The Wild Unknown Oracle of Snakes and Eggs:

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You folks all know, how much I LOVE Animals and that I have a predilection for Animal Oracles and Tarots. So I was very exited to receive the Wild Unknown Oracle as a Winter Solstice present. I do have and quite like its predecessor, the Wild unknown Tarot and even coloured most all cards as a meditative exercise that took me deeper into the “card soul” of the deck.

The WU Oracle – I do love the sturdy box and the silky card stock and do like most of the individual art work, feeling, that is gives justice to the Animal selected. But it is the selection of Animals itself, that soon after starting to use the deck for my daily 3 card draws, that I bumped up against.

My daily draw is:

1 – guardian of the day

2 – challenge/ obstacle

3 – advice/ outcome

I can not tell you how often I managed to draw the combination of Earthworm – Sea Serpent and Snake

and perplexedly starrrrred at the 3 swirrrrling circles of life before me…..

Or the combination of Crow – Black Egg – and cosmic Egg!??

Why are there soooo many eggs and Snakes with eggs?

Because sure enough, I see the Crow sitting on – an Egg and if it is not the Crow, then it is the Nightingale sitting on a Robin’s egg…….

OK, this is not, what it is supposed to be, according to the accompanying booklet and so to the deck creator…… that is just what I see….

So of course I did study the book.

And then I stumbled over the next hurdle – for me:

Many of the descriptions accompanying the Animals are not at all related to lore and myth but probably more the personal view of the deck creator. On the one hand, that is very interesting and lets me into her head, on the other hand I feel, that a user that is new to all the world wide lore and myth about the depicted animals is mission out a LOT!

For example the Hyena: (Yes, I painted mine!)do you know, that Hyenas live in a very strictly matrilineal society and that the strongest female, in an attempt to become the pack leader with mating and pub rearing privileges often has to fight her litter sisters to the death?

Would you want to know these things if the card comes up in a reading?

Did you know, that in India and Nepal Peacocks are seen as having an “all seeing eye” and are said to be able to transmute poison? Their feathers are used in cleansing rituals by shamans and also in some Buddhist rituals.

And in the book the Bear is the lowliest of the Earth mammals 😦 does the deck creator know, that circum-polar = from the Ainu in Japan all across Siberia to Finland, Norway, Sweden to the early tribes of England and of course here all over North America the Bear is a powerful healer and aid to the shaman who heals with herbs, son and ritual. Among my own Siberian ancestral tribe it is told that the Bear was a Sky Khan, a God. He agreed to come down to Earth to teach the Khams = Shamans how to heal the sick and then guard the eastern Door against Albis and other disease spirits. Here in North America the Bear is a healer everywhere.

In our Mohawk Longhouse the Sachem always tells us the beautiful story of how the Bear changed into an ooooold man and came into the home of the Bear Clan matriarch to teach her how to heal all kinds of diseases and what herbs to use when and where…..

There would be many many similar stories to tell, that often would contradict the promptings given in the book.

Many others I am now tasked to discover for myself. Zebra and Stingray for example were not Critters, that I was previously familiar with – when it comes to lore and legend.

Zebra of course has a coat that totally camouflages it against its background, because the big Cats Cheetah, Lion and Panther see only in black and white and so the Zebra has no clear contours……

Interesting, eh?

Well, this is just me, putting a couple of Fire Ants underneath your bud, to go deeper and find out about the true Medicine of the depicted Animals.

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Mountain Lion Medicine = Card17

mountain-lionTo the card description in the Medicine Card Book I would like to ad, that for the Zuni People the Cougar/ Mountain Lion is “Elder Brother Mountain Lion”and stands as the Medicine Guardian of the North direction.
He is seen as the Master Hunter, that teaches hunting skills like stealth and patience to the young men. When in camp however, these young men are to emulate strength, patience with the young and weak as well as grace and courtesy in their dealings with the woman folk.
Cougar/ Catamount also teaches about holding territory and respecting territorial boundaries – of self and others.

