If you enjoy oracle decks -- whether for reading, meditation, or other purposes -- this one is certain to spark your imagination and awaken your intuition. The advice offered on the cards is practical and understandable. I really like the way the artist/author pairs those qualities with art that evokes mystery and mystical realms. There is a keen sense of "as above, so below" or "as within, so without" in these cards. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Guidebook, which offers much historical, mythological, and spiritual food for thought. Each card has a two-page section in the Guidebook featuring a black-and-white image of the card, an Expanded Meaning for the card, and a description that provides information about the subject and setting of the painting. The cards are not numbered, but the Contents section is arranged alphabetically by card title.
In addition to stunningly gorgeous women and noble-looking men, many of the cards feature animals such as wolves, birds, dolphins, whales, horses, butterflies, deer, a cougar, and a dragon. One of my favorite cards is the last one (alphabetically) in the deck, titled "Wolf Child."
Card faces are bordered in gold "picture frames". Within the frame is an image with a cream-colored text box below it. The text box contains a title in light italic type and words of advice in a "Glastonbury" style font. For example, the card titled "Ariadne and the Stellar Wheel" offers the advice "Weave Your Own Destiny."
Whether cool or warm in tone, the colors in these paintings/cards are deep, vivid, and rich. The subjects are so life-like, it is easy to imagine entering the pictures and engaging in conversation with them or even becoming them. Whether real world or otherworld, the settings draw the viewer in.
-- Zanna Starr, on Tarot Notes
Art Through the Eyes of the Soul Oracle, by Cheryl Yambrach Rose and distributed by U.S. Games, is a wonderful deck for guidance, or a catalyst to empower your own thoughts. Cheryl, a portrait painter, visionary artist and researcher has created a beautiful deck incorporating mythology, art history and her own psychic impressions woven together to form a truly unique oracle that is wonderful to work with. The backs are non-reversible but feature a beautiful painting of a waterfall and maiden peeking from behind the rocks, all done in breathtaking blues and greens.
What struck me while going through the deck was Cheryl's use of color and lifelike portraits that really draw you in and resonate with the keywords that are printed just below each image. The colors include deep blues, lush greens and breathtaking reds and lavenders. I love the characters eyes, which seem so lifelike and almost follow you as you move. This is exactly how Cheryl "tunes into a subject" to receive her psychic impression.
They are bordered with a lovely golden leaf design and the edges are gilded, which adds to the majestic feel of this oracle. The companion book gives the meanings of each card and an expanded interpretation of the keywords found on each card. This is a gorgeous Oracle deck and one worthy of anyone's collection, it is an amazing tool when used with meditation and personal readings. I found it to be quite accurate and very straight to the point and I had a wonderful time working with it!
-- Liz Christy, on Lizzie’s Logic
Art Through The Eyes of the Soul is a 52-card oracle deck, accompanied by a 108 page companion book. The presentation is true quality -- the cards and companion book come in a hard cardboard box with a lift off top. The image on the top of the box is that of the Lake, which is also used on the cover of the companion book. On the back of the box is information on the deck, along with a small illustration of the card back. Did I mention that this deck is gilded? This deck would have been awesome without the gilding, but the gilding adds a sense of magic and "otherworldliness" to it. Kudos to the author/illustrator, and kudos to U.S. Games Systems, Inc.!
There is incredible energy in this deck -- I feel that it is a valuable tool for those from all backgrounds, and those of all ages. In these cards we see the world of myth and magic -- it become so real to us that is feels like a parallel world, a parallel reality. This is a wonderful deck for these changing times!
-- Bonnie Cehovet, on the World of Tarot