Database for Healing Symbols
This is a deck I call the Energy Healing Oracle (by Judith A. Johnston and Yvon Boulianne.)
The idea was developed initially by a French member of an online tarot group, Yvon Boulianne, who generously allowed downloads of 27 symbols in low resolution. I deleted five and added symbols drawn myself and some from an online symbol dictionary or public domain clip art for a total of 60 cards. I kept Energize but changed the picture.
I created a template in Photoshop with a nice border to contain the symbols and re-jigged them in high resolution for printing. I used the same font as the original (Embassy) and printed them on my inkjet printer in black ink on blue cardstock, and then sprayed them with a fixative.
I have them in a paper maché box where there is room to “grow” the deck and add symbols to it as the notion took me. I never did add to them as I felt 60 cards to be an adequate amount.
On the scan, the first six symbols and the last symbol were ones I added using online symbols and some from public domain clip art that I resized.
For copyright reasons this is not something I would sell or reproduce, but it was an interesting exercise for me in connecting words and symbols. For instance, the Distilling card is like a glass bottle (swan neck or goose neck type) that I remember Louis Pasteur using in his experiments, and it goes perfectly as a symbol for Distilling.
I once offered to write a book for an oracle when the creator wanted to connect the cards to herbs. She refused because she wanted a herbalist to write it, which never made sense to me since a good reference book and my own imagination in connecting things works fine. I create the system and symbols, and make it fit together. There is no magic to it, just common sense and personal interest. Needless to say she never wrote or paid for a book to go with that deck which is shame.
I often tell people that you can create your own decks and systems and make them believable. I made my own Lenormand deck and write-up, and I expanded on these symbols, more than doubling the symbols and words, expanding it with concepts that were meaningful to me, to make an entire deck.
Why? I was interested.
Creativity is not motivated by running and marketing a business and potential sales, it’s about developing interesting ideas, using your mind and experience in interesting ways, applying yourself just because an idea fascinates you. Any successful business has an idea behind it. That idea, the initial spark, is not to make money, it’s about developing an interest or idea that you hold in your mind.
Test that theory yourself.