Yep, I’m still fascinated by tarot. Nope, these posts aren’t stopping any time soon. BUT, today I decided to go a different route, and I experimented with my first oracle deck instead.
An oracle deck is about half the size of a standard tarot deck, and the focus is more straightforward. Instead of asking a specific question, you can pull just one card and consider how it applies to your life in general. Or, you can do a few different layouts. For this reading, I chose a two card crossing, which has one card to represent me, and one card to represent something in my path that I need to be aware of.
In my everyday human life, I work for a non-profit organization that happens to also sell books, and when we got our latest order in, I was surprised that one of the books was completely different than I thought.
When we first ordered The Illustrated Herbiary, I honestly thought it was just a cool, illustrated book about plants. I was not correct, unless you count the fact that there are plants in it. That’s where my correctness ends, though.
In the back of the book is an envelope with a few sheets of oracle cards; just pull those little dudes out, split them apart and voila! Instant oracle deck. The illustrations on the cards match the illustrations throughout the book to make looking up meanings easier, and they are gorgeous. Sadly, I’m the type of person that can’t keep a plant alive, so plants have never interested me very much. At least, until now.
These oracle cards give you perspective based on traditional views of a variety of herbs. At first, I was a little hesitant about using this deck because of my non-spiritual views, but I decided that a.) the pictures were too pretty to pass up and b.) the whole point of tarot is to interpret them for yourself. So, off I went!
Two Card Cross: One Card for Me, One Card for My Challenge
Me: White Sage
White Sage is all about letting go and clearing the way into the future; something that I can relate to. I’ve been working really hard to get myself in order and make plans for my own well-being and dreams, and a big part of that has meant clearing the emotional clutter out of my life. It hasn’t been easy, but I hold on to the hope that it will be worth it.
In My Path: Apple
The Apple is the forbidden fruit; I mean, who doesn’t know the story? In this reading, the apple represents the desire to have something that is perceived as forbidden or unearned. For me, that thing is success.
Synchronicity was hard at work with this drawing! I felt this one. I have been trying to let things go, make a future plan, build my full-time career and my studio, but all the while I feel unworthy. I feel like the one thing standing in my way is historically the one thing that has always stopped me from succeeding. Me.
Does being aware of this issue help me solve it? Maybe so. Maybe I knew already that I’m the one that stands in my own way, and that my own self-doubt has undermined me my whole life. But, using a tool like these oracle cards forces me to bring these doubts to the forefront of my mind and evaluate them again. What am I really afraid of? Why don’t I think I’m worth it? And more importantly, how do I change both of these things? Now I’m off on another journey to figure out the answers to these questions.
Overall, I’m really happy that I bought The Illustrated Herbiary. The book itself is so beautifully writtten and the illustrations are dreamlike. I would definitely encourage you to grab a copy of your own!