What do you do when the world is on Lockdown, and you’re only allowed one trip to the shop a week and an hour a day of outdoor exercise in a public place?
I started creating some oracle cards just for fun, and slowly they evolved into a colourful set of empowering prompts, which happen to reflect the challenging times we are all currently experiencing.
And hey presto, the Powerful Me Oracle deck was born.
This deck is exclusively available on my Patreon in digital format only.
Each month I will post 4 postcards and 9 oracle cards (see pic above) until a minimum of 36 cards have been created.
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You will need to select the Study tier at $3.33 in order to access the oracle cards, and they will only be available at this tier for one month only or until the new set of 9 oracle cards is being published.
Now is the perfect time to get creative and print your own oracle deck and fabulous greeting cards.
Use them for your journal, altar or sacred space – print them as a gift, send a postcard to a friend or loved one as an encouraging message…
Simply print on photo quality paper and cut to size with a craft knife and metal ruler.
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Combining tarot and oracle cards in a reading can offer you a fresh and innovative approach to divination.
There are no rules except experiment and use your imagination.
For that reason combining tarot and oracle cards can be confusing at first, so I’ve come up with some ideas on how to get started.
Take a look at the following image. How would you interpret the cards to answer the question?
While the tarot card in the centre offers you an overall theme or direction, the two cards of the oracle deck focus on specifics.
Sometimes it is the clarity and succinctness of the oracle that can help you pinpoint the true heart of the matter.
It can offer straightforward and immediate empowerment, something you can act upon straight away.
Instead of Help you could have drawn the Six of Pentacles from your tarot deck, or the King of Swords instead of Knowledge. Possibilities for interpretation would have increased but also become more vague.
What also works is the complementary artwork of both decks, which can make readings more fluid and coherent.
Here are more examples of tarot and oracle decks that work well together:
1. Rider Waite Smith Tarot – Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand
Can you combine Tarot and Lenormand cards in a reading even though they are totally different systems?
Yes, why not? If you want to learn more about the Lenormand system, check out Cafe Lenormand.
In the meantime, here is a 3-card reading I have done to address a possible career move using Tarot and Lenormand cards together:
Here, the focus is on the Tarot while the Lenormand indicates underlying influences / energies.
The centre card is the heart of the matter surrounded by two energy cards, whereby the card on the right offers an insight into future development / possibilities / direction of this situation.
Eight of Pentacles / Tower: Effort, mastery, a full schedule; being immersed in work. The Tower suggests that the working environment allows advancement, but bureaucracy can be stifling. Timing (Lenormand): 19 days or weeks, so this can be a long-term situation.
Three of Cups / Tree: The total opposite to hard work is having fun and joyful times with people. The need for work-life balance. Reaching out, being social. The Tree suggests that this will maintain health and keep me grounded.
The Star / Child: (Starchild!) Hope, optimism, the future looks bright. The child suggests new beginnings albeit on a small scale. Timing (Lenormand): soon, so there could be some short-term developments that may lead to new opportunities in the future.
Tree – Tower – Child: It is also interesting to look at the Lenormand row separately for additional information.
The combination of Tree and Tower suggests hospital, and funnily enough my part-time work is based in a health service/care environment.
The combination of Tower and Child suggests child welfare, adoption services and teenagers. I’m blown away how much this relates to my work and life (my teenage son lol).
The bigger picture is slowly emerging from this Tarot/Lenormand combination.
2. Morgan Greer Tarot – Chakra Wisdom Oracle
If you would like to combine tarot with chakras, then the Chakra Wisdom Oracle offers a great introduction to chakra balancing and healing.
The spread in the above image is taken from the Chakra Wisdom guidebook and about removing blocks:
What do you perceive as a problem: Empress – Instinct (trusting inner guidance, solitary journey, self-reliance, moving into sovereignty) What is blocking you: Three of Pentacles – Impatience (wishing for quick results, being exhausted by efforts, forcing something, uncooperative people) What would create a breakthrough: Six of Swords – Impartiality (take a step back, detach from emotions, take a break, distraction can offer new perspective) What you must do to create what you desire: Knight of Wands – Insecurity (tackle insecurity by being bold and taking risks; be more confident about your abilities / opportunities)
The tarot cards (Morgan Greer) in this reading point to the how,why and where.
