"Dark Magick Oracle" deck review
Last Updated: July 25, 2023
The “Dark Magick” oracle deck is released in August 2023 in the UK. Created by Fiona Horne, a witch who influenced my own teen years, I was super excited to get this shadow work deck. Each card image by artist Jes Abella has been curated to show the different human emotions and experiences that happen through the day-to-day of every witch every where, creating an ethereally dark collection of emotive expressionism through surreal art. It is Fiona’s hope that this deck is used to bring about exploration of the darker aspects of self, and illuminate personal evolution. The purpose of this deck would be to use it as a tool for guidance with inner child work, and each card has either a spell or ritual to help with a healing journey. But I have a LOT to say about this…
What's In The Box?
Guidebook: Yes, over 150 pages including card spreads, how to use the cards, and what each card provides not only in message but in reflective questions, daily rituals and spells too.
Artwork: Dark, emotive, surreal work by Jes Abella
Total Cards: 36 cards
Inclusivity: The artwork is inclusive of POC and of varying genders, with an authors note to support the community through efforts of support LGBTQUIA+ through language choice and concepts.
Environmental Impact: TBC; Printed & Bound in China. (No charitable mentions) HOWEVER the deck does come with a free digital app, to encourage further practice
Unique Deck Points: This deck has gorgeous artwork that makes me think of the Somnia tarot, so if you have that tarot deck, using this deck alongside it is a perfect supporting council. The themes are very heavy, and that’s not what you usually find with oracle decks (who have a reputation of being the “love and light” decks in Cartomancy).
Downside of the Deck
This deck does not come with a strong enough trigger warning, albeit there’s a small “How to Use This Deck” summary at the beginning. Some of the artwork that I have shown to others (who have said so themselves unprompted) can be hard to look at. Unless you are physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to dig deep and deeply dive into your psyche (and with all shadow work, if you have a history of mental health issues then seek the advice of a medical professional) then maybe take a breather before picking up this deck. Examples of what I mean would be the cards like “Masked“, “Consent” or “Evolve“. It’s also written to include themes for inner child work, yet without trying to censor here, some of these themes are too mature for younger teenagers – so I feel that this should be more towards the adults with inner teen healing, versus aiming at young adults healing their inner child.
My Favourite Card
“Collective” really stuck out for me in my first personal reading, and it came when I had been researching the Morrigan for the podcast – I’d actually misread the words on the cards to say “Trust the Goddess in Others” and I was still here for it. This card is giving you the nudge to go and trust your community, your neighbours, and your people again, and how it is ok to give yourself permission to accept help. The artwork is an inspiring reminder of the divine feminine, warrior power can come from within but we are all connected as a collective. I found that when I looked at each card and its meaning, there was a lot more than what met the eye. There was depth to be found in almost every image, and new messages for me that I could take away.
Why I Love This Deck
I love anything that goes against the norm, and the general acceptance that all oracle cards gotta be sweet and soft can get in the bin because this deck packs power. The rituals are swift and accessible, and I really liked the Elemental meditation. The daily practices are cool, and the card meanings are concise yet packed with supportive detail.
I feel that those who would love this deck are those who are invested in healing generational trauma, who are needing deep compassion for themselves in a past/present/future context. Let your teen witch feel and process in a safer container that you create for yourself. Those who are involved in witchcraft and spiritual practices, especially those who refuse to be scared of the dark and discomfort, will really appreciate this deck. It is for those ready to dive deep into their personal healing process – on an individual level, as well as how it affects our collective environment. This deck is not for everyone, but if you are looking to delve deeper into your shadow work; The “Dark Magick Oracle” can make a great addition for this purpose.
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Thank you for reading my super honest review! Until next time xox
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