Through the creation of the Pythia Botanica Oracle, what started out as personal work for which I could explore my Hellenic roots and the botanicals I held so dearly, bloomed into so much more. It gave me total artistic freedom, to create a tool of divination completely from scratch, by hand, that was original and unique to my being, my ancestry, my path. My intent on creating this work was to find personal meaning and connect the mythological tales of my heritage―the ones my Grandmother shared with me as a child―to the flowers that sprouted and bloomed all around from the garden she first taught me how to tend.
In reading Oracle decks, there are no rules, it is up to the reader to choose how this tool will serve them. I approach my own Oracle readings much as I do with Tarot, whether it's drawing a card a day, three cards, more in-depth spreads or creating my own. The cards can serve as a prism of truth, a reflection upon oneself or a guiding light. We hold all of the answers, we manifest our own destinies―the cards unveil the messages we need to hear, the guidance we seek. all around me from the garden she first taught me how to tend.
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