Mountain Lion petroglyph Petrified Forest National Park AZ

Mountain Lion petroglyph Petrified Forest National Park AZ

 

When portrayed as a fetish by Zuni – and now in modern times also other stone carvers – Mountain Lion is adorned with a piece of White Mussel Shell – for North, Red Coral -for life Blood and black Jet – as the sum of all colours. Often also a piece of Turquoise for healing or a Turquoise arrow is added. Truly old fetishes can be recognized by the tail being bent backwards over the back of the Mountain Lion.

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turquoise Mtlon fetish
Such a fetish would be kept together with others on or in a fetish jar. On a regular basis food and medicine gift would be fed to the fetishes ( = Tobacco, Cornmeal, Turquoise for example)

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.rom the web:For the Zunis of Turtle Island
the Cougar was the Master Hunter, known for its high
intelligence, its knowledge of other animal and life forms,
its physical prowess, its strength of will, and its intuitive
ability. The Cougar sees the maintenance of its territory as
essential for its survival. Poshaiankia, the father of the
Medicine Societies, designated the Cougar the duty of
carrying messages from humans to the higher spirits,
because of this animal’s personal power, superior knowledge,
strength of will, and steadfastness. Therefore, the Cougar
represents the link between ourselves and the most powerful
spirits in Zuni Mythology: Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the
Originator of All.

 

I had several short encounters with Mountain Lions – or Cougars, how we call them here:

The first was way back in the summer of 1981 on a back country hiking trail in Brice Canon, Utah. My then travelling partner Didi and I had made camp in this enchanting landscape, pitched our tent beneath a long dead gnarled Cedar Tree. To make sure our food was safe from Bears, after supper we put it all into my backpack and hoisted that one via a rope up high into one of the last few branch stumps of this dead Tree. (-stupid!! I know – now! )

Douse camp fire and off into our sleeping bags.

In the middle of the night we heard strange sounds right above us, scratching and some weird pitched growling…. Someone was at our food bag! Out of the tent and in the beam of the flash light we saw, what it was:

A young cougar!

Panic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That one, seeing us, promptly lost its purchase on the backpack and – fell right into our tent.

More Panic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grrrrouwwwwwhrr!! Ripping the collapsed tent to shreds the Cat knew nothing better than climb back up the Tree!

We scrambled out of the immediate area of the tent and with our backs to a smooth rock wall spend the rest of the night shivering in fear and cold. We heard the Cougar scratching around on the Tree, but the beam of the flash light did not carry as far…. until it died on us….. Was the Cougar gone? Or was it sneaking up on us?

Finalllllly dawn came – and no Cat!

Just a ripped Tent and a ripped backpack.

This one I "hunted" on gooogle pics and asked him to sit here and be nice!

This one I “hunted” on gooogle pics and asked him to sit here and be nice!

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The second encounter happened here at home:

It was a efw years ago, not suite sure when, my ooooold poooooter died (– isn’t that always the case?)

Anyway, it was just after midnight when I went downstairs and out the sliding door of the jewellery workshop to replenish our Raccoon dinner dish with the nightly ration of Cat kibbles.

Then, after my evening shower 15 minutes later I thought, I just take a little looook, if maybe some of our Raccoons already had arrived and was at the food.

Some of these guys were shy, wild ones, not from the litter of orphans that we raised and released the year before. So I was very quiet and did not turn on the light.

The moon illuminated the deck

and there was something – someone – but not a Raccoon!

A HUUUUUUUUGE slim slick Cougar was crouched before the dish, stretched out , munching away, looooong tail stretched out behind, its tip swushing back and forth nervously.

As quickly and quietly as possible I ran upstairs for my camera – and to call Peter, who was already asleep.

But –

Never wake a sleeping man!

Grumbling he poltered down the stairs and, hearing the noise, with an elegant jump our elusive dinner guest was gone!

What a missed opportunity.

