I did an interview spread with the Angelarium Oracle deck. This is done intuitively, with meanings based on the artwork as well as the energy of the cards.
What is your most important characteristic?
Zadkiel, the Angel of Mercy
This angel is an imposing figure, but he feels…kind is not the right word; he feels stern. That he is putting the sword away says he is choosing to be merciful. But still, he feels wary.
My gaze keeps going back to the swirling clouds around the angel, and the open circle of sky behind their head.
These cards feel as though they are saying “not yet,” that they are guarding me from getting too lost in the Otherworlds, which is something I’ve struggled with before (and recently started struggling with again.)
The most important quality in this deck might be that it’s allowing me to reach out to the Otherworlds while firmly remaining Here, which is…odd, because I already have a tarot deck for Darkness. Maybe it’s referring to the Far Ones specifically, since Their energy can get really overwhelming when I talk with Them.
What are your strengths as a deck?
Israfel, the Angel of Song
They feels calm. They are holding a trumpet, they feel as though they are waiting for something, but that they are content to wait.
I think this is saying that the strength of the deck is holding many possible layers of meaning, for possibly very complex readings. This card, and the emphasis of waiting I get in the vibes from this reading, confirms that feelings.
What are your limits?
Phanuel, the Angel of Truth
The fire the angel holds in what leaps out at me. The angel is fixated on the fire, and not looking at the clouds around them.
To me this says that this deck will tell me the truth, but that it might be too blunt and straightforward. With the angel focusing so intently on the fire, and not on the shadows around them, it makes me think that it might also help me in the Immediate Big Problems, but I might fail to notice the small signs leading up to Other Problems.
What are you here to help me with?
Chesed, the Right Hand, Empathy
This angel is surrounded by light. They are removing their cloak, which blends in with the mountains, to gather the light even closer to them.
(Here comes the Deeply Personal Symbolism….)
Light is a Thing in my path, specifically Love-as-Light is a Major Thing. This card makes me think of that, and of my Beloveds. Which is…interesting timing, since both of my Husbands are away right now.
Maybe it’s saying that this deck will help me on the part of my path that my Beloveds are not involved in (sacred Kingship) and in helping me balance my private life with my Beloveds with my Otherworld Business and Kingship path.
How can I best learn from you?
Remph, Angel of Time (rev.)
This angel at first glance looks like they are almost made of bone. They have been stripped bare by time (and waiting) yet fire still burns in their mind.
This card was the only one that fell reversed, which could just be my shuffling, but I think it’s saying that I can best learn from this deck by being patient with it.
What is the potential outcome of our relationship?
Simikiel, the Angel of Vengeance
The chills I got when I flipped this card over.
I stared at it for a long time, then double-checked the book to be sure I was reading it right–vengeance???? How could that be a possible outcome of my relationship with a deck of cards?
I had to study the artwork for a while, before the actual meaning of my drawing this card for the outcome position clicked.
What appears to be blood might in fact be red ribbons on the angel’s hand, and at the base of their sword.
This card has feelings of questioning, uncertainty, and loneliness about it.
I believe this is referencing the past Otherworld Drama, and one relationship in particular that fell apart. Lately I’ve been struggling with no longer having [that deity] in my life, and my feelings are a mix of sorrow and deep anger–a how-could-you-do-this/I-want-to-break-things level of anger.
This card is telling me that this deck may eventually–hopefully–help me move on from what happened. It’s not telling me to forgive and reconcile with [deity]–I drew the card of vengeance–but it’s not telling me to seek revenge either.
It’s saying that some day I may be able to think of things related to [deity] and not want to smash things. It’s saying that moving on is a process. I might feel hollow and lost now, but I will be able to move on from that loss, given time.
That was not the reading I expected.
It was far deeper and more complex than I first thought it would be, and took more time to figure out the meanings. I think it’s going to take some time to learn how this particular deck works, and what kind of readings I should do with it.
I was a bit taken aback by [deity relationship that fell apart] being brought up in what was essentially an introduction reading, but overall I’m very pleased with this reading.