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Our latest interview is with Christine Carr, creator of The Path of the Illuminated Soul. an oracle deck that helps us to explore our shadow path. The cards are a guide and aid to self development as we progress along your soul path, helping us to explore the light and the darker sides of ourselves so we reach a state of heightened awareness and Illumination.


Kickstarter - Path of the Illuminated Soul


Where in the world do you call home?

I currently live in Ely, Cambridgeshire in the heart of the Fens. It’s definitely home to me. Just the sight of the Cathedral makes my heart sing. I love the huge skies here and wide open spaces - it’s a very peaceful and (sometimes) barren landscape at times but, once you get used to it, you definitely fall in love with the place.

What was your first experience with oracles and / or tarot and when did you fall in love with it?

My first deck was the Cosmic Tarot which I bought in Covent Garden (from the Astrology Shop - Neal Street) on a trip with my sister - she was into tarot and spirituality before me and so introduced me to decks and crystals when I was in my teens. I veered away from it for a while whilst I was at university studying design and photography, but about ten years ago I started collecting crystals and cards again and it grew from there. I started my Facebook page Turtle Moon in 2014 and initially it was a way of connecting with the spiritual community and sharing my thoughts.

What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?

I actually felt very guided to do it. It was a bit of a spiritual nudge. It’s not actually my first deck. I produced a deck based on the moon cycles called The Moon Energy Deck two years ago which I self published as a limited edition which was a great success. However I took a break from creating and posting on my page for about two years as I needed a break away from social media and instead turned to one of my first loves - photography. I felt a need to be more out in nature with camera in hand and that’s really where this deck all began - down by the riverside. It all started as a very personal journey for me and happened at a time of a huge spiritual awakening that started in 2019. It was a very transformative time for me. One by one the cards were being ‘birthed’ - I think I was constantly writing them in my head on my travels and eventually they turned into a deck that was such a huge guide for me personally that I realised it was so applicable to other people’s spiritual development and therefore I needed to put out there.

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

I absolutely adore the El Goliath Tarot Deck. I love independent decks and Goliath is an incredible artist. I love the dark nature of his cards and the way he is not afraid to delve into the shadow. I admire anyone that self publishes their work - it is not easy and what comes across is the tremendous hard work and effort that is put into it as well as the energy and soul of the creator - you really get to feel the depth of the work.

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

There’s actually two and I can’t choose between! - The first is CLARITY – THE RIVER. It sums up the whole journey for me - the beginning and end is always walking down by the river - cleansing the soul and finding that inner peace by being out in nature. It has been my inspiration and continues to be as I often leave my busy desk and wander off for a while to bring myself back to me. I suppose in a way it’s very much like the Temperance card in the tarot - also being an Aquarius (the water bearer) and air sign - the combination of air and water has always appealed to my soul. The second is CHANGE - THE ORANGE MOON CAT as it actually represents an event that happened to me when I took in a ginger cat on the night of the harvest moon – that card is kept close to my heart.

We are living in such crazy times. How has the pandemic affected your creativity?

I think for me the pandemic actually was an incredible time for me creatively. Initially it was all a big shock to the system. Also as I live on my own it gave me a chance to really go inward and explore myself. I’m a self employed graphic designer but found that due to the initial lockdown my workload had decreased giving me unexpected time to dedicate to myself and the cards. My cup overflowed with creativity and I also completely redesigned my garden space to create a sanctuary away from everything. Once I had my head space back and started to look through my daily photographs I was able to come back to the deck that I had already started and begin to fill in the blanks to tell the story.

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

I have to say writing the guidebook was a huge challenge for me. I am a very visual person and trying to get the words out of my head and onto paper was difficult. I realised as I went along that I was actually channeling the meanings and it was very exhausting work. The kickstarter process has also been a huge learning curve as I’ve never done one before and I’m still learning how to use it. Also I’ve had to seriously brush up up on my social media skills and use it in ways I’ve never tried before. All good fun though!

Your deck is designed to illuminate our shadow paths. How important do you think it is to work with our shadow selves, even if it is a difficult path?

