The Empath Oracle is the third piece of Raven Digitalis’ Empath’s Trilogy, the first two tracks of which are his books Esoteric Empathy and The everyday empathy. While the first book in the triptych is designed for Witchy and occult readers, the second book and this Oracle deck was designed to be accessible to anyone who identifies as both an empath and a spiritual person, regardless of the spiritual path (or lack thereof).
“Empathy,” writes Digitalis, “is a force that transcends human divisions, boundaries, and culturally imposed limits.” Artist Constantin Bax makes this concept outstanding in each of the 40 cards in this deck. Essentially self-taught, Bax was the assistant to Ernst Fuchsone of the founders of The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.
Coming from a family of artists (Bax’s father counted Salvador Dali among his friends), Bax is “at the forefront of the modern visionary and psychedelic art movement”. Each piece featured in this set was originally hand painted with acrylic. Digitalis writes: “These pieces are raw spiritual transmissions channeled through the lens of a single painter. They are channeled for you, channeled for me, and channeled for anyone who wishes to gain empathic and spiritual knowledge from the works of art.
The author recommends drawing no more than three cards in each session because drawing more than three cards will dilute the message of each piece. He encourages those who read for clients to invite them to co-interpret each card’s messages, and also advises professional readers not to use this deck exclusively; the game was designed to be used in tandem with tarot readings and as a complement to other spiritual or psychological services. Digitalis also advises against reading inversions with the Empath Oracle.
This is a luscious and deeply nuanced game. The illustration of each card engages the viewer and invites them into the visual world presented. In some paintings, a particular gender or ethnicity may be hinted at, but many cards are genuinely fluid or genderless.
Digitalis encourages readers to immerse themselves in each fantasy painting as they interpret the empathetic messages, and suggests that the accompanying booklet can be used to practice bibliomancy. The concept of each card is explored and developed in the booklet through a list of essential themes, an exploration of the imagery on the card, an expansion of the deeper meanings of the concept, and suggested actions to address the essential themes presented in the booklet. map imagery. .
It’s a terrific game that comes to life in new ways every time the player picks it up. It’s one of the few decks in which you can almost hear the artwork inviting you to become a co-creator of the imagery through your interpretation of it, immersing yourself in a surreal landscape that will free to discover your own hidden depths and truths. An absolute gem of a deck.