Top positive review
Love the artwork, easy to read. Note: oracle cards are NOT tarot.
Reviewed in Canada on February 18, 2015
The artwork is beautiful, and I find the cards very intuitive and easy to read. The book is helpful when I need it, but I usually don't need it.
I want to take a minute to mention that this is an ORACLE deck, and oracle cards are a completely different thing from tarot. Keep that in mind when shopping for cards. (I see a lot of people leaving disappointed reviews because it's not what they expected, because they expected tarot. It clearly says it's an oracle deck, so I get annoyed when people complain about that. That's like buying ice cream that's clearly labelled as vanilla, and then complaining that it's not chocolate. If you don't like oracle systems, that's cool, but it IS clearly labelled. Know what you're buying.)
One of the key differences is that oracles are meant to be intuitive; ideally you shouldn't need the book at all. So comments like "the meanings are too general" are missing the point. When you get your new deck, go through the cards one at a time. Look at each card and see what it says to YOU. If you're not sure about a card, put it aside and come back to it later. If you're still not sure after a second pass, check the book for ideas, but remember that you're not limited to what the book says; it's only meant to give you a general starting point. If you prefer more structure, with cards having specific meanings, then tarot would be more your thing.
Anyway, back to my review. At first I tried to riffle shuffle them, and that doesn't work with these. Don't riffle. I recommend googling "how to shuffle tarot and oracle cards"; there are many helpful youtube videos that demonstrate a variety of gentler shuffling methods. It's not a matter of quality; a lot of oracle and tarot decks can't be riffled due to the size, weight, and material of the cards, so this is pretty much par for the course. I've had them for about a month, and they seem to be good quality.
As a final note, I'm kind of uncomfortable with the use of indigenous imagery, and this deck has a couple cards of that nature. Just an fyi if you care about that sort of thing. I've seen some other decks that I would not be comfortable using at all, but this deck I'm okay with, although my feelings are borderline. If you want to look them up with google image search, the cards in question are Shaman, Eagle, and Dance.