Women’s Empowerment and Divination: Comparison of Goddess Guidance and Divine Feminism Oracle Decks

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Last year, I purchased Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Oracle deck (GGO). Since then, I have done a few posts about it and occasionally a reading. It wasn’t long after that I made the decision to replace it with The Divine Feminine Oracle (DFO) deck by Meggan Watterson. While the cards I drew from the GGO resonated with me for those situations, I still felt put off by the guidebook. Even when I stopped bringing the book out altogether and started diving straight into my own research, there felt like this wall in between me and the deck.

The Back Story

I bought the GGO (and then decided to buy DFO) because for most of my life I haven’t had many positive female influences. The women who raised me were all powerful in certain ways, but very dysfunctional. Some were very much not who I should have looked up to as role models for how to function in relationships or even how to interact with my self. Through ancestor work and my love of learning about different cultures, I wanted a deck focused on feminine energy with deities, archetypes, and heroes that could help me grow in places that were neglected. Obviously, this is why I was so disappointed in how GGO handled introducing the strong female identities.

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Becoming: Bouyed

From Becoming by Michelle Obama: “I tried not to feel intimidated when classroom conversation was dominated by male students, which it often was. Hearing them, I realized they weren’t at all smarter than the rest of us. They were simply emboldened, floating on an ancient tide of superiority, buoyed by the fact that history had never told them anything different.”

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Growing up, I never had somebody tell me that I was “just as good” as the boys or even take the time to warn me about the subtle (and not so subtle) forms of oppression and discrimination that I might face.

Boys are told by both their fathers AND mothers that they run the world. Meanwhile so many of us girls are barely propped up by the women in our own families to challenge the status quo. More often than not it’s these same women who dissuade girls from speaking up and stepping out. It’s really not that bad, right? You won’t have to work. You’ll have your dream home and family. You won’t ever have to worry about making a decision.