THE ALPHABET FOR LOVERS
From Orna’s website: “Orna Ben-Shoshan has been an autodidact artist for the past 30 years. Her artwork was exhibited in numerous locations in the USA, Europe and Israel.
Her Major motivation as a visual artist is to share her visions with others to expand their consciousness and inspire new ways of thinking.
Orna’s life-long interest in metaphysics and mysticism has led her to study the Kabala and alternative philosophies. She shares her wide and diverse knowledge in articles and short essays that were published in magazines worldwide alongside her paintings.”
The Alphabet For Lovers is a set of 72 heart shaped oracle cards. They come in a pretty lavender organza bag that has sequins on it. It is accompanied by an interpretation booklet and it all comes in cute box. The box is not something I felt the need to keep.
The cards are quite sturdy, they are plasticy, though I recommend not spilling anything on them LOL I’ve had them in my purse for 2 weeks now, and even under books, thrown on counters and in cabinets the cards have withstood it all!
One side has one of Orna’s drawings on them and a number (the number of the card — there is a corresponding interpretation in the booklet). The opposite side has the number again, the Hebrew word for the number and a short phrase in both Hebrew and English.
The cards can be used in a number of ways. You can shake the bag and draw a single random card for yourself or a friend. You can choose one or several cards to find an answer to a specific love/relationship related question. You can also do an actual reading with a “spread” of cards (think tarot spreads) for yourself or a friend.
The interpretation booklet has 4 paragraphs for each card. The first is a description of the card and of the artwork on each card. It then has 3 more sections; an interpretation of the card if you’re single, an interpretation of a personality, such as someone to look out for, personality traits needed in the relationship, etc and an interpretation of advice, if you were to pick this card and ask for advice this is the interpretation that would pertain to you.
I really like these cards. As a general rule I’m not a fan of love magic or things dedicated solely to love/relationship things because I find them to be overly specific and limiting. However, as I’ve read with these and had friends use them it’s become clear that these can be of use for any type of relationship, not just romantic ones. When doing the reading merely remove the lover/romantic aspect of the interpretation and you can then apply it to any relationship you needed some advice in.
One must keep in mind, especially us Westerners, that this was written from a Hebrew/Kabbalistic viewpoint and at times interpretations may seem foreign to us (an example would be card number 21). Simply translate the interpretation into your own culture, without changing the essential meaning of the interpretation.
As with any oracle it’s important, especially when reading for yourself, to not read what you want in it. I have found that I have less trouble with this reading the Alphabet For Lovers than other oracle decks. As for spreads to use, I enjoy pulling just a single random card, or using either a 3 or 5 card spread, nothing larger such as the celtic cross spread.
All in all, as with Orna’s other oracle products, this is a wonderful oracle product which has a soft, clear and clean energy that I highly recommend. All the cards, the booklet, the bag are all high quality and were created with much love and care. Highly recommended!!
***This oracle was given to me in exchange for an unbiased review. No money exchanged hands for this review***