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Deck of Interest—Pagan Lenormand Oracle

Oct 20 2016 Published by under Anna's Decks of Interest, Oracles in Action™

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What do pagans have to do with Lenormand?

This innovative deck combines the ritual and nature-based spirituality of paganism with the traditional imagery of the Lenormand deck.

Drawing on the inherent inclusiveness of paganism, the deck has two cards representing “man” and two cards representing “woman”, each one from a different heritage. This means that there is a card to represent each of the directions of the natural circle (or medicine wheel) and makes it clear that the deck recognizes more than one race.

Without sacrificing the long-standing symbolism of the Lenormand deck, the illustrations have been updated for modern users. The power of cards like Moon is self-evident.You will find potato chips, koi, a Book of Shadows, and a pentagram ring. The power of cards like Moon is self-evident. My favorite card is 20-Garden with its magenta labyrinth.

Practicing pagans will find quick and easy connection to the deck. For those who are new to nature spirituality, this deck provides a terrific tool for learning about paganism, visually and intuitively. SHOP FOR THE DECK

© 2016 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Oracles in Action™ Chapter Two

Aug 01 2010 Published by under Llewellyn, Oracles in Action™

On the Road, Off the Cuff, and In-Service to Whatever’s Out There

Vampyre Empress

I got a sneak peak of Llewellyn’s Tarot of the Vampyres a few months ago and have been waiting for the finished deck ever since. My BFF at Llewellyn, Marissa Pederson, made sure that Tricia O’Reilly sent one off to me as soon as they came off the presses. I got it just in time for Spirit Connection New York’s July Message Circle. The deck is amazing. Beautifully illustrated, erotic and exotic, and highly emotive. I couldn’t wait to use it.

The energy rose perceptibly as the deck made it’s way around the circle. Each attendee shuffled it in his or her own style and then picked one card. I knew that they were all as impressed with the illustrations as I was. It also became clear that the deck was triggering reactions at a core level. I realized that I was about to face a round of tough messages. I took a deep breath as I asked the first person if I could read their card for them.

That first card was the Seven of Grails — a scantily clad young woman surrounded by snakes and staring into a cauldron. The message was for a male attendee, a sexy gentlemen from Guatemala, who was a regular. He grinned as we all took time to tease him about the sexy image before I turned to a serious interpretation. His message was that he needed to take care of business if he wanted to be able to manifest his favorite fantasies He was told to pursue his career goals first and then he would be able to take whatever he wanted from the pot at the end of the rainbow. He was encouraged to search out the self-sabotaging thoughts that might be keeping him from working up to his potential.

The next attendee I was drawn to handed me the Prince of Grails — an exotically dashing young man in a velvet smoking jacket. It was another career-oriented message. The woman who had chosen it is a writer and a psychic. The advice from spirit was to start drawing out her inner masculine in order to strengthen her professional life. Even though the purpose of her work is to nurture and heal, spirit was saying, “Bolder. More assertive. More action, less reaction.”

Judgement — a dark-eyed, pasty-skinned cat-like figure who was lunging towards the viewer with a dagger in his hand — was the next card to be presented to me. Yet another career-oriented message. This woman was changing careers, had just finished some job training, and was beginning her job hunt. The message was to relax and let interviewers come to her rather than being so aggressive about selling herself. The panther in the background of the card indicated strength that backed her up; no need to defend herself in advance just because she was nervous.

The next person to get a message, a woman who is enduring tremendous stress both professionally and in her personal life, had pulled the Ten of Knives — a buxom Greta Garbo type, draped backwards over the edge of a four-poster bed with a dagger inserted at the base of her beautiful cleavage. I sensed that this woman was trying to get help from those around her by “pantomiming” her distress. Spirit said, “Give it up. They’re never going to notice. You need to get your needs met directly and probably someplace else.”

Next to get a reading was a very gentile and self-effacing woman. She had picked the Queen of Scepters — a sultry red-head, pregnant and reclining with an aggressively-posed panther in front of her. The message was that there was much she was waiting to manifest but that she would need to bring her sensual, creative aspects closer to the surface in order to access her power and begin living the life she quietly desired.

Last but not least was the Nine of Scepters — a seductively clothed young woman in the throes of ecstasy and holding a burning cross. We ended as we began with some good-natured teasing. This attendee, a woman, is an artist and she was encouraged to let her sensuality permeate her artwork; to add color and passion to it; to let it take on a life of it’s own.

These cards are intense. The messages were equally intense and it was work to bring the messages through. But the process left everyone feeling elevated. I’m not sure how that happened but it did. It was another exciting journey through the veil via the Tarot.

© 2010 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Oracles in Action™

Jun 27 2010 Published by under Oracles in Action™, US Games

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.

AsktheQueens - Anne BoleynI 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 SystemsAsk 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

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