Doreen partnered with Radleigh Valentine to create this full 78 card tarot deck, complete with angels, mermaids, unicorns, and fairies by the talented artist Steve A. Roberts.
One of the authors selling points for this deck is that you can use the Angel Tarot without all of the negativity and ego based properties that some tend to associate with more traditional tarot card decks.
It is said to have been designed to be “100% gentle, safe, and trustworthy”.
In the Angel Tarot there are a total of 78 cards, which are divided into 22 Major Arcana Cards, 40 Minor Arcana and 16 Court Cards. (The same basic structure as the most popular Rider Waite Tarot).
There are however some key differences between this and standard tarot decks.
The authors, Radleigh Valentine and Doreen Virtue made it a point to use gentle words and beautiful images to convey meaning in the Angel Tarot, and some of the harsher sounding card names, and suits in the minor arcana have been changed as well.
For example, “the Fool card” in the Rider tarot is changed to “The Dreamer” in this deck.
The shocking “Tower” tarot card has been changed to “Life Experience” and the “Devil” card is changed to “Ego”.
These changes to the deck are all in line with staying connected to the gentle, loving, and light-filled presence of the angels.
Beautiful and magical imagery is also used throughout the deck so that (almost) every card lifts and inspires through beautiful visual imagery along with providing insight. I say almost because there are a few cards I really don't like…
The Lovers Card with Archangel Raphael (example shown to the right) makes Raphael look like the Joker or something, and there are a few more cards that don't seem quite right.
Despite the odd artwork on a few cards, overall I enjoy the artwork in this deck enough to recommend it.
Some of the cards featured in this deck are absolutely stunning, like the images shown at the top of this post from The Sun, High Priestess, and Star cards.
As is common in Doreen Virtue decks, the cards not only feature the image, and card title… But also have a one sentence “quick-look” at the cards meaning.
I personally find this one sentence description to be a bit limited and sometimes misleading, but I see how some people might like it for beginner's quick at a glance readings.
In the Angel Tarot deck, each of the Major Arcana cards correlates with an Archangel, and their specific area of expertise, which can be incredibly helpful to know.
In the Tarot, the Major Arcana representing major lessons in one's journey through life, and then these cards appear in a reading it is with an extra emphasis.
Really you could pull out these major arcana cards and just use them if you wanted to use the Angel Tarot more like oracle cards than tarot.
Other changes when compared to traditional tarot decks include the Suits…
Normally the Tarot is divided into cups, wands, swords, and pentacles.
The suits in the Angel Tarot have been changed to fire, water, air, and earth. These are the elements associated with each suit in the standard Tarot, so its not a huge change…
In the Angel Tarot each of the element cards use imagery to refelct the suit, and you will find the symbols both honor and stray from the standard Rider-Waite Tarot Cards.
The Fire cards feature dragons and do show wands.
The Water cards have illustrations of mermaids, and also cups!
The Earth cards feature fairies and lush green imagery. The pentacle imagery has been completely removed.
The Air cards show unicorns and do have some swords, or the unicorn horns are used in place of swords in some cases.
The colors and artwork of the suits correspond accurately with the seasonal or quarterly elements that make up the year which is a nice addition to go along with this change.
While some serious Tarot aficionados have an issue with this deck, I can honestly say that for the most part, I like it.
Whether you are new to the tarot or an experienced tarot card reader, this is an accurate and powerful deck to use as it connects you with the assistance of Angels, and the spreads and system of Tarot.
The deck also comes with an informative although somewhat light guidebook and will assist you in becoming more familiar and strengthening your connection with the angels and with the elements of the spiritual planes.
I do recommend the Angel Tarot for tuning into the inspiring and meaningful guidance from the Angelic Realm.
Overall, the Angel Tarot is a simple and very easy to use introduction to tarot cards. Though additional study and research beyond the included guidebook will really be required to “go deep” with these cards.
With love and light,
Melanie Beckler is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author, channel, and founder of www.Ask-Angels.com. Her books, Angel Messages, Angel Courses and CD's provide a direct link to the love, frequency & wisdom from the Angelic and Spiritual Realms for people around the world.
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