Inspired by the Emerald Tablets and the wisdom of Ma’at, Jennifer Sodini’s Amenti Oracle: Living with a Feather Heart deck and book set is a wondrous modern vision of ancient lore. The illustrations are beautifully done by Natalee Miller.
The product design is both whimsical and mystical– a matte magnetic flap clamshell box with a velveteen setting inside where a tuck box of the cards fits perfectly. Then you’ve got this book that’s somewhere in between hardcover and paper. It’s superb.
The card backs feature reversible balancing scales weighing Ma’at’s feather against a heart. I love the neon thread and silhouette art style here.
The cards themselves tap deeply into the modern goddess movement. The imagery paired with the divinatory captions are crafted specifically for the modern witch, today’s urban shaman, and cosmopolitan priestess.
The namesake of this deck is inspired by the Halls of Amenti referenced in the Emerald Tablets, that space between worlds, that “crystallized codex of consciousness,” as the guidebook tells us. The Amenti Oracle is therefore your sacred tool for navigating the Halls.
There are 42 cards in total, culturally significant to Egyptian lore. They signify the 42 negative and positive confessions, the number of judges in the underworld who oversee the heart-weighing ceremony, and in Kabbalistic numerology, says the guidebook, 42 is the vibrational frequency of love, awakening, understanding, and cooperation. 42 is the nature of Tiferet on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life as the spiritual heart.
One minor critique I have is the slight difficulty I had in looking up cards in the companion guidebook. In the guidebook, each card is numbered, but the numbers do not appear on the cards. And then in the guidebook, there’s no index listing of all the cards in, say, alphabetical order, or some other easy sorting system, so to find a card entry, I have to flip through all of the pages, back and forth, back and forth, to locate the one I’m looking for.
I love that the cards represent the 42 ideals of Ma’at and are essentially 42 inspiring affirmations to weave in to your modern spiritual practice. I like reading from the book as-is, as a standalone text. I find that the cards are easy enough to use without reliance on its guidebook. So all in all, I feel like it’s a special two-for-one deal. I get a beautiful, heartfelt, informative book and I get an oracle deck.
The cards read beautifully for me. I used them for daily draws over the course of several weeks and find that they give me a sense of grounding and centering. I enjoyed the calm that came over me when I found the time to curl up and read the guidebook cover to cover.
I also really like Sodini’s card spreads. She offers several of them in the guidebook for you to work with and all of them work remarkably well with her deck. I love the page spread of the 42 negative confessions of Ma’at, which are still relevant to our ethical practices today in modernity.
The Millennial Art Deco style of the illustrations restore ancient wisdom to modern-day relevance. The aesthetics here is glamorous, socially and technologically conscious, underscoring bold colors and sacred geometry.
I’m not sure which decks to compare Amenti Oracle to because I don’t have anything like it in my current deck collection! It’s special. It’s bold and fearless. Whip smart, well-executed, and bewitching, this is the oracle deck for the modern mystic.
FTC Disclosure: In accordance with Title 16 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Part 255, “Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising,” I received the Amenti Oracle from the publisher, RP Studio, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group and Running Press, for prospective review. Everything I’ve said here is sincere and accurately reflects my opinion of the deck.