This post follows on from Big Art: When It All Comes Together.
When I first decided to create an oracle deck, I started looking up the symbolic meaning of animals, birds and plants. But then the voices of my tribe members came to me, all along the lines of
I wish I could read Tarot and Oracle decks, but it makes no sense to me.
For my oracle deck, I want everybody to pick it up and immediately start reading it. Somebody somewhere at some point in time assigned symbolic meanings to things. But I was curious. Did those meanings make sense to my tribe?
I decided to incorporate symbols that make sense to the people I hang with. So, I put it out there to see what does make sense.
For my first card, I posted the word Acceptance and asked which animals, birds and plants most resonated with people. This is what I got:
Animal: dog; sloth; hen; cat; fox; moose; butterfly; fawn; elephant; ant; cow; grasshopper; tortoise; mudskipper
Bird: raven; crow; dove; cardinal; wren; robin; swan; owl; hummingbird
Plant: wild rose; daisy; dandelion; peony; squash blossom; lily; sunflower
The symbol in each category with the most ‘votes’ made it into my illustration.
I am making this oracle deck for my tribe, so making it with my tribe totally warms the cockles of my heart.
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