This is Americana, hand made and influenced by multiple cultures. Not mass-produced, no factories, sweatshops, corporations, pollution or bar codes. Individual pictures are hand sketched and burned on mesquite, which is then rubbed well with linseed oil. No polyurethane or plastifying. Mesquite is a lovely hardwood with an attractive reddish tinge. The mesquite tree itself thrives in the southwest and even a small tree can send a taproot as much as 175 feet into the ground to get the water it needs. I like that metaphor for doing readings.
The oracle is read very much like Lenormand, there are no meanings to study since you already have associations for images like the Sun, Stars, Mermaid, and Hand, only a brief explanation of the images is really necessary. It’s all very simple but not dumbed-down.
MIRACLE – Bodhisattva Tara’s TAM glyph. Very lucky break, deus ex machina, transcendence, mercy, compassion. Active, dynamic divine energy. This is the one that tells you things are going to be fine. (Note: I included this one because Tara’s specific function is mercy and compassion, she is said to help anyone who calls on her sincerely. In other words, it’s more specific than, say, an angel, which could simply be a messenger. This oracle is not particular to any one religion or system of belief. It should work for everyone.)
GOLDEN APPLE – Eris’s golden apple. Chaos. Stirring the pot. Pranks! The Golden Apple can be stressful, but it shakes things up and can keep a situation from becoming stagnant. Chaos contains both order and disorder. Strife, but also creativity.
PENTAGON – A pentagon. Order.
Imposed order and chaos escalate in direct proportion to each other. A little order is good. Too much order is fascism. Well aspected: organization, neatness, etc. Ill aspected: prison, military, controlled environment.
SUN – A sun with a man’s face. I had a little trouble making such a round face look masculine and experimented with facial hair, etc., but what I finally did was to do the features like Sitting Bull’s, and it looks fine. Sun, man, active, yang, etc. The male consultant.
MOON – Moon with a woman’s face. Lunar, woman, receptive, yin, etc. The female consultant.
STAR – A star. Similar to the Lenormand Stars. Clarity, aims, guidance, wishes, very auspicious!
EYE – An eye. You are being observed with interest. Constancy, “eye of God”, watching over someone/something. Alternately, spying, stalking.
MOUTH – A mouth. Consumes. Could also indicate speech. The Mouth reverses to a kind of pout, so you can see if a situation is pleasing or not! If badly aspected, can indicate gossip especially when near the Eye.
HAND – A hand. Work, job, human endeavors, efforts, help.
HEART – Human lives, love, affection. Pay attention to what falls close to this one! They show what is dear to your heart, and what threatens it.
MERMAID – A mermaid. Strong attraction. La Sirena! Mermaids sit on rocks and lure men to their doom, so be careful what you are attracted to. Music, flirtation, pleasure.
GHOST – A transparent lady in front of an old New England style gravestone. Things that haunt, keep coming back, won’t go away. Stalking, sometimes. Illusory things, things that are hard to prove or pin down.
SNAKE – A snake. Same as Lenormand. Detours, danger, pipes/plumbing, people or things that are snake-like.
MERCURY – A winged foot. Communication, letter, phone call, email, message, etc. Also speed.
PAYDAY – An eagle crapping dollar signs. You’ve heard the old blues songs that say, “The eagle flies on Friday”, but what I remember the old people saying was “the eagle shits“. Money, especially money you earn.
DOG – Friend, loyalty, protection, vigilance, fidelity. Like Lenormand.
CAT – Stealth, agility, self-reliance. As Kipling wrote, “I am the cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.” Self-serving, can be false if badly aspected.
BABY – A baby. A child, a new project, new idea, anything just beginning. A “little” of something. Responsibilities, things that require care and attention.
HARPY – A harpy. Malice. Harpies snatch things away and crap in your food. Someone who tries to make trouble out of pure spite, even take your basic sustenance.
SCISSORS – Scissors. “Cut off.” That’s it. End. Over. Separation. Like Atropos.
PITCHFORK – A pitchfork. Defense, protection, something needs to be/is being “pitched out.”
HOUSE – A house. Your actual home, its issues, and the people who live there. Stability, security.
HIGHWAY – A highway. Travel. Change. Distance, either literal or metaphorical.
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ETA: I am not making these anymore at the present time. If I start again, I will let you guys know!