– For years and years we locals of Muskoka have been telling each other stories of the Cougars we saw, the ones that ate our dogs, the prints we encountered. But the MNR insists, that there were no Cougars in Muskoka, just large Tabby Cats and the odd Bobcat….

Well, since this encounter the MNR had to give in finalllly and admit to Muskoka having yet another “dangerous vermin”, The Eastern Cougar – Catamount.

Then, after yet another Cougar chased a dog in broad daylight in the suburbs and numerous clear pictures were taken and no travelling zoo or circus had accidentally lost one, this had to be a wild Cat.

Sadly they did, what in these cases they always do: Kill it 😦

You could gooogle “Muskoka Cougar” and read more)

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Susan Seddon Boulet

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Ok, comming to my cougar encounter No 3.

This one I posted under Notes on my FB account, date and all:

A cougar at the house!

Saturday morning (April 1st 2011)

With a warm blanket,some dry crackers and my camomile tea I hunkered down on the upper deck. There had been a strange ruckus going on outside all day.

3 Crows and our pair of nesting Ravens were flying to and fro and cawing and crowing practically none stop. Just about 30 meters to the East of the house they were up in the Pines and something was making them Very upset!

And then I heard it!

GRRRRRRUOAUUUUHRRRRRRRRRRRRR  CHchchsss!!!!!!!

RRRRRRROUOOOOORRRRRRchchchssssGGGRRRRRROU

CHCHCHRRRRRRRRRROOUUUUUHHCCCCCCHCHCHrrrrrrr…….

There is only one thing, that makes sounds like this:

A mad Cougar!

30 meters away in the bush!

I waited and listened and had the camera at the ready….

But just the Ravens and Crows submitted to a photo op…..

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I saw him/ her the very next morning:

Right after waking up I stumble out onto the deck to hang up the 2 freshly filled Bird feeders onto the lines.(- I have to take them in at night because of the Bears and the Raccoons…)

And that is when I heard loud scratching sounds and cracking of branches and saw him/her come down head over long tail coming down the tall Pine Tree East of the house. Probably he/ she was startled by the noise from the sliding door or clumsy little me.

The last part she jumped to the ground and then away into the bush….

A HUUUUUGE animal! Even bigger with the long tail! The tip of the tail was turned up…

Yesterday evening the Coons did not come as usual. And then, late, almost midnight, 3 adults came. They were nervous, quickly munched some cat food and then were of…. Normally all 6 of them hang around on the deck…..

I wonder if the Cougar sticks around in hope of a Raccoon meal?

These encounters , all commung out of the blue, have prompted me to always asociate Cougar/ Mountain Lion with a sudden surprise encounter wth a formidable individual of power and maybe also danger.

Someone to be reconed with, someone who needs a lot of personal space, someone who is fierce and passionate.

Another association I never forgot is, what my Inde’ teacher once told me: Cougar is an Animal of March! Of the change from winter into Spring….

