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.
Lenormand has never been an easy divination system for me. But I've decided to give it another shot and use some of my old notes and kindle books to relearn. Of course, I had to make another deck and I tried to keep it as traditional as I could.
The card images are photos found on unsplash.com and pixabay.com. The most difficult photos to find were Man and Woman. Lenormand is directional and I wanted these characters to look as if they were searching for their other half.
One of the problems I have with Lenormand is that I don't understand the connections to some of the meanings I see floating around. One of the main problem cards for me is Fish. How the heck does a fish represent money? I found a photo that better represents commerce and trade to me than fish swimming in an ocean.
I'm still working on the Halloween deck but now I have a name and prototype.
The title image above was made using the WordSwag app. Here are some cards from the prototype deck. I'm using them for an October card reading challenge.
The prototype deck has 30 cards but I've decided to make it a 40-card deck. Here are some of the possible new additions using more images from pixabay.com and unsplash.com.
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