Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 1: Devotion

I was slightly disappointed that 12 of the 58 cards in the Okanagan Oracle deck were black and white photographs. I like black and white photography but I bought this to work with colour so it startled me at first. Wouldn’t you know that the first card I drew from the deck was a black and white one. The Universe laughs and says “Roll with it Judith.”

Cosmic Jude they call me, always ready to embrace universal humour.

I have several decks out for this. I wanted to avoid the obvious and not use my Secret Language of Colour Cards so I used other things to pick cards with matching colours. Suzy often shows crystals or gemstones in pictures of the cards and though I have a few stones I thought I’d use the Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals to augment this deck as well as random postcards from my collection and the Dreaming in Color Luman Deck.

I first did this exercise back in about 2005 with the Power card in the Dreaming in Color deck, which is a strong gold colour so I went through 20-odd decks and picked gold cards that matched the them and then wrote essays about them. This study will be a simplified version of that.

DEVOTION – Okanagan Oracle
DEPRESSION – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
FOUR OF CUPS – MAGNETITE – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
DEATH – The Sandman Postcards
FLAMES OF JUDGMENT – American Radiance Postcards, Artist unidentified, 19th century, painted wood.


The root word(s) of Devotion mean “to vow completely” in Latin. So this is not just a gentle, little love, this is a deep, ardent, zealous sort of love. Much like the flames devouring the woman on the postcard.

The Four of Cups is the Ennui card as I call it, paired with Depression and Death, this montage speaks of getting too wrapped up in the darker things of the mind. I have had a struggle with that for several months but the Devotion card reminds me that we always have a choice about what we devote our thoughts to. The flames can envelop me or I can raise my arms to devotion of another type.

Magnetite is one of the oxides of iron, and being magnetic is used for many things including ancient compasses. If we have it in our brain, which apparently we do, does it allow us to navigate? Who knows but this also reminds me that you set a course with your choices about what you think about.





Dances with Parrots

I was working on my weekly sketch for two days and don’t seem to be able to do more than one thing. It’s like I can do the card blog or an outdoor sketch or the weekly sketch but I can’t do them all at once. It gets a bit frustrating, but if I do a lot I get exhausted or my hand starts hurting.

So I am doing a laundry now, which is a good time to do the daily card too.

X OF BIRDS – GREEN PARROT – (10 of Cups)


Look at that parrot, he’s ready to go, bursting with exuberance and happiness. He had a nice shower and wants to get going and do something.

The Devotion card is about connecting to the Divine, expressing gratitude, and making devotion a daily habit. I have been writing daily in a Gratitude Journal since January and it’s a quiet, nice thing to do. In looking back it makes me realize all the things I do have.

Including lots of card decks. Can’t beat that.




Honeydew Splatters in Ripe Fuchsia

Daily Draw may 20th, 2011


Holy möly, I’ve been kiboshed by the French keyboard and nefarious shapes and actions in Photoshop. Using some quick thinking and a piece of honeydew melon, I managed to escapé to get to my daily card draw.

It’s the attack of the splatter shapes! Ye gods, fend them off with umlauts änd an accent aigu on a new Photoshop pattern. They tried to nab me at the corner but I ran the Notepad action and was able to run away thanks to my trusty wedge of ripe honeydew.

It’s been that kind of day.

This card is about taking on more than you can handle in an effort to please everybody. The dove is refusing to leave her mate, who seems to have died but could have been knocked for a loop by the execrable Television action that didn’t work. Once she cleans up the hard drive and deletes that sort of nonsense I am sure he will revive.

And because there is a whiff of Libra in the card, I can look forward to dithering indecision all day about those obligations I took on when I knew they could not be successfully completed.

I’ll make quick work of that with the Hatched Edges action and a Dragonflies brush set to fuchsia.

A lot of people don’t like this deck müch, but it seems to have something to say with mé.