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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Oracle Card - The Phoenix Cards

For this oracle card exploration I thought I would use The Phoenix Cards by Susan Sheppard (illustrated by Toni Taylor). In the introduction to the book that accompanies this deck, we are told:
"The Phoenix Cards provide visual clues to our own inner workings and the unconscious motivations carried over from our past lives. They also reveal important information about where we are now and what our place is in this world."
Spreads provided in the book include the 7-card Past-Life Mandala spread, The Five-Star Spread, and The Four Elements Spread, which contains The Triangle of Manifestation.

The card I am sharing in this post is Number 15, the Celtic Mirror: "Darkness is transformed into light." The image on the card is taken from the back of a first century B.C. Celtic mirror, etched and patinated with bronze.

For each card, Susan Sheppard offers a description of Symbol, Place, Time, Groups, Language Groups, Appearance, Traits, and a Conclusion. We are given a considerable amount of information to help us understand the nature and history of the society or culture represented by the card.

In the Conclusion, Sheppard goes into great detail about the implications suggested by the card concerning a past life. For example, her Conclusion for the Celtic Mirror includes the following comments:
"If you chose the Celtic Mirror as a past-life symbol, you have tremendous insight into the psychology of others. Your understanding of human nature makes you especially perceptive, and a potentially gifted psychic. . .There may have been many endings and beginnings in your life. When you choose to cut someone out of your life, it will be with great finality. . .You may experiment with poetry and other types of writing with some seriousness. You have a talent for storytelling or speaking in the "voices" of other characters. . . The idea of spirits and ghosts intrigues you. You love to transform yourself into something different or entirely new. . . Your life among the ancient Celts has made you a powerful, transformative individual. You realize that in order to bring positive change in our outer world, an idea must first be born within."

In addition to my 60 Tarot decks, I own a great many oracle decks. I love these decks, but don't use them as often as I would like. Every now and then, I am going to share a card from one of these oracle decks here on the blog. I hope people will enjoy seeing cards from various decks and will gain something from the interpretations of the cards!


  1. Interesting deck! When I look at the image I see a face behind a mask - almost like it is looking into me.

  2. I just purchased this deck today and am anticipating learning from readings and opening myself to new (or old) ideas for my life path.

    1. Sounds great. I hope you enjoy it. I need to do more readings with it myself!


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