Oracles in Action™
On the Road, Off the Cuff, and In-Service to Whatever’s Out There
Anything can be an oracle — crystals, photos, smoke, dried flowers, burnt paper, and, of course, tarot cards. Tarot/oracle decks are very popular. People love them. The cards not only add interest to a reading, but I think when people are diverted by looking at the pictures, they forget their fear of the unknown and drop their psychic defenses a little. That makes it easier to do a reading for them.
I do a lot of Message Circles for Spirit Connection New York, so I’m always looking for new and interesting oracle decks which will add a little extra entertainment value to the events. My most recent discovery is U.S. Games Systems’ Ask the Queens Advice Cards. It’s a forty card deck illustrated by Kris Waldherr. Lynn Araujo at U.S. Games warned me that the deck was meant to be a fun item, not an true oracle. “Bring it on,” I replied. I couldn’t wait to try it out in public. I got my chance this weekend. The deck was indeed fun, and proved to be a terrific oracle as well. Let me give you the highlights.
One attendee, with a parent who had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, got a message from Queen Urraca. (Urraca was Queen of Castille and León before they became Spain. She died, at the age of forty-six, giving birth to the child of one of her lovers.) Her message was “Biology can be a bitch.” When I looked at the card I saw “can be” flashing at me. The message that I got was that the attendee was worried that she had inherited a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s. The guides were telling her that biology “can be” not “has to be” a problem. Lifestyle choices with regard to diet, exercise, social networking, and mental stimulation can alter the effects of DNA.
I did a double-take when Queen Roxanne told the next attendee, “Don’t marry a man in love with another man.” (Roxanne was the stunning beauty who married Alexander the Great. Alexander ‘s one true love was his best friend, Hephaestion.) The message was to take a look at how she might be focusing on unavailable men in order to prevent a serious relationship from forming in her life.
Then Empress Alute spoke: “If your enemies outnumber you, your days may be numbered.” (Alute died at the age of twenty and may have been poisoned with gold leaf.) This attendee, who does have some health challenges, was told that viewing other people as adversaries wasn’t helping his body recover. Time for a new mindset. There was also a sub-message: All that glitters may not be good for you.
“Marrying your husband’s brother is an iffy business,” said Queen Catherine of Aragon as I moved around the circle. (Catherine was the first wife of Henry VIII. Enough said.) The message here was for the attendee to broaden her inner circle, that her group of close friends was getting too inbred; if she wanted to meet her prince she was going to have to expand her range a little.
This was the first of three wives of Henry that came up at this circle. Overall I took that to be an abundance message for the group, perhaps with a caution about getting greedy.
Queen Artemisia spoke up next: “Don’t let your heart overrule your head.” (Artemisia fell for a boy toy who didn’t return her affection. After gouging his eyes out, she drown herself in the sea.) This turned out to be a message to toughen up. The attendee was told to take a page from Donald Trump’s book and become a little more aggressive when she was doing business.
The next message came from Queen Catherine Howard. “Don’t mess around on the king.” (Catherine, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was a play girl who was eventually beheaded for adultery.) The attendee was told not to vent her anger by sneaking around behind the back of someone with power. Just suck it up and move on.
The last of Henry’s wives to speak, Queen Jane Seymour said, “Before you usurp your employer, consider the downside.” (Jane was engaged to Henry while Anne Boleyn was awaiting execution. She provided Henry with his only male heir but died not long afterward.) This attendee got a message not to interfere if he saw problems at his job. The person he complained to might want things to be that way. Better to mind his own business and stir clear of messes that weren’t his.
While these cards are tongue-in-cheek, the messages turned out to be seriously helpful. At the end of the session, one attendee said that all the messages had been helpful to him. I told him that a good message circle is always like that; the messages are like puzzle pieces and in the end every one goes home with the whole picture.
© 2010 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks