Doreen Virtue is the spiritual equivalent of Marmite. Just visit any large-chain-bookshop and you’ll find her decks and manuals elbowing just about everything else off of the shelves. Check out her YouTube channel and you’ll see packed halls of screaming fans, from all around the world, taking her angel card reading classes. However, if you step into a tarot forum, the response is quite different. Many tarotists find her decks to be unbalanced and too positive to reflect real life.
The Angel Tarot was a controversial release back in 2012. It was billed by Hay House as being the first tarot deck to be 100% positive and gentle. This ruffled the feathers of many tarot readers and enthusiasts, who were well aware that this was not the first deck to provide a positive slant on the more intimidating cards of tarot. Also, the statement suggested to some that there is something negative and unsafe about a traditional set of tarot cards. This is misleading and only perpetuates the wrong idea that many have about tarot.
While I wholeheartedly agree with those who were riled by Doreen (and Radleigh Valentine’s) deck, I enjoy this pack of tarot cards. I’ve always felt a deep connection to the images and this is one of the decks released under Doreen’s name which doesn’t appear rushed or throwaway. I notice that it gets a lot of use from people on Instagram.
To begin this week, we find The Magician from Doreen’s Angel Tarot and Merlin from the Ascended Masters. There is a similar energy to both cards, since Merlin is the quintessential magician.
The Magician in this tarot is played by Archangel Raziel, who is described as a wizard. It is said that he has the ability to take knowledge and turn it into reality. As with traditional versions of this card, he holds a wand to the skies and a hand to the ground, suggesting a grounding of inspiration and a manifestation of energy and dreams. We take our ideas and direct them into the earth.
In the Ascended Masters deck, Merlin raises his hands to the sky, as though charging himself for magical work. Similarly, he becomes a conduit for energy and positivity. Merlin assists healers, magicians and spiritual teachers to focus their energies in beneficial ways.
For today, these two magicians suggests great power within you. What is your initial understanding of this power? For some, this will be a confirmation of something they need to do. It could be a new career they’ve wanted to put their energy into or a personal project which they need to get out of their head and into the world. The Magician tells you that if this is the case, now is the time to get the ball rolling.
For others, these two cards will suggest something more mundane, but no less powerful. These cards advise us to make changes for the better – not in our life necessarily, but in someone else’s. Do you have the opportunity to use your gifts to help another? Can you reach out and heal somebody, as Merlin did, helping them to feel better with a kind word, some consideration, or a little time?
These cards both speak of magic for today. What is your superpower and how are you going to use it in the world around you?
Illustrations from The Angel Tarot by Steve A. Roberts and from Ascended Masters Oracle Cards by Wendy Andrew.
You can read my review of Doreen Virtue’s Angel Tarot here.