Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 10: Unknown

ANIMAL MESSAGES – SCARAB BEETLE – What is unregarded or discarded holds a secret, a seed of creation.
FLOWER READINGS CARDS – QUEEN OF THE NIGHT – Power (Selenicereus grandifloras)
CREATURE TEACHER CARDS – OWL – I Always Tell the Truth


I am so happy to be doing one of these finally on the new computer.  I decided to limit myself to fewer cards in these studies from now on, as the last one I did had so many cards that it became tedious to manage.

This one has five cards total which is manageable and a little extra work due to sharpening and colour adjustment and having to make individual shadows instead of using Photoshop to copy the drop shadow into each layer in seconds. However I do find that with the cards turned I can more accurately move the shadow to reflect the light source. But then I have to group the shadow with its card so I can easily move it around.

I thought this was a mysterious group with keywords of power and truth and the unknown. The Scarab Beetle reminded me of my old computer which I despised and the seeds of creation on this one. The write-up for this also says it might mean unguessed-at-knowledge which ties in with what is unknown.

The High Priestess looks like the Virgin Mary with her blue robe and roses, the mystery of knowing and intuition. So perhaps we may feel we are stepping into the unknown but the psyche supports us? This really ties in for me with the Queen of the Night flower and secrets revealed and intuition. The shadow aspect of the self brings opportunities for growth; dreams, cycles and life transitions. The Latin name for this plant starts with a moon reference as Selene is the goddess of the moon, and on the High Priestess card are phases of the moon, held.

With the unknown comes a lack of confidence, I’ve been feeling that all year, but these cards seem to say that it’s only a feeling, the reality underneath is different, there are seeds in the dung.

Owls are most active at night, I’ve been out at night and heard them hooting, wishing I could connect and see one. I am hoping to draw and paint an owl this year using my photo reference book for owls. Don’t lie or pretend things didn’t happen, that’s a dark way even if you have good eyesight. Again, the real unknown versus what we perceive as unknown.

The interesting thing is that I chose these cards by colour without bothering with meaning but they fit together into a meditation.


Eagles Across Decks

I thought I had all my cards unboxed from our cross-country move but while searching for particular animal decks, I realized that some loose ones that I wrapped separately from their boxes were missing. Fortunately the spouse rounded them up for me. You would think with 394 decks I would forget but Judith never forgets a deck!

An overview with an attendant eagle figure, this one by Schleich.


And don’t forget those other four decks Jude. The eagle in the card with the yellow border has taken a fancy to my figure, he’s zooming toward him with some urgency. Figures inspire everyone I suppose.


The KING OF SWORDS  was the card I drew today from the Animal Totem Tarot that started the eagles flying. I had mentioned to someone recently how my deck collecting had gone down lately because I just want to buy art created by hand or at least created by hand in Adobe Illustrator. Upon taking these cards out my heart sang with the impact and beauty of the art and each artist’s expression and composition. It does not get better than this for me as a collector, this stuff makes me happy and inspires my own artwork.

The King, in his highly analytical way, enjoyed this comparison. In this card as you fly higher you strip away what isn’t important, your soaring height makes things clearer, shifts the focus, lets you drop nonessentials. Not a bad reflection of how I currently feel about card decks.


The Magical Menagerie was one deck I couldn’t find this morning so I knew I had another box somewhere. The Pathfinders deck holds up, it’s one of my favourites. Susan Seddon Boulet has been dead since 1997, but her Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards are still in print, and no wonder; what a legacy.


I think the Animal Messages deck is out of print now but I’m so glad I bought one when it was readily available, it’s a treasure, and Sue Lion’s Spirit Animals always looks so fresh and comes in a tin with a window so you can put your card of the day in view. The Animalis deck is also a fresh vision with lots of bones and unusual compositions.


More decks that hold up for me: the Tarot of Reincarnation is one you have to hunt for the species and some of the names have changed. I have a fuller discussion and small review of it here. It has nothing to do with reincarnation, unless you figure the original illustrations (long out of copyright) have been reincarnated.


I absolutely love both these bird decks, they are definitely treasures both for the art and the variety of images. I rarely use the Medicine Cards but they are neat in their own way. At the time they were published I don’t think there were many animal decks in existence, so it was important.

Ah, the satisfaction of a card comparison after a long break from my cards. It’s like coming out of a desert to drink a glass of ice water. Cool baby.

Happy Sunday!







The Arachnid Minion in the Year of the Sheep



Still waiting for the Mystical Cats Tarot, Dave came home from the post office today, shouted “Chinese New Year” and decided he liked this card from the Animal Messages deck.

Travel will open up new possibilities and one special connection.

Dave has been travelling to make a special connection with me. The idea of touching, sensing things even if you don’t see them, is something Dave is interested in. He has been helping me find old blue fabrics by touch.

Dave is now wanting a sheep figure.



I Have a Whale of a Time with the Database and Animals

I only had 4 or 5 hours of sleep yesterday. The hydro went off in the late afternoon and I remembered that the utility had telephoned us previously about this. It was supposed to come on after 15 minutes but didn’t come on for 3.25 hours. It caused me anxiety; I had stomach cramps all night and muscle tension with the anxiety, wondering if something was terribly wrong.

