An exciting new 70 card oracle deck for divination and self-exploration based on the model of loss by Dr. Kübler-Ross and inspired by the Mantegna Tarot and the European practice of burning witches to save their immortal souls.
The cards are designed to explore the darker aspects of ourselves and to make us reflect on our choices and actions.
The structure of the deck differs from a traditional Tarot, but the illustrations, keywords and symbols on the cards, make them easy to use intuitively in a similar way to the traditional Tarot and other divination systems.
PVRGATORIVM (The Vs are pronounced as U) is the Catholic version of Hell where the souls are purified in order to move on to Heaven. The fire destroys and transforms. It is a process of spiritual growth albeit a painful one. This is exactly what these cards are intended to do. By examining seemingly dark scenarios you are able to acknowledge your darker sides and shed light. Purgatory is therefore not something to be afraid of but rather something we all must go through (acc. to Catholic belief) in order to transcend to a higher state of being.
The Artwork is inspired by several types of illustrations, popular in the European 'burning times' when men and women accused of witchcraft were burned in order to be 'saved'.
The PVRGATORIVM System
The cards are divided into 10 septenaries that represent the seven stages of loss (shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing and acceptance) multiplied by the ten stages of the human condition (earthly life) and the planets and outer spheres (outer life) as depicted in the Mantegna Tarot. Having knowledge of these systems enhances your pleasure in working with the cards, but is by no means essential to your working with them.
The dramatic themes of purgatory, the witches and the demons serve as an allegory to explain the painful yet healing process from the state of shock to the state of acceptance.
Even though PVRGATORIVM is not a Tarot-based system, it is intended to be worked in the same way. The cards are especially well suited to be used with fixed spreads.
- The deck will consist of 70 cards
- Printed on 350gsm linen cardstock
- Matte finish to compliment the traditional look and feel of the illustrations
- 2 piece simple rigid lidded box
- A small illustrated guidebook with short descriptions and suggestions on how to use the deck.
- Comes with drawstring carry bag
- Comes with rosary beads