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Dearest Plague Rats,
I am ecstatic to finally reveal to you the secret project I have been working on: A truly epic oracle deck using 50 iconic symbols from within our Asylum universe (plus one blank card for you to draw your own image upon)! I've created this deck specifically to tap into your subconscious truth and put you in touch with your own divine spirit, but it can also be used for divination, a tool for meditation, a path toward wholeness and healing, a creativity boost, or simply for daily inspiration and guidance direct from the Asylum to you!
Finally, I will be signing all 1000 copies of The Asylum Oracle for no additional charge!
~ 51 extra large sized cards (3.5" by 5.75", significantly larger than standard tarot cards).
~ Very thick matte laminate card stock that literally whispers in your hands as you shuffle.
~ Antique gold foil edges on cards.
~ Packaged in a sturdy laminate box with a black interior, printed all over with the Asylum striped wallpaper and embossed title.
~ Includes gorgeous 150 page guidebook with detailed meanings for each card, along with dozens of guided meditations, mental journeys, sample spreads, advice for how to use and care for your cards, and exercises to do with your Oracle to make it truly speak to you.
Designing this deck, drawing the artwork, writing the meanings and meditations, even choosing the card stock, paper quality and finish, type of inks, every minute detail—the entire journey has changed me, for I imagined it in your hands at each moment. I imagined us reading these cards together, going on the most mind-blowingly intense journeys, and so I made it my mission to create something very different, very special, and absolutely perfect for an Inmate who is ready to go DEEP. This deck truly represents the best in us, and the best of what we can, and will, become. I can't wait to send it to you, with my own paws, and with all my love...
~EA, Inmate W14A
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The Asylum Asylum Oracle deck is beautiful beyond words and magical beyond the imagination. While it looks stunning in the pictures, it is even more magnificent in person, and the energy of the deck is absolutely palpable. Gorgeous in design and crafted of the finest quality, it is a must-have for anyone who wants to widen their perspective and invoke magic into their lives.
Just got the cards today my wife loves she has tears of joy when she saw what was witten on the shipping paper and when she saw the signature on the box as well. Your books and music got her through a lot of tough times this made her day she is overwhelmed with joy by the cards.
I will preface this by saying that I've been an EA fan for almost ten years, but I'm really not fond of the reworked Asylum book, and wasn't knocked out of my seat by the last two albums (sorry EA - just a matter of preference). I've always loved the thought of a "real-world" Asylum, a safe haven where people can come together and be who they are, but since the forum days, I've never really found a sense of protection and community in the online spaces that were supposed to "embody" the Asylum, despite EA's efforts. So this is not the 5-star review of an enthusiastic ultrafan who's always been on board with everything. I was not won over from the start. I've been practicing tarot for six years, mostly with the one deck I started with; I mostly got this oracle deck because it looked cool, and unique enough that I wanted to add it to my (pretty sizeable!) EA collection. Well. On a purely pragmatic level, the deck is beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice - I thought the drawings looked a bit "unfinished" before seeing it in the flesh... They don't, they're awesome. Think Beatrix Potter meets Edward Gorey. The simple black ink gives them an aura of simplicity and spontaneity, like doodles in the margins of a researcher's notes - I feel that they carry over EA's own introspection and exploration in making these, which makes them feel welcoming and understanding - not like you're being taught a lesson by an all-knowing guru, but like you're being guided by someone who had to figure this shit out for themselves first. The gold edging is dope, the stock is high quality, and the box is solid; they justify the high price. The individual cards are interesting, poetic, wholesome but not sappy (or just enough), dark but never ominous. Again, I'm reminded of Gorey's "Fantod Pack" - the way the cards often showcase daily "tidbits" and objects, some of them obsolete, and imbues them with poetry and meaning. Have you ever thought about the occult power of a boot or a pencil? It's whimsical, and builds bridges between abstract magic like card-reading and plain ole "kitchen magic" and talisman-making... which I'm all about. The descriptions are well-written, with some effective and unique meditations and visualizations woven in. As we all know, EA has a big personality, that permeates everything she does artistically. But even though everything about this deck SCREAMS EA, it testifies to her growth as an artist and as a person - because her presence doesn't obstruct or overwhelm at all during readings. EA, to me, has finally achieved something I think she's been striving for in art for the past several years: to really let the story tell itself, and to be a host and guide through it, without constantly being its tormented protagonist. This deck is a gateway to what the Asylum was always supposed to be: a place for self-acceptance, growth, and radical individuality, that takes the form of whatever YOU need it to be in that moment of your life. It is a deck that gives you space, but never lets you feel alone. It makes self-love and self-care seem palatable and even, yes, cool - to the darkly-inclined, who need macabre and humor with their wholesome woo. So thank you, EA, for what I personally consider one of your best releases since Opheliac. It encompasses everything I've always loved about your art and your mindscape, coming from a place of peace and maturity, a sense of falling-into-place that I welcome and wonder at. You helped me brace myself against hardship and heartbreak when I was a teen; as an adult, I needed more, and our paths meet again. Thank you. A perfect gift for that witch in your life who's stared long into the abyss, but has come out strong enough to take a few steps back from the edge and get her shit together - but always on her own terms.
I was pleasantly surprised with how positive the card descriptions were. I flipped through the deck and pulled the cards that I connected with most at first instinct. I found the experience not only relevant, but uplifting. Thank you so much for taking the time and care in it's creation :)
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