I was pleasantly surprised by the light and airy feeling of this deck. It would make sense that the Divine Feather Messenger cards relay such an uplifting mood because they are based on feathers found on birds from around the world. If you have a favorite feathered species chances are, you’ll see them in this unique deck of cards created by Alison DeNicola, illustrated by David Scheirer, and published by U.S. Games.
David Scheirer’s artwork is the spark of magic which brings life to the Divine Feather Messenger. He uses a delicate touch with the accuracy in the detail of the feathers he has rendered in watercolor. The soft pastel color palette also adds to the overall aesthetic of these cards. U.S. Games was also clever in the design of the card because they are tall and thin mimicking the shape and form of a feather. The size and shape of these cards set the Divine Feather Messenger apart from other decks but when you add the fact that these cards are double sided you realize this is truly a unique deck on the market. One side of the cards feature the detailed image of a feather while the reverse features a life-like illustration of the species of bird. The image of the bird is set against an assorted selection of pastel toned backgrounds. Underneath the bird is an inspirational message.
The guidebook for this deck is brilliantly laid out. Alison DeNicola manages to pack in a wealth of knowledge and information into the 73-page book. For every single one of the birds gracing this deck is a paragraph discussing historical or anecdotal information about the bird. Then there is a message based on the information from the prior paragraph. After the message 4 separate categories of attributions are listed then finally an affirmation for each bird is suggested. This deck captures my fascination in the same way the little chickadees who visit each day do. With Divine Feather Messenger I can take that joy with me wherever I go by pulling a card, seeing the different birds, and reading the uplifting message.
—Havana James, Forbidden Fruit Tarot