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Friday, March 20, 2015

Review: The Inner Wizard - Message Cards from Your Higher Self

R E V I E W


The Inner Wizard – Message Cards From Your Higher Self
Author: Jacob Roth & Libby Ram
Artist/Designer: Orma Ben-Shoshan
Independently Published
2003 (Hebrew), 2013 (English)
Available through _Kabbalah Insights_


TOP LINE (formerly Bottom Line)

More than simple “affirmations,” the Inner Wizard cards offer notes from various entities or “characters” including God, Venus, Your suffering body, Your past, Your future self, Your higher self, The spirit of magical nonsense, and The director. How we react or respond to the   identity of the “sender” of the note is perhaps as important as how we react or respond to the contents of the note itself. Equally important are how we respond to the zodiac sign associated with the card, as well as the choice proclamation on the other side. All of these things together create an interactive experience that gives us a more-than-generous helping of food for thought.

And if *thinking* is not what you really need to do right now, simply let the wise, uplifting messages of the Inner Wizards fill your spirit with hope and harmony. I like the idea of combining these cards with Tarot or other oracle cards as well.

THE PUBLISHER'S PRODUCT SUMMARY

“Each card is a short notelet that sends you a message from some aspect of your inner self or subconscious. The wise cards represent the higher self that communicate with us through a channel of intuition. They are unique healing angels that bring awareness to your inner world. They will empower you again and again, and reassure that you are an active participant in the game of life, and, in fact - whatever happens to you - is for your highest good.”

“The Inner Wizard cards expose typical stories of everyday life that relate to all of us. Each story is also related to a particular astrological sign that gives you, the reader, extra dimension to your understanding of the messages, as well as your own self.”

APPEARANCE, SIZE, QUALITY

The cards are a nice size, even for small hands (approximately 3 1/8 inches by 3 1/8 inches), and they can be shuffled without much trouble. They are printed on sturdy, glossy card stock. One side (the side of  choice proclamations) is red. The other side is a soft pastel color based on astrological sign. For example, cards associated with Leo, a Fire sign, are dark golden orange in color on the side where the note appears. Cards associated with Gemini, an Air sign, are blue. Cards associated with Taurus, an Earth sign, are green.

The deck is packaged in a sturdy box with a lid. The box also contains a leaflet with information about the cards and the astrological and elemental attributes.


BASIC INFORMATION

The Inner Wizard is recommended for people who would like to integrate an unusual tool into their divinatory work, and for individuals who would like to get in touch with hidden aspects of their life. The cards were created by the collaborative team Jacob Roth and Libby Ram. They were first published in Israel in 1999 and became best-sellers. The cards have been translated into English, redesigned and produced by Orna Ben-Shoshan, the creator of multiple Kabbalah Insights products like The 72 Names of God, King Solomon Oracle Cards, and Tokens of Light.

The deck contains 84 insight cards that make three sets in one package:

  • 84 personal notes to support you daily – These notes are “signed” as if coming from entities, beings, or aspects of yourself. Examples are God, Venus, Me, Your suffering body, Your past, Your future self, Your higher self.
  • 84 renewed choice proclamations, each beginning with “I consciously choose…”
  • astrological aspects that relate to your situation – A zodiac sign symbol is placed in the four corners of the side of the card containing the note. These astrological associations are intended to “deepen the significance of the card in your process.” 


The leaflet included with the deck provides “strengthening and weakening attributes of the astrological archetypes.” For example:


The creators of the deck recommend that “when you have a question or seek advice for the coming day, shuffle the cards and draw one out. Read the message on the front of the card, and you will gain a new insight. The reverse side of each card gives you a ‘renewed choice proclamation’ that will help you change your consciousness regarding the issue that came up, and support the closure of a certain cycle.” Other options include drawing a card in the morning and another in the evening to see what progress has been made, or drawing three cards and reading them from left to right, past-present-future, “as if you read an unfolding story.”

2 comments:

  1. Now here's a deck I think I would like - sounds very interesting. Nice review Zanna

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  2. It is quite different and (for me, anyway) presents a challenge at times. I find myself wanting to argue with a card -- as in, "I don't do that" or "I'm not doing that." Which, of course, makes me reconsider what I currently think.

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