When the Keepers of the Light Oracle Cards by Kyle Gray first arrived, I did a mini deck review on my Instagram stories with my first impressions. You can watch them in this video below.
In this blog post, I’ll be going more in depth to review this deck. Areas of review will include things such as appearance, usability, content, packaging, and miscellaneous. Some of this will be repeated from the mini review above, but some of it will be new.
Overall, I like the artwork. You mainly see an individual, but there are details that add to the meaning of each card. The colors tend to stay in the same range. I find this adds to the cohesiveness of the artwork. The appearance also fits with the Hay House style – picture up top, short description on the bottom.
This covers a pretty wide range of things.
The cards are not too thin and not too thick. So not as thick as let’s say The Wild Unknown, but not paper thin either. They are a little stiff when shuffling at first, but loosen up after a few good shuffles. The stiffness is to be expected, it was a new deck and the cards had not been used before.
As said above in Appearance, there is a short description on the bottom of each card. This makes them easy to read and get to know. It also serves as a good way to spark intuitions on the cards. However, many of the meanings on the bottoms of the cards seem similar. In reading the descriptions in the booklet, they are not so similar. So, this isn’t a huge drawback, but something to remember when reading with this deck.
I draw a personal theme for 2018. The deck seemed to work well in this aspect. It is also very supportive. I don’t know if it would work so well as a predictive deck, like asking “Are we going to get together?” or “Will I win the lottery?”
As for the booklet, it is rather easy to use. The names are in alphabetical order, allowing for quick reference. Each card has two small sections, one on the figure and one on the meaning of the card. This is good in case you don’t know anything about who you drew, but I am a little unsure about some of the descriptions used, which I’ll get into below in Content.
Within the booklet is where most of the content can be found. For example, on who each figure is and the meaning of their cards. Many of the figure descriptions included information on “twin flames.” This is not an idea that I am fond of, nor do I subscribe to myself. Mainly because of the limiting nature of it – you have to be with this person and all other relationships pale in comparison, they are your other half, only together are they truly powerful. Those sorts of things. I’ll probably make an in depth post on it another time.
I’m also weary of potential cultural issues within the deck. For example, the inclusion of a Native American figure is sort of a gray area that must be done with much sensitivity and respect. Also, the working with figures from various cultures maybe with or without sensitivity and respect with cultural context and working within cultural boundaries. To do so can be seen as disrespectful or even be an act of colonization. Let’s assume that the creator, Kyle Gray is being 100% sensitive and respectful in his work, the inclusion of these figures in this deck may lead to people not doing the same because the lack of knowledge and context included with the deck.
The deck also seems very much to operate within the author’s paradigm so people who are not aware of it, like myself, may not get the full context that the author does from the cards. For example, the inclusion of twin flames and the connections there. Also, Horus is identified as the Twin Flame of Isis, which seems counter intuitive to the knowledge I have on the subjects, as Isis was partnered with Osiris, even going so far as to retrieve his body parts and revive him, albeit momentarily.
I’m also not sure if I am 100% fond of some of the figures included, just personally.
The deck is also very “love and light” oriented which may not pair well with people who are not.
The box is nice and study. It is very much in the Hay House style – the same size as many of their other decks, the lid lifts off rather than being a tuck box, etc.
One of my cards was damaged when I opened it. I used the live chat feature on the Hay House website and the customer service representative was quick to respond and helpful. Hay House sent me a replacement card which arrived within a few days through the mail.
Overall, it is a nice and useful deck. There may be some cultural appropriation issues with the deck. And it seems to operate under a belief system specific to the deck creator. But many people will still find it useful.