Raven Eats a Lotus in the Database
This is Nature’s Wisdom Oracle by Mindy Lighthipe which was published by Schiffer in 2011. And rightly so, Mindy is an award-winning botanical illustrator and nature lover who does illustrations of birds, mammals , insects, and flowers.
48 cards with a 104-page booklet. The booklet has reproductions of the cards in black and white with a one-page write-up for each card with details on the animal and any attendant mythology or folklore. The cards are a large 127 x 89 mm.
“These oracle cards display the power of Nature’s Wisdom that comes through the beautiful art of Mindy Lighthipe. The messages are deeply rooted in the essence of humanity, with each card representing a facet of nature that is the spirit of living with nature. These messages are interwoven with animals and plants as part of its symbology, as well as a special message that helps the reader gain positive insight into the past, present, and future.”
Don’t you love these descriptions on card boxes? As if the Universe was going to open up to you for $22 and display the very secrets of humanity. You thought it was hard to parse the meaning of life, but the deep folk at Schiffer have figured it out for us. They have also jacked the prices up to exhorbitant amounts on their tarot sets, in the area of $60 for some, so I don’t bother looking any more. Lose the big, honking boxes and the meaningless gobbledygook Schiffer.
Fortunately I was able to afford this deck; it’s one of my favourite nature decks and art decks at the same time. Click to enlarge.
A lovely, properly-sized box, with beautiful cards and colour. In the background of each card, they have ghosted a large, detailed version of the illustration, which I think looks nice. They often do this at Hay House and other publishers for decks too. It strikes me that the Daffodil card would look good mounted on hand marbled book covers, with gloriously expensive and delicious art paper bound inside.
Oooh, where was I? I winked out of time, contemplating the mysteries of publishing earth-shattering insights into the complexities of symbology and nature.
Am I becoming a cynic?