Design and Artwork
The Amor et Psyche Oracle, authored by Rachel Paul and inspired by the works of Georges Barbier, is a deck that uniquely blends ancient Greek mythology with Beaux Arts style illustrations. The deck’s artwork stands out for its embrace of both male and female forms, often presenting characters with genderfluid or androgynous qualities. This artistic choice offers a fresh perspective and allows for a broader interpretation of the cards.
Symbolism and Themes
This oracle deck is centered around themes of love and passion, drawing from the rich tapestry of Greek mythology. The diverse themes of the cards make this deck versatile, suitable for deep readings, especially when paired with a tarot deck. The imagery and titles of each card encourage intuitive reading, allowing the user to derive personal meanings and insights relevant to romantic relationships and the journey of love.
While the cardstock is on the thinner side, it is durable enough for regular use. The guidebook, although limited in its depth regarding card meanings, is appreciated for its body-positive affirmations. The box is sturdy and of good quality. Users have noted the deck’s adequacy for insightful readings, particularly praising the thoughtful writing and the guidebook’s inclusion of various spreads for different purposes.
About the Authors
Rachel Paul, known for her work on numerous decks like the Barbieri Unicorns Oracle and Tarot of the Little Prince, brings her expertise in creating thematic oracle decks to this project. Georges Barbier, a celebrated French illustrator, influenced the artistic style of the deck with his legacy in Beaux Arts and diverse artistic contributions.
- Inspired by ancient Greek mythology and Beaux Arts illustrations
- Artwork features genderfluid and androgynous characters
- Intuitive reading encouraged by diverse themes and imagery
- Guidebook includes body-positive affirmations and various spreads
- Suitable for experienced readers seeking a novel approach to divination