Category: Creation of the Oracle of Initiation Deck

The Magical and Intriguing Inside-Story of the Emergence of the Limited Edition Version of The Oracle of Initiation Deck

I am awe struck. Boy has this been a wild ride. I wouldn’t want it any other way, and even I am surprised by the twists and turns during the emergence of the limited edition deck of The Oracle of Initiation. I am a Leo, sun-wise, and I have a lot of fire. I also…

Limited Edition of The Oracle Initiation DECK-Coming SOON

Come join me in the Mystery & Magic- Experience your own Oracle of Initiation deck!!!!!! This life-changing project overtook me almost 4 years ago. Read the earlier blog post about the day I knew I was called to create the deck … http://melissaweisssteele.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/energetic-sparkles-surging-down-my-chakras-how-i-knew-i-was-called-to-create-the-oracle-of-initiation/ The levels of initiation that I have experienced throughout the journey into…

The 3rd incarnation of The Oracle of Initiation-NEW images

This is so exciting. These are some of the recent  retrievals from my catalog of 30,000 Painted Body photographs that are the images within my original divination deck, The Oracle of Initiation. http://www.OracleofInitiation.com  It is so incredible to see a project evolve, and three and a half years into it get some fresh perspective. When…

Energetic Sparkles Surging Down My Chakra’s-How I knew I was called to Create The Oracle of Initiation

On April 6th, 2006 I knew I was called to create my own divination deck. As I sat on my couch in Wedgewood, one of the most intense energetic experiences I have ever felt cascaded down through my Chakras*. So, backing up… at the end of August 2005 I had a major concussion hip-hop roller…

Sacred Adornment-The Altar-ing of Self

In my Painted Body photography series for The Oracle of Initiation deck, sacred adornment is a central part of the process.  The talismanic jewels and natural objects I decorate myself with are as altar-ing as the painting itself. The feathers, scarves, crystals & bones all carry an energy and power that radiates beyond their physical…

The Painted Body Locations-how in the world did I get there?

I can’t talk about the Painted Body series locations without bringing in the Earthen Body series first. Over time I will revisit certain pivotal shoots from the Earthen Body series, but for now we shall just share their profound impact on my sense of power, trust and joy. The Earthen Body series began in Texas…

Tribal epiphanies in graffiti tunnels

So back to the story of how The Oracle of Initiation divination deck was created… in 2008 I had  made the biggest geographic move of my life {other than a youthful jaunt in Italy} to New Mexico. This relocation occurred  six months before The Painted Body series emerged for the deck. I had been working…

How Hip Hop, Horses Dances and The Hopi inspired The Oracle of Initiation deck

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you, without a strong rhyme to step to. Think of how many weak shows you slept through, times up, I’m sorry I kept you.” I Know YOU Got Soul by Eric B & Rakim How long has it been since you lived within a strong rhythm,…