12/2 Your newest deck
Seasonal and timely: the Yule Oracle from Seasons of the Witch series!
I’m a winter baby and love this season, so after months of talking sense into myself (“I don’t need another deck, I don’t”), I still got it in the month of December. I love winter!
Oracle is part of my spiritual journey. As a seeker learning what my own beliefs are, I explored goddess beliefs, sacred nature, angels, fairies, etc. Even so, witch and neopaganism themes haven’t been blatantly obvious in the card decks I have. There weren’t many that spoke directly to the witch worldview and belief, and once I found out there were, there are just too many and I became wary of how some of them also don’t speak to me and that I might as well keep holding on to my wallet. Nevertheless, I wanted to try out witch decks and ended up with the Witches’ Wisdom tarot and this Yule Oracle.
What I love about this deck is the presentation of winter elements , explained through the lens of the life of a witch or a neopagan. It’s grounded in life on earth and practicality, while remembering to the sacred, ancestors, spirit guides and our higher self. I don’t think it’s overly Wiccan, and I don’t think the Christmas elements seem intrusive. I think anything reminiscence of the Christian Christmas is distilled to the spirit and legacy behind.
One thing I don’t resonate with is the poetry, sadly so, because it would be beautiful if it had worked. The use of thee and thy is inconsistent, and they seem to be missing essential line breaks for the rhythm to come across. I read them out when I first got the cards, but as invocations, they would sound awkward. However, an impressionistic and poetic element like this would’ve gone well with this seasonal and sabbat deck.
I also feel the character of this deck is of a teacher. One that’s serious and down to business. Almost half of the messages are about adjusting behavior, examining oneself, and working harder. There are elements of joy and faith, but less than I expected — they’re like candles and stars dotting the winter nights. 🙂 The set is not as warm and relaxing as I was hoping a Yule deck to be. However, you’ll still find the favorite seasonal elements – gathering, merriment, ornaments, wreath, silent night, the hearth. Also, around 3-5 spell or spiritual prompts in total. No hot cocoa or Christmas tree though.