I already discussed the Bird Signs deck in Database Monday but I thought I’d give equal time to my other major bird oracle: Bird Cards – The Healing Power of the Bird Kingdom by Jane Toerien; Joyce Van Dobben (illustrator)
This was published in 2007 and I had trouble hunting a copy up. It has been republished and released in October 2014 by Connections so more widely available. I’m not sure how the book and card size is in the new edition but they are large in the first edition at 140 x 90 mm for the cards. The book has 159 pages. I love big cards, they are so worth doing larger, particularly with animal art.
Birds are not just beautiful according to the book, they can support us with healing powers. I’m not sure about that but I’ve enjoyed this deck. The book describes each of the 55 birds and their characteristic energies, and for each bird there is also a meditative affirmation.
I like Joyce’s illustrations and often just look at those and look up information on the particular bird. I seem to get enough out of it that way.
Another beautiful Raven in this deck, pulling back the curtain of the sky. Is that not gorgeous?
I don’t know, I tend to shy away from the sappier, feel-good aspects of this deck. Many oracles seem to embrace this attitude but it isn’t me, I’m not a lovey-dovey, healing power type of person.
I do however appreciate the artwork and depth of thought that went into this deck. It’s a big project to pull something like this together, and the fact that it has been republished is testament to the endurance of its good art and ideas.