Prairie Dog Medicine = Card 47

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Waaay back in 1980/81 when I was staying with my Lakota friends on Pine Ridge I had ample opportunity to observe Prairie Dogs in the wild.
Their colonies were everywhere. My Native friends called them Chatter boxes, because of their frequent vocalisations. Usually there is one of them perched on a vantage point, keeping watch. – This camp guard announces the arrival of any Fox, Hawk or other predator with a specific loud warning whistle.
So the other Prairie Dogs could go forage, groom their young and play or squabble in the sun. They were a noisy busy gregarious bunch, but One loud whistle from the guard and all would squeal and scurry back into the safety of their burrow.
They were sort of diurnal: out and about in the morning and afternoon, but not so much during the hot time of day.
Their burrow is grazed bare for several meters around its entrances and below ground it is a maze of tunnels, in which several families live.
But they are only the landlords – they have tenants: Ferrets, Burrowing owls, Rattle Snakes, and wasps, which had a hive under ground
I would not want to be the landlord of this bunch and keep all these characters in line….
The ranchers are not very fond of Prairie Dogs, because many a Bison – and nowadays a Cow or a Horse stumbled into a Prairie Dog burrow/ hole and broke a foot and so was lost – or they stumbled and twisted an ankle and went lame.
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From my observations of these charismatic Animals come my personal interpretations of Prairie Dog Medicine and so the Prairie Dog card:
Community living
in a noisy busy neighbourhood
nervous energy, watchfulness
lots of physical contact = hugging and “kissing” touch and fussing over others
sharing a home and also responsibilities
following rules
builder of homes for others but also having difficult neighbours to deal with
having, needing a bodyguard to watch over them
Vigilance and sacrifice,
delayed gratification, since the guard does not get to feed, groom or play right then and there, but will be relieved later
Depleting one’s environment and maybe also one’s energy – maybe to the point of having to leave = move
having certain specific times of action and a rest/siesta during the day
hibernating = dreaming and learning in/ through dreams
storing healing herbs and grasses in a safe larder for times of need
building an accidental trap for others, inadvertently causing accidents.
I also find interesting, that Prairie Dogs do not drink water – other than morning dew. They get all their moisture from the grasses they consume. Often this lead me to ask the client, iffff he is AL Anon and or has to abstain and most often the answer is yes!
With these characteristics in mind I word my reading, ask specific questions of my querant and often one, the other or several of these pointers are vital to the reading and help my qureant to make appropriate choices.
Now, again, I realize, that these Medicines are in part quite different from what Jamie wrote in her book…..

 

Raccoon Medicine:

Raccoon:

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Well, I really do not know, from where Jamie received the information, that she shared in the book, that accompanies the deck.
It can not be from the Seneca – or any other of the 6 Nations as you can see in the images.
Any Raccoons I have ever known – and we work in/ with an orphan Raccoon raise and release program – have been forever squabbbbbeling growling hissing and biting at/ with each other over food, places to sleep and also displayed all the signs of dominance versus submissive behaviour with the large males taking and vigorously defending the best feeding and sleeping places and also chasing away the females which whom they mated and their own as well as other offspring.
If we put out 4 feeding dishes, the dominant males will try to claim defend them all……..

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However, what in all the 25 years we worked with Raccoons, wild ones, sick ones, healthy ones, hand raised ones and migrants and observed is their phenomenal hand dexterity. Their hands have a multitude more sensory receptors than human hands and so through their hands the Raccoon experiences the world in a much more profound level than a human. Often Raccoons do not even look at an object, they just “handle it between their front paws and receive all the detailed information they need to make very informed and also smart choices.
They rely on touch more ton anything else to make a living.
They also have extraordinary strengths in their fore arms, needed to quickly shimmy a quite corpulent body (just before hibernation time) up a limbless Tree trunk. They also need this upper body strengths to go back down the Tree head first.
Raccoons also have a very delightful language that of feeeeps and squeaks, rumbles and other specific sounds, that over the years my husband and me learned. Not only can we so communicate with the frightened orphans we raise, but also with wild Raccoons or Raccoons in other places than our home.
But their communication is not only through sound:
They have a VERY expressive body language: For example, shaking your back and bud while putting the head on an angle is an invitation to rough-house and play=wrestle.

Is the head angled to the other side, is it rather a semi playful challenge between siblings.
A loud relaxing sigh then will signal the end of play-time and everyone will settle down right away.
Any wild Raccoon will react if I intone and or mimic these sounds and body postures and react accordingly, realizing, that I am none threatening and with the right fiep sounds immitated by me, will not run away.

