Animal Allies Oracle Deck

Today, in the post, I received a present from past Helen, a beautiful, inspiring oracle deck.  From the early days of Jessica Swift’s animal paintings I have longed for one, or all, of them.  They are amazing pieces of art which she is now selling as originals and as prints.  But even better, she is selling them as oracle cards.

Even if you don’t use oracle or tarot cards, the decks are a great way to own a lot of art work but not have to find space for it all.  And somehow, this deck feels like it’s more personal.  As I’ve followed Jessica’s blog and developments, I’ve seen her paintings grow from a small daily project to get some art in each day with a new born to become an entire oracle deck.

They arrived in pretty packaging and my moment of “oh helen what have you accidentally bought and forgotten now” was soon replaced by delight as I got the deck open and started to see the cards.  You can buy the deck from Jessica’s website along with prints and original paintings.

And those astute readers will probably already have guessed, but this will mean some more animal spirit posts!  There’s a lot of duplicate between the animal allies deck and the wild unknown and animal dreaming decks so I’m only going to look at the different cards.  And that includes the amazing armadillo, the captivating crab and the smelly skunk.  Stay tuned!

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Spirit Cats Oracle Deck

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My deck interview: Top – Trust, Middle Left – Unique, Middle Right – Intuition, Bottom Left – Connection, Bottom Right – Seeker

Another new deck!  This time it’s the long awaited Spirit Cats Oracle Deck from Nicole Piar through Kickstarter.

This 48 cat themed deck is made up of gorgeous, high quality square cards which each feature a different cat on one side and a key word and information about the cat on the other side.  Each cat has their own name and the information tells you about their personality.  The detailed healing message means that this would be a nice deck for someone who is new to oracle cards or divination.

They are beautiful little works of art with dreamy, mystical images.

You can find out more about the creation of the deck over on Little Red Tarot.  I love the way they revealed themselves to Nicole, starting off as a small daily practice.

The kickstarter package I chose also included the small wooden token in the middle of the photo.

As with the lumina tarot, I did a new deck interview:

Your most important characteristic

Trust, Safi (card, cat name)- Whilst this card is about trust, it’s also about safety and light in the darkness.  Trust the path, trust your intuition, trust that the light will be there.

Your strengths

Unique, Helix – This deck will encourage me to embrace my true self, to be my brilliant self.  To live a twinkling, dazzling life and to encourage others to be themselves.

Your weaknesses

Intuition, Ghostkitten – I need to keep developing my intuition so that I can hear the messages more clearly.

How best can I collaborate with and learn from you?

Connection, Spirit Cats – We need to work together, to see how we are connected to the rest of the universe.  This card reminds me in some ways of temperance; the mixing of elements, strengths etc.

What is the potential outcome of our relationship?

Seeker, Spiral – Working together I will develop my curiosity, I will become a soul searcher, I will get to know and understand myself more fully.

Tree oracle cards (again)

Apologies for any strange formatting issues. Each time I preview the formatting is different despite me making no changes…  I’ve messed around a lot and still can’t figure out what’s going on…

I’m still loving my tree oracle cards!  And despite them all having words on them I’ve found they’ve been revealing deeper meanings as I use them.  Some comes from the context of the picture and thinking about where I took it etc.  Some comes from how it interacts with other cards in the spread (particularly how it sits alongside tarot cards in my dual deck readings).

Anyway, I have started putting together a little guide and thought I’d share some of it here as well as ask for feedback and ideas for cards which are holding back on me.

A couple of the cards I’d like to hear feedback on in particular are:

a fork in the path
Which direction should you take? Does it matter? Both paths actually lead to the same place
dreams
Be careful not to squash dreams that aren’t fully formed, they are fragile, let them develop
perseverance
It takes time to achieve your goals, perseverance can help you to thrive against the odds
shadows
Things are often not black and white, explore the greyscale. Perspective and context are important to understanding confusing and unclear situations
the future
The future is delicate and there is not just one possible future.
the past
The past can imprison us as well as protect us

Meet my tarot decks!

So, to add some light relief, I thought I’d talk about my tarot decks. Especially as I’ve just got a couple of new ones!!

The wild unknown 

This was my first deck. Their beauty probably drew me into tarot, or at least tipped me from vaguely interested to reading cards myself. They are works of art which fit in your hands. This is my most used deck and the one I’m most familiar with.

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They’re in their final print run and you can get them from Little Red Tarot if you’re in the UK along with the book which I highly recommend.  If you are just getting to know your wild unknown deck or want to see someone else’s interpretation, check out Carrie Mallon’s blog.  She’s done a whole series with a post for each wild unknown card and it’s really interesting.

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From the creators of the wild unknown, there is also an animal spirit deck which I’m very much lusting after.  Once again, the images are so beautiful.  I’d really like a tattoo in the style of these cards and they have a tattoo karma fund which I think is an awesome idea.

Fiery Wands Tarot

This is a mini deck to take with me when I go out for readings. It came wrapped in beautiful fabric and in addition to the mini deck, I also got a couple of single, larger cards.  I really liked that I could do that as there are some cards which I find useful to have propped up around the house at times and using the ones from a deck means I have to remember to put them back in when I do a reading!

Tree oracle cards

Designed using my photos, I had these cards printed myself. I’ve talked about them more over on unlocking images but they’re a nice compliment to my tarot cards and I’ve been using them with a tarot deck for readings.

Pagan Cat Tarot

I bought these for Susannah Conway’s course which I’m really excited about (starts next week!) but would probably have picked them up anyway at some point cos cats!

Rider Waite Smith Tarot

I also bought these for Susannah Conway’s course.  They’re ok.  They are probably not a deck I’d have bought otherwise.  They’re ok. Sad story, despite creating the images for such a popular tarot deck, the artist Pamela Colman Smith died penniless and other than the cards, experienced a lot of rejection for her works.

Medicine cards

I don’t use these often. It tends to be for bigger things like when I was looking to retire and more recently when I was looking at my post retirement life. I love the images on them and the book gives very detailed information about each card.

What decks do you have?  I love seeing images of tarot cards, they’re so often such wonderful little pieces of art.