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Halloween Oracle Review

“Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve) was traditionally a Celtic winter festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-en) which marked the beginning of the colder season and the process whereby the earth begins to retreat and "die". That’s why the central theme of this ‘holiday’ is essentially death, but looked at from a more positive perspective, it can also be seen as the quiet beginning of life”. – Stacey Demarco

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Werewolf, Zombie, Jack-o’-Lantern, Cauldron, Mummy, Skulls, Vampire, Witch, Graveyard and Trick-or-Treaters—the Halloween Oracle by Stacey Demarco (art by Jimmy Manton) is a veritable divinatory feast for lovers of All Hallow’s Eve. Each image of this 36-card deck features gorgeous, atmospheric artwork on thick, large, glossy cardstock (published by Blue Angel Publishing). My only complaint is that I wish this deck had MORE cards—at least 44 or even up to 50.

It would have been a cool deck even if Demarco left it at just a Halloween Oracle, but she’s added so much more to include the contemplative components of Samhain—Ancestors, The Veil, The Underworld, Winter, Forgiveness and others—as well as a card for Dia de Los Muertos.

In less adept hands, such an oracle would be kitschy at best and childish at worst, but as evidenced by the 73-page companion booklet, the author writes with wise observation, soulfulness, poetic whimsy and practical advice. (I own several oracles authored by Demarco, and each are intelligent yet down-to-earth divination tools). Only two spreads are included in the booklet, though, but she does explain how to dedicate and use the deck.

With the Halloween Oracle, familiar symbols of this holiday take on new meaning and depth, allowing seekers and readers to not only connect to the trappings of Hallowtide, but form new associations and intuitive connections to familiar motifs. The cards are so beautiful, they would make attractive additions to altar spaces and decorations, as well. 

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To see 12 additional images of this deck, click here. To purchase from Amazon.com, click here.

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice. She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. Janet is a Jewelry Designer, and is the Creative Director of ChezBoyer.Etsy.com, as well as a Scent Alchemist (AromaPower.Etsy.com). As a respected, trusted Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. Next to creating, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania.

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  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer Saturday, 15 October 2016

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for reviewing this oracle! It's beautiful and haunting. I ordered it, following the link you gave. It arrived yesterday, and I've been spending the evening looking over the cards and going through the guidebook. Tonight happens to be October's full moon, and I intend to cleanse and dedicate the deck at midnight tonight. I would never have known about it without your review.

  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer Sunday, 16 October 2016

    My pleasure, Dragon Dancer! So happy to hear that my review helped you discover this oracle. Thank you for taking the time to comment. May you have many illuminating experiences with it! :)

  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer Sunday, 16 October 2016

    Thanks, I hope so too. I've already had some good conversation with it. :)

  • Janet Boyer
    Janet Boyer Monday, 17 October 2016

    Ohhhh, good to hear! :)

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