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Review of the 99 Names of God Divination Deck

This article was written by Barbara Moore on September 15, 2011
posted under 99 Names of God Tarot

Summary

Sufis recognize the beauty and power in the 99 Names of Gods. These cards bring these names into our lives in a simple and elegant way. From learning the practice of Dhikr (actively remembering God) to meditating on our own inner connection with God, these cards can bring profound change into our lives.

 

In-Depth Review

Sufism is the mystic path of Islam. People on that path recognize 99 names of God. The practice of Dhikr is actively remembering God by reciting the 99 names.

The cards are quite simple. On each card, a single name of God is written in Arabic and in English on a background of softly rippling water. Each card is also numbered to aid the user in referencing the name in the accompanying book.

The book explains a bit more about Sufism and practice of Dhikr. The explanations for each name are short, but clear. For example:

28. Al-Hakam, The Judge: He who is wise in His words, speech, and laws. He who metes out justice in His decree and in His law.

82. Al-Afuww, The All-Forgiving: He who absolves. The Indulgent. The Dispenser of Pardon.

The book provides two ways to use the cards.

1. before centering (or, I would say, praying or meditating), draw a card and connect with it, intending for that vibration of God to express itself in your life.

2. As a question, draw a card. Say the name aloud. Close your eyes and see it with your third eye and draw it into your spiritual heart. Remain in this state for a moment. Place the card by your bed and recall the image before sleep. Repeat this for 40 days and during the 40 days after that, whatever you do will stabilize.

Another obvious use would be to employ them as flash cards to aid in memorizing the 99 names in order to practice Dhikr.

This is a simple deck, with a clear premise and specific use. Trying to use it for divination would probably work but it is not its intended purpose.

  

Deck Attributes

Name of deck: 99 Names of God
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
EAN: 9780738731094
Creator’s name: Anna Eva Jahier
Brief biography of creator: Author of Inspirational Reiki Cards, a spiritual researcher, musician, and Reiki Master.
Name of accompanying book: The 99 Names of God
Number of pages of book: 127 pages; 29 in English
Author of book: Anna Eva Jahier
Available in a boxed kit?: yes
Magical Uses: none
Reading Uses: advice
Ethnic Focus: Sufi
Theme: Islamic names of God
Tarot, Divination Deck, Other: Meditation deck for spiritual practice
Does it follow Rider-Waite-Smith Standard?: No
What is the deck’s structure?: 99 cards each bearing one of the names of God. 

 

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