Many querents have requested Angel Readings from me, so as I have read many of Doreen Virtues books and once owned her angel oracle cards, I decided to invest in Archangel Power Tarot Cards.
Archangel Power Tarot Cards
As a lover of Tarot de Marseille and an avid Thoth Tarot reader, I really wasn’t expecting all that much from this deck. However, I must admit that these cards most pleasantly surprised me.
When the cards arrived, I was totally caught off guard by their size! These cards are 89 x 126 mm, which are clearly larger than any deck that I have yet possessed. However, even this deck is rather large, it is somehow still easy to shuffle. What I especially enjoy is the high quality card stock, which makes these cards flexible yet sturdy. The high polish finish adds to their luster, and of courses the glistening gilded edges just adds that extra sense of quality.
Archangel Power Tarot Cards
At first glance, the Archangel Power Tarot Cards seem to be a very traditional 78-card Tarot deck with a strong Radiant Rider-Waite® influence, yet this is only at first glance. If you are to look at the Justice and Strength Major Arcanum we can see how the Archangel deck has reverted back to the original sequence with Justice being the eighth position and Strength thereby being the 11th position. However, this is but one subtle idiosyncrasy that really did pique my interest.
The 22 Major Arcanum cards are purple, each have their Number, then their names, with the Archangel’s name at the top of the card, below each picture is a short, but powerful message for the reader.
I was pleasantly surprised to find each of the Major Arcana’s have very discreet symbology. The symbols are mostly based on of The Tree of Life in accordance with The Kabbalah. By most I am referring to the seven planets that relate to the 7 double letters and the 12 Zodiac signs relating to the 12 simples of the Hebrew alphabet. The only difference I found was that instead of the three mother letters there is use of planets. The symbol of Uranus is seen in the ‘Leap of Faith, 0’, which traditionally would have Earth, ‘Perspective’, 12, has the symbol of Neptune, which traditionally would represent water, and ‘New Beginnings, 20’ would then be seen to represent Pluto, which would traditionally be fire.
Albeit that these are subtle changes, we can still see how the planets chosen seem most apt to the traditional meanings insofar as their relations to these elements.
As per tradition, the four suits divide the 56 minor arcanum, however now we have an Archangel of that specific suit governing each element.
- Wands or Fire is ruled by Archangel Gabriel.
- Cups or Water by Archangel Raphael.
- Archangel Michael wields Swords and is thus Air.
- Discs and thereby Earth is ruled by Archangel Ariel.
The Archangels chosen for each suit all make sense to me and resonate beautifully with each suit or element. However, I don’t understand the colors chosen. Orange represents Gabriel, which is almost understandable with fire, but I don’t understand why the green is to water, nor the pink to Earth. However, albeit that the chosen colors are confusing, I must admit that color-coded suits do add a certain ‘something’ to your first impression during a reading. I have become quite fond of it.
Some of the cards, such as the Queen of Gabriel, are really beautiful. However, various cloned ‘angels’ do appear throughout the suits. For example, you can see the exact same Michael at different angles in the Ace, three, five, six, eight, and King of Michael. So, due to the cloning factor, I have a very poor impression of the graphics regarding this deck.
Presentation and Booklet.
The packaging is a wonderful sturdy box with a tight-fitting lid. This box is by far superior to any of my other decks. The attractive box holds all the cards and the booklet quite comfortably. I love not having the need to force the cards or box for that matter.
The booklet is actually a high quality book the same size as the cards, 89 x 126 mm. It’s a wonderful guidebook that covers the basics of tarot, how to work with tarot cards and then goes on to reveal the meanings of the various cards. She also gives a couple of spreads too. The book is wonderfully delightful.
So if you are new to Tarot or Archangels, this little book gives perfect insight. Each Major Arcana depicts the number, a monochrome picture, and its name. Furthermore it briefly describes the message of the Archangel and what guidance to follow. This is then followed by ‘additional meanings of the card’.
The authors, Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine, then go that one-step beyond by adding a loving message from the Archangel. They explain how the Archangel can help in a situation and also add how to petition the Archangel when necessary.
The Minor Arcana offers an interpretation of the card and additional meanings regarding the card. However, with regard to the court cards, the book offers Situations and People, which once again is surprisingly pleasant to find.
I am really pleasantly surprised by the Archangel Power Tarot Cards. Other than the prosaic artwork, this is a great functional tarot deck. I think the Archangel Power Tarot Cards would be a great deck for anybody new to Tarot or working with Angels for that matter. What the deck lacks in graphics, it certainly makes up for in advice and guidance.