 Discontent and Boredom and Mental 3 Heartache and Loss (neither state that I have experienced in years, actually).
I can’t figure out why these cards have been so overwhelmingly off kilter and negative for me, even though there was some “scary accurate” aspects to the readings. Handling them actually gives me the heebie geebies (something I can assure I have *never* experienced before when using *any* oracle, decks or otherwise).
I’ve handled literally hundreds of Tarot and oracle decks—even ones some might considered “dark”—and I’ve never had a sense of foreboding like I do with the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck. And, frankly, it’s with heavy heart to report this, because the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck contains the most stunning renderings of Tarot archetypes that I’ve ever seen—images that very much resonate with me. And, my experience with seeing John Holland on TV and reading his books have been very positive and filled with great vibes.
It’s inexplicable, really.
If you enjoy beautiful oracle cards and want to become acquainted with some of Tarot’s archetypes, you may very well want to try the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck. I sincerely wish I had a better experience with these cards over the last few weeks that I’ve used them, but even though I purchased them through Amazon.com at full price, I’m afraid I’ll likely never use this deck again for divination (although I may use it for conscious journaling and contemplation).
Below are 15 images from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck:
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