I could probably write you an essay on this but I won’t! I think that shadow is something that we think of as our dark side or bad in a way, but it is totally misunderstood. What we mean by shadow is delving into aspects of our personalities that maybe we don’t actually want to face. Who wants to know that they have a selfish streak or that they are insecure or have deep wounds from past relationships. The soul path asks you to look at these aspects of self and to find balance within so we are comfortable with who we are as a whole inside and out. In a way it’s similar to what is called the twin flame journey where we need to find balance with the inner masculine and feminine and realise when our ego is speaking rather than our soul. It’s just a question of finding balance and alignment. By being introspective we really do get to understand ourselves on a deeper level. Also the themes that run through this are of self love, alignment, balance and inner happiness being the ultimate goal. Also recognising repeating patterns and learning to break the cycle. That’s when we start to shine!

How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

I’ll probably go for a long walk down by the river and breathe again! It has been challenging but I think totally worth it. The real pleasure for me will be seeing other people use the deck and I hope it helps them answer questions in their own lives as it has helped me.

What is on offer for people who pledge?

Well the main point of the kickstarter is to get the cards themselves printed - I’m initially releasing a limited edition run of 200 sets. It’s quite a hefty deck at 67 cards so I designed a lovely hard case box for them to go in. There is a comprehensive guidebook but in order to keep costs down I’m sending this as a pdf either by email or there will be a website link. I’d love to print this and it may be that it becomes a stretch goal. We will see how it goes!

I’m also offering personal readings of either 3 or 6 cards as individual pledges or as part of a bundle with the card deck - I am an intuitive reader but I don’t offer these very often so get them while you can! I do pop up daily collective readings on my facebook and Instagram pages though which gives an idea of my reading style. There’s also my really cool portable pendulum boards - I redesigned these to fit with the new deck design. They are A6 card and slip easily into a notebook. I find them really handy for quick answers on the go! And last, but not least, I am making some fabulous hand stitched felt pouches to keep the cards in. I love crafting and who doesn’t like a tarot pouch!

Lastly there’s also the option of some screensavers as an add-on of my best riverside photography. I use them myself so thought it would be nice to share as I’m quite an abstract photographer and they make lovely ambient backgrounds.

I’m including with every deck pledge a free soul path game which is great fun and will take you back to your inner child and also some pin badges as added extras!


To be one of the first to get your hands on this deck and start your journey ,exploring your shadow path, pledge here:


Kickstarter - Path of the Illuminated Soul





  • Enchanted Gypsy


Our latest interview is with Machaila Jensen, creator of The Deck of Celestials. a tarot deck that is designed with inclusivity in mind. Machaila uses celestial bodies and beings over humans with genders and races so that any race, gender and religion are able to pick up a tarot deck and feel welcome using it and utilise the powerful energy and properties it holds.


Kickstarter - Deck of Celestials


Where in the world do you call home?

I’m from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Only a 45 minute drive to the Rocky Mountains,  so I’m surrounded by cold weather and beautiful mountain scenery. I honestly love snow and winter, I have a ridiculous amount of cancer in my chart so staying home and cozy when it’s freezing outside is what I live for. 

What was your first experience with oracles and / or tarot and when did you fall in love with it?

I started having dreams about tarot and thinking about it more and more everyday, which led me to do further research and purchase a few books on how to read tarot. After that my journey into spirituality spiralled, I started buying an absurd amount of books on spirituality and my crystal collection grew out of hand.  I fell in love with the community and how accepting and supportive everyone is, it’s truly a positive environment to be in and really helped grow my love for tarot. I’ve been practicing for about 3 years now and have loved it ever since. 

What made you want to create your own tarot deck?  What was your inspiration?

I’ve always been an artist and had a love for drawing. When I discovered tarot and noticed all of the beautiful decks in the world I only dreamed of creating my own one day. It seemed like such an impossible task at the time and something I never thought I would achieve. My inspiration came in June, after participating in the BLM protests in my city and really being aware of all the pain and hurt in the world. It made me want to create a deck for everyone, something that didn’t have humans, race or gender and something that anyone can hold space and identify with. I know there are decks like this in the world, but I felt drawn to creating my own. Tarot is a tool for anyone, you don’t have to be some perfect human to pick up a deck. I wanted my deck to feel safe and welcoming for whoever chose to use it. 

