What customers are saying about Oracle of Visions
Award-winning artist, Ciro Marchetti takes us to a new stage, yet again, with another dazzling and distinctive deck/book set. The Oracle of Visions is a 52-card, eye-catching oracle deck geared toward the intuitive reader.
Those who have watched the progression of Ciro’s work with his previous decks, but have longed to completely break free from the Tarot will not be disappointed. The Oracle of Visions, which is filled with rich and deep artwork, will take your readings to a new standard. The deck will take you to a level that is beyond a system. Are you ready to leave the safety net behind?
While many oracle decks will follow a reoccurring theme (Angels, flowers, dragons, etc.) throughout the deck, The Oracle of Visions takes you through 52 stand-alone pieces of art, that not only are unique and visually stunning, but each image brings its own dialogue to the table. With this deck you will not find a common theme, so to speak, but instead you will find a vast potpourri of jesters, figures wearing masks, Victorian imagery, nature, mechanical devices and more. (Yes, I even spotted a couple of Fae).
The Oracle of Visions is a beautiful body of work and would be a treasure for any fan of Ciro Marchetti. A beginner could easily pick up this deck and find it enlightening. The professional reader would find this deck a big draw with clientele and would be the perfect addition for collectors.
—Terri Clement, Tarot Reflections
Successful creator of the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, Ciro Marchetti indulged his personal visual passions in order to create this energetic and highly imaginative deck.
Having explored traditional tarot imagery to the saturation point, he was looking for a new challenge. He decided to throw out preexisting formats and create an open-ended oracle deck that would allow individual mindsets to have as much to do with users’ interpretation as with his intention. The resulting 52-card deck comes alive with fantasy, theatricality, and a hint of Steampunk.
The 140-page companion book provides Marchetti’s perspective on his images and an account of his personal journey through the deck. He encourages readers to take his creations into their own hands and glean from the deck what is best for them.
My favorite cards? I am soothed by the beauty of Card 48 (Choice), drawn into the intensity of Card 8 (Dedication), stopped cold by the melancholy of Card 15 (Closure), and laughed out loud at the staunch silliness of Card 2 (Assimilation). This is a deck you will enjoy!
—Anna Jedrziewski, Tarotwise.com
From talented artist Ciro Marchetti, we have another lovely deck that functions as a fascinating oracle of learning. The journey of learning is highlighted through 52 cards which point a mirror at both our strengths and weaknesses. I see some of the following categories of life lessons throughout these cards: self-awareness, relationships, wise decision making, desires, compulsions, creativity and nurturing. Doubtless there are more themes that could be listed, and short of providing the titles and interpretations found in the book, there are sufficient images and meanings to cast our questions before the oracle.
I see, in my mind, artwork that I might call fantasy, and which the artist labels retrotech. Regardless of designations, the images are immediately absorbing, taking us into another world while simultaneously connecting us to self-reflective emotions. In other words, every card is a tableau which triggers our levels of consciousness and engages our projective identification. For example, in Card 33, (titled “Patience; Waiting for the Right Moment”), my eye can wander to each element in turn—in this situation, for the particular issue or question—and ask…am I the waiting person, or am I the kingfisher, or am I the fish below, or do I rather relate to the background flowering tree? The amazing art in each scene, each card, presents to us almost as a dream, challenging us to interpret in part, or with a spread of our choice.
The author addresses interpretations and card combinations, although no particular spreads are suggested, in this very complete but modestly sized 140 page book--thus stepping back from overseeing our understanding of the Oracle of Visions. I played with single card draws for varying issues, and I also did a few three card past/present/future layouts, and the cards chosen held significance for my concerns. The cards are the same two dimensions as found in the book, with rounded corners and an ornately designed card back with a smiling and dark-eyed mask in the center. Cards and book are at home in a sturdy box.
I recommend the Oracle of Visions for a well-designed alternative to the standard tarot, with rich images and abundant visual metaphors wandering through this enjoyable set of cards.
—Thomas Freese, Aeclectic Tarot