I got the Egyptian Gods Oracle Cards by Silvana Alasia (author and artist). I love the ancient Egyptian art that was used in this deck!
Included in the Deck
- A Guide Book
- A Sturdy Box
- 36 Oracle Cards
Things I liked
- Aset (Isis) has a blue throne headdress. The ancients did that too.
- Aset (Isis), Nephthys (Nefhti), Mut, Neith, Seshat, Sobek, Anuket, Satet, Set, Taweret, Serqet (Selkis), Khonsu, Ra, Thoth, Khnum, Ptah, Sekhmet, Nefertem, Amun-Ra, Osiris, Meretseger, Bast (Bastet), Anubis, and Shu were included in this deck! I loved the artwork!
- Hathor (Hator) card is on point! She is in a red dress, with Her horns and sundisk headdress! And there is a cow on Her card!
Things I wanted to see included
- A Wepwawet card! Anubis is included, but not Wepwawet! He needs more love! (I have two books on Wepwawet if anyone is interested: Lord of the Ways and Lord of Strength and Power)!
- Shu was included in this deck, but not Tefnut? Why wasn’t Tefnut here? She’s his other half! They are almost always together! (Here is my book on Tefnut with some Shu material: Lady of Water and Flame).
- Anubis’s card image is of Him weighing the heart and feather. I wish there was another image for Him. But that’s just personal preference.
- The Hathor card has the keyword “intelligence” on it. I think for emotional intelligence, this is spot on! If the author meant book learning intelligence, maybe that would fit Aset (Isis), Djehuty (Tehuti, Thoth) or Seshat more.
- The guidebook mentions Set is a god of storms and chaos and also mentions he is evil. (Set is not a god of evil in ancient Egyptian religion. He was demonized later…).
- The Aset (Isis) section only mentions Her as the “Mother Goddess” and the ideal wife and mother (She’s a widow and a single mother. How is that ideal?). It does mention She is a goddess of magic though. This was disappointing to see only this mentioned. Aset is a sorceress, a trickster, a scholar, a warrior as an Eye of Ra and so much more.
What was Odd
- Some of the names of the Gods and Goddesses are spelled differently even from their Greek names. Nephthys is Nefhti and Hathor was spelled Hator, for example. Maybe this is due to transliterations being different in different languages?
- Mut’s card image is off. She is seated and has a vulture headdress only. Where is the rest of Her headdress? She is normally depicted wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt by itself or ontop of the vulture headdress. I’ve never seen Her depicted with just the vulture headdress, but maybe She can be? I don’t know.
- Mehen (Ouroboros) is included in the deck. This seemed odd to me.
- Ammut is in this deck. She is not a Goddess. She devours the souls of evil doers. She was not honored as a deity by the ancient Egyptians. Why include her in a deck about Egyptian deities?
Apophis (Apep)is in this deck. It is not a Netjer. It is the Entropic Serpent Enemy of the Gods. It is destroyed by Ra, Aset, Set and other gods every day so the sun can rise at dawn. May It be felled! Why would you include this in the deck? This was a horrible choice! It wants to destroy all of creation so that creation never existed. Why include it in an Oracle about Egyptian Gods (and Goddesses)?
- Overall, I like this deck. The artwork is stunning!
- I’m going throw the
Apophiscard away. So, now the deck has 35 cards instead of the 36 cards in an already shortened deck! (Usually Oracle Decks have 44 cards or more).
- The Guidebook is in four languages and the Table of Contents are divided into each language (English, Italian, Espanola and Portuguese) and the cards themselves are not listed in the TOC (and the cards are not in alphabetical order so you have to search to find them). For each card (in the English section), there is the name of the card, a paragraph of who the deity is and the meaning of the card. The meaning of the card is included in the paragraph so it is not easy to spot for a reading. I would have preferred another section for card meanings like they do in most Oracle Card books.
- I am disappointed in the guidebook and including the two non-gods in the deck. I love the art though.