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

 I love the Flux Arcana Tarot deck by Micah Ulrich. It’s truly a work of art and I feel that I really connect with the cards and artwork throughout the deck. Micah Ulrich does a lot of mediaeval line work featuring skulls and cloaked figures, all that good stuff. It’s a 78 card tarot deck with no  guidebook in a cute little tuck box, and one of my greatest treasures.  

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

My all time favourite card in any deck is The Sun card, seems so cliché but holding and looking at any Sun card brings me true and honest happiness. I really feel the magic and positivity of The Sun card shining through me as I’m in it’s presence and that’s definitely why it’s my favourite. Such a beautiful card and message no matter the deck. 

We are living in such crazy times. How has the pandemic affected your creativity?

I didn’t draw for months when COVID-19 first hit Canada. I was just in a slump of everything being shut down and adjusting to the new normal that I was honestly not motivated to create anything. It wasn’t until June/July when I started feeling more and more inclined to created my deck, again because of the BLM movements and protests I had attended. I decided to purchase an iPad so I could start creating my deck as I knew I wanted to do it digitally, and from there I have been nothing but creative! I think having a new tool to create with really sparked my excitement. 

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

The number one challenge was doing it all on my own. I’m a self taught, independent artist which means I’m my own artist, author and publisher all in one. Learning how to launch a Kickstarter, print a deck, and write a guidebook has been challenging but it has all been such an amazing experience! I’m learning how to be more tech savvy one day at a time. 

Can you explain the use of celestial bodies to represent inclusivity? Why was this important to you?

I needed a form of archetypes that weren’t human, I didn’t want any genders or races in the deck in order to create that inclusivity. So I decided on the moon face we see so much in the deck to stand in as my celestial being. I first drew that moon face three years ago, and it has been a huge part of my artwork ever since, but I always wanted to do more with it. I feel that the celestial bodies give the deck such a dreamy, magical feel. And using the cloaked moon figure leaves to much to the imagination. This figure can be whatever you need it to be, that’s the beauty of it. There are no visible male or female traits on any of the celestial bodies, just a moon with a face. This way you aren’t focused on not being able to identify with a card when you pull it, but can focus on the card itself and the message you are being given. 

How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

After the adrenaline rush of even being able to bring this deck life, I would like to just take a day to do absolutely nothing! Eat some of my favourite pizza and hangout with my boyfriend, cat and dog, the perfect celebration in my opinion!

What is on offer for people who pledge?

All of the Kickstarter stretch goals have been met, meaning the deck comes in a two piece upgraded custom box with a guidebook, as well as 3 holographic, waterproof vinyl stickers, and a super cute 1 inch enamel moon pin of the moon face seen throughout the deck! All of these goodies come with each Kickstarter pledge, so even if you just purchase some artwork or thank you card to show your support,  you will still receive the stickers and pin.


To be one of the first to get your hands on this deck that will appeal to all, pledge here:


Kickstarter - Deck of Celestials





  • Enchanted Gypsy


Our latest interview is with Jessica Purser, creator of The Crystals Forest Oracle. a series of hand-watercoloured images which she is creating with the help of her backers. The deck incorporates the deep wisdom of the ancient woodlands with the beauty and guidance of crystals.


Jess is also the creator of the Wisdoms of the Forest - intuitive oracle deck.


Kickstarter - The Crystals Forest


Where in the world do you call home?

That's a tough one. There are certain places where we can immediately sense a kind of magic beneath our feet. I felt it when I was very little, living in a mountain village in Cyprus, then felt it again when I lived in West Wales in the mid-late 90's.

If you mean my actual body, it currently lives in Surrey, UK ;)

What was your first experience with oracles and / or tarot and when did you fall in love with it?

Oddly, I can't remember when I first acquired my RWS Tarot deck, but I think it was in my early teens and I've kept the same deck ever since. I don't remember a time when I didn't feel a connection to them and the wonderful depth of imagery. I do wish Pamela Coleman-Smith could have had more recognition during her lifetime.

