This is another popular oracle deck by Doreen Virtue but with an archangel theme. As I noted in my other review of her goddess deck, Virtue has since stopped production of her oracle decks and has started pulling old decks off store shelves. So, if you like her take on angels, get this one while you can if you want it. (I will try to provide links to existing stock at the bottom of the page when possible.)
Layout and Feel
This angel oracle deck includes 45 large-format cards. The cards are quite thick and rigid, making them hard to riffle shuffle. That said, the cardboard is not quite matte, but does not have a lot of slip to it like some other cards do.
Like her other decks, the box comes in two parts and is a rigid cardboard box. The 80-page LWB is nicely done but feels a little slight when compared to some of her other decks. It features thumbnail illustrations of each card and about a page of information for each card in fairly small print.
This deck contains artwork from many different artists. They are all nicely attributed with a biography and ordering information. That said, the art in this deck seems fairly consistent stylistically. There are only a few cards that stick out as being obviously different.
The image takes up about the first two thirds of the card, the bottom section contains the card title, associated archangel and a quote attributed to that angel. This quote is then expanded upon in the LWB. Each written section has a colored background in shades of yellow, blue, purple, and green.
The box is very pink, but there is surprisingly little pink on the deck. The borders of the cards are yellow, with a yellow angel against a blue ground in the center of the back. I find these backs a little busy personally, but the do match the theme of the deck. The backs are not reversible.
This deck is less feminine than the box suggests and so could be a good general angel deck for clients or a personal deck for those looking for something more gender neutral.
Virtue chose fifteen archangels to work with–Jophiel, Metatron, Gabriel, Michael, Zadkiel, Ariel, Chamuel, Raphael, Raguel, Haniel, Azrael, Sandalphon, Uriel, Jeremiel and Raziel. These are angels from several faiths, including Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. The messages are all spiritual but are never particularly religious. Hay House, the publisher of the deck, markets the deck as nondenominational.
The oracle cards are fairly evenly distributed between these archangels. In the LWB, each card has different information about the angel, even when that angel is repeated. It is nice to see there is no copy and paste.
However, there is no consistency in the imagery of the angels. Uriel on one card may look completely different than Uriel on another. This is likely due to the fact that this is a multi-artist deck. Similarly, the angels are not systematically color coded. So, this is not an oracle deck for you if you want to work with standard symbolism for each angel. If you like me, are more focused on the message than the imagery when you read, this may suit you just fine.
The card themes are pretty general and are fairly evenly distributed. There are only a couple of cards about relationships, so this is not a deck I reach for for those types of readings. It is quite good for career and personal growth questions. Virtue rarely has “negative” cards in her decks, and that is true here. This is a very gentle deck with only kind and helpful messages.
This is a very solid beginner deck. The cards are broad enough to help with a good deal of readings. They are positive and reassuring cards for those in stressful times. There are many angel and archangel oracle decks out there, but this is a great first deck to start learning about the angels in a gentle way.
Name: Archangel Oracle Cards
Card Number: 45
Backs: Not reversible
Card Size: 4.00 x 5.00 in (10.16 cm x 12.70 cm)
Author: Doreen Virtue
Publisher: Hay House, 2004
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