It caused a huge chasm in the spiritual community when Doreen Virtue denounced all her previous work with angels and spirituality in 2017 and converted to Fundamental Christianity. As someone who is new to the tarot, oracle, psychic community, I’ve heard many others discuss Doreen and her transformation.
After much consideration, I decided that I was still called to many of her cards. Keep reading to discover why I’m still using Doreen Virtue oracle cards as a beginner!
Doreen Virtue Angel Cards
These Archangel Oracle Cards are just one of many different oracle cards which Doreen Virtue collaborated on. This is the first deck that I decided to go with, and it is my first deck of oracle cards.
I chose these because of my new connection to angels (which I had never been close to before) and the messages on the cards really resonated with me.
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What Happened to Doreen Virtue?
A few years ago, Doreen Virtue denounced tarot, oracle cards, and spirituality in favor of fundamental Christianity. If you go to her site today (I’m not going to link to it, so please google it if you’d like to visit), you can read lists of all the things she believes are linked to the Devil, including angels, crystals, OM, and even yoga. (Insert eye-roll here.)
To my understanding, she was always a Christian, and before converting to Fundamental Christianity, she used Christian lore and stories and Christ-consciousness in her decks and writings.
I personally agree with Amanda Ellis’ assessment of this situation: Doreen is free to believe what she wants, but it’s very sad that she’s denouncing and invalidating her former friends and anyone else who doesn’t agree with her new beliefs.
In her book, Deceived No More, she details about how and why she made the move to Fundamental Christianity, but there are many suspicious details and many have accused her of just doing it for the publicity. (Just for kicks, check out her book on Amazon if you haven’t already… it’s a trip!)
Truly following Christ means acceptance of those who are different than you are, so this does not feel like true Christianity to me. Her new mindset feels also racially prejudiced, as she is trying to cancel out the religions of non-Christian areas of the world. These cultural practices are absolutely valid!
Doreen Virtue Cards 2023
Doreen had worked as a New Age author for many years before transitioning. Here are a few of her oracle cards:
Aside from the Archangel deck, I’m particularly drawn to the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards!
Where to Find Them
Deciding to use Doreen Virtue cards in 2022 doesn’t mean they’re going to be easy to find. As soon as her conversion, Doreen pulled all of her cards and other “New Age” publications from print.
Some of them have a few left from their last printing and you can buy them new. They are significantly more expensive because they’re so rare.
Others are all out of new versions and you would be buying a used copy. Of course, this is less desirable because you don’t know what kind of energy the person had when they used them previously. It’s definitely a risk, but if you get a deck used with love, there are plenty of ways to cleanse decks (preferably for days or weeks) before using them.
5 Reasons I’m Still Using Doreen Virtue Oracle Cards as a Beginner in 2022
1. Her Cards are full of love and light
Before she closed her mind to other religions and ways to connect with God/Universe/Spirit/Source, her beliefs were full of validation and love.
For example, the Sensitivity card in the Archangel deck says, “You are extra sensitive to energies and emotions right now. Honor yourself and your feelings.”
As someone who did not receive a lot of validation as a child, this feels very safe and comforting to me.
2. They’re designed well and easy to use
One reason I’m choosing to use Doreen Virtue cards is simply because they’re designed well and very easy to use and understand.
For the Archangel cards, they have a key idea and a short description on the card. You don’t even have to read the booklet unless you want to! You can get a good interpretation for your own life just based on the card.
Sure, in the Archangel deck, there isn’t a great deal of diversity, which is important to me. But I try to balance it by purchasing decks that exclusively feature non-white and ethnically diverse artwork, like this deck of affirmation cards which is one of my favorites.
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3. Her current beliefs don’t influence the love they were created with
Using Doreen Virtue oracle cards doesn’t have anything to do with her current belief system. When she created them, she did so out of love.
I almost think of Doreen before her conversion and after her conversion as two different people. Not everyone is going to have the same beliefs as another person. Just because one person thinks angel and yoga are the work of the devil doesn’t mean that everyone does.
It’s a matter of what hurts others or what doesn’t, and what jives with your own personal truth.
4. She said not to use them
If you look at any Amazon page on one of Doreen’s old “New Age” items, the very first line on her biography reads:
“PLEASE NOTE: DOREEN IS NOT SELLING NEW AGE PRODUCTS! OTHER PEOPLE ARE SELLING THEM ON AMAZON, AGAINST DOREEN’S CLEAR REQUESTS TO STOP SELLING HER CARDS. PLEASE DON’T BUY DOREEN’S CARDS OR NEW AGE BOOKS!“
Let’s be honest… I have a little bit of rebel in me. When someone tells me not to do something, I’m a little curious to do it anyway and find out for myself.
As an INFJ, I am someone who relies heavily on my own experience and intuition to serve as my guide in my life and give me direction. How can I determine whether or not I should do something unless I’ve tried it myself?
Curiosity is a prized trait, as it can help lead a person to new things, creativity, and innovation!
Just because Doreen’s truth has changed doesn’t mean that her previous truth can’t help me discover mine.
5. Many transgender people still love Harry Potter
While this isn’t exactly the same scenario, there are many similarities here, so go with me for a moment.
Harry Potter was a series of books full of love and magic and wonder that has inspired and given so many people reason to keep going when things got tough. But when JK Rowling started her rants against the trans community, many people left the Harry Potter fandom because of the toxicity of the author.
Still, many others chose to reclaim the novels, saying that once published, Harry Potter belonged to the fans. Her current words and prejudices cannot poison the magic of the books.
I feel this situation is similar. Doreen’s new prejudices cannot poison the love with which she created her “New Age” products.
This is a tricky situation and everyone can come to a different conclusion. If you denounced all of Doreen’s work after she converted, that’s completely valid too! Everyone is going to have a different reaction to a situation like this.
The reasons I outlined above are my own personal reasons for using Doreen Virtue’s oracle cards 5 years after her transition.
What do you think?
Are you still using Doreen’s cards and other spiritual books and resources?
Drop me a comment below!
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