deck review: ExtraOrdinary Oracle

The ExtraOrdinary Oracle is an oracle divination deck that aims to “transform the mundane into magic” featuring everyday extra ordinary activities and objects that remind us that our magic is available to us in every moment.

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I love this idea. I’ve been working on paying more attention to everyday activities that feel like magic, particularly as my days have gotten exceedingly more challenging than they used to be. When time and energy feels is at a premium, a well brewed cup of tea, observation of a honey bee, a bath, taking some time to rest, can be a conjuring of ritual and magic to heal you.

These are the things you see, touch, and interact with daily. There is nothing to learn – there are no lofty descriptions of attuning to a cosmic frequency, but recommendations to make a cup of tea, throw on an old sweatshirt, and unwind. This is divination for the down to earth.

I’m intrigued by their assertion that with this deck “there is nothing to learn-” when I can’t help but learn everyday with every pull how to more deeply infuse magic into the day to day. For me down to earth does not mean missing the point of the lofty and cosmic; or perhaps I’m just being contrary and misunderstanding their meaning.

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The cardstock is half and half for me. On one hand, I absolutely love the textured matte, it looks and feels absolutely gorgeous. It’s not a hardship to shuffle, and the matte is easy on the eyes as well as the camera when I want to record my readings. They are also thankfully of average size so my tiny hands don’t have to struggle too much while handling them.

On the other hand, the cardstock is simply not thick enough and warps rather easily while making me feel like a wrong twist to my shuffle and I’ll have torn a card. It’s just too bad, especially for the price, that the creators didn’t invest in a thicker stock for their paper. It had such potential. I hope they improve upon this in later editions. Still, I can’t say that I won’t use the deck. I’ll just go with it till it comes apart.

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I do enjoy the practical, down to earth, forthright nature of the Little White Book, and it is quite little which is odd for indie decks but I guess I shouldn’t hold them to too much of a different standard than mass-pub decks. Their descriptions come in handy for the moments in which the art doesn’t immediately settle in the eye and are presented in an refreshing accessible fashion.

To give the best idea of how the deck and the LWB work together, here’s the deck’s read of my first daily draw:

JOURNAL: Taking inventory of yourself. Charting your course in the present reality. An honest, inner dialogue. Unfiltered, uncensored conversation with yourself. An uncomfortable truth; a catalyst for inner change. A quiet moment to think. This moment will soon be a memory, grasp what you can of it while you can.

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Anyone can read with this deck, I think. If you have kiddos intrigued by tarot and oracle cards, these are great decks to build their intuition with if you don’t mind the occasional curse word (ex: “get shit done” card) and I love that about it. The art is both specific and vague in somewhat equal measure, which works well for intuition. The images they convey are everyday and familiar enough to folks that we would all draw different meanings from it, even with the given LWB interpretation (which is always just a suggestion).

I recommend this deck to folks who are looking for a different kind of oracle deck. If you are inclined toward practicality rather than broad themes but don’t want to sacrifice the magic and intuitive act of reading cards, then the ExtraOrdinary Oracle sounds just about right for your consideration.

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