Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 7: Rejuvenate

Two days ago we both had some energy and felt we should go into my bedroom and build the two wardrobes we bought last September to hold all of my card decks and books. First we had to move two other bookshelves which we did, although one of the bookshelves did not fit in the corner we’d planned to put it in. Exit another shelf to make way for this bookshelf on another wall.

I had these cards all picked out but didn’t post them, but they are a good example of how we felt.

REJUVENATE – Okanagan Oracle
21 JOYFUL MIND– Lojong for the Layperson Cards
AGGRESSION – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
CELEBRATION OF LOVE – Blessings from the Heart Oracle Cards by annie b.
THE WORLD – WATERMELON TOURMALINE – Tarot of Gemstones & Crystals


Pretty in pink peonies with a whole bunch of other pink, joyful goodness.

The spouse went to build the first wardrobe but one of the long sides was cracked at the bottom. He called the store and they agreed to open another box and exchange this one piece. Then we had to make room somewhere else for a third bookshelf, which the second wardrobe was replacing and we made room for it in the walk-in closet after taking down a wire shelf and filling some holes in the wall.

Then, while putting decks back in the first wardrobe, I decided I needed another shelf and some wire expandable racks (originally made to hold stacks of plates in kitchen cupboards). We went to Canadian Tire and got those and some shelf paper. Then we came home and took measurements and went to Home Depot to have two white melamine shelves cut (one for each wardrobe) and buy some extra pegs for holding these shelves.

Now I’ve got to try and organize wardrobe 1 and then the spouse has to build wardrobe 2, and we have to go to another town to buy more expandable wire racks and a desk lamp.

This has spilled over into two other bedrooms where some reorganizing and shifting of furniture has to happen. So, a simple task turned into a revamp of 3 bedrooms and a walk-in closet. It’s going to take days and we are both sore all over.

Still, I feel rather heartened that we got started. After a winter where we did nothing on the house we have tackled it with aggression and feel rejuvenated.

I always wanted some Watermelon Tourmaline, but it’s so expensive. Hey, this tourmaline has Yin and Yang in one crystal, kind of like a husband and wife doing home reno projects together, balancing each other’s energy.

Right? Yeah, of course. I’m assuming the word “rejuvenate” has the same root as the word “juvenile” so I can dance around singing “You make me feel so young, you make me feel as though spring has sprung…”

Lalalala…back to work.


Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 5: Wonder

I got a bit behind in posting this. Some days I feel like scanning, sometimes I don’t, so I have separate bundles of cards here and there waiting for the magic tour de force of image importing in Photoshop.

I thought when I pulled this “Oh no, not another brown card” with a sinking feeling. There ARE brown and gold shades, some green and reddish maple and wine barrels painted a red-violet turning to grey, and a vibrantly white skull, so plenty of scope outside earthy browns. Browns with panache, and a dash of fermenting wine and oak gold.

WONDER – Okanagan Oracle
TEN OF WANDS – TOURMALINE, RED/PINK (RUBELLITE) – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
STRENGTH – Graven Images Oracle
FOREBODING – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
CROW – Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards
GOOSE: QUEST, TRAVEL – Spirit Animals Card Deck


The Wonder here is in all the colours of the earth, the process of fermentation, the chemical magic of nature. That looks like it might be a bear skull, but the spouse thought it might be an elk. Alas, no information is given on the subjects in these cards. I would appreciate a downloadable PDF file with citations for the location and contents of the photos; I always love things like that.

Skull and foreboding, the aged wine of death and Crow transforms like skull. The Goose travels from winter to spring, wine-ready for a new season of raising young and feeling the sun and wind, imagining summer. The masons rebuild, strength needed for the work, the transformation.

The rubellite colour of this tourmaline is very appealing. Another heart stone but also used for healing and blood circulation and blood vessels, a problem of mine. The suggestion is there of struggle, burden and responsibility with the Ten of Wands, but the wonder lies in doing it. Humans are amazing in what they can bear.

Wonder is an Old English, Dutch, German, Old Norse word. One of those earthy tricky things, it could be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. Do I wonder in amazement or do I wonder with feeling, why or what or how? Perhaps I wonder in amazement at this juxtaposition among the trees of bones and wine-dark rhythms of transformation?

“What a world of wonder” breathe goose and crow as they fly past marvelling at the scene.

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.




Green Glows the Simmering Hot Liquid



Say no more.

Another great card by Mindy, notice the glowing green centre, simmering, ready to start the oozing, burning lava flow at any minute. It reminds me of the line from I Claudius, “Let all the poisons that are in the mud hatch out.” Dear old Clau-Clau knew his human nature, as did Robert Graves.

Sigh. This deck is always rather canny I find.




The Changing Light of Guilt

You know what I like about this card? The way the ghostly overlay seems to take over the main graphic, which is exactly how Guilt feels in the mind, it sits there, ghosting out all the good and colouring your life with strong emotion.



My scanner just does not convey the saturation and shades in this deck, the card is much richer than this.

I don’t feel guilty today but one thought from the booklet struck me: “…self-condemnation is too much to bear.” I had another dream about a former workplace, the second dream this week. In each one there was an overwhelming disorganization and everyone told you to do something different and the added pressure of dealing with the public added to that stress. It just went on and on in the dreams until I forced myself to wake up.

I do sometimes feel guilty about that place, which is ludicrous considering the huge amount of work I poured into it. I am not particularly good with people problems though so I feel guilty about my handling of certain things, having run into yet another people problem on a forum yesterday.

My approach to such things is to pull back, disappear, quit speaking, get back to my hidey-hole. It is the introvert’s solution to such things. Should I feel guilty or should I embrace the normality of my true Self?

Maybe part of the light of guilt is to realize that you have nothing to feel guilty about?

Introverts are drained by social encounters and energized by solitary, often creative pursuits. Their disposition is frequently misconstrued as shyness, social phobia or even avoidant personality disorder, but many introverts socialize easily; they just strongly prefer not to. [Psychology Today]

Don’t you LOVE it?




The $11.51 Magenta Flower for the Mind

I haven’t bought a card deck since June. That’s five months, and must be the longest time I’ve ever gone without buying a deck since I bought my first one.

I ordered The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards. Why is that? Because the illustrator has some interesting juxtapositions of objects and landscapes; it’s somewhat surreal and quirky. I’ve had my eye on it for a while but new decks these days have such little depth of thought or artistic talent, so I waited and let it settle for a bit.

The price of $11.51 CAD had something to do with it too. I don’t want to pay much for decks lately. The last two sets I bought from Schiffer were awful and they were $40. Never again.



And yeah, I bought something for myself so I feel guilty. Ha-ha, talk about accuracy.

I had a terrible day, absolutely terrible, fuelled by sneezing and blowing and blubbering away and feeling enormously depleted physically. So I bought something pretty.

It’s like a magenta flower for the mind, underpinned by a guilty swoosh of sickly olive green.