Whilst I’m carrying out a Tarot reading, I often like to refer to oracle cards in order to offer further clarity, advice, and guidance for both the querent and myself as the reader. Though there are many divination decks on the market, I often like to look for something a little different, and dare I say it – a little less ‘mass market’… I find readings to be far more personal if I personally relate to and enjoy working with the cards that I’m using, thus was elated when Avec La Vie AKA Rebecca Lefebvre kindly agreed to send her beautiful collection of oracle decks (The Fauna Inspiration Illumination Cards, Flora Healing Restorative Cards, and the Fantastic Being Manifestation Cards) all the way from the USA for me to read with and to review.
About Avec La Vie
Over the past twenty-five years Rebecca Lefebvre has worked with homeless mothers, premature infants, and individuals who’ve been dealt with unexpected hard realities (such as adults with complex illnesses, along with small, medium and large organisations undergoing significant change). In honour of the determination and bravery of those individuals, teams, and organisations, Rebecca made a promise to share the wisdom and knowledge that she had gained in order to inspire others as they stepped forwards and mustered the courage to be present within their own lives.
Rebecca explains that she uses nature as a metaphor and writes to encourage contemplation and to inspire presence in life, thus in 2014 she founded ‘Avec La Vie’ in order to offer tools, skills, and knowledge to those searching for mentorship and guidance. Rebecca’s goal was to encourage individuals to reconsider their stories, to reshape their lives, and to take responsibility for their choices in order to find genuine connection and healing for personal and professional growth.
Rebecca has since created a collection of contemplative, nature-inspired decks (The Fauna Inspiration Illumination Cards, Flora Healing Restorative Cards, and the Fantastic Being Manifestation Cards) and she has written and created numerous blogs, books, and contemplative tools to inspire and to encourage others to live consciously and purposefully.
Perfect Presentation Boxes
Arriving well protected and packaged, once unboxed Avec La Vie’s Oracle Collection is beautifully gift wrapped in tissue paper.
The Fauna Inspiration Illumination Cards, Flora Healing Restorative Cards, and the Fantastic Being Manifestation Cards are presented in three separate, diagonally cut, sturdy cardboard presentation boxes, each featuring Phoebe Hunt’s incredible illustrations and watercolour artwork taken directly from the decks.
I particularly like how these boxes are designed to double up as presentation, storage and selection boxes making for easy access and use of these decks, thus encouraging more regular reading and reflection.
The Fauna, Flora and Fantastic decks each include fifty-seven oracle cards (and one title card) featuring full-colour images on the front of the card, and inspiring messages on the back. The 4.5″ x 2.75″ cards are made with paper certified by the Rainforest Alliance for FSC® Standards and contain at least 30% post-consumer waste recycled fibre and meet the EPA guidelines for recycled content papers.
Due to their paper-matt-style finish, the Fauna, Flora, and Fantastic decks are super simple to shuffle and feel incredibly tactile to work work.
The Fauna Inspiration Illumination Cards
Featuring illustration from Phoebe Hunt, the Fauna Inspiration Illumination Cards include imagery of animals as guides and a wealth of information (including elemental symbology) to aid contemplation and personal exploration. This fifty-seven card deck introduces the concept of contemplation through conscious awareness of your personal values and life plans. This illuminating deck is ideal for those seeking personal exploration and searching for a stronger connection to nature and the world around them.
The Flora Healing Restorative Cards
Ideal for those who are ready and willing to address their issues, patterns, routines, and roles within life – the Flora Healing Restorative Cards are a nature-inspired oracle deck featuring fifty-seven different flowers and plants, each of which is beautifully illustrated and painted by Phoebe Hunt featuring informative guidance, information and support on the back of the card including the full name of each plant/ flower and an elemental symbol to aid reflection and contemplation.
The Flora Healing deck includes questions and prompts in order to aid readers and querents to reflect, reconcile and reconnect to aid self-healing.
Fantastic Being Manifestation Cards
Following illumination and restoration, the Fantastic Being Manifestation Cards offers encouragement to aid manifestation and transformation. This beautiful fifty-seven card deck includes awesome, abstract style artwork along with elemental symbology, informative guidance, and support to aid provide a more succinct reading. This delightful deck is filled to the brim with positive affirmations and encouraging sentiments to ignite your heart and kick-start your projectivity.
Reading With Avec La Vie’s Oracle Decks
Having spent the past week or so working with Avec La Vie’s incredible and intricate oracle decks, I can confirm that I have fallen completely head over heels for the Flora, Fauna, and Fantastic Being decks as they truly are the most exquisite, elegant, delicate, and delightful decks that I have ever worked with. The artistry, the messages, the quality, the feel, and everything about these decks are so special I just cannot express how dazzled, impressed and rather overwhelmed I am by their charm and beauty.
Rebecca explains that the Flora, Fauna, and Fantastic Being decks were developed and designed to aid intuitive wisdom, to encourage exploration of the things that make you unique, and to offer prompts for introspection and reflection either with yourself or those you love. Most importantly, these cards should be made your own as these are ‘your tools’ and the journey is unique to you. I certainly have made these cards my own by combining them with a range of other Tarot and oracle decks that I regularly use during readings to gain further insight and to offer more detailed readings.
Each of the cards features detailed drawings and artistry inspired by nature, along with an explanation and guidance for readers. Avec La Vie has also included the five elements (air, fire, water, earth, and essence) as a symbol at the base of each card for further contemplative reading.
Whilst the Fauna, Flora, and Fantastic Being decks may be used individually, they may also be used together. They are designed to explore three stages of change (contemplation, healing and transformation) and there is no right way or wrong to use these decks. I personally have chosen to keep the decks separate rather than combining them and have used one or two cards to compliment and to add further clarity and guidance to my Tarot readings.
Taking A Closer Look At Avec La Vie’s Decks
Purchasing & Pricing Information
The Fauna, Flora, and Fantastic Being Oracle Cards are available to purchase online directly from Avec La Vie either as a collection (priced at $110) or they can be purchased separately for $39.95 each. Avec La Vie also offers mini versions of these delightful decks which can be purchased as a collection for $65 or as individual decks for $25 each.
Avec La Vie also offers a variety of complementary products including a journal a deck set (for $55), zipper pouches, journals, sketchbooks, children’s books, and numerous workshop opportunities.
Suitable for readers of any level, Avec La Vie’s Fauna Inspiration, Flora Healing, and Fantastic Being oracle decks are three of the most intricately illustrated, gracefully crafted, and beautifully presented decks I have ever come across. These incredible nature-inspired decks are the ideal tool for those wishing to explore the three stages of change; contemplation, healing, and transformation.
Avec La Vie’s beautiful decks feel, and simply are exquisite in design, style, and craftsmanship. From the moment that they arrived, they instantly became three of my all-time favourite oracle decks and will remain close to hand on my desk for my regular readings. I cannot express just how much I love these cards, they are just so special thus I cannot recommend Avec La Vie’s delightful decks enough.
For further information upon The Fauna Inspiration, Flora Healing, and Fantastic Being or alternative decks and products from Avec La Vie visit www.aveclavie.com
Disclosure: I was sent the above products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.