Sunday, November 22, 2015
Tree oracle revisited
While cleaning out my tarot/oracle deck cabinet, I came across an oracle I had made years ago; a tree oracle based on the different types of timbers I have had the privilege of working with. It's funny how the kennings I came up with still hold true for me to this day. Since the inception of this oracle, I have worked with other sorts of wood, but I do not wish to add any of them to the collection. Personally, I have found that more isn't always better; too many cards, runes, tiles, symbols, etc... and the deck becomes too complex and convoluted. As a matter of fact, when I use this oracle for readings, I go about the inspiration that arises from the kennings... Not so much the keywords or tarot card associations I have ascribed to each wood tile. I guess it's true what they say; "the best type of oracle to use is one you made yourself... One you have an intimate connection with." I personally encourage anyone interested in getting in touch with their intuitive "seer" to create their very own oracle system, based on what they are passionate about and have an in-depth connection with. Love birds? Make a bird oracle deck. Crazy about crystals? Create your very own crystal oracle with personalized meanings. For me, I love trees and wood, as I am an avid sculptor, woodworker and tree-hugger; each timber has its own "personali-tree" and through woodworking experience, they speak to me in ways that many other types of system cannot. Time to dust off the old tree oracle and give it a whirl!