Many, many moons ago I bought Doreen Virtue’s Healing with the Angels oracle deck.  It was my first introduction to an angel oracle – actually it might have been my first oracle deck (like I said, it was years ago).  At the time, Ms. Virtue had the angel market covered and rode that wave well by churning out numerous angel decks.  My interest waned quickly.

Watkins Publishing asked if I’d like to review a copy of Chrissie Astell’s The Guardian Angel Oracle and as it’s been years since I’ve looked at an angel oracle deck, I thought ‘why not?’.

What I love about Watkins’ oracle decks is the quality.  As a tarot and oracle deck (recovering) addict, there’s nothing more frustrating than falling in love with the artwork of a deck only to find it printed on shoddy card stock.  The Guardian Angel Oracle doesn’t disappoint in quality – quality cards and a solid box that houses both cards and book.   Bravo Watkins!

The 52-cards of The Guardian Angel Oracle are split into four suits, each with an archangel at the head and 12 other angels underneath.  These underlings are aspects of the archangel and are simply named ‘Angel of ____’.

In the accompanying book, there’s a brief correspondence chart for each archangel.   There’s a colour (which is also the edging around the archangel’s suit on the cards), direction, element, season and qualities.  I’m a little perplexed about the seasons because they seem arbitrary.  For example,  Archangel Michael represents fire, south and autumn.  Autumn?  Why?

Each card has an affirmation, a description and a list of symbols associated with the angel.  I really like the idea of the symbols even if they do seem a bit random but it was disappointing not to see all of the symbols represented in the artwork.  Each card does have a couple of the symbols incorporated into the design though.  The idea, I believe, behind listing the symbols is to allow you to go about your day looking for ‘evidence’ that the angel is around you.

This deck is an update of one previously published in 2012. I very much like the modern design on the card backs and the box but it seems to feel a little ‘off’ with the the artwork, which is the typical angels in robes and tunics thing. I would have loved to have seen a completely overhauled deck with contemporary angels.  Anyhoo, that’s just me.

What I do appreciate about the Guardian Angel Oracle is that they have a keyword on each card.  I really don’t like decks that have a sentence across them (in the style of Virtue) because your intuition is stifled.  Even if you know nothing about angels, you can piece together the meaning of the card by using the keyword.  There’s no steep learning curve with this deck – you can pick up and go.

Personally, I’m not sold out on angel oracles.  Perhaps it was over exposure all those years ago to HayHouse and Virtue’s swamping of the market.  As I said, I’d love to see a modern, kick-ass angel oracle and then I’d be totally in.  However, The Guardian Angel Oracle is a good deck.  The quality of the cards are excellent, you don’t need to invest hundreds of hours learning about angels, and the keywords cover all important aspects of life.  So well done, Chrissie Astell and if you love your angels, you’ll want to add this deck to your angelic oracle collection.

Lyn

I'm the author of The Inner Goddess Revolution and Goddess Rising, and the creator of the Sea Whispers oracle. And I help breath magic into business through Biz-Witchery. I live near the sea on the south coast of England in a house heaving with books and a ridiculous amount of tarot decks.

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