Deck of the day: Druid Animal Oracle

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By Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm, art by Will Worthington

Publisher: Connections Publishing (1994, 2005)

Type: Oracle deck (36 cards, 33 + 3 blank cards)

Size: 15 x 10.3 cm

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Comes in a two-part box with a booklet. Both cards and booklet fit snugly in the box. There is a bigger set available, with a much bigger guidebook, but I got this smaller edition because it is cheaper. Plus, there’s a mobile app for this deck and its botanical sibling which has the full guidebook text for both decks.

Booklet: 48 pages, printed in dark blue ink. Each card has one page, with a small image, the name of the animal in both English and Gaelic (with pronunciation), three keywords, and a couple of paragraphs of meaning, including reversed. In the back, there’s a section on how to shuffle and choose cards, and a three-card spread.

The cards in this deck come in a seemingly random order, and they have the same order in the booklet, which makes looking up the cards a bit tricky. They could at least have been listed alphabetically in the book, but no… There is apparently a point to the order, though, but again, if you don’t know it or are able to memorize it, you’ll just have to leaf through the booklet for the card you’re looking for.

As for the animals in the deck, there is a mix of domestic and wild animals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, and four elemental cards, which are dragons. You also get three blank cards so you can add whatever you feel is missing. I’ll be adding a hedgehog, of course 🙂

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The elemental dragons
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Three blank cards

Available on Amazon 🙂

Full flip through here 🙂

Note: I’ve trimmed the white borders off my deck, they’re only left on the three blank cards that I haven’t used yet. If you are planning to trim your deck, be aware that the four dragon cards are slightly smaller (shorter, not narrower) than the rest, so you’ll have to make some adjustments if you want them all the same size. I had already trimmed my deck when I realized this, and I didn’t feel like taking anything off the pretty flowery borders, so I decided to just leave it and have four smaller cards in my deck…

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