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Almost returned this
Reviewed in Canada on May 11, 2020
I almost returned this, but decided to keep it. However to really use this deck I suggest complimenting it with another resource. I don't suggest using this without another resource, and taking this guide book as your only way to read the cards. For one example, this deck says that the Rabbit is afraid of everything, overwhelmed, and frozen. This guidebook says that the Rabbit complains and talks loudly (animals do not complain and are very present orientated), which causes the Eagle to come down and eat it (rabbits are actually very quiet and do not draw attention to themselves). The book is right that the Rabbit keeps fear alive, however it does not acknowledge that a healthy fear is good for all of us (it is out of balance fear that can be damaging) and without that fear the Rabbit would be dead as it is prey for many types of predators. This guidebook book does not acknowledge that the rabbit is alert and on guard because it has so many predators and this is a good thing to protect oneself and be cautious with yourself and whom you let get close. This book does not acknowledge that the rabbit is about quick thinking, strategic (whether digging holes with exit strategies to freezing in the face of danger), and also how the rabbit represents the 28 day cycle of the moon (e.g. the rabbit raise a litter in 28 days to make room for the next) which connects to the cycles of our body with the Earth, rebirth, changes, and growth / fertility. This guidebook is right in encouraging balance, but it also misrepresents the essence of the Rabbit in favor of the negative traits (and this guidebook does the same with some other animals). The overall stance of the Rabbit card is to be in balance and not let fear rule you, to come into inner silence and quiet. However the same message could have been stated while honoring the wisdom of the species and their essence, and not painting them in such a negative light. This guidebook does this with other of the animals as well. I do like the setup of this deck (divided into elements, and incorporating the 7 main charkas), and it does have some good basis for many of the animals (although often narrow minded and ignoring the range of qualities each animal tells us about the wisdom of its species), but I think that this deck should be used side by side with a book such as Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews.