KING SOLOMON AND QUEEN SHEBA


 

King Solomon and Queen Sheba

Royalty from different realms

Trading wisdom and wealth

Connect across the vast deserts

Of North Africa

Parenting a new dynasty

Of splendor and grace

 

Sovereignty 

Each be a ruler of your own realm

Together create a dynasty of love


From the deck in progress "Sacred Union Oracle"

SACRED UNION ORACLE - BARON SAMEDI AND MAMAN BRIGITTE

 


Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the Haitian Vodou death loas (spirits). They can be found at the crossroads between the living and the dead. They either escort mortals through the portal of death or can be called upon to cure those who are near death. They are amongst the most respected and powerful of the loas in Vodou. They are lewd, crude and charming. They like to drink rum, smoke cigars and are accompanied by a black rooster. 

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte are the head of the Ghede family, the loas of life and death, and heritage. Maman Brigitte is tied to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and was incarcerated into Vodou by incarcrated Irish women sent to work on the plantations. She is the guardian of cemeteries. 

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte teach us to enjoy life while we are living and to not fear death. Their irreverence lightens the passage between the worlds. 

Sacred Union Oracle is a work in progress, it will be published in 2022.

SACRED UNION ORACLE - Neptune and Salacia

 



Neptune and Salacia

Awed by Neptune's power

to control the push and pull of the waves

by blowing the conch shell 

Salacia hid in a faraway ocean

Neptune summoned Dolphin

 to find and bring back lovely Salacia

to be his wedded wife

In the sunlit depths of the sea 

Neptune and Salacia rule

giving birth to Gods and people


FLOW

Ride the ebb and flow of attraction and desire 

Let waves of love lap gently on the shore of your union

 Delight in the thundering surf of passion


Neptune is the Roman God of freshwater and the sea. His Greek counterpart is Poseidon. Neptune's wife Salacia is the Goddess of the deep sea. Her name means wide open seas - sal, means salt.  

Neptune wanted to marry Salacia but she was in awe of his powers and hid in the Atlantic Ocean. Neptune sent a dolphin to find her and bring her back. Salacia agreed to marry Neptune and together they ruled the seas. The dolphin was awarded a place in the heavens as the constellation Delphinus. 


Sacred Union Oracle will be published in 2022

SACRED UNION ORACLE - Joseph and Jacob


Joseph and Jacob
Joseph, beloved favorite son of Jacob
Received the gift of a coat of many colors
Sold into slavery by his wrathful siblings
Dreamer and interpreter of dreams
Eventually becomes a powerful advisor to the Pharaoh
Storing grain and saving the people from starvation
Big hearted and compassionate
Forgiving his brothers
Uniting the family and giving sanctuary

JEALOUSY
Compassion and forgiveness 
Mend hurts caused by jealousy 
Reuniting and restoring loving connections


The Old Testament biblical story of Joseph and Jacob is found in Genesis 37 - 50. It is also found in the Torah and the Qur'an. The story is dated around 1600 - 1700 BCE. It is believed Joseph was second in command to Pharaoh. Historical evidence shows that there was a period of drought at that time, and a canal was built that has always been called Bahr Yusef which means the Waterway of Joseph. Joseph was known as the Righteous One, saving his family from famine by bringing them to Egypt from Canaan (modern day Israel). The patriarch Jacob was also known as Israel. The family's descendants became the twelve tribes of Israel.


Sacred Union Oracle is a work in progress to be published in 2022


 

SACRED UNION ORACLE - Radha-Krishna

 


Radha-Krishna
Two parts of one soul
Krishna enchants the world
But only Radha enchants Krishna
Fulfilling desires,
Bringing pleasure
Creating Bliss


Enchantment
Engage in divine play to bring blissful union
Fulfill desires by acts of devotion


Radha-Krishna are the feminine and masculine form of God in Hinduism. Krishna split into two, for the attainment of bliss. 

Radha, the Supreme Goddess embodies pure love, devotion and spiritual bliss. Her merciful nature is a path to the divine. Radha's longing and love for Krishna is a symbol for the human quest for spiritual growth and union with God. 

Krishna, a major Deity in India, is the God of love, tenderness, compassion and protection. Krishna is potent pleasure and is only satiated by devotion. 

Radha-Krishna has been worshipped in India from the first millennium BCE, and since the 1960 Krishna Consciousness has spread to the Western World and Africa.


