What an astonishing couple of weeks it has been. The Oracle of Initiation deck is finally finished, six years after its inception with the book’s completion, and MK Barr’s film Painted in the Desert about the underworld journey and resurrection I underwent to create the deck had its first public showing Monday night. Two beautiful babies released into the world within weeks. Now that’s cool.
One of the ten thousand things I learned over the course of this visionary quest into death and rebirth is that our creative creations are never really ours. Continuing with the birthing analogy, we really are stewards of our children and projects, not owners. We manifest them, giving them our perspectives and lineage, but ultimately they have their own destiny. Art in any form is an offering that is fulfilled when the receiver has their OWN experience with the work. As a toddler will amble away from us to absorb their own knowledge of the senate world, we to must watch our sacred gifts have their own fate; allow them their own rambling journeys. So with both the Oracle deck and movie, Ta-Da, here they are world, and we shall watch like a doting parents at what miraculous lessons, challenges and triumphs they shall have, releasing our attachments.
So I am off to my parents who are still learning how to let their children go encounter group, enjoy another installment from one of the Norse Guardians in the newly available Oracle of Initiation book. http://www.blurb.com/books/3093227.
And there are ONLY 2 decks left in the premier limited edition, get yours with the book before they are gone at: www.OracleofInitiation.com
The Sámi are the indigenous Scandinavian people
inhabiting northern Sweden, Norway, and Finland. The name
for their shamanic healers is Noaidi. These hearty arctic tribes
were some of the last Europeans to retain their shamanic
traditions in the face of Christianization. The Noaidi created
beautiful runebomme, drums covered with detailed maps of
the spirit worlds where they traveled, called saivo. The
reindeer was one of their supreme spirit helpers, and the
most skilled Noaidi had reindeer bucks as their spirit guides.
The women healers were also powerful oracles, performing
a practice called seidr. The female volva, the oracle, would sit
cloaked on a high seat holding her sacred staff. She would be
surrounded by singers in each direction whose ecstatic seidr
songs transported her to saivo, the world between the worlds,
from which she returned with prophecies and guidance for
The ancestral Noaidi speak:
We are the ancient ancestors of the great white north. We represent
the northern portion of the web of existence connecting all
indigenous peoples. We are the glowing wisdom of the aurora
borealis, the northern rainbow sky bridge. We are gleaming beacons
within the bare, silent expanse of the tundra of dreams. We know the
landscapes of life and death, and our drums are alive. Reclaim the
honor and dignity of each of your heritages. We each carry a piece of
the wisdom, an element of the myths, a portion of the earth reverence
that is to be reborn. Know your ancestors, honor the dead, find your
own magic and power to carry forth for the generations to come.
all images and text copyright Mellissae Lucia 2012
from the book: Oracle of Initiation: Rainbows in the Dark