As models of virtue and faith, the Christian saints offer comfort and support to those who seek their cousel. Featuring a saint's portrait on every card, the Voices of the Saints oracle is an appropriate spiritual tool for divining guidance from these pinnacles of morality and strength.
Boxed mini-kit includes 78 full-color cards and instruction booklet.
According to St. Paul, any person who accepted Jesus as the Christ was considered a Saint. However, in cultures that had been filled with deities and semi-divine beings, simply having God and the angels wasn’t enough. As a result, people who were considered especially spiritual were called "Saints." Eventually, in Catholicism, this became formalized requiring certain characteristics such as performing a miracle. In Europe, the local people were loathe to abandon their Pagan gods and goddesses. In a two-fold attack for domination, Christian authorities denounced the Pagan deities, but when the people wouldn’t desert them, Christians recreated them as Saints. As a result [read more]
Brand: Llewellyn Publications
Lo Scarabeo Decks ed.
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've given this deck four stars because of the following considerations:
1. The LWB (actually its black and white) is this company's generic guidebook for Tarot in general. None of the information in the book applies to the cards in this deck.
2. The Latin spelling of each of the names can be misleading. If you google it exactly as it is on the card, the modern name of that Saint will usually come up in the results.
3. Some of my most beloved Saints are missing from the deck. The Saints included are traditionally popular in Italy. Again, Google can introduce these Saints if you're not familiar with them.
3(a). Certain patronages of Saints not included in the deck are definitely covered by other saints in the deck. Also, I had a happy surprise of discovering additional, surprising Patronages associated some Saints with whom I am familiar.
4. You want to work with the Saints it really helps to know their patronage. That's a little...
These cards are an expanded version of the Oracle of the Saints deck by the same publisher. The artwork is lovely, rich, and deep. I have used and loved this deck for years and am glad to see it still in print. For any spiritual worker that serves the Saints, this is an indispensable deck. The card-stock is nice and heavy. They stand up against years of shuffling and use. Ignore the reviews which say you can't use this deck for divination or claim that the cards are not practical or useful. This deck is HIGHLY useful and anyone familiar with the lives of the Saints should be able to divine with this deck without issue. If you are not familiar with the lives of the Saints, get a copy of Butler's Lives of the Saints, it will help you immensely when interpreting the cards that fall in a particular reading.
These are traditional, "old-fashioned" pictures. I was not familiar with many of these saints and had to drag out some resource books to look them up but they are many and varied and you can find one for almost every purpose. The explanations given with the cards are very brief but if you study them you will find many symbols to help with interpretation. These are perfect for anyone with a devotion to the saints. They are not, in my humble opinion, offensive if used in the right manner. I have many holy card collections but this is the first where so many are together by the same artist. You can use these as a tarot deck or not. I think the saints can only be happy that we are learning about them, no matter how one chooses to do so.
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