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A product by Blue Angel Wisdom of the Golden Path

By: Toni Carmine Salerno, Yuehui Tang
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Boxed Deck | 9780738739021
English  |  76 pages | 5 x 7 x 1 IN
Pub Date: May 2013
Price: $23.95 US,  $27.95 CAN
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Wisdom of the Golden Path
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Clear, practical text combined with breathtaking art creates an experience that allows each individual seeker to discover their own Golden Path and to walk it with wisdom. The advice and guidance provided reflects beautiful spiritual truths. The images capture that beauty and present it in ways that delight our eyes and touch our hearts.

Actual Review:
Oracle decks are not tarot decks. One of the strengths of a tarot deck is that it shows the good, the bad, and the indifferent. It is a cross-section of human existence, thereby allowing the diviner to get a snapshot of real life, as it is (as well as how it might be in the future). It also gives advice and guidance of course, but it can also show the seamier side of life when necessary.

Oracle decks seem to me to be more about inspiration and advice. The Wisdom of the Golden Path excels in giving practical down-to-earth advice that is based on lofty spiritual principals. It teaches as it guides. In addition to the sound advice found for each card, Toni includes information about affirmations. Affirmations play a big role in working with this deck and with implementing the life lessons included herein.

The text for each of the 45 cards includes a small interpretation and encouraging message as well as several affirmations. Eight of the cards include inspiring quotes from the likes of Albert Einstein and Buddha. Here is an example for the card entitled Power:

The man in the picture is in tune with the forces of nature. The music he plays is the music of his soul, which is full of inner wisdom. He is a man of peace and yet there are arrows attached to his belt. He knows there are times when it is best not to engage in conflict and simply walk away. However he also knows that there are times when we must stand our ground and be ready to fight for what we believe in. This is such a time for ou. Stand up for what you believe in regardless of what others might say or think. Will you stand by your beliefs and convictions or will you give in? The Universe is testing your faith and resolve in this matter. To stand firm will take great courage but know that ou will have the backing of soul and the whole Universe. You will gain much respect by holding your ground and an old pattern will have been broken.

I listen to and am guided by my inner wisdom.
I stand firm in my beliefs yet respect the beliefs of others.
I stand firm in my power and use it wisely.
My power is infused with love and respect.

The book includes five spreads, but for me, I would use these cards in conjunction with tarot, pulling a card from the Wisdom of the Golden Path at the end of a reading for a take-away, for good advice to carry forward. The spreads included are designed to make use of the unique nature of the cards; however, because I do not find the cards intuitive, doing a full reading with them would be cumbersome. However, as advice and inspiration, these cards work very well.

Part of the inspiration comes from the breathtaking artwork. It is undeniably beautiful. Tang's computer-generated work is a photorealistic combination of Asian and fantasy styles. There are many beautiful women who personify the equally beautiful spiritual lessons represented. For those who are interested, there are only eight male figures on the cards. These cards represent stereotypically "masculine" characteristics, such as Inspired Warrior, Power, and Resolution. The Soulmate card also features a male, which makes sense since most users will be female. The Unconditional Love card features both a man and a woman.

As with many oracle decks, this one lacks any discernable structure. Some of the card names are cumbersome, such as Spontaneous & Intuitive Creation. There is a card representing Spring but none of the other seasons. One is called Prosperity—Freedom, which seems confusing, since prosperity and freedom are not necessarily the same thing and none of the other cards have hyphenated names. But as mentioned earlier, oracle decks are not tarot decks, which are defined by structure, so expecting them to have structure is perhaps unfair. Besides, what it lacks in order in makes up for with fluid beauty and images that are surprisingly evocative. Evocative, but not necessarily intuitive; I still think that interpreting the cards requires reading the book. Words and images work together to reveal each individual seeker's unique Golden Path.

Deck Attributes
Name of deck: Wisdom of the Golden Path
Reviewer's Byline: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Blue Angel
ISBN: 9780738739021
Creator's name:Toni Carmine Salerno
Brief biography of creator: Toni is a self-taught artist and author from Australia and works with Blue Angel Publishing.
Artist name: Yuehui Tang
Brief biography of artist: Yuehui is a Chinese artist living in Shenzhen. He is an award-winning freelance artist. His work has been recognized by various shows throughout Asia and has been featured in Imagine FX and EXOTIQUE.
Name of accompanying book/booklet: Wisdom of the Golden Path Guidebook
Number of pages of book/booklet: 76 pages
Author of book/booklet: Toni Carmine Salerno
Reading Uses: General
Original Medium: Digital
Why was deck created?: To tap into the universal energy that connects all beings.

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