deck review: Winged Enchantment Oracle
The Winged Enchantment Oracle by Lisa Hunt and Lesley Morrison is, according to the blurb , “inspired by the majesty and mythos of birds great and small, The Winged Enchantment Oracle invites us to spread our wings as we venture on our own soul journeys.”
QUALITY & PRESENTATION
The deck has 39 cards plus an illustrated black and white guidebook with accompanying messages for each of the cards. The cards are a large, coming in at 3.5″ by 5.75″, but that's not too far away from standard for oracle decks. Get a good grip on it and shuffling goes smoothly, a credit to their matte finish.
The card stock is a bit thin, so I worry about wear, but a bit of care can go a long way so that can also be managed. The back of the cards are fully reversible blackbird feathers in dark purple with a central piece in gold. Simple and gorgeous.
The imagery in the cards is visually striking, composed primarily of shape-shifting hybrids of people and birds. The best part about these cards is that for a lot of them you can’t tell in which direction the shift is going: bird to human or human to bird (who remembers the Animorphs books?)
The deck's art is easily queered- though it's not so much gender fluidity as it is ambiguity. I suppose its hard to get hung up on gender when everyone is part-bird! I also like that there’s age variance, cards featuring both youthful and elderly beings.
There is some racial diversity. Though it can feel a bit tokenizing, especially with cards like ‘Crane’ with an Eastern Asian presenting person and ‘Eagle’ for the Indigenous American presenting person. That's messy. I'm not convinced that cards like ‘Hummingbird’ above which include a person of color in a non-tokenizing fashion redeem the deck on the matter. No full marks for inclusivity.
WORKING WITH THE DECK
There is a lot going on in the art- so much rich symbolism. I found it overwhelming at first but with some practice and some time in stillness with the cards it became easier and easier to find the message in the cards even without consulting the guidebook. Speaking of the guidebook, it’s in the first person for the most part… i.e., the corresponding bird in the card’s message always starts with: “I am Turkey…” which I found a bit eye-roll inducing. If you can get past that, or not even be bothered by, the rest of the message is apt and insightful. They even include a four line affirmation to meditate on.
The Winged Enchantment oracle works very well with specific questions which makes it a great one to use in spreads. Despite its flight-bound visual subjects, it has depth and groundedness. It doesn't offer a direct solution but it leaves you with something to think about. Creatives and dreamers will love using this deck.
If you’re the more down to earth, practical type it might be harder to mesh energies with. I'd still recommend giving it a try if the imagery draws you in; it might be just the kind of energy you need in your life. I’d recommend this to anyone who is looking for a functional oracle deck that has tarot style reading potential.