Angel Oracle (英語) カード – 1997/1/1
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No other artist has captured the wonder of the angels more uniquely than Sulamith Wulfing. Her paintings make this magical world come alive in these forty oracle cards. The words on each card complement the deck and make it an effective tool for understanding how the world of angels can help us all with our human problems.
Sulamith Wulfing was born in 1901 in Wuppertal-Elberfed, Germany. After finishing her high-school education she attended art academy for four years. When only 22 years old she had her first exhibition in her hometown, Wuppertal. In 1929 she and her husband, founded a publishing house which prospered until his death in 1976. In the Second World War she was persecuted by the Nazis and had to flee Germany, leaving her husband to fight in the war. For Sulamith, the years after the war were filled with intense artistic activity and publishing. She died in March 1989 at the age of 88. She is an internationally acclaimed artist and critics called her "Durer's Little Daughter". Her art has touched the hearts of countless people throughout the world.
The Angel Oracle is a 40 card deck that features the whimsical paintings of Sulamith Wulfing. While the deck is supposed to help individuals understand the nature of angels and how they help with human problems, the sayings on the back are merely inspirational or motivational quotes culled from other sources. Also the deck references God as a "he" which may be unworkable for those who view the Divine as a she or genderless. Also, the sayings often mention devils or evil, which doesn't jive for those leaning towards non-dualistic, non-Christian spiritual paths.
Some quotes include:
"When the angels appear, the devils vanish."
"Life vibrates. It does not move."
"We learn that God is, that He is in me, and that all things are shadows of Him."
"On the spiritual life, all paths lead to the same place."
"The Angels of Death are full of grace and love."
"Belief in not truly belief while doubt can still touch it."
The sayings on the Angel Oracle cards are pretty shallow, so this deck isn't really suited as an oracle in my opinion. Also, there is no booklet that accompanies this deck.
If you love Wulfing's artwork--which is quite beautiful--you'll no doubt love this deck. Likewise if you connect with the concept of angels and spirit helpers. If you're looking for a good angel oracle, however, you're much better off with a deck like Doreen Virtue's Archangel Oracle Cards.
(To see 6 images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])
On the back of each card is a short statement chosen by the editor as a meditation to use with the card. Some of these are obviously taken from other sources. E.g., a card called Prosperity has the saying: "I cried because I didn't have shoes, until I met a man who didn't have feet." Some seem out of place. A card called Realization states: "The only thing a computer cannot do -- compared to a human being -- is to look into the evening sky." The painting is of two angels holding red candles without a computer or a machine in sight. Most of the texts are OK, but not being chosen by the artist, they are separate from the paintings and don't add anything.
At the end of the introductory essay in Fantastic Art, Sulamith wrote the following personal statement: "My drawings are a visual representation of my deepest feelings: pleasure, fear, sorrow, happiness, humor. And, to people attuned to my compositions, they may well be mirrors of their own experiences. It is because of this that I have left the explanation of the drawings completely to the viewer, so that they are not bound by my interpretation of what each picture should be. For me it is not a matter of creating illustrations to fit nursery rhyme themes. My ideas come to me from many sources, and in such harmony with my personal experiences that I can turn them into these fairy compositions. My Angels are my consolers, leaders, companions, guards."
These cards can do the same for you that Sulamith's Angels did for her. You will love these paintings.