Oracle of the Radiant Sun

Astrology is hard. You must know SO much! It’s work. However, thanks to the “Oracle of the Radiant Sun” by Caroline Smith and John Astrop the subject seems much more manageable.

After reading the 144-page, paperback book that comes with the deck I almost feel like I understand astrology. The companion book shows the symbols for astrological signs and planets and qualities associated with the Houses, planets, and signs (an important chart in the book). Like most companion books for oracle/tarot decks each card is given its own section with detailed description and meaning.

The deck consists of 84 beautifully illustrated cards that describe the meaning of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the 12 houses and 12 signs of astrology. “Oracle of the Radiant Sun” uses Horary astrology, which means it does not use the outer planets Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto (although these days Pluto isn’t a planet). They offer a Sun Year reading, an astrology version of your year overview divination. The star of the show, in my opinion, is the Horary reading. You deal the cards out like the Sun Year, but then turn over only the cards covering the house positions that relate to your question. I told you those charts were important!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one problem. In the past I have extolled upon the high quality of Schiffer Publishing/Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit. The quality of their boxes and companion books have always been top notch. With the “Oracle of the Radiant Sun” however, the packaging is excellent, the companion book is wonderful, the cards, though beautiful, are printed on a noticeably flimsy card stock. I’m not sure of the reasoning for this, but it is noticeable, even to my non-tarot reading husband.

If you can overlook the card stock issue, you’ll find “Oracle of the Radiant Sun” to be an interesting and fun addition to your tarot collection.

You can learn more here.