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So, if in one of my readings the Raccoon card shows up I will mention communication skills, verbal and none verbal, the joy to learn the language of another species -> person, things lost in translation, things un-clear and so on…
And of course everything that has to do with hands!
Dexterity -> artistry, talent, skill for crafts or in the trades excelling at tasks that involves using your hands like fixing things – yes, and sadly also breaking things….
TOUCH -> sensitivity in the hands used for exploration but also for laying on of hands, for massage and other hand oriented healing arts.
What do you feel? With your hands, while closing you eyes – and your mouth?
I will also address curiosity and sticking your hand into almost anything – which may be good – or maybe not so = negatively aspected.
What I also will take into account is Raccoon’s endless curiosity.
They do not like secrets and things that they do not know and will try patiently and with all their dexterity to open boxes, bottles bags and anything with something inside it, that moves or rattles or makes a sound. When we plant our small garden in the spring our Raccoons will usually dig EVERYTHING BACK UP in the hope to find what we put into the earth, what is beneath it and then mess up all the seedlings. Is there a high fence around the garden? More fun for them. So our garden is a wire mesh cage with a full wire mesh top – just another playground for them – and a sleeping spot on hot July nights when they get ventilation from beneath them.
Raccoons go into semi hibernation, end October we see the last of them.

Their BIG ENEMY is the Fisher, an Animal larger than a Marten and smaller than a Wolverine.

Sadly every winter we loose animals to this nemesis of Coons, Porcupines, Cats and small Dogs.
Well, everyone knows Raccoons love water, so I will just mention that here.
Young Coons zeeeeeter endlessly if they are not quite happy. This may in the wild alert a predator.
Like: Is the client complaining very much?? (princess on a pea syndrome??)
Attracting unwanted attention?

the coons are here

Medicine Cards:

There is a new Oracle deck study group on Aeclectic Tarot:

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=229351

When the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams were chosen by several participants, I decided to join in 🙂

This is one of my main reading decks – especially for my Native American querants, who are interested in, what the “Manitous” have to say to them.

So here is me answering the questionnaire the group host, Dragon Fae put out:

 

DragonFae:

Let’s introduce our decks….

Name of Deck and creator/publisher

I too will be working with the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams 🙂

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http://www.jamiesams.net/letter-to-readers.cfm

DragonFae:

What made you pick the deck?

I do know Jamie a little, from waaaay long ago when both of yo were young and receiving teachings from the same Medicine teacher.

The Medicine Cards are a mayor reading deck of mine- for public readings for my querants with First Nations heritage or background.

DragonFae:

Do you have a specific animal guide present in this deck, if so, which one?

Well, I myself am part Siberian indigenous, from my father’s side – from North West Tuva, north of the Yenesay River.

From my father’s side I am Wolf Clan, so Ee’ren Börü is my paternal Clan Guardian/ Totem.

Ada’s personal Medicine Guides were Magpie and Lynx, So they have deep meaning to me.

His Gran was the healer shaman of the tribe and her Animal Guardians were the Owl and the Tigress.

They raised Reindeer….. so guess what…..

The whole Clan system had an overarching Spiritual Protector – an Irbis = Snow Leopard… You can read more about my Guardians on my Shamanic Drum blog:

http://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/134/ about Owls

 http://shamanicdrumm.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/215/

  “Spirit of Snow” about the Snow Leopard in our Clan 

My maternal grandmother was Manoush Gypsy and her maiden name was “Usari” which means Bear. They trained Bears for performances in the circus where they worked. (NO violence, but lots of honey!!! 😉 )

I have written about Gran Elizza and her Tarot reading habits on the AT forum and on here my blog, so suffice to say, that her personal Guardian was a small Screech Owl 🙂

Now, I follow the ways of my Siberian Ancestors in which I was raised and their shamanic traditions.

My personal guardians are a small Ferret and my small Owl, But All the Guardians of my family play a very important role in my shamanic practice.

Ad to that, that I live waaaay out in the bush and see many of the Animals in this deck on a regular basis….

Right now, as I am writing this, a small Flying Squirrel is sitting outside the sliding door to my left and dining on his nightly ration of Sunflower seeds.

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3days ago we had 2 Wolves walking down the frozen creek and photographed them from the living room window…..

