In this video I explain what Tarot is and how to learn it easily through pulling a daily card and noticing how it lines up with your day. I show all seventy eight cards in Tarot de St. Croix; briefly describing the meaning and symbolism of each card. Finally I show a five card spread that can give insight to most issues. I hope you will join me in watching this video.


Lakshmi - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of good luck, good fortune, success and happiness. Lakshmi is the consort of Vishnu, one of the principle Hindu deities. The name Lakshmi means knowing and attaining one's goals. The eight goals attributed to Lakshmi are: spiritual enlightenment, knowledge, abundance, progeny, resources, food, patience and success. Lakshmi is also worshiped by the Jains and Buddhists as a Goddess of abundance and prosperity. Lakshmi sits on a lotus flower and holds two lotus blossoms which symbolizes self-knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. The gold coins that pour from her hands symbolize wealth and abundance.

Visual Journal - India 1999

I was lucky to once visit India during Diwali - Lakshmi's festival. Everywhere there were little lanterns flickering, firecrackers popping and rice-paste mandalas on every threshold. It is a time of great celebration. 

Lakshmi, oil on panel 8" x 8"

Oracle of Lakshmi from Invoking the Goddess:

I shower abundance upon you
Receive my gifts
Open your mind to spiritual wealth
Your hands to material prosperity
Your eyes to splendor
Your body to pleasure
Your heart to bliss
Good luck, good fortune 
Success and happiness are yours

Action to take:

Open yourself to the abundance of the universe
Receive all that you deserve

Lakshmi - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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Innana - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Innana is the ancient Sumerian Goddess of love, beauty, sex, justice, war and political power. Innana is known as the Queen of Heaven and is the enforcer of divine justice. The descent of Innana into the underworld and her ascent is her most famous myth. 

In 1997 I bought this sculpture of Innana - I didn't know much about her, but she called to me. As soon as I brought her home I began to experience a series of synchronicities that made me pay attention. This visual journal entry records some of the first sacred moments I had with her.

Visual journal 1997

Almost ten years later, I was invited to an Innana ritual where we enacted her descent and subsequent ascent. As Innana descended into the underworld she had to remove seven garments which we associated with seven qualities we needed to rid ourselves of: crown - ego, rings - false pretenses, necklace - constraints, breastplate - self-judgement, girdle - selfishness, skirt - shame, bangle - addictions. As we ascended we replaced each article with these new qualities: ability, enjoyment, comfort, forgiveness, empowerment, intention and assurance. It was one of the most empowering rituals I have ever done and by the end I felt like the Queen of Heaven.

Visual journal 2007

Innana's Oracle:

I, Queen of Heaven
Traveled to take hold of the underworld
Through seven gates I passed,
Stripped of my garments - the seven divine powers
Until naked, I sat on my dark sister's throne
Seven judges with the look of death, with the speech of anger
With the shout of heavy guilt, slew me
Through nature, reborn, I ascended
Travel with me into your dark unconscious
And rise again naturally

The Action:

Descent and Ascent
Give up your ego
Let your pure essence shine

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Venus - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Venus is the Roman Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality. Born of sea foam, she embodies sensuality. She brings good fortune and prosperity as well as peace and harmony. 

Oracle of Venus:

I am love,
Born of sea foam 
Where water and air co-mingle
From the deep waters of creation
I bring beauty, sensuality, desire, and good fortune
My star, planet Venus rules relationships
Succumb to the pleasures of love
Sex is a gift from the divine

The Action to take:

Love is the highest vibration, tune into it
As you give love so shall you receive

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Cucuteni Bird Goddess 
Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Cucuteni Bird Goddess figurines have been found in the ruins of sacred sanctuaries at the heart of many settlements in South Eastern Europe. Bird Goddesses date from the Neolithic period 5500 BCE to 2700 BCE. The Goddesses fuse human and bird forms. They are solar deities that represent the air element. According to some researchers such as Gimbutas, Bird Goddesses bring new life, prosperity and protection. 