In order to get used to combining tarot and oracle cards, you can try this reading using both decks seperately and see what information would be missing by only using one deck.
3. The Wild Unknown Tarot – Connected & Free Oracle
The Cosmic Tarot deck by German artist Norbert Lösche isn’t a new deck; it’s been around since the 1980s and inbetween it was out of print for a while.
But because it’s one of my all time favourites, I felt the urge to write a little review about it, especially now that I’ve bought the companion book for it, too.
My copy of the Cosmic Tarot deck is an F.X. Schmid edition from 1988, and I connect fond memories with it.
It was the era of the cold war slowly coming to an end, my time at uni coming to an end, and New Age topics gaining more interest mainly due to feminist and green/alternative movements.
There was massive change in the air, which is reflected in the cards; the Cosmic Tarot is not a traditional deck.
Although many images bear some resemblance to the RWS (Rider Waite Smith) Tarot and its clones, others depict contemporary scenes and modern symbolism, such as men in suits and yoga poses.
The overall feel of this deck is one of inter-connectedness and the individual’s connection to the cosmos.
We see celestial symbols – the sun, moon and stars – on most of the images, and if not, there is at least a little sparkle somewhere in the scene.
Astrological symbolism based on the Golden Dawn correspondences has also been added, although not consistently on each image, and some is a little misleading.
For example, we see a lion in the background of the Nine of Wands, which can be mistaken for this card to be linked to the zodiac sign Leo. However, the Nine of Wands is linked to Moon in Sagittarius.
In order to make sense of some of the card meanings, it is worthwhile purchasing the companion book.
There is a lot of information on the Major Arcana cards, and each one is explored in relation to the cosmos, the human community and the individual, with keyword meanings as a summary.
The Minor Arcana cards are tackled more briefly, which is a little disappointing, but you will still pick up new insights on each one of them.
It’s important to note that the meanings of some Minor Arcana cards in the Cosmic Tarot differ considerably from the standard RWS deck, which is reflected in the images, so again it does makes sense to buy the companion book.
The court cards – King, Queen, Prince, Princess – all depict people just like in a traditional deck. The companion book reveals that some of them are based on movie stars, such as the Prince of Wands (Tom Cruise) and Queen of Swords (Ingrid Bergmann).
Bygone movie stars are also hidden on other cards, but those are for you to discover 😃
There are also new spreads to try out, such as the Cosmic Pentagram and Human Community spread. Both involve a large number of cards (11 and 10 respectively).
Overall, I do love using this deck, and if you are looking for a deck with a more modern and inclusive feel, then this one is for you.
Nowadays the Cosmic Tarot is published by US Games. The book is sold separately, and you can buy both items at the Book Depository (free worldwide delivery):
Kim Krans’s creation has become quite a hit, and the images are incredibly popular on Instagram. Post a pic of a sample reading with the #wildunknown, and you’ll get loads of likes.
The Wild Unknown Tarot started off as a self-published deck, but now it’s available at Amazon and the Book Depository.
3. Prisma Visions Tarot
The style of this borderless deck is surreal and a mesmerising combination of light and dark. Each image looks like a mosaic. When you lay the cards of each suit in numerical order in a row, they form a large picture.
Roxi Sim’s vibrant deck is full of detail and symbolism. The Fool on the image above is from the 1st edition, but the latest 3rd edition is borderless. It is available to buy at the Gamecrafter.
6. The Fountain Tarot
A contemporary deck with geometric lines and cool water colours. It comes with a silver edging, which sadly makes the cards stick and hard to shuffle, but this will improve the more you use it. Visit fountaintarot.com.
7. The King’s Journey Tarot
This 94-card deck consists of the standard tarot cards together with two extra Major Arcana cards and a spirit suit.