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So, yes, no wonder, this is an important deck to me. 🙂

Interviewing the Roots of Asia Tarot:

 

New deck interview reading:

Card 1:

Introduce yourself to me please:

Page of cups:

Looking at the image I feel, as if stepping rather fool-like into uncharted territory. Riding a Fish-Horse Bird of an emotionality charged watery fluid cliff. Nothing relay to hold onto, other than a cracked bowl. Riding like this beneath the sea, can I loose the fluid in that bowl – or is the jist of the exercise, to blend 2 different fluid substances? As in my shamanic tribal belief and the Buddhist teachings that govern this deck?I hope the nautilus-like headdress the knight is wearing indicates, that this is more a journey of the mind than of feelings.

 

 

 

amnart_klanprachar31Card 2:

What are the strengths of this deck?

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The head of a giant Elephant Jungle Spirit looms over several

of his mammalian pachyderm disciples. Her huuuuge pointy green tit prominent and at the ready for ample feeding. Food for thought, food for growth, Food to rarefy emotions

Dharma, if I dare go deeper.

The 6 cups somehow remind me of Avocados, their central stone exposed. Put it into moist Earth and it will sprout!

The young plants are already visible. In the image, in my mind,

on these pages and therefore – in your mind as well……

Spiritual abundance…….

 

Card 3:

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6 of Staffs:

The Spirit Being – part Lion, part Tiger, part human – with a light in its hand loooooooks at me:

Now, that you saw the total logic of Buddhism – The 3 jewels, the 4 fold Truth and all the other teachings you logically HAVE to start following the Dharma (= the teachings of the Buddha and other learned Buddhist scholars) and join the Shanga!!!!(Shanga = the community of practising Buddhists)

Right!??

6 of staffs stands for moving ahead, right!?

I an going to sit down and have a conversation with him

Did you know, that in Buddhist teaching and so for followers of the Dharma Animals are seen as “lowlier” Beings, less worthy, more flawed, beneath humans?????

how do you, as an animal Being feel about that?

To me and to my Miahanits = Animal Spirit Guides THAT is a DEAL-BREAKER!!!

I see every Being on this Earth as an equal. Nobody is more spiritual advanced, least of all humans, hampered by there pesky ego……

 

He looks at me – hesitant – he did not know that! Being a spirit Being maybe he should ask all the Lions and Tigers suffering under human encroachment….

Humans supposedly go through thousands of incarnations. And iffff you “mess up” in any way, you will be “demoted to be an Animal next time – or maybe even a hungry Ghost!

Yuck

Can an animal mess up and be demoted to Hungry Ghost next time around???

who decides that????

That Being should go see a shaman like me about that!!!!!

The LWB says, we will only realllly understand the Teachings, when we reached Buddha hood!???

How can I – or anyone reach such a state, while not regarding all Beings everywhere in every realm as equals?

The Spirit Being in this card is regarded as more advanced than a human, but ifffff he “messes up with me- or you, or … he too can be demoted – to human, critter or hungry ghost or…..?????

Drawbacks of a belief system…….

Card 4:

How will I work with this deck?

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Creative struggggle!! See above!

It has already started.

I could use and treat this deck just like any other Tarot deck Read it intuitively or RWS style or a little bit of both…. just like “normal…

I feel, that is, what the hand stands for. My knowledge and expertise (or not) with Tarot The hands of an elderly person, not a Spring Chicken = experience…

But that is not, why I bought it. I wanted to expose myself to the Buddhist teachings, that gave rise to these images and that are alluded to in the LWB.

I wish I had the full version of the text, to be had as a re-print in Thailand – in Thai language

and writing……

Through the hands manifests the face of the Tigress – my Grandmothers.

My Siberian tribal teachings, Ulali Kham,that inform every step of my life and my love of Tarot, a transgenerational gift from my other Gran, Elizza.

These 2 Tigresses uniting and having to get along with the image of the Tigress in Buddhist teaching and as a symbol used by the creator o this deck.

 

amnart_klanprachar74Card 5:

Pitfalls along the road:

4 of Staffs.

2 Leopards kissing in the Lotus jungle!

So very seductive!

But Leopards to me will always have the Trickster teacher quality of Ee’ren Omsür, our Snow Leopard tribal Guardian. And while right across from them the Lion Tiger Spirit still looks on I am reminded yet all over again, of the Deal breakers.

