Looking for a beautfiul, classic/retro oracle deck? I absolutely love the Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess Deck and highly recommend it for any wild woman who is interested in taking her spiritual development to the next level.
This was another deck that I first used and discovered at the Shakti Spirit Santuary in Taos, New Mexico while I was on a spiritual and writer’s retreat. It was so striking to me that I wanted a copy of my own.
Even with a striking dichotomy between use of the word “Goddess” and more patriarchal, Christian terms, I think this deck is worth it.
Keep reading for my Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess Cards review and how to use this deck effectively.
So Is This An Affirmation Deck or Oracle Deck?
Affirmation card decks have affirmative statements on them, like “I embrace my inner power and strength.” (Check out my favorite affirmation card decks here.)
But oracle cards are designed for shadow work, self-reflection, and can even be used to read energy and the future. (Check out my favorite oracle decks for beginners here.)
I’m a huge fan of both types of decks and own many of each kind. This Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess is both an affirmation deck AND an oracle deck!
Because it is based on the Tarot, it makes it easy to do intuitive readings with these cards. However, there are affirmations on them as well, which makes them great for self-care and journaling.
Old School Deck with Eternal Feminine Wisdom
I know this deck was only first printed in 2009, but the artwork and the colors scream 70s to me! I absolutely love the retro look of this deck.
Pamela Wells, author
The author and artist of this deck is Pamela Wells. She uses her background in art to teach about psychology, mystical teachings, and spiritual healing. This appears to be her only major publication, through ArtMagic Publishing.
Everyday Goddess Cards Artwork
One of the main reasons to get this deck is because of the stunning artwork. With bold colors, subtle shading, and women of all ethnicities and ages, the artwork is truly impressive.
Within each card, just like in the tarot, there are little visual clues to help you understand the meaning behind the card. The Wheel of Fortune card features a lush landscape with balance and abundance. The Chariot card features a castle in the background.
The animals on the cards, which include everything from the snake, wolf, owls, crows, lions, etc, can help you understand the meaning of the cards as well
Pamela Wells’ writing is another strong reason to love this deck. Admittedly, I don’t often read the front portion of a booklet before the card meanings. This deck is different.
The first portion of the booklet is dedicated to subjects like “Trusting and Receiving Inner Guidance,” “Archetypes,” “Journey to Greater Knowledge,” and “Non-dual awareness.” Pamela was preaching about duality consciousness and 3D living before those terms exploded in the spiritual communities on the internet.
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In the booklet, for each card, Pamela gives keywords and an affirmation, a summary, a detailed explanation of the card, questions for contemplation, and exercises or activities, which may include additional tarot practices.
There are several pages of wisdom given for each card.
Using Religious Terms
Pamela uses religious terms, such as “prayer” and “God.” If this is something that you don’t care for, be forewarned. Personally, I don’t mind the use of the term “God,” although I prefer to use “Universe.”
For such a powerful feminine deck, these colonialist, Christian terms might be off-putting to some people. There is definitely a conflict between use of “Goddess” in the title, and then all of these patriarchal terms.
Cardstock and Product Quality
The Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess card size is not available on Amazon. They measure 3.75 by 5.5 inches, for a fairly large size card.
The cards are not matte, but quite glossy. This makes them stick together when shuffling, which is definitely not my favorite thing, especially when you’re planning on using this like an oracle deck.
Reasons Not to Get This Deck
If you’re someone who has a problem with nudity or the female body, this deck is not for you.
Because this is very female-centric, if you’re looking for a deck that is more balanced between masculine and feminine, this may also not be a good choice for you.
If you’re looking for a deck that is balanced between dark and light energy (as in the Rider-Waite tarot), this also is likely not a good choice. Because this deck focuses on affirmations, it is a neutral to positive deck.
Personally for me, I love all three of these things about this deck, but I also understand that everyone else might not. Please keep these things in mind when considering purchasing this deck.
I also discussed use of religious terms above.
Negative Reviews on Amazon
The negative reviews on Amazon mention the concepts that I’ve already covered here, namely, the conflict between “Goddess” and Christian terminology. Other reviews mention that the descriptions and writing in the booklet waxes on a bit, but personally, I do find the insight Pamela offers to be top-notch.
My Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess Review Conclusion
I heartily give this deck a 4 out of 5 stars. The artwork itself is reason enough to purchase the deck, but the plentiful wisdom within the booklet is enough spiritual development work to take a year to get through!
I only took off 1 star for the dichotomy between male-terms (God, Lord, etc.) and female-terms (Goddess, etc.).
Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess is a meaty deck, and not at all your typical affirmation card deck! Highly recommended for shadow work and spiritual contemplation!