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Mysterious, beckoning, filled with shadows and whispers of ancient magic, Egypt plays an unusual role in the Western psyche. It is both a real place with a historical penchant for magic and mysticism as well as a symbolic place upon which we impose fantastical histories. Egypt gives us knowledge and inspiration. Therefore, we shouldn't be surprised to learn that many divination tools and tarot decks utilize Egyptian themes, styles, and mythology.
Although I want to tell you about several items, one in particular continues to intrigue me. In the Egyptian Scarab Oracle, creator deTraci Regula gives us not only a marvelous divination tool, but an opportunity to share the dream that lead to the creation of the oracle.
Her story is so enchanting:
The Egyptian Scarab Oracle emerged in a very Egyptian way—through a magical dream. One night, after studying ancient Egyptian writings while I was writing The Mysteries of Isis (Llewellyn, 1995), I dreamed I was a young priestess at a huge temple complex dedicated to Isis. It was the night of a festival, so many people from the nearby town and the merchants traveling on the Nile were visiting the temple. Torches and lamps illuminated the pylon gates and cast flickering shadows on the sandy ground surrounding the temple. Inside, hundreds of people were milling around, enjoying the music and dances and other entertainment. My eye was caught by a handsome young foreigner, a trader from far away. He was returning my attention, but I was very shy and I also didn't want to incur the wrath of the priestess in charge of training the young women. She was a striking but stern older woman, disdaining the wigs of the other women and priestesses, choosing to keep her own gray hair and outlining her eyes strongly with kohl. Rumor had it that she had a warm heart, but all the young priestesses were terrified of her. Still, I couldn't help flirting just a little and feeling the strange flush of energy, not unlike what I experienced in temple rites, flood through me when he would return my shy looks with bolder ones of his own.
The Egyptian Scarab Oracle comes with thirty scarabs, each one carved with different Egyptian symbols, such as the Sphinx, Bast, and The Starry Sky of Nut. In addition, a satin pouch is included for storing your scarabs. And, of course, there is the marvelously informative book that discusses divination in ancient Egypt, methods of divining with the scarabs (including three original spreads), and in-depth meanings for each scarab. Although inspired by a dream, the book is also very practical and user-friendly. For each card, you get a general discussion and then specific interpretations for the following areas: love, money, career, family, health, spiritual path, personality type, timing, and location.
For those looking for a blend of Egyptian culture and a traditional Tarot deck, Lo Scarabeo's The Egyptian Tarot kit is just the thing. The book is pretty amazing because it is written by two authors, each taking a different approach. Giordano Berti explores the historical angle of Egypt, divination, and Tarot while Tiberio Gonard presents the esoteric connections. Berti's contribution to this book is based on his recent research on Jean Baptiste Pitois, the French occultist who first postulated the Tarot/Egyptian Magic connection. Meanwhile, Gonard examines the symbolism of Silvana Alasia's paintings, bringing all the fascinating subtleties to light.
Barbara Moore (Saint Paul, MN) has studied and read tarot since the early 1990s. She wrote the bestselling Tarot for Beginners and more than a dozen other books, and she has contributed to many bestselling tarot kits, ...