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:
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.
all images and text copyright Mellissae Lucia 2009