The Goddess Temple Oracle by Sarah Perini and Elena Albanese
Reviewed by ClaraZ
The Goddess Temple Oracle Cards
Published September, 2020
Here is an oracle for revealing, nurturing and developing the multiform goddess within ourselves — no matter how we identify — and in the world about us.
And what an antidote to the patriarchal systems still yoking the majority of us in our day-to-day lives!
The deck by Sarah Perini and Elena Albanese takes us back to the ancient of days, the Avalon Wheel of the Year and the pre-Christian Celtic and proto-European traditions, when matricentric culture and worship existed.
With the Great Mother Goddess at its core, this oracle focuses on the natural rhythms of life, the bounty of the universe and our deep-rooted connections with the earth and its creatures. It has been designed for use as a divinatory and meditative tool, and a lead into oracular and shamanistic practises.
The 45 cards are numbered and named, and divided into five different sections: Goddesses of the Wheel, Archetypes of the Sacred Feminine, Archetypes of the Sacred Masculine, the Four Temples, and the Cauldron of Transformation.
A good-quality 128-page guidebook, which includes six languages, explains a few different ways to use the deck, with a couple of useful spreads, as well as giving short definitions of the cards. A student may gain more insights from further study into some of the deities, symbols and concepts featured.
The large glossy cards in a sturdy lie-flat box with lift-off lid feature the gentle, muted watercolours of Elena Albanese. The backs are a bold green and gold design featuring symbols such as the Wheel, crescent moons and leaves.
There is comforting reassurance in many of the messages from this deck and inspiration to stretch ourselves further in others; the encouragement to identify, accept and enjoy various aspects of our primordial nature.
The creators have taken inspiration from Kathy Jones, founder of the Temple of the Goddess of Glastonbury, and from the work of the late archeologist and anthropologist Marjia Gimbutas into the myth and cult of the Mother Goddess in Neolithic Europe. In doing so they have produced a deck in which we may discern the reflection of the many and complex facets of the goddess within ourselves.