I am a huge fan of both Lenormand cards and Labyrinthos Academy, so when they started teasing a Lenormand deck, I knew that I would need it in my cartomancy collection. I received the Seventh Sphere Lenormand Deck for my birthday last year, so this will be a sort of capsule review alongside information about the deck.
The Seventh Sphere Lenormand Deck is a modern version of the traditional 36-card deck, created in Labyrinthos Academy’s unique style. There is something that feels both very modern and quite dark about this deck. Interestingly enough, the artist does admit that creating this deck was the first time they worked with Lenormand cards, which may have been what contributed to this feeling. The images on the cards, as you can see above, are done in a dark, cool color scheme, with occasional splashes of greyed coral or mauve. It’s a moody deck full of clean, digital illustrations, and it feels contemporary.
The deck itself is printed on “waterproof, eco-friendly plastic” cards, the size of a standard playing card deck. The back of the cards are matte white, embossed with a metallic, rose gold heptagram. The seven pointed star is alchemical symbol allegedly associated with paganism, but which I have never encountered. To be honest, I cannot stand the white backs, but maybe I will soften to them over time. I know that rose gold is on trend, but I don’t know why else it was used. White, aka the color that gets dirty instantly, as a card back; I’m having a hard time getting passed it. It also doesn’t match the moody vibe of the cards, and feels like a misstep to me.
I have been a fan of Nikkie Stinchcombe, also known as Little Paper Forest, for some time now, so in October 2017 when she announced that she was starting a zodiac illustration project, I was rather excited. I had planned on posting about the project when the last illustration was completed, but she implored the internet to leave the pictures alone, since they were still being revised. Then, in late January 2018, Stinchcombe announced that the illustrations were being made into tarot-style cards, and I immediately hit “add to cart.”
The cards feature feminine interpretations of each sign of the zodiac, plus Ophiuchus, the so-called 13th sign. Many of the figures feature looks from high fashion/couture, such as Iris Van Herpen, who I adore. I also like that the cards have a uniform color scheme of black, grayscale, and bluish-lavender. It’s unusual and very pretty. This is a more modern deck, in lines of a Labyrinthos Academy, more than a Lo Scarabeo, for example.
Uusi is an independant tarot and oracle card maker extraordinaire, and their latest release is the “Supra” Oracle, which include 56 unique cards. From their website:
“Supra” is an oracle deck loosely based on Jungian psychology and how it mingled with Gnosticism. We loved the melding of physics, psyche and ancient knowledge in Jung’s practice that inspired an artistic leap at the dawn of the 20th Century in how Man relates to the world around him. It was a process of soul making in an era of growing preoccupation with the Machine and a return to our mystic roots that nourish and enliven our essential selves – our individual identities – within the immeasurable expanse of the cosmos.
With a world very much in play and running more and more at a machine’s pace, we need objects and practices that ask us to stop, to reflect, and above all to allow us time to be human – to listen to what is in our hearts as much as what is in our minds.
I am very intrigued by the idea of a Jung-inspired oracle deck, and the archetypes are pulled from various (presumably Western) traditions. I believe the aim of this oracle deck is to sort of mimic a sort of collective unconscious and to pull advice from that system of “mystic roots”. My first reaction is that this deck would be potentially very useful for shadow work.