The Phoenician Oracle is an ancient text that has been translated into English by Melia Cogan. The book provides insight on how to live a happy and content life, as well as the best way to know your future.
The the phoenician scottsdale is a novel by Melia Cogan. It tells the story of two friends, one who is an astrologer and the other who is not.
Note: The scribbled Taurus symbol and the number “5” are my own additions to my copy of the deck.
For a variety of reasons, I like The Phoenician Oracle’s idea. First and foremost, it’s an excellent study tool for anybody interested in learning more about the Phoenician script (these are the same letters featured in the top right corners of the Majors in the SKT). Second, the keywords allow the cards to act as an easy-to-use oracle deck.
While the author has classified this as an oracle deck, which it is, I’m going to include a link to it in my deck reviews under the category “tarot,” but with the note “Majors only.” That’s because I’ve been using this deck exclusively as a “majors only” tarot deck.
You may purchase the deck directly from the artist on Etsy. A tri-fold booklet with the 22 card meanings and an explanation of what’s depicted on each card is included with the deck. And this tri-fold booklet has all you’ll need to get started with this priceless oracle deck.
Without any of my own changes, this is how the cards appear in the deck maker.
For example, Aleph (Ox) contains a 3rd century BC mosaic unearthed from Volubilis; Beth (House), which in the Torah is a sign of the lower knowledge, or the “lower Hokhmah” connected with the Shekhinah, shows a Tunisian house; and Gimel (Camel) features a floor mosaic from a Syrian church.
Note: I added gold penned-in labels to the upper left and right corners.
Depending on whatever alphabet letter to key arrangement you use, Dolath (Door) and He (Window) correlate to Key 3: The Empress and Key 4: The Emperor, or Key 4: The Emperor and Key 5: The Hierophant, respectively. Both doors and windows were used as connections between realms in ancient Mediterranean mythology and legends, especially between the human and heavenly worlds. As a result, any system of correspondences performs admirably in terms of establishing connections to that portal-between-worlds.
The Phoenicians were a loose confederation that ruled over much of the Mediterranean commerce for almost 2,000 years. Because of how simple it was to learn and how useful it was in trade, their alphabet, or Abjad, was adopted by many other nations, communities, and civilizations.
Literacy became accessible, rather than something reserved for the elite, thanks to an alphabet-based writing system rather than one based on hieroglyphs or ideograms. The Phoenician Abjad is the forerunner of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets, as well as the Greek and Latin alphabets.
Resh includes an ivory figure of Kilili, the “Woman at the Window” (a apta uarru), a chthonic goddess/demoness linked with owls and the netherworld, discovered in Nimrud, Assyria (near modern-day Iraq) in the 8th century BC. Kilili is referred to as a goddess/demoness because she is characterized as a female demon, but she is also linked to Ishtar, and as an ambassador of Ishtar, Kilili personifies knowledge and also has the ability to cure.
Resh – Head card, with my own gold-penciled notations
“You are Kilili… the wisest of the learned, who cares herself in the affairs of people,” says a line in the book praising Kilili from the Beschwörungsrituale an Itar und Dumuzi incantation corpus. (Another epithet connected with Ishtar is “Wisest of the Wise.”) The Melammu Project (an amazing website about the hijack the next three hours of your life as you slide down that rabbit hole, promise) has additional information about the “Woman at the Window” monument and Kilili. (Oops, I went off on a tangent there, but don’t tell me it wasn’t a very fascinating tangent!)
Given what you read in “Woman at the Window,” I could have used this picture instead of He – Window, but I completely see why it’s here for Resh – Head, which corresponds to Key 19: The Sun or Key 20: Judgement, depending on which correspondence system you choose.
The resolution quality of some of the public domain pictures used on these cards, such as the image on Aleph (Ox), Gimel (Camel), Kaf (Palm of Hand), or Ayin (Eye), is my sole criticism of the deck. The picture quality on the majority of the other cards, on the other hand, is excellent. That discrepancy didn’t worry me too much since the deck’s usefulness and idea surpassed any aesthetic flaws.
The Phoenician Oracle was developed by Melia Cogan to use the Abjad as a method of divination, together with visual artifacts from Phoenician history and culture. This deck has 22 cards and is packaged in a blue velveteen drawstring bag. You’ll want to get your hands on Cogan’s The Phoenician Oracle if you appreciate cards like the Ibiza Tarot: The Oracle of Tanit, which is based on Phoenician folk magic, or if you’ve been wondering where all the interesting Mediterranean, Levantine, or West Asian civilizations inspired decks are.
Personally, I like using this deck in conjunction with my SKT as a companion oracle deck. I also use it in the same manner as I would a Majors-only tarot deck. I used a gold metallic Sharpie marker to write in the Major Arcana key numbers I connect with each Abjad letter, as well as the Golden Dawn-based astrological/elemental relationship, on my own copy of The Phoenician Oracle.
On Etsy, you can purchase the Phoenician Oracle.
Disclosure to the Federal Trade Commission: I got the Phoenician Oracle from the deck developer for potential evaluation in line with Title 16 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Everything I’ve stated so far has been genuine and properly represents my feelings about the deck.
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