Deck Review: The Universe Has Your Back

 Deck used: The Universe Has Your Back (Gabrielle Bernstein, Hay House)

Deck used: The Universe Has Your Back (Gabrielle Bernstein, Hay House)

When I go on trips, I try to come home with at least one deck—something I can use for my tarot work or for my personal draws, and something to remember a new place by. I had already seen "The Universe Has Your Back" oracle cards everywhere on Instagram (I mean, who hasn't?) but wasn't too keen on joining the bandwagon, because as with the Sacred Creators Oracle, I've never really been one to go for oracle decks with full on sentences on them.

Gabrielle Bernstein is pretty well known in the self-help community—at least this is my impression. I don't really delve into a lot of the books / videos in that side of the woo woo world, but her name is familiar. Prior to "The Universe Has Your Back," I'd seen her other cards, "Miracles Now" pop up every now and again on my feed. An affirmation deck with psychedelic cosmic backgrounds, it didn't really click with me so I never thought of getting it.

 I really like the illustrations and card backs of this deck. The two-piece box is sturdy and fab, and the scratchy pen and ink + watercolor backgrounds and designs by Micaela Ezra are beautiful.

I really like the illustrations and card backs of this deck. The two-piece box is sturdy and fab, and the scratchy pen and ink + watercolor backgrounds and designs by Micaela Ezra are beautiful.

Fast forward to my Canada trip and my visit to The Good Spirit, where I told myself I needed to bring a deck of cards home with me. I spotted "The Universe Has Your Back," and for no particular reason other than I didn't like any of the other decks on display, I took it.

And now that I have it, I'm so glad I did! Kelly Fitzgerald, from The Truth In Story, always says, "Sometimes you just need a hug." And this is exactly what this set of cards delivers—a nice, warm, life-affirming hug. Obvs, affirmations can seem like a huge oversimplification (trust me, I was into The Secret for a good number of years when it first came out, LOL), but sometimes, when you're having a rough time—and many people who seek tarot readings are in the midst of something really difficult—you want someone to remind you that things are going to be okay. This is what this deck does!

 This deck is exactly my style! I love the splotchy watercolor, the handwriting, and the color palette… super deserving of the heart eyes emoji! 

This deck is exactly my style! I love the splotchy watercolor, the handwriting, and the color palette… super deserving of the heart eyes emoji! 

This is not to say that this deck doesn't go into the dark stuff every now and then. It doesn't shy away from topics like fear and insecurity, limitations and boundaries. It's not always saccharine, but it does attempt to turn things around and help you see the light. Gabrielle Bernstein actually wrote a Universe Has Your Back book, with the tagline "Transform fear to faith." And I get it—these cards are there to help you shift perspectives, not have you believe that everything's peachy keen 24/7.

I like capping off readings with a pull from this deck. If you've ever popped in for an email reading with me, this has been my deck of choice since I came back home last July.

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And because I love mixing and matching decks, here are a couple of decks that I think go perfectly with "The Universe Has Your Back." Aesthetically, this oracle deck transcends a lot of styles, from the simple and minimalist drawings of the Mesquite Tarot, to the pastel new age goodness of the Starchild Tarot, and (gotta mention this) to the 90s collages of my Practical Magic Starter Deck.

For all these reasons, I would have to say that this one was definitely a good buy. I find it trickier to spot oracle decks that really stick with me and are flexible enough to work with different tarot decks, so the fact that I've been using this deck for the last eight weeks straight is a great sign!