A Review of Magical Times Empowerment Cards
Magical Times Empowerment Cards
By Jody Bergsma
Published by US Games Systems, Inc
Review by Christiana Gaudet
Magical Times Empowerment Cards by Jody Bergsma is a deck of forty-four cards, each with a pretty image and short affirmation.
An enclosed twenty-eight page book includes a further message for each card as well as three spreads for use with the deck.
I am enough of a hard-core tarotist to not be a huge fan of oracle decks in general, but I recognize their purpose.
An oracle deck requires no study, and no prior knowledge of the cards. You can purchase the deck and be doing readings the same day. Tarot decks, and even the simpler Lenormand decks, follow a specific structure and require a bit of a commitment. Oracle decks such as Magical Times Empowerment Cards require only the desire to receive inspiration and perspective.
One of my favorite things about Magical Times is its lovely box. There will be no need to find another book or a pouch for these cards.
The cards themselves are a bit larger and squarer than most tarot decks. The cards are colorful without being garish. Each card has a simply title, such as Confidence, Creation, Nature, Prosperity and Quest.
I really like the forty-four words that were chosen to be cards in this oracle. Right away I can see how these words could be helpful in healing, inspiring and directing those who seek wisdom from the cards.
Each card is illustrated with a lovely picture. The images feature faeries, angels, animals both real and mythical, flowers, butterflies and Celtic symbols. The Dignity card, for example, features a dragon. Destiny features dolphins. The Dance card shows a faerie dancing with a winged frog.
I love that there is a Dance card, as well as a card of Mercy, and one of Manifestation. In many ways this is obviously a high-quality oracle. The art is appealing, and the cardstock is sturdy.
I appreciate how much information is in the booklet. The cards are listed alphabetically. Each card has a statement that begins with “Today I will.” This is in contrast to the affirmations that are printed on the cards, which are directives rather than first-person affirmations.
There are a few things in the booklet and in the on-card affirmations that make me cringe. For instance, the opening sentence in the booklet reads “Like all things, Magical Times Empowerment Cards are a living energy and it is good to align with their life force.”
I’m sorry, but “all things” are not a living energy. That is what makes “living energy” special and sacred. The lamp on my desk is not a living energy. I would have appreciated more careful writing and editing.
Likewise, many of the affirmations written on the cards are poignant and inspiring. Others fall a bit flat. On Gentleness, for instance, is written a wonderful last line “Love in action endures.” But the line before that is “True kindness has wings.” Wasps have wings, too. I am just not sure what “winged kindness” might be, or what it might have to do with the subject of the card, Gentleness.
I really like the spreads in the booklet. There is a simple one-card spread, a three card spread and a five-card spread complete with an elemental ritual. All three spreads seem effective and helpful. The variety of the spreads could easily inspire a diviner to create their own spreads for use with the Magical Times Empowerment Cards.
I recommend the Magical Times Empowerment Cards to anyone who enjoys pretty oracle decks, mystical images and simple, spiritual messages.
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