What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?

I've been pretty much exclusively painting forests for a few years now. In 2017, I realised my life was out-of-balance. I felt physically unhealthy, weak and completely out-of-touch with my own flow-state. It was time to make some major changes.

I started gently, by taking ten minutes a day to sit and meditate, to clear my mind as much as possible and keep to that new habit every single day. I followed it with waking earlier, changing my diet and taking up yoga for 15 minutes per day and walks in nature. If things were going to get better, I had to push myself to make changes.

During this time, I began keeping journals and going through my old notebooks and sketchbooks for ideas. There were so many synchronicities and it seemed all of them could then also be related to the forests and trees I was already painting.

I began making images which I felt related to thoughts and methods of healing ourselves. These images turned into my first oracle deck 'Wisdom of the Forest'.

Earlier this year, I began painting more colourful versions of the forests and felt drawn to the crystals I already had as inspiration. I imagine what the atmosphere would be like in the forests if they were imbued with the properties attributed to each crystal.

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

Of course, my old RWS Tarot deck, then a relatively recent purchase - the Crystal Power Tarot by Jane Wallace and illustrated by the lovely Roberta Orpwood. Also, I feel I'm almost ready to take on the Thoth Tarot again (I had to put it away for a few years as it's pretty intense!).

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

I find this changes with different stages of life, but recently I've been more drawn to the High Priestess. As you can imagine, she has taught me a lot recently. I've always had an affection for the childlike sweetness of the Fool too.

As for the Crystal Forests, I'm loving the card I'm currently painting - 'The Malachite Forest'. In this forest, there's no hiding from your own negative traits - it's a place to face your demons down. As you can imagine, it's taking quite a lot of energy to paint, though!

We are living in such crazy times. How has the pandemic affected your creativity?

Only in a physical sense has it been difficult - during lockdown, I was homeschooling my youngest daughter, so all my usual 'work' time was taken by that and it was incredibly draining, although I'm also thankful I got to spend more time with her.

I found that my creative ideas still flowed, but I didn't have the time to put most of them down on paper. Only really since my children went back to school in September have I been able to get back into a good workflow.

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

So far, only time has been a constraint.

I love that you have chosen to allow the backers to vote on parts of the look and design of the cards. Was it hard to hand over some of the design process to other people?

Yes! But it's also so exciting! I love the idea of choosing a few possibilities for each stage of the design process, then keeping that process as clean and simple as possible. I trust backers to make the right decisions. There is also the very real possibility of outcomes putting people off, but that would be just as possible if I had done the whole thing myself haha! I just love the idea of it being a community effort - just like a forest ;)

How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

When I've finished all the paintings, the deck will be published during July 2021 at the latest. I'd like to take a few day's break between sending the images to the printers and receiving the decks themselves - time to just breathe before working on the final packaging, fulfilment and getting those decks out into peoples' hands :) Only then would I take a proper break and hopefully travel further afield to refresh and gain new inspiration for the next project.

What is on offer for people who pledge?

There's something for everyone - from £5 digital wallpapers, to the large, original painting tier at £500.

The base Crystal Forests deck itself is available, along with some beautiful, complimentary creations from my collaborators Quire & Quartz (hand-crafting some stunning, crystal-inlaid card-holders), Sur La Lune (Amy has created a whole new crystal tree design especially for us and will be attaching each gorgeous little tree to a hag stone she has found on her local beach!) and Gem Stone Rox (Nick ethically sources some beautiful tumbled pieces from around the world). I will also be making up some beautiful quality prints so if anyone feels particularly drawn to any image (or multiple ones), they can either choose that tier or include them as add-ons in their pledge.

I was so happy when we reached our initial goal that I'm also sending out a double-sided, gold-foil bookmark to every backer who has a physical reward. We've reached our first stretch goal of a sticker sheet. The next stretch goal (£10,000) will be the Kickstarter-exclusive enamel pin. Then after that, we'll be going for gilt-edges to the decks - I really hope that happens because it will look truly AMAZING!


To be one of the first to get your hands on this deck and to also have a say in the final creation, pledge here:


Kickstarter - The Crystals Forest





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