Oracle of Bird Goddess:

I am the ancient Mother
The shape-shifter that brings gifts from the sky
Air, sunlight, and rain
I am the giver of life
Weaver of destiny
worship me in your home
I will bring protection and prosperity

The Action is:

Shape- shifter
Embody the spirit of air
Fly across millennia
Connect with the Ancients

Cucuteni Bird Goddess  
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Isis - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Isis is the Great Goddess from ancient Egypt. Isis is known as the Seat of Wisdom, the Queen of Heaven and the Star of the Sea. The Roman Empire spread the worship of Isis throughout Europe and the Middle East, from England all the way to Afghanistan. Isis is the daughter of Sky Goddess Nut and Earth God Geb. Isis is the Great Mother Goddess of Sun God Horus, and the Queen who empowered the Pharaohs. Her power transcends all other deities. Isis is the great healer, able to resurrect her slain husband Osiris through magic. Isis is the Goddess of destiny, divination, visionary dreams and oracular insight.

Astral Travel,  oil on panel 36" x 24"

Isis has appeared to me in many visions. I travel to visit her in the Upper World nightly, to sit on her lap and receive her love and wisdom. It was Isis who told me to paint the Tarot in a shamanic journey. Isis is The High Priestess in the Tarot de St. Croix, she holds my tarot deck.  

Tarot de St. Croix

I have made many paintings and visual journal pieces about my relationship with Isis.

Me as Isis Priestess in front of a painting of Isis

Visual Journal Page about Isis

Oracle of Isis:

Here, sit upon the throne of my lap
Let me wrap my soft feathers of love around you
Tell me what is in your heart, I will listen
I am your Mother
I am your mother's mother and every mother before
I am Goddess of a thousand names, of a thousand places
I have the ability to resurrect you, to make you whole
To breathe vitality into you
You are empowered
I tell you... miracles happen
Believeit, it is so

The Action is:

You are sovereign in ruling your life
Create your realm with wisdom
Grace, and authority

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Minoan Snake Goddess - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Minoan Snake Goddess figurines were found in Crete dating from 1700 - 1450 BCE. They were household Goddesses who protected the home. Snakes are a symbol of renewal, wisdom and fertility. The way they handle snakes suggests that they were priestesses. Minoan women played a dominant role in religion in this matrilineal culture. The Minoan Snake Goddess has a cat on her head which is a symbol of domesticity.

The Oracle of the Minoan Snake Goddess:

There was a time when women 
Were priestesses
Ruled matriarchal, matrilineal society
Our ability to shed and renew ourselves 
Through women's mysteries
Gave us power, fertility, and wisdom
Claim your right to transform society

The Action is:

Shed the old paradigm
Recreate your world

Minoan Snake Goddess - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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Hekate - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Hekate is the Great Greek Goddess of crossroads, magic, and herbs. Hekate holds a pair of torches to guide one through the darkness both in this realm and in the afterlife. Hekate  blesses and protects the home and brings prosperity. Hekate's name means "She who works her will".  

The oracle of Hekate:

Meet me at the crossroads
I will guide you through the darkness
Through the underworld
I, the torchbearer, will protect you
Mix your herbs, practice your witchcraft
I, the sorceress, will assist
I know the hidden magic of plants
Practice your nocturnal rites
We stand at the doorway 
Of the great unknown

The action:

Beyond the realms of the rational
Powered by intent and will, all is possible

Hekate - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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Shekhina - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Shekhina is the feminine attributes of the presence of Yahweh - the Jewish God. Shekhina means in-dwelling. Shekhina is the Holy Spirit, the Holy Bride that is traditionally welcomed in on Friday nights at the Shabbat dinner, over prayers, candles, wine and challah bread.

The Oracle of Shekhina:

I am the Sabbath Bride
I am the in-dwelling 
Feminine face of God
Enter my mystery
And rejoice in the sweetness
Of shared bread and wine
Holy, holy,holy

The Action of Shekhina:

Celebrate your ancestral path
Remember the traditions

Shekhina - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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Saraswati - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Saraswati is a major Goddess, worshiped by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains in India, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Japan. Saraswati is the Goddess of art, music, wisdom, knowledge, and learning. Saraswati wears white and sits on a swan, both symbolize her spiritual purity. 

