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The Garden Meets The Cards
Since I was young, the need to cultivate plants, to feel the soil in my hands and the warm sun gleam through the sprinkle of the hose, to watch in amazement as seeds turn to sprouts, then to plants and blooms, has been essential to my personal growth. Being amongst plants is where I am most at peace, most evergreen, most purely myself. This is a most cherished part of my world, where botanicals and divination meet, from the garden to the cards.
Something magical happens when you fuse divination and intuition with all that grows green. From a deeper awareness of the plant life around you, a bond between Mother Earth, the body, the spirit, and our intention is born.
Through these Sister works, I have found a way to transform my practice into an all-encompassing experience, grounding my roots in the botanicals I hold so dear and setting a path where my passion for flora arrives as a form of divinatory guidance from above and below the ground.
The Ophidia Rosa Tarot and Pythia Botanica Oracle deck both took root around the same time, inspired by the intersection of my life with plants, mythology, art, and a myriad of energies I had yet to fully understand. While the Oracle deck connected my ancient Hellenic heritage closer to an enchantment with botanical mythology, the Ophidia Rosa drew on a broader timeworn truth I've received from the Tarot.
The Pythia Botanica instills the ancient mythological lineage of plant magic with present-day personal meaning to guide readers through fate. Beyond its initial intentions, the deck somehow springs with elements that remain a mystery even to me. This gives it an amorphous power where others can find light that is uniquely their own.
For reading these cards, I would suggest embracing the openness that an Oracle deck uniquely offers, bringing an open mind, heart, and pure intentions to the table. I always spend time with my decks, and get to know the cards on the one-on-one level that one might meet a person or group of individual energies.
Oracle cards can be read alone or in unison with a Tarot deck; they can be read in many spreads (one-card pulls, three-card spreads, traditional Tarot spreads such as the Celtic Cross and Zodiac). The advice I tell close friends is to follow one’s intuition and trust in oneself, especially when you first start reading and it can feel a bit overwhelming. You hold all of the answers, and the cards can serve as a window to peer inward, a prism of truth, or a reflection to glare purpose back upon oneself.
The Ophidia Rosa is about transformation: the conversion of seed into bloom, the movement of crescent bodies into full moons, and the renewal of childlike wonder from weary, full-grown forms. It's a very visceral form of Tarot, and one that required digging deep into the garden, with all the twists and turns and dirt one might encounter among those thorns and worms and seeds and leaves.
The Maiden Oracle is wedded to independence and weeded of despondence. Through these cards ― earthborn botanicals, ancient mythology, and the Tarot's Major Arcana ― we seek clarity from chaos, vision against division, and a fellowship of blooms that can only sprawl from empowerment sown within.
Pythia grew from the garden, Ophidia Rosa of timeworn truths, and now the Maiden Oracle ― my third work of botanical divination ― has grown its firmest root in fertile soil. A humble garden journey, hands smudged in soil, has thus far brought me here. The Maiden deck completes a trilogy of floral searching, a quest left standing tall among the fruits of labor, among all that's crawled before and all that will forever grow.
These three sister decks are works meant to flourish inside the garden, to bring a deeper connection to the flora around us, to strengthen our intuition and to welcome the wisdom plants so selflessly give.
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