Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards
For hundreds of years, the alchemy of Rumi’s words have transformed world views and have ultimately changed lives. Rumi’s Gift Oracle Deck is a collection of sixty-six oracle cards (thirty-three image cards and thirty-three cards featuring translations of Rumi’s famous poems).
Ari Honarvar & Carmen Costello
Ari was born into a long line of Persian poets and Rumi lovers. Raised in Shiraz, the city of majestic gardens, love poems, and wine, Ari is a translator, writer, and artist who enjoys blending calligraphy and painting in order to present Persian poetry in a more modern, evocative manner.
Carmen is a self-taught artist, who works around traditional and experimental art techniques in order to adjust, inflect, and twist given forms to produce new imagery.
Ari and Carmen pooled together their talents of translation, calligraphy, and shamanic style painting in order to refine and to produce the radiant ‘Rumi Gift Oracle’.
Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent have a great appreciation for his spiritual legacy which spans for the past seven centuries. Rumi has been described as ‘the most popular poet’ and as ‘the best selling poet’ in the USA. Rumi’s poems have been translated Worldwide into many languages and have been transposed into various formats, including Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards.
Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards arrive beautifully boxed in a sea green, shiny, magnetic-close-box which features beautiful ribbon hinging and a pull tab to open.
Seated inside the box are two cardboard template guides (to keep the cards in place). Whilst these seem a useful idea, they are removable thus move about which can be a little irritating for those wishing to store their cards in the box.
Rumi’s Gift Oracle arrives with a 126-page colour printed guidebook that includes acknowledgements, contents, an introduction, information upon the creative process, a usage guide, suggested layouts, information upon the hu design (featured on the card backs), three pages upon each poem (including a colour copy of the image from the picture cards), and a conclusion.
Rumi’s Gift Oracle includes sixty-six cards in total, thirty-three of which feature Rumi’s translated poetry alongside Persian calligrams/ calligraphy, and the other thirty-three feature stunning, shamanic style paintings to pair with the poems.
These gorgeous, glossy, square-shaped cards feature sea-green card backs with either a black or white ‘Hu design’ logo. The image spelling ‘Hu’ in Farsi is the most sacred sound in Sufism. It is said to represent exhalation or letting go and is also one of the names of God.
Walking Through Rumi’s Gift
I have created a short video walkthrough of Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards in order to provide a more detailed outlook on this deck.
Reading With Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards
I’ve been working with Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards for almost a week now, though I tend to team these cards with my regular Tarot cards in order to gain more insightful, informative readings.
Though I’m a fan of poetry, I much prefer to seek information and intuition from imagery whilst carrying out readings, thus have separated the cards into two different decks.
Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards may be used as either a single deck (combining both the image and poetry cards) or as two separate decks (by separating the image and poetry cards) dependent entirely upon how the reader wishes to use the deck and to carry out readings.
Costello’s artwork is beautiful, bold and brash. I love the bright colours and very much appreciate Carmen’s shamanic style of art which I feel really brings both the poetry and the messages behind these cards to life. Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards may be used in a variety of ways. They are really easy to use, understand, and read thus suitable for all levels of readers.
Purchasing & Pricing Information
Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards have a recommended retail price of £25.51 and are currently available to purchase online via Schiffer for $29.99, or if like myself you are the UK you can get a copy of this deck online via either Gazelle Book Services for £27.99 or (as of June 2021) from Amazon for only £19.06.
To summarise, Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards are a beautiful blend of the past and the present, crafted by combining ancient Persian poetry, calligraphy, and stunning shamanic style artwork. This deck can be used in a variety of ways, whether alone or combined with alternative divination methods and techniques. Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards are a really easy and enjoyable read ideal for those seeking messages, meditative guidance or divinatory direction.
For further information upon Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards or alternative Red Feather/ Schiffer publications visit www.schifferbooks.com
Disclosure: I was sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.