An old favourite of mine, I like Robert Place’s clean and no nonsense artwork full of magickal symbolism. You can buy the deck at robertplacetarot.com.
The following decks are on my wishlist and will be bought as soon as I’ve sold some of the tarot books and decks I no longer need:
9. The Starchild Tarot
I’m a sucker for anything starseed and cosmic, and I’m still saving up for this beauty, which will probably be one of the most expensive decks I’ve ever bought (including the premium shipping charge from Canada and possibly UK customs charge on top). I haven’t got an image, so you just have to trust me and go straight to the Starchild website.
10. Tarot of the Holy Light
A colourful, esoteric deck based on European mystery teachings. Created by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers, the artwork is distinctively late renaissance, similar to the Swiss 1JJ Tarot. Learn more about the deck at Tarot University.
The pip cards all have keywords at the bottom, some of which are obvious and others you may have to think about. Here are some examples:
Ace of Batons – Inspiration
Three of Batons – Arrival
Five of Buckets – Regret
Ten of Buckets – Straw House
Three of Blades – Heartache
Seven of Blades – Audacity
Six of Rings – Patronage
Eight of Rings – Transformation
If you would like to see all the cards of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi, here’s a video I have made earlier:
Overall, this is a very readable deck, if the artwork and theme appeals to you, and I look forward to working with these cards over the coming weeks.
I’ve been working on my own Tarot deck since 2012, and the Tarot of Quotes has turned into a challenging labour of love, which is still in the process of being completed.
When you have a look at the Empress one the left and compare it with the original version, then you’ll know why I haven’t met my self-imposed deadlines over the years.
The Tarot of Quotes has evolved, and only the free downloadable images will keep the quotes on the cards.
I have decided to remove the quotes from the printed version and change a couple of images along the way.
Not many cards are left to do, but heck it’s tough to create the images for them.
Getting it right takes time, especially when I’m also working on other projects.
But now that I’m totally in love with my new Empress card, I’m determined to get this deck finished – one day very soon!
In the meantime, it’s Earth Day tomorrow, which also coincides with it falling on a Friday.
Friday is dedicated to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, who in turn is linked to the Empress in the Tarot.
Although the Empress symbolises the archetypal mother, who on my card is represented by a Madonna and Child statue, she also embodies creativity relating to art, crafts, writing, home-making and gardening.
So in order to celebrate Earth Day, nurture your creativity by ditching electronic devices and work with what Mother Nature has on offer.
And by turning off your electronic devices, TVs and not use the car for the next couple of days in honour of Earth Day, you save on valuable energy and will also reduce your utility bills while enjoying some good old-fashioned creative fun.
Last week I received the printed version of my Cosmic Journaling Oracle deck, and I’m very pleased with the result!
Does the world need yet another set of oracle cards? I hear you ask 🙂
Well, it’s up to you to decide, but I have created this one to offer you something different:
The universal keywords on the cards all refer to one of the Major Arcana cards in the Tarot and are easy to make sense of (unlike card names such as The Hierophant). This way it should work well in readings whatever issue you’d like to explore.
The cards have been designed for you to create your own meanings and interpretation for each keyword. Journal about the cards to explore what each keyword means to you, so you can apply it in your readings (hence the word ‘Journaling’ in the name of the deck).
There is a digital version available in addition to a very limited printed edition. With a digital copy of the deck you can print the images as often as you like for personal use – a reading copy on good quality heavy card stock (any kind of paper in quality and colour of your choice) as well as prints on paper to cut out and stick in your journal.
The pocket-size cards are cute and ideal to take with you on your travels, to the coffee shop, work, uni, etc…
They work very well combined with the Cosmic Faery Tarot, which is also available as digital and printed copy in the same style (except the size of the tarot cards will be larger).
As you can see above, the printed version has a black background and border.
However, the digital version has a white background and a small black border.
The reason for this is to make this deck printer-friendly (won’t be using up all your black ink!) and also allow for the flexibility to choose the colour of paper you prefer.
With a digital copy it is also easier for me to offer you some free bonus cards as I create them. Oh the wonders and delights of the virtual world!