“Love Affair with Red Earth” excerpt from the Oracle of Initiation-Rainbows in the Dark book

Another excerpt from the newly released Oracle of Initiation-Rainbows in the Dark book that accompanies the visionary Oracle of Initiation divination deck created on New Mexico’s red earth by Mellissae Lucia:

Mellissae Lucia in a New Mexico graffiti tunnel where she does her Painted Body ritualistic photography series work

Love Affair with Red Earth

The desert liberated me. Its vast, open landscape feeds me

with a silence and expansiveness that I have never

experienced anywhere else. I believe New Mexico is one of

the most magical, liminal, complex places on the earth. It’s

like Ireland and New Zealand, a territory located in an

alternate dimension. As the Celts say, it is one of the “thin

places,” a portal into the hidden realms of the spirits and

ancestors. If it is yours, it reaches into a core place,

claiming you without words, without thought, without

conscious articulation, but it claims you nonetheless.

Through the desert, I found my spare and tempered wildness.

The land offers an intimacy, a raw tenderness that arrests me.

It is subtle here, you must readjust to recognize the delicate

austerity of the beauty. It is also a place that demands

heartiness, stamina, resilience, and fortitude of the spirit.

The desert is big enough to hold my visions.

http://www.OracleofInitiation.com

all images and text copyright Mellissae Lucia 2009

Card number 3. Instinct from the Oracle of Initiation deck by Mellissae Lucia

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