Ascended Masters Oracle Review

As anyone who has been working with tarot for any length of time can tell you, there are certain decks that just sing to you.  Sometimes before you even open the package to feel the cards.  The Ascended Masters Oracle by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. is one of those decks for me.

At a first glance the deck is simply beautiful.  The borders of the cards vary in color from deep purple to olive, sage green to brick red.  And the edges have a shiny gilt finish.  The paintings are simply lovely.  Some sort of fade against the bold borders but for the most part they light up beautifully.  

As an avid lover of oracle decks I have to say that this one varies from any other I have in that it will give me a yes/no answer.  Most oracles that I work with tend to shy away from the definitive, choosing rather to guide you to your intended path.  Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of guidance to be had in this deck as well.  

One of my favorite aspects of this deck is that it spans over many paths an pantheons, not shying away from some who a lot of wiccans deem "unsavory".  It also included quite a few whom I had never heard of so I was able to expand my knowledge base by doing a bit of research.  

The included guidebook provides not only the meaning of each card but also a brief description of each Master featured.  Also it has instructions for clearing your deck as well as sample spreads and suggested questions.

This deck plays a core role in my standard tarot rotation.  It works well with other decks (a must if it is to thrive in my repertoire) though I find it doesn't stand alone as well as some others.  Overall I recommend it as a solid oracle.  You can find a copy here on Amazon.

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