An Oracle Review: the Untamed Elemental

I’m not into spiritual materialism but one tool I have been incorporating into my daily practice is the use of oracle cards.

Oracle cards, unlike tarot cards, don’t have a set number of cards in a deck. They also vary in style and purpose, depending on the intent of the maker and the user. So what oracle deck is best will depend on what resonates with you and the reason why you want to use them.

My journey into the use of oracle cards began with the need to align to a more holistic perspective on life that incorporates natural and elemental archetypes. A lack of socialisation due mainly to the pandemic, being busy and moving countries had begun to narrow my perspective on things that I found myself struggling with.

I thought using oracle cards could be the first step to reconnecting with wider wisdom.

After doing some research, I choose to begin working with Tanya Ray’s the Untamed Elemental because both its clean organic feminine geometric design and shamanic roots resonated with me.

When we allow ourselves to be surprised by wisdom, we align with its magic.

Tasya van Ree

How I use my oracle cards:

I use my oracle cards as a lens to gain insight and clarity on specific questions. These questions are related to either an issue I’m dealing with like the need to feel more rooted, my relationships or my personal growth.

I either pull a daily card and use it for meditation and reflection or I pull a card when I feel I need additional support. I also use a three-card spread that focuses on the past, present and future. In this spread, we reflect on the past to inform present action and shift future probabilities.

All in all, using oracle cards is all about working with yourself and your intention to align with both your personal values and open yourself to change.

The Oracle Deck and Guidebook:

The Untamed Elemental comes in a lovely sturdy box that contains both the 52-card oracle deck and guidebook. The guidebook is beautifully presented with sections divided by the elements. The colours used are muted earth tones. Each card has its own page and on the opposite side, there is an explanation of its significance. There are three sides to its interpretation: balanced, imbalanced and how to bring it into balance. In the introduction, there is also a section dedicated to how to use the oracle deck.

About the Artist:

Tasya van Ree is a multidisciplinary artist inspired by alchemy and the infinite mysteries of the natural world. For me, her kaleidoscopic drawings are at once captivating and moving. You can read more about her and her work here.

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