I’ll blame peculiar circumstance and try to get on-track today. I had six hours of sleep, but am still feeling sick and achy. So I browsed around for suitable figures to go with the Badgers Forest Tarot and here are some figures from Schleich, Safari, and Papo. I hope to get at least one of these on the weekend. Some of them are retired (the badgers) but you never know.


“Through music you reclaim life’s magic and grow strong in body and soul.”


It’s about singing and music but also about shouting with joy or surprise, chanting, screaming to release tension, all those things. I was laughing and chuckling when I was looking at the animal figurines and it did release tension and bring joy bubbling to the surface, releasing my chest.

Yup, I like a good figurine to go with a deck. Papo, the company that makes some of these animals, also made my Cerberus figurine that was last seen being walked by Patton and his dog Willie. Can I explain this delight? No, and it isn’t a lack of maturity or being juvenile, it’s a delight in connecting things, playing around with cards, making stories, all that jazz. Speaking of music.

And for Chloe, in case you didn’t see my reply to your comment in the last post, this is where you get the Book Collector software that I have been using for many years for my card database. I have the Pro version.

In honour of this, I’m showing a lovely screen shot of the Neuzeit Tarot that Chloe used recently on her blog, thus delighting me. As you can see I didn’t give it a lot of stars but it is still special in its way. (Click to enlarge.)


An old tarot deck is a never to be repeated song, drifting through the years until we catch the tune.


Passion and Communication

Daily Draw April 21st, 2013

I hate going shopping, but yesterday we had to go to the framer to get something framed for a wedding gift, and then I managed to get some decent clothes to wear to the wedding. Not perfect, but decent. You do what you can. It’s relieved me of a lot of anxiety and worry.



This is from the wonderful Animal Messages card deck by Susie Green, with illustrations by Csaba Pasztor. I realized when I got this deck out how much I like it. I have several animal-related decks in my collection and I prefer things like this with illustrations, although there are a couple of good photographic decks. I have been trying for years to get the Australian Animal Tarot but it’s out of print and way too expensive for me. Also the Spirit of the Wheel Meditation Deck was one I fancied but couldn’t hunt up here in Canada.

CICO Books, the people who published the deck I’m using today, are coming out with a deck in late April 2013 called the Animal Wisdom Tarot which might be interesting. She has a stork and heron, a peacock, moth, otters, barn owl, donkey, all my favourites, plus it’s not an oracle it’s a tarot deck, so has more artwork. I’ve put it on my wish list.

Gosh, and Lo Scarabeo are coming out with a bunch of oracle decks in September, some that have animals. The Cats Inspirational Oracle Cards looks promising. I quite like these artsy, self-published Messenger Cards by Sandra Kunz, but they are too expensive for me.

I seem to be ignoring Baboon’s rather overt sexuality and attempt to communicate. “Hiding your emotions will leave others unsure of your intentions and reluctant to reveal their feelings, which can only lead to misunderstandings and sadness.”

Hmmmm, time for a heart-to-heart with the spouse perhaps? Nope, don’t feel like it, just want to be quiet and inward today and think about animals and books and art. Plus, I have to pack away some stuff from kitchen cupboards. The spouse is going to continue ripping down wallpaper while I do that, so we’ll be together, but quietly.

Maybe in the companionable, quiet things, one can experience communication?


All the Little Foxes and Their Friends

Daily Draw June 7th, 2012

Today I am doing a comparison of foxes in my various decks due to the card and comments in this post. The obvious comparison is the foxes in the Lenormand decks but I found quite a few in other decks, both tarot and oracle.

Before I start on cards I wanted to mention one of my favourite graphic novels from The Sandman series, The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman with artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, I’ve mentioned it before on the blog but it illustrates a classic Asian myth about the fox lady. This comes up on some of my cards too, but the art in this book is so dreamy and evocative, perfect for the story. I recommend you buy it if you love foxes. The cover of my edition is reflective gold so hard to scan accurately.

The Shadowscapes Tarot had the most foxes, a whole suit of them plus a few extras.

I found a few on I Ching cards.

Several stories with foxes in the Fables of La Fontaine are illustrated in these playing cards.

And here are the wonderful Lenormand decks and their attractive foxes.

An assortment of foxes on various decks:

Lisa Hunt has painted foxes in several decks.

More foxes, looking bushy-tailed:

Take Time to Enjoy a Spot of Lunch

Daily Draw October 29, 2008

From the Animal Messages deck by Susie Green:


“Working to live joyously, not living to work.”

There used to be a lovely Orang at the Metro Toronto Zoo called Mias–I had a poster of him up in my laundry room for many years and I felt sad when he died. These beasties are my favourite of the apes, they have such benevolent eyes.

So today it’s all about not having a pressing need to do anything, and unhurriedly carrying on. Wasting time takes pleasure with it, but taking time is a different thing, and taking the time to enjoy life is a wise approach.

Funny, I was speaking yesterday about the way our society has everyone rushing around looking for a magic pill to make them feel better, and I feel that taking time to putter and work through situations and crises is good for humans. It’s certainly a more gentle and respectful way to live rather than harassing people because they aren’t living up to your expectations to “get over it.”

Dear old Mias, I can still see the wise old man lunching and stretching, enjoying the sun.