EROFT – Meditation #2

This week for our second meditation, we were asked to invent our own “oracle deck.” I was kind of stumped, so, I turned to Google for guidance and inspiration. After a bit of searching a few nights of sleeping on it, I woke up one morning realizing I’ve known all along what my oracle deck should be made of: words of inspiration that were spoken directly to me for years. If you haven’t guessed from the preview of the deck’s art, I’ve chosen inspirational/motivational lyrics from (some of my favorite) Ani DiFranco songs. So here, I present to you my Ani DiFranco Oracle Deck.

I thought a lot about how this could be used in both tech and non-tech situations. If I had a physical set, I would likely use it to ask/answer single questions with a single card as both the querent and reader. However, if I were to have the time and resources (and interest from others), I’d like to design a multi-querent/reader setup where 3 to 5 users interact as both querents and readers. I feel this multi-user approach could create a new type (if it doesn’t exist already) of reading environment, connecting people who will share in a personal (electronic) ritual.

Five Card Oracle Deck Spread
Five Card Oracle Deck Spread Souce: Ask-Angels.com

Here’s how I see it working… A smartphone app would allow users to sign in and join a group to do a reading. For example, users could decide to join a 5-card (therefore a 5-person) layout, like the one suggested by ask-angels.com, where the cards’ positions would speak to different themes as follows:

Card 1: Situation. This card represents the situation and general theme or energy surrounding your question or situation.

Card 2: Challenge. This card speaks to a present or upcoming challenge you may be facing.

Card 3: Guidance. This card gives insight into the guidance surrounding your situation, as well as revealing external help you may receive.

Card 4: Focus. This card reveals what you could focus on to reach your desired outcome. It may also represent a positive intention which will help you in moving forward.

Card 5: Outcome. This card reveals the potential outcome related to your question when you act upon the angelic guidance you receive.

When a person joins a room, s/he will be assigned the card position corresponding to the order s/he entered the group. If a user drops out of the group before it is completed, everyone moves up a position. Once a group is completed, everyone will be given a card from the deck and five minutes to complete his/her interpretation based on the card and position assigned. After everyone has submitted his/her interpretation, all users will have all the cards and interpretations revealed to them in order (at their own paces.) This setup would allow for multi-user readings where each participant is able to be both querent and reader.

Another variation of this would allow groups of friends (from either real life or social media) to form groups for readings. The groups would be ‘dealt’ cards at a certain time, which would be ready for them when they log in. The group’s participants will have an agreed time by which everyone will submit his/her interpretation. Just like in the last case, after everyone has submitted his/her interpretation, all users will have all the cards and interpretations revealed to them in order (at their own paces.) In either scenario, the layouts could be changed, possibly appearing as groups on a screen for people to join when they log in.

It was a real trip down memory lane to create this deck, as each of these quotes on these cards were/are very much a part of my music history! Below each card, meditation themes are suggested. If you’re unfamiliar with Ani (AH-nee) DiFranco’s music, you may find a different vibe once you listen to these songs. I hope you enjoy my cards a fraction as much as I’ve enjoyed her music!32 FLAVORS Oracle Deck Card

32 FLAVORS

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: SELF-LOVE AND CONFIDENCE


ANGRY ANYMORE Oracle Deck Card

ANGRY ANYMORE

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: LETTING GO / FORGIVENESS / UNDERSTANDING


AS IS Oracle Deck Card

AS IS

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE / ACCEPTANCE


ATOM Oracle Deck Card

ATOM

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: MEDITATION / MINDFULNESS


DECREE Oracle Deck Card

DECREE

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: THE FOOL’S AWAKENING / INACTION’S CONSEQUENCES


EDUCATED GUESS Oracle Deck Card

EDUCATED GUESS

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: BEING THERE FOR ANOTHER IN NEED


EGOS LIKE HAIRDOS Oracle Deck Card

EGOS LIKE HAIRDOS

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: IMPACT OF EXTERNAL INFLUENCES


EVEREST Oracle Deck Card

EVEREST

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: EMPHASIZING SIMILARITIES


EVOLVE Oracle Deck Card

EVOLVE

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: SELF-AWARENESS


FACE UP AND SING Oracle Deck Card

FACE UP AND SING

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: COMMUNICATION / CONSEQUENCES OF PASSIVITY


FUEL Oracle Deck Card

FUEL

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: QUESTIONING DEFINITION OF SELF AND OTHERS


GOD'S COUNTRY Oracle Deck Card

GOD’S COUNTRY

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS


HOUR FOLLOWS HOUR Oracle Deck Card

HOUR FOLLOWS HOUR

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: RESPONSIBILITY / COMPLEXITY


IMPERFECTLY Oracle Deck Card

IMPERFECTLY

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: GIFTS OF EXPERIENCE / WISDOM / ACQUIRING SKILLS


MARROW Oracle Deck CardMARROW Oracle Deck Card

MARROW

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS / INSECURITIES IN LOVE


MY IQ Oracle Deck Card

MY IQ

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: RESOURCEFULNESS AND STRENGTH


NOT A PRETTY GIRL Oracle Deck Card

NOT A PRETTY GIRL

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: INNER-STRENGTH AND SELF-RELIANCE


OUT OF RANGE Oracle Deck Card

OUT OF RANGE

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: FLEXIBILITY AND COMPROMISE AS STRENGTHS


SUBDIVISION Oracle Deck Card

SUBDIVISION

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: SOCIETAL AWARENESS / NUMBNESS


WHAT IF NO ONE'S WATCHING Oracle Deck Card

WHAT IF NO ONE’S WATCHING

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: CURIOSITY / DOUBT


YOUR NEXT BOLD MOVE Oracle Deck Card

YOUR NEXT BOLD MOVE

MEDITATE ON THE THEME OF: REFOCUSING ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT / PRIORITIES

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