Our latest interview is with Misty Strong, the creator of the Cannabis Magick Oracle - a 35 cards deck based on different strains of cannabis, each unique with bright and colorful imagery
No matter where Misty looked, she couldn't find any information on how to incorporate cannabis into her daily rituals. What intentions can it strengthen? What magical properties does it have and how can I harness it? These were questions she wanted to know the answers to. So, she decided to take it into her own hands. She spent a long time working out what type of magic cannabis can bring to the table, and how to incorporate it
Kickstarter - Cannabis Magick Oracle
Where in the world do you call home?
I live in Stockton, California! I’ve lived here for most of my life. In my early childhood, we moved around a lot, including moving out to Texas for a while. But we eventually found our way back here.
What was your first experience with tarot/oracle decks?
I grew up Mormon, so tarot and anything associated with it was off-limits. In my teen years, my parents did foster care. One of the girls who stayed with us had a spellbook. I was so drawn to it! I read those pages over and over again. Finally, I decided to buy a deck from Barnes and Noble. I would stay up late, hiding in my closet, studying them. It was love at first shuffle.
What would you say is unique about your deck?
My deck is cannabis-inspired! I have yet to see another one like it. The artwork is done by my friend Jen, who is a tattoo artist. So the deck is heavily influenced by that and you can see her style shine through.
How long has it taken you to create this deck?
It’s taken a good two years. We all have struggled since 2020 in our own way, and getting my deck finished was one of those obstacles.
Although it is becoming more socially acceptable these days, do you feel like there is still a stigma attached to cannabis use?
Absolutely. While it’s more accepted in states that have legalized cannabis, there’s still a lot of negativity surrounding it. Law reform needs to happen, and those in prison for cannabis-related “crimes” need to be released. There are some positive things happening though! I’ve started noticing job listings that specify cannabis use won’t disqualify them from working for them.
What card are you most proud of and why?
Blue Dream. It was the first card Jen did, and it blew me away! I knew immediately that this deck was going to be a huge success.
What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers?
I hope it brings readers peace and comfort. Cannabis can benefit people in so many different ways. This deck will do the same.
What have been your challenges in creating this deck?
In the beginning, I struggled with finding an artist to bring my deck to life. I had several people pull out of this project until Jen dedicated so many hours to do so. Next, I struggled with my own mental health and imposter syndrome. In 2021 I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, general anxiety, OCD, and PTSD tendencies. It’s been a long journey but I’m very proud of how far I’ve come. While sometimes I still doubt myself, I have an amazing support system that helps clear those negative thoughts.
Do you think non-cannabis users will also find these cards useful?
Definitely! The messages and actions of the cards aren’t necessarily directly related to cannabis. They are inspired by how I felt while consuming that particular strain, research, and input from others who have tried the strains I wasn’t able to. So while the theme is cannabis, the messages are for everyone.
How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?
Honestly, I have no idea! I might treat myself to a new Loungefly bag or maybe a new fancy tarot deck.
What is on offer for people who pledge?
I’m offering stickers of the artwork on some of the cards, along with a digital download of the art that will be on the box of the deck.
To add a little cannabis magick to your life (without necessarily indulging in it if you don't want to), pledge here:
Kickstarter - Cannabis Magick Oracle