For right now however, all is good. I will not “fall for Buddhism – I am just learning about it, broadening my horizon.

So the 4 of Staffs is a sign for “all quiet on the home front”!

 

3 glimpses into the future:

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– The Magician with his/ her mind wide open gazing at golden wisdom:

Use all the Tools you have – and make magic!

– The Queen of Swords:amnart_klanprachar2

Be clear of existing obstacles and pitfalls and rise above them. Keep a clear and compassionate mind. I am delighted by all the Birds on the image, The small delicate Tree of life and all it means to me and most of all the Owl in the right corner of the card. My main Miahanit and all that signifies to me. I have a warm loving feeling. 🙂

-4 of Swords –amnart_klanprachar46

Resting within the cradle of the wings of mighty Garuda/ Khyung !

What a journey it all will be!

🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A’HA Oracle

On the Aeclectic Tarot forum we have a Chat thread, where everyone posts a little something once a day and at the end of the month Solandia, the owner of the site draws 2 post numbers from the entries made and whoever wrote that post wins a little something = a Tarot or Oracle related prize, offered up by members of the forum. There are quite a few gifted deck creators among the membership and some of them offer up one of their deck as a little promotion.

I guess, you are sensing, why I am sharing this right now – and you are right:

In January I won!!!!

I was permitted to chose from several of the prizes offered.

One of them was the Healing Tarot, about which I wrote a few impressions on this blog. Then there were hand sown Tarot bags offered up, the mayors only Blue Moon Tarot by Julie Cuccia-Watts,the Australian Wildflower deck and talisman pack, by Cheralyn and a few other treasures.

I however chose the A’HA Oracle created by Linnie.

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It took 3 weeks for it to arrive from Australia and so was just about in time to become my deck of the month for February 🙂

Now, it is quite difficult for me to write anything about the deck here on the blog – because the creator is one of my trusted readers here 🙂

Hi Linnie!

I also consider Linnie a friend.

So I was doubly curious to lay hands on her creation.

It arrived in a beautiful sturdy box held in earth tones. The card stock also is sturdy and durable.

Now, I need to tell you, that the A’HA Oracle is largely black and white, circular images on black card stoc and I know, I am “not very good” with B/W decks.

– Last month’s Healing Tarot was a B/W deck as well and I did not bond with it at all = which however is largely due to the medical attributions given to the cards in a rather arbitrary way. One just can not flip over a couple of cards and tell a person – you have bad teeth, lung cancer and you weigh toooo much…… 😦

Well, back to A’HA:

I have to honestly say, the first 4 cards I looked at left me a little sad and depressed:

too similar to remember

 Maybe that was, because I was quite sick with the flue at that time and I needed something more cheerful?The coresponding notes in the booklet however were sweet and uplifting 🙂

Other cards I looked at – made me immediately think: Oh, what ifffff this was in colour!??

Yes, I enjoyed reading the little paragraphs of the book more than the B/W images.

So, what if they wear some colour? Will this insult toe creator, my friend? Can I even risk it to tell you -and her here, that I am messing with her cards? I have to risk that! I think, that THAT is my personal process with A’HA.

So for the next 2 weeks I picked a daily card, read about it and then decided, if I would colour it in.

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Colours are sooooooo important to me! THAT is one thing, I learned through A’HA so far 🙂

Yes!! I have other B?W – or largely B?W decks and – I coloured – painted them:

My beloved Ironwing!

My Wild Unknown Tarot!

I feel, my need for colour in divination cards comes from the fact, that I “see” all these more than realistic ueber-vivid colours in Theta trance journeys and that the colours each have a specific meaning in/ for the context of the journey.

Now, A’HA is changing colour……

painted

Will I paint the whole deck?

No!

There are a few cards, that teach me something – in just their B/W dress.

I will write more about at least one of them…..

🙂

Links:

http://www.ahaoracle.com/index.html

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/aha/review.shtml