The Oracle of Initiation divination deck is 8 years old today! Since its first physical incarnation 5 years ago, it has been offering experienced guidance in claiming the beauty available in spiritual transformation to a loyal group of fans. The ancient cross-cultural guardians that emerged for the Painted Body images when I wrote the companion book have been lighting the way to our rainbows in the dark, the paradox of our greatest gifts being hidden in our shadows. It has been such a profound privilege to manifest this project, and what a wild and wondrous journey it has been. Once again I was recently shown that there really are no coincidences when it comes to our true destinies, with a series of synchronicities illuminating this truth. Here is the spread it wishes to offer for it’s birthday, in cards I have altar-ed to the size of the new edition. So cool!
New Edition of the Oracle on the horizon
Along with celebrating the deck’s birthing into form, it is a time for its emergence into the world in a larger way. Since its inception I have dreamed of having an accessibly priced, professionally printed version of the deck available. In 2010 when the first limited edition of 88 decks were printed I followed the suggestion of a friend and printed them on 4×6 postcards with rounded corners. I have kept with that strategy for the second limited edition of 112 decks, and in 2012 the 400 page accompanying book was completed. I love the big 4×6” cards because the art really shines through and you can see so many details in the images. And it would be so fun to play with it in another format.
It is finally time to begin creating that new edition, and I am in the process of planning an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to print 1000 Tarot sized Oracle decks with a little color book and box at about 1/3rd the price of the bigger, signed, limited edition decks and books. I am literally on fire about the potential for crowdfunding to revolutionize the way artists and social activists gather resources to change the world. If you do not know what crowdfunding is, see the bottom of this post for a brief outline.
The Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign’ series
The planned launch date for the campaign is May 20th, 2014 for 33 days to the summer Solstice on June 21st. Starting this week I will premier a series here on my blog called “The Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign from the Beginning” in which I offer both practical and visionary insights into what it really takes to do a campaign.
These crowdfunding blog posts will honestly and intimately outline the ups and downs of the entire process, with the best information I can find about this burgeoning paradigm shift in how resources are gathered and used. Surprisingly there is not as much good data out there as one might think, it is only about six years old in its current format, and is so visionary that a lot of the information still seems to be disseminated by word of mouth from those who have found some of the keys to the process.
Join The Oracle of Initiation and myself in this magical romp as we open-heartedly navigate this powerful new innovation to sanctify ourselves, coming together to co-create the world we all desire through funding the visions that heal and inspire our fractured society. It is essential that we all work together to bring about the changes we wish to see, and The Oracle of Initiation was created to reclaim deep alliances with our own knowing, the earth and each other.
On April 6th, 2006, the day the deck began I had a life-changing energetic experience that clearly revealed that I was called to start the project. Here is the blog post I wrote about that experience. It ultimately took me six years to complete the entire project, but that day, with the energetic sparkles surging down my Chakras I knew it was my destiny. Five days before the sparkles surged down my core I had a Tarot reading from my friend Sonya Lea within her Wild Work coaching process we were doing, and the cards were also clear about the deck coming through me.
8 years later through receiving my dear friend Lisa de St. Croix’s newly released De St. Croix Tarot deck I was brought back to that first auspicious reading from Sonya Lea.
I met Lisa when I moved to Santa Fe, and we bonded over loving the desert and dance, and both being mystical artists. For the past five years she was on her own medicine walk painting her shamanic southwest Tarot deck, and her successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for her deck is one of the reasons I finally decided to do one for mine. About a month ago I received my copy of her deck from her campaign last fall, and was thrilled by the quality of the product. I anxiously tore away the cellophane wrapping, vibrating as I opened the box and shuffled the cards to pull my very first spread.
Destiny revealed through the Tarot
I pulled three cards from Lisa’s deck, with the intention of what is in the field now. The cards I got were the Magician, The Fool, and the King of Pentacles reversed. These felt really powerful, the manifestation power of the Magician with all the tools in reach, the open-hearted innocence of the Fool, and the grounded abundance of the King of Pentacle. I gave thanks for the cards, placing them on my helpful Spirits altar.
