The Botanical Inspirations deck published by U.S. Games is one of the most exquisite botanicals inspired decks I’ve ever come across, and from these photos, I’m so sure you’ll agree. How lovely of a hostess gift would this be for that loved one cooking Easter Sunday dinner for you! Or a gift for celebrating the upcoming Beltane?
Botanical Inspirations is created by Lynn Araujo and the artwork is from the portfolio of painter and botanist Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759 – 1840). The copyright page of the guidebook notes Nora Paskaleva as the designer of the deck. What I love most, though, is the rich content contained in this beautiful box.
The cards not only work as an oracle deck for divination, but also teach you the secret language of flowers, learning the symbolic and magical properties of each flower. A fold-out quick reference sheet provides easy-access information about the flower correspondences.
For example, apple blossoms symbolize choices, knowledge, and illumination. Daffodils symbolize new beginnings. Red roses represent secrets. When sending a good friend of yours a thank you gift to express your gratitude, consider tulips.
There is a total of 44 cards in this deck and on each card is featured the name of the flower in both English and its Latin nomenclature. what the flower symbolized during the Victorian Era, and a prophetic, inspirational quote that expresses the energy potential of the card. They’re great for your daily card-of-the-day draws and for divining motivational daily messages.
The accompanying guidebook is a wealth of information, providing history, lore, legend, and the religious or spiritual practices relating to each botanical. The entry for each card also comes with an inspirational message.
Although I didn’t find the card backs particularly creative, they work with the general utility of the cards. The deck is a great resource for understanding floral language and how to use botanicals in your spiritual practices. I learned so much from this card deck I don’t even know where to begin. I love how much reference material is provided in this simple gift set.
The set also comes with a tulle drawstring bag. Altogether, an incredible gift idea for anyone who loves flowers, gardening, or wants to better understand how to incorporate flower correspondences into their spiritual practices. For example, from this deck, you can learn that using dried amaryllis petals will help amplify the strength of craft for achievements with creative projects. The petals of crocus might help bring greater cheer and joy into one’s life. Use false indigo to increase intuition.
The cards can also be use for divination, such as divining what energies are needed to support success in a specific matter. They’re great oracle cards to pull from for daily card draws to tap in to prevailing themes.
The packaging quality here is exemplary. I don’t have a single complaint about the quality of this deck. It’s absolutely beautiful. There’s also a soft, mainstream sensitivity to these inspiration cards, so they make a great gift for anybody, even those who don’t incorporate cartomancy in any way into their lives.
For the friend who loves flowers, who is a gardener, who grows roses in her yard, or anyone who is fascinated by the secret language of flowers, the Botanical Inspirations deck by Lynn Araujo is the perfect gift this spring.
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