Have you ever thought of creating your own oracle deck?
Of course you have! I know because I get questions about this ALL. THE. TIME. I’ve even written an entire article about my process of creating decks here on Little Red Tarot.
Defeat creative paralysis
A recent Facebook group poll asked, “Do you want to create your own oracle or tarot deck someday?” The top third response was, “No. I’ve decided I suck at being creative.” One of the things that always surprises me is how super artistic people seem stuck in terms of creating an oracle deck. I’m talking about YOU!! I’ve seen your drawings and doodles on Instagram. They’re awesome. Just put them onto cards and you have an oracle deck!
I realize there is a bit of creative paralysis that interferes with ART-ing sometimes so I’ve developed a challenge to get past that obstacle. It’s called #createthisoracledeck challenge and it runs during March on Instagram. It’s a way to create a unique, personal oracle your way.
I hope it will also help you understand how to translate a symbol into meaning. For some of you, this might be the first step to creating an oracle deck you’re ready to share with the world.
The challenge will be done Wreck This Journal style (I’m referring to series of journaling books by Keri Smith) with a prompt for each card. Join in by following the daily prompts to create your own personal oracle deck.
You can draw, collage, or use apps to create your deck. You can add numbers to your cards and/or create names/titles for each one. We’ll do a total of 30 cards. On the final day of the challenge, March 31, show off your entire deck.
What you need:
- Cardstock, blank cards, index cards, etc. You can find blank card decks on amazon and makeplayingcards.com
- Pencils & non-bleed pens and markers for drawing (rubber stamping is also a great idea)
- Magazines, stickers, scissors and glue stick for collage
- Apps like Tayasui Sketches, ArtStudio, to make digital drawings
*Remember that using watercolors or too much glue will curl your blank cards or index cards and they will be difficult to shuffle.
The intention of this challenge is to create a usable oracle deck without getting hung up on the details.
That’s why there are prompts and a time limitation of one day per card. If it’s taking you more than a day to do each card, you’re doing too much. If you’re getting stuck in a perfection rut, repeat this mantra: “It doesn’t have to be perfect. I have plenty of great ideas and unlimited opportunities to create.”
Feel free to make your deck as simple or complex as you like. It’s not about the art. I mean, seriously, have you seen my drawings? It’s about creating a unique tool that reflects you + having fun. The prompts are deceptively simple. But they reflect a variety of symbolic systems such as numerology, dreamwork, inner child work, totem animals, and more.
We’ll also be creating a guidebook to accompany your deck. It will include your personal symbols and interpretations of the prompts. Each day of the challenge, I’ll share insights so you can develop your own card meanings. You can use a plain composition notebook or sketch pad for your guidebook. Some of you may want to take an art journaling or mind mapping approach to it. Each day of the challenge, I’ll share insights so you can develop your own card meanings.
We begin posting a card a day on March 1, 2017.
After completion of the challenge, I plan to assemble a playbook with the challenge steps, prompts, spreads, and hopefully some of your photos for inspiration. It will be available as a free guide on my blog.
ALSO: Pull, Pen, Paint
If you want to learn more about ART-ing, creating oracle decks, and journaling, sign up for Pull, Pen, Paint: Journaling with Tarot & Oracle Cards, hosted by Kiala Givehand, a mixed media book artist. This 30-day online workshop begins February 27! It’s full of intuition, imagination and imagery, and features 12 awesome instructors. As part of the workshop, I’m being interviewed by Kiala to share my creative process for making tarot and oracle decks.
You can register at the early bird rate of $70 until March 5. After that, the class will be priced at $85. In this course, we will share our methods of using tarot and oracle cards to elevate our personal journaling, spiritual, and creative practices. Please use my affiliate link for more information.
Hope to see you in class and in the challenge!!