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Eros Oracle Review
This article was written by Barbara Moore on March 16, 2009
This deck has a distinct 1920s feel. It is a very approachable deck that can be as deep or as light-hearted as you wish. It brings a sense of playfulness without being vulgar. However, it is an erotic oracle and is meant for adults already in relationships.
Sometimes things receive poor reviews because the reviewer is not reviewing what the project is but rather what he or she thinks it should be. And this, I think, is a very great failing in a reviewer. I will try to not fail in that way.
Many Tarot readers say that most people come to them with questions about relationships and romance. Questions about jobs and money are the second most popular, followed by health. The Eros Oracle provides an easy, attractive, and insightful way to answer questions of love and romance.
The cards themselves have images by early 20th century artists such as Chazelle, Herouard, Leclerc, and others. I confess I wasn’t familiar with these artists, but the styles all have a very familiar feel. They are playful, cute, and erotic in a very innocent yet not-so-innocent way. They inspire a sense of fun, fantasy, and imagination. When viewing the cards a friend of mine said, "They are a great way to release your inner tart."
The deck itself manages to have a structure, even though it is created by images from different artists. The art styles work well together and the overall sense isn’t jarring or disconcerting as can sometimes happen with compilation decks. The structure focuses on the different aspects of a relationship. The first set of cards explores the beginning of a relationship and includes cards like: Expectation, Seduction, and Coyness. The second set includes actions, such as: Kiss, Undress, Whisper, and Possess. The third set deals with emotional reactions like: Passion, Jealousy, and Indifference. We find cards about outcomes in the final set, including: Ecstasy, Submission, and Loss.
This deck can be purchased as a kit, with a small book, or alone, with just a little booklet. The book is, naturally, more useful than the booklet. And because this is a unique oracle and not a Tarot deck, I would advise getting the kit. The book includes three spreads. One is a four-card spread called a "guided spread." This means that the section for each card includes a meaning for that card for each position in that spread, making interpretation extremely easy. The card section also includes a general meaning to be used with the other spreads.
The only criticism I’ll make is about the directions given for doing a reading. To quote the book, "Mix the cards 6 times if you are a woman and 9 times if you are a man, then knock 3 times on the deck with the right hand closed and say your name and that of your partner in a low voice…." But it’s not really a fair criticism, for who am I to say that this isn’t important or necessary? Since it is meant for beginners, dabblers, and fun, this just adds to the enjoyment and creates a sense of mystery and expectation to the reading experience.
This is not a deck for someone wishing to learn Tarot. It is for people seeking guidance and inspiration in their relationships. It can also be of use to seasoned Tarot readers. Some readers like combining oracle decks with Tarot for readings. This one would be great in that way when doing relationship readings. For professional readers who work at various events, this can be perfect for certain parties, such as Valentine’s Day, bachelorette or girls’ night in parties.
This deck is what it is, and that is charming, fun, and sometimes surprising. And those all good things to bring to any relationship.
Name of deck: Eros Oracle
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
Artists’ names: Various. See review.
Name of accompanying book: Eros Oracle
Number of pages of book: 46
Author(s) of book: Laura Tuan
Brief biography of author: A prolific creator of oracle and Tarot decks and author.
Available in a boxed kit?: Yes
If yes, are there extras in the kit?: The boxed set includes a book.
Reading Uses: Suitable only for romantic and love readings.
Artistic Style: 1920's eroticism
Tarot, Divination Deck, Other: Divination deck.
If Divination Deck, what is the structure? The Eros Oracle has 32 cards. Six cards represent "the prologue" or the beginning of a relationship. Ten cards represent "the erotic actions" or actions that further the relationship. Ten cards represent "the erotic emotions" or emotional aspects of the relationship. Six cards represent "the epilogue" or the possible outcomes of the relationship.
Why was deck created?: To provide an attractive oracle to explore relationships in a way that if fun, mischievous, intriguing, and flirtatious without being vulgar.
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