In spite of how popular unicorns are in the New Age, how rich and ancient unicorn lore is and how flooded the market has been in general with unicorn items including clothing & accessories over the past year or so, there are surprisingly few oracle and Tarot decks with a unicorn theme. That is one of the reasons that I immediately pounced on the Oracle of the Unicorns when someone tipped me about it and shared a couple of card images. The artwork instantly appealed to me too, so this was one of those times when the wish list wasn’t an option – I had to have this deck right away and with next day delivery.
The Oracle of the Unicorns by Cordelia Francesca Brabbs is published by Blue Angel. It comes in a sturdy cardboard box with the companion book you see in the image above. If you have other Blue Angel oracle decks, you will know that the cards are quite large, sufficiently sturdy and with a glossy finish. The artwork in this deck is by several different artists and though they differ in style, I don’t feel they clash or jar. The artists are:
Sample Images from the Oracle of the Unicorns
I love the artwork… all of it. Below you can see some sample images of unicorns in the deck. I think it is fab that they do not all look the same because the unicorns appear to us through the lens of our imagination and we are each different.
The polarity card in the middle top row is one of my favourites. The first unicorn to appear to me was white, the second black… and I completely agree with Cordelia Francesca Brabbs about her take on polarity and shadow. We need our shadow and we need to integrate it. Spiritual bypass is not an option with the unicorns. As you can see the Passion card has a fire horse without a horn… There may be wings (I suspect there are!) but we cannot see them. There are pegasoi (plural of pegasus) as well as unicorns in this deck and below you can see three of them.
Personally, I have no problem with the presence of winged horses in a deck called ‘Oracle of the Unicorns.’ Cordelia makes the following statement in the PS. for the introduction to the oracle:
“Yes, I know this should be called ‘Oracle of the Unicorns, Winged Unicorns and Winged Horses with the Guest Appearance by a Cute Fairy Pony’ but there is only so much space on the cover of an oracle deck.”
(Winged unicorns are known as alicorns or pegacorns, by the way.)
I do have two minor complaints even though I love, love, LOVE this deck.
The first is the inclusion of a card that already appears in the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle… (artwork by Selina Fenech)
For me it works better with the meanings and context within the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle (possibly because I’m used to seeing it there already), so I resolved this dilemma by removing the ‘Discernment’ card from the Oracle of the Unicorns. It is now wall art in my office instead – Win-win! Oh, I forgot to mention… There are 44 cards in this deck though mine now has only 43.
The other small complaint is that all the people featured in the cards are white (with one possible exception), young and stunningly beautiful females. I get the natural connection with the Virgin/Maiden archetype but I think there is more room for variety and having different types of people would also make for more variety/possible meanings in readings with this deck.
Most of the card meanings in the companion book cover one page, some a page and a half. There are no reversed card meanings given.
In the guidebook you also find instructions for how to do a daily draw along with a few card spreads, which – to be perfectly honest – I have not even looked at. For me, this is not a deck I would use for spread type readings. I find these cards do make an excellent focus for contemplation as a daily draw though and also work well for further guidance together with my Tarot cards. I love to use this deck together with my Unicorn Tarot, for instance.
I look forward to more Unicorn-themed oracle and Tarot decks in the future – I’m sure there are a few in the pipeline already (let me know if you have heard of any!)… and I’ll make sure to review them all for you here. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy working with this lovely deck.
Unicorn Blissings ✨🦄✨