How to Create Your Own Tarot or Oracle Deck for Personal Use

The Druid's Garden

My local ogham-like oracle system :) My local ogham-like oracle system 🙂

Ever since I self-published the Tarot of Trees, I get a fairly regular stream of people who are interested in creating their own oracle decks and want to know how to do it. So in today’s post, I’ll share the process of developing a variety of different oracles. Some were published oracles, like  The Tarot of Trees and my forthcoming Plant Spirit Oracle, while others were private oracles just for me, such as the Ancestor Oracle and my ongoing East Coast Ogham project and tree spirit project. Through these projects, I detail the process for how you might create your own. We’ll talk about the act of creation itself, as well as options for if you want to get it out into the world (self publish, print on demand, etc).

In today’s post, I’m going to focus on oracle decks that you…

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She Shells

Background on Ocean Oracles.

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1891

According to J. B. Friedrich, “Symbolik der Natur” the Sea Shell, on account of its being a product of the Sea, or of the all-generating moisture; and much more probably from its shape, is an emblem of woman herself. Being one of the great emblems of productive Nature, or of life and light, and opposed to barrenness, winter or negation, the sea shell was a charm against evil. The gypsies have retained it as a powerful agent for “luck” showing to what a degree they are still influenced by the early symbolism which effectively formed not one but many mythologies. Among the Hungarian Gypsies the virtue or magical power of a sea shell is in proportion to the degree of resemblance of which it possesses.

This association of shells, with the mysterious and magical, is to be found among gypsies…

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