For many years I have had a small icon of Saraswati on my easel, as a blessing for my paintings. When I studied Sacred Painting in India, one of the paintings I made was this watercolor of Saraswati with a mandala. I was learning the technique of Indian master painter Harish Johari. As Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, learning and art, she was the perfect subject.

Saraswati with Mandala

The Oracle of Saraswati:

You will find me in all forms of pure expression
Spirituality, wisdom, music, art, and poetry
Learn from me
A peaceful mind speaks with eloquence
Insight comes from true knowledge
Make melodious melodies
Transform the mundane into the sublime
Create beauty

The Action of Saraswati:

Personal Expression
Share the essence of yourself
Through your words and creativity 

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Corn Mother- Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Corn Mother, Corn Maiden and Corn Woman are Goddesses to the Pueblo, Cheyenne and Cherokee Indians. Different forms of Corn Mother shows up in various cultures around the world. Corn Mother creates corn from her body which sustains and nourishes. She is a Goddess of abundance, fertility, harvest and health. The spirit of corn teaches us that what we sow we shall reap. Generosity in sharing our bounty will bring good providence. 

I lived on the Zuni Pueblo for five years. One December I was invited by the women to join a corn grinding ceremony the week before their winter solstice ceremony of Shalako. I was both honored and quite shy. Lines of women would move forward to take turns at the metate, a pumice slab with blue corn kernels, ground with another stone on top. When my turn came I could barely smash the hard dried corn and the women laughed at my feeble attempt. It was a laugh of friendship, Zuni's laugh a lot, so I kept going with instruction and managed to make a decent pile for piki bread which was baked from the ground blue corn, water and ashes from the Juniper trees that dot the landscape. It was one of the most memorable evenings of my five years living among the Zuni. 

Blue Corn

The Oracle of Corn Mother:

When you recognize me
You recognize the spirit in all foods
Nurturing, sustaining, and giving energy
I am the seed that grows, the sunlight absorbed
The abundant harvest
The meal you share in communion
Eat and be nourished in body and soul

The Action of Corn Mother:

Good health comes from good food
Eat mindfully, as a sacred act

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Amaterasu - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Amaterasu is the Japanese Shinto Sun Goddess. Amaterasu means "shining in heaven". After an argument where Amaterasu's brother Susanoo insults her, Amaterasu withdraws and hides in a cave, this plunges the world into darkness and chaos. The Gods decide to try and lure Amaterasu from her cave by holding a party. Uzume, the shaman Goddess does a bawdy dance and the laughter brings a curious Amaterasu to the entrance of the cave. An octagonal mirror is held up and Amaterasu is dazzled by her own reflection and emerges from the cave and daylight is restored. The Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu.

I did a series of three dimensional boxes, where I painted on the glass front, and on the inside wood panels and added elements to make a shrine. I accidentally dropped the glass when I was painting Amaterasu, and somehow the glass shards seemed perfect as elements in the shrine. Amaterasu is all about reflection, mirroring and the shattering of ego to reveal our essential radiance.

Amaterasu Box Oil on Wood and Glass 12 x 12 x 3

The Oracle of Amaterasu:

Lure me out of my dark cave
With laughter and playfulness
It is too long that I have dwelt without seeing 
The brightness of sunshine
The beauty of the world
As I venture back into the light
My own reflection 
Becomes a mirror to your shining self

The Action of Amaterasu:

Let yourself succeed
Radiate your gifts into the world

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Guadalupe - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Guadalupe is the Mother of the Americas. Between the 9th and 13th December, 1531, Juan Diego, a native Mexican saw the apparition of a young woman four times on Tepeyac hill, just outside Mexico City. Tonatzin - an ancient Aztec Goddess, known as the Mother of Gods, had been worshiped at the same site at a temple that was destroyed by the Spanish. The woman in the visions spoke to Juan Diego in his native language Nahuatl (Aztec) asking to be called Guadalupe and for a church to be built for her in that location. At first the Archbishop of Mexico City - Zumarraga did not believe Juan Diego, after the third apparition Juan was asked to provide proof. Guadalupe asked Juan to gather flowers at the top of Tepeyac hill. Juan gathered roses in his tilma/cloak which were blooming miraculously in December. When Juan met with the Archbishop, he opened his tilma and the roses fell out revealing an image of Guadalupe. A chapel was built on the site where other miracles occurred. The tilma with the image of Guadalupe is now enshrined in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City, the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. The words "No estoy yo aqui que soy tu Madre?" (Am I not here, I who am your Mother) are inscribed over the main entrance to the Basilica of Guadalupe.

The original tilma of Saint Juan Diego,  
hangs above the high altar of the Guadalupe Basilica.

When I moved to New Mexico I noticed images of Guadalupe everywhere - I became fascinated with the story, particularly how Tonantzin - the Aztec Mother Goddess became synchronized with the Virgin Mary. I made this painting of Tonantzin shortly after arriving in New Mexico.

Tonantzin - oil on wood 

When my son Noah was seventeen, he finished high school a semester early and went to visit my parents in South Africa. After a few weeks he decided to hitch-hike through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Namibia. We lost contact with him for a few months. I was out of my mind with worry as it an extremely dangerous territory. I would visit the Sanctuario de Guadalupe here in Santa Fe and ask Guadalupe to protect Noah. He arrived home safely four months later.

Five of Pentacles - Tarot de St. Croix

In Tarot de St. Croix I painted the Sanctuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe. The Five of Pentacles is about physical difficulties, whether it is caused by financial concerns, ill health or a difficult environment. Here in Santa Fe, in all sorts of weather, one can see a group of desperate day laborers waiting to be hired. Perhaps they need to send money home to Mexico or earn enough to feed themselves? It breaks my heart to see them rush up to a vehicle who may only hire one for a couple hours of dirty, heavy work. But then I see where they stand beneath the gaze of Guadalupe outside the oldest church in the USA dedicated to her. The five pentacles on her cloak emphasize her message of how she helps us in our time of need. 

Guadalupe - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

In my deck Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action, Guadalupe says to you:

Am I not here, I, who am your Mother
Are you not under my shadow and protection
Am I not the source of your joy
Do you need something more
I am truly your compassionate Mother
I listen to your weeping and sadness
I cleanse you of your troubles
I nurse your miseries
I remedy your suffering

The Action is:

Sink into the sacred heart
Feel the healing power of love.

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Kali  - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Kali, the fierce Indian Goddess - the Divine Ma, is the protector who delivers liberation from our inner demons. She removes complex problems and destroys evil forces.  

Truth is I have always been a little afraid of Kali with her necklace of skulls and vivid red tongue sticking out. And yet, I have also been drawn to her, knowing that the dark mother is needed for balance.  

This is the first painting I made of Kali years ago, shortly after a trip to India where I visited a Kali temple. 

Kali - oil on panel 19" x 11

I painted this Kali as part of a series on Deities in 2008.

Kali, oil on board 8" x 8"

From the deck "Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action"  Kali speaks to us saying:

Feed me your anger
Your complex problems
That which you need to end
Give me your dark thoughts
I will use them righteously
I am the dark Mother
Dancing the dance of death and destruction
Destroying evil forces
I am the protector that delivers liberation

The action to take is:

Allow your anger to liberate you
Put an end to that which no longer serves

 Kali - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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Pele - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Pele is the Hawaiian Goddess of fire and volcanoes. It is believed that Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Pele is the Goddess of hula, the dance that mimics the movement of the volcano. As well as being extremely powerful, Pele is volatile, passionate and jealous. 

The oracle that Pele speaks:

Feel my pressure build
Heat rising from my molten core
Erupting in a glorious fountain of flame
Flowing , liquid fire
Lava creating new land
Come dance the hula with me
Release your volcanic energy
Wild and untamed

The action to take is:

Watch your energy rise if something excites you
Use that power as fuel
Flow toward the new

 Pele - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

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