A few weeks after receiving Lisa’s new deck I was going through my documents about the creation of the Oracle deck and came to an outline of the reading Sonja Lea had given me five days before the deck came clearly into my psyche in 2006. I had always remembered that she said in an early reading that I would become a king through creating the deck as a gift to the collective, so when I read the cards that came forth in Sonya’s reading, guess who was there? The Magician, the Fool and the King of Pentacles of course!!!!!!! There was also the Tower, the Moon, The King of rods, the five of rods, and the ten of rods reversed, as well as the two of cups reversed.
To say I was awed is an understatement, and also this has happened so many times along my quests that I was also not surprised at all. This is the way things work. Our true destinies are orchestrated, and we just get to gracefully get out of our own way and flow between divine timing and fate woven with our own free-will and reframing our initiations to find the gifts within the shadows. All of this is what the Oracle joyfully and powerfully offers support with.
Making space for magic
Part of how I have seen visionary projects come into my world is by making space. Recently I decided to go through my 40 or so old journals from the last 12 years since Chris died and cull out the dreams I wanted, and then burn the rest of them. I need to finally release the old energy from the process, and make space for new potentials to blossom. Another sign that came through synchronistically was from the first six journals I grabbed to go through, one of them of course was from the time I began the deck. I was reminded of the all the juicy openings happening at that time, and releasing the three major commitments I had to groups and projects over two weeks time.
Two days after releasing my last commitment to others the deck flew though. TWO DAYS. I offer this on the deck’s 8th anniversary because 8 is about balanced power, and in life we get to learn to balance our own destiny with other folks ideas for us. Joseph Campbell says, “It takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you.” So today on the decks day of emergence, ask yourself what wishes to be released in your life so you can have space to allow new visions to flow through. We all need each others unique gifts to catapult us into the New Reality of reclaimed beauty, honor, harmony, joy and true abundance as our cultural touchstones.
I wish to give profound thanks to all the allies and guardians who co-created this glorious project with me. Bees and horses; my African DreamTime ancestors; Odin; ravens and flickers; eagles and owls; ants and cats; the elementals and angels; Hip Hop-the love of my life and that’s true; the vibrating blue Kachina head dream that was a game changer; to all of the humans who have explored the deck, done the Painted Body process, attended workshops, gotten readings and done Spiritual Initiation Counseling with me-being brave enough to explore their own rainbows in the dark; to the great love of my life the New Mexico land and Spirits; and to Christopher for lovingly shattering everything so I could find my true freedom. My dreams have come true in creating a project such as this. Mille grazie; a thousand thank YOUS.
Crowdfunding is an online method of raising funds for creative projects and inventions.
The two main online platforms where people are doing it are Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Artists, filmmakers, writers, inventors, musicians, performance artist, and all sorts of social activist are creating campaigns to share their passion projects. The hallmarks of this movement are transparency and authenticity, with the artists sharing the story of their creation, welcoming us into its process as an integral part of the campaign. The campaign also offers tangible gifts/perks/experiences from the project as an exchange for peoples support and a way for them to be involved.
The movement has coincided with the proliferation of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) in our culture, and the two work hand in hand allowing folks to easily share things they are excited about within their own networks. At its core it is about tribe building, and the opportunity for people to become part of innovations that are changing the world.
As an artist, it is an ongoing portal for bringing forth your work to a committed audience, who help co-create the emergence of your work into the world. Its called crowdfunding because the idea is to have many people offering reasonable resources to fund a project. Many hands make light work. I am thrilled to explore how this process changes the Oracle and myself over time. Join me for the journey through “The Anatomy of a Crowdfunding Campaign from the Beginning” series later this week as we all step into our own authority around valuing and sharing our sacred offerings with the world.