Sacred Union Oracle will be published in 2022

SACRED UNION ORACLE - Ishtar and Tammuz




Ishtar and Tammuz

Ishtar, Queen of Heaven and Tammuz, shepherd King

Most ancient deities whose sacred rites of love

Bring fertility and fecundity to the land

The wet field, sprouting seed

The rising stalk, milk and honey

Arouses passion,

Bringing growth 


SEXUAL LOVE 

Engage in sacred act of love

Bringing new growth to your relationship


The myth of Ishtar and Tammuz is the oldest recorded love story. Ishtar and Tammuz, had a powerful sexual attraction and were tireless lovers. The fertility of the earth was the result of their copulation.

Ishtar also known as Inanna, was the Mesopotamian Goddess of love, desire, sex and war. She is the first deity that was recorded in writing by Enheduanna in 2285 BCE. Enheduanna was a priestess of Ishtar and is the first known author. Ishtar/Inanna was widely worshipped for thousands of years throughout the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers as far back as the 4th millennium BCE. Mesopotamian which is now covers Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey was home to the great Akkadian, Babylonian and Assyrian Empires. Ishtar was later associated with Astarte, Aphrodite and Venus. Ishtar was known as the Queen of Heaven, daughter of the sky - Anu and daughter of the moon - Nannar. Ishtar's symbol the eight pointed star was used as a seal for thousands of years. Ishtar's sexuality is a vital aspect of her image. 

Tammuz, also known as Damuzi, is an agricultural deity, a shepherd. He dies and is reborn annually, the cult of Tammuz even appears in the bible where Ezekiel witnesses the weeping of women for the slain God. The Babylonian myth of Tammuz as the dying and resurrected God bears similarities to Osiris and Jesus. Tammuz died with the dying vegetation and resurfaces with the new crop of grain. Tammuz is also a guardian and a healer. 

The ancient Sumerian love poem between Ishtar/Inanna and Tammuz/Dumuzi refer to their joyous sacred marriage rites:


My Vulva, the horn, Boat of Heaven,

is full of eagerness like the young moon

As for me, Ishtar/Inanna, who will plow my vulva? 

Who will plow my high field?

Who will plow my wet ground? 

As for me, the young woman, who will plow my vulva?

 

Great Lady, the king will plow your vulva.

I , Tammuz/Dumuzi, the king will plow your vulva!


Then plow my vulva, man of my heart!

Plow my vulva!


At the kings lap stood the rising cedar.

Plants grew high by their side.

Grains grew high by their side

Gardens flourished luxuriantly.


Ishtar/Inanna sang:

He has sprouted; he has burgeoned;

He is the one my womb loves best


Afterwards pleased by her lover Tammuz, Ishtar decrees lifelong sovereignty for him and fertility and prosperity for the land.


Sacred Union is a work in progress, it will be published in 2022.



Sacred Union Oracle - Thoth and Seshat



Thoth and Seshat
Companions
Inscribers of knowledge 
Weavers of spells
Creators of science and magic
Awaken the meeting of minds
Ideas shared 
Enchanting and wise


COMMUNICATION
Conjure the magic of words
Use writing to express your love


Thoth and Seshat, are father/daughter companions from the Egyptian pantheon. 

Thoth is the Ibis headed God of reckoning, wisdom and learning. God of the moon, Thoth is a magician, giver of divine words and spells. It was Thoth who gave Isis the words that resurrected Osiris. Thoth bestows knowledge, law, science, philosophy and writing to humans. 

Seshat, Thoth's female counterpart is a scribe, keeper of books and libraries. She is the Goddess of architecture, astronomy, mathematics and surveying. Seshat symbol is the seven pointed emblem above her head, she wears a leopard hide and carries a notched stem that marks the passage of time. 

Sacred Union is a work in progress. I hope to publish the deck in 2022.

 New Borderless Tarot de St. Croix is now available.


 

TAROT FOR EVERYONE

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

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:

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


Lakshmi - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here




INNANA

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


Innana - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

VENUS

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



Venus - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action



Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

CUCUTENI BIRD GODDESS

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  
Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here





ISIS

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:

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




Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

MINOAN SNAKE GODDESS

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:

Regeneration
Shed the old paradigm
Recreate your world


Minoan Snake Goddess - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here


HEKATE

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:


Magic
Beyond the realms of the rational
Powered by intent and will, all is possible
SO MOTE IT BE



Hekate - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

SHEKHINA

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
Shalom

The Action of Shekhina:

Ritual
Celebrate your ancestral path
Remember the traditions

Shekhina - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

SARASWATI

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 

Saraswati - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action


Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

CORN MOTHER

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:

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

Corn Mother - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here

AMATERASU

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:

Radiate
Let yourself succeed
Radiate your gifts into the world

Amaterasu - Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action

Purchase Invoking the Goddess Oracle and Action here