This is a remake of a deck I created several years ago. It's based on a shadow work exercise I use in my soul coaching class. The original inspiration for the exercise is a Name Your Enemy exercise by Martha Beck.
One way I want to use it is to identify ways to deal with difficult people in your life. I've discovered a method for working with these archetypes and coming to terms with the gift of their energy, thereby shifting the relationship with the difficult person. This will be a companion deck to the archetypes deck that is similar to this one.
I was going through some old computer files a few weeks ago and found 53 business and branding questions I'd developed for an oracle deck and book idea. So I took the questions and made them into cards.
Here are some of the cards....
I'm thinking about turning this into a course which will come with the cards and a guidebook. Another 2017 project!!
This is a deck that I've been pondering for quite a while, maybe 2 or 3 years. Its a deck of spellworking but it's developed based on my background of working with essential oils, gemstones and crystals, feng shui, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The deck is designed to be a modern spellcasting tool for everyone. You can use it to determine what magickal elements are needed for the spell. But the cards can also be used as the spell itself simply by laying them out in grid form.
The deck contains cards with magickal actions like severing, discarding, burying, clearing.
It also includes aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine like the 5 tastes (corresponding to the 5 Elements): salty, sour, bitter, sweet, pungent.
These are a few cards representing magickal tools: bell, bones, crystals and gemstones, and a candle.
Since this deck is extremely experimental, I pulled some cards to figure out how to use it for a specific siutation. My brother and I are dealing with a lawyer who isn't communicating with us about our mom's estate. She passed away and we need the final accounting and disbursements. The lawyer has purposely kept us in the dark. I feel like my hands are tied.
What I realized after pulling these cards is that they can be both the situation and the solution. The NEW MOON represents new beginnings and fresh starts. BINDING represents the feeling of my hands being tied. But this is also a magickal action for reclaiming control. BLACK PEPPER is an irritant and shows just how irritating this situation is. It is also a magickal element for boundaries and protection. SLEEPING is the final card and a magickal action as well. It can show a need to sleep on it or incubate a dream for a solution. In this case, I think the message is to take no action right now. Trust that the New Moon energies will move this process along. Alternatively I could use these four cards to create a spell that combines the new moon, binding, black pepper, and dream incubation.
I took Cheralyn Darcey's Flower Reading Course last year and to get my certificate I must complete 3 flower readings. I've done the first one but I still have the other 2 to finish. My block is that I want to develop a flower card reading deck to do the final two readings. I made a deck last year with photographs which was okay but something was missing. So I'm trying again, this time with a different artistic approach and focus.
This deck's focus is portraits, meaning I want to capture the flower as if it's posing for a portrait. Some flowers present a bright, bubbly persona while others are shy and demure. Likewise, when someone chooses a card from the deck, they are choosing a flower that represents them in some way. I'll be relying on the color, shape, and general impression of the flower for readings with this deck. To create the images, I found photos of flowers on pixabay.com and used the iColorama app to give them a painterly appearance.
This deck will most likely be for personal use only because the cards won't have any words to describe the images nor do I intend to do a guide for the deck. I want to interpret spontaneously based on the context of the question and reading. The prototype will be a mini square deck from makeplayingcards.com.
I'm still wrestling with the Kipper deck concept. While I love the cards, there's a disproportionate amount of negative cards and cards relating to court and legal matters, in my opinion. So although the first 36 cards of this deck are based on Kipper, this won't be called a Kipper deck because I plan to attach my own system to it and you can use the cards in any way you like. Kipper police be damned!!
I'm using open access artwork images found on the National Gallery of Art website. Although the images are from different artists and periods, I tried to make the deck cohesive by finding images with a similar look and color scheme.
I also had the idea to make this more of a love and relationships deck since that's everyone's favorite question, although it can be used for a variety of readings.
Here's another deck idea I've been working on. It began about two years ago with a deck I intended to call Shadow Spirits Tarot. The minors were elemental based (Fire, Water, Air, Earth) and illustrated with an abstract design.
Although the original deck concept was tarot, the minors didn't follow a traditional interpretation. Therefore, I decided to make this an oracle deck. The photo above is from the Fire suit. The original photo (top left square) was found on pixabay.com. Next, I used the app RollWorld for the abstraction. The photo in the top left position is the original photo.
Above is the Water suit.
This is Earth.
And finally, this is the suit of Air.
I've had an idea for a while to do a deck of elemental states. I've been fleshing out this concept through other deck ideas and feel like I'm getting closer to honing in on the real concept. The core of this deck is very simple nature scenes or photos.
I've been doing a lot of readings with the doors deck, finding different ways to use it. It's very simple and versatile.
The cards can be used to make choices between two options.
I'm still using the method of having the seeker come up with a goal or ideal like SUCCESS. Then after shuffling I look through the deck to find the door representing that ideal. I can see what's before that card to show what's necessary to achieve the goal.
I now have a title and back design for the flower abstracts deck featuring Rumi quotes. I also had to change the deck dimension. I originally wanted a square deck but I think the tarot size cards will be a better option -- more room for the text.
My main goal for creating decks is to get insights easier and with greater clarity. For relationship readings I've been using my Love Is In The Cards playing card descriptions for relationship readings. It's a very comprehensive system that's been tested on loads of readings for accuracy. But I want to make it even more simple. So instead of playing cards I've just used word cards.
What I find intriguing about this method is the possibility of creating key phrases using these single words, such as long-term future or old sweetheart. This really expands the possibilities of getting specific readings. For example, let's say the question is, How does my ex feel about me?
We don't need to interpret pictures or otherwise figure out the ex's feelings because they are spelled out right here. What about the question, Where will this date lead?
I would interpret this as the date creates a wish and leads to some temptation. But there's nothing that will come of it and there may be waiting for a phone call or follow up date.
In this blog, I share my deck ideas, creative process and workflows. These ideas may not ever be published but this is a way to share my ideas for inspiration. If you'd like to support my creativity and help me purchase prototype decks, become one of my patrons through Patreon.com!