Gates to Soul Wisdom Oracle

We interviewed Marije Miller about her new oracle deck - Gates to Soul Wisdom Oracle. It is an interesting deck as it is inspired by Human Design, which is a fusion of a few different esoteric areas as well as science, such as Astrology, I Ching, the Chakra System, Kabbalah and Quantum Physics. If you're like me, and have never heard of Human Design, read on ...

Where in the world do you call home?

I am originally from the Netherlands, but I now live in in Santa Cruz, California. For many years I moved around every two to three years, but Santa Cruz has been my home for the past 14 years. It’s beautiful here!

What was your first experience with tarot or oracle cards and when did you fall in love with them?

I think I was 12 when I visited a travelling carnival and won a set of Lenormand cards. I was intrigued! It arrived in my life at that awkward time, where everything inside and around me felt uncertain, and using the cards gave me a sense of knowing what to expect. That was my entry into divination: Astrology, I Ching, Runes, of course the Rider Waite tarot, etc. soon followed.

What made you want to create this deck? What was your inspiration?

The Gates to Soul Wisdom Oracle is inspired by Human Design. I have studied this knowledge for over 15 years: it combines Astrology, I Ching, the Chakra System, Kabbalah and Quantum Physics in an amazing way, which is both incredibly insightful as well as practical. I do readings for people and teach classes, but the information is vast: there is so much to learn if people really want to start using their chart in a practical way. I’ve been wanting to make it more accessible for everyone for a long time.

Then one morning in August 2019 I woke up with this inspired knowing: I sat down and started writing for three days straight. It was incredible! All this information came through in a different structure, in the form of an Oracle. The deck actually contains three separate card decks that work together: the I Ching is one, the Chakras determine another set, and Elemental Wisdom came out as a way to deliver the strategies that are mentioned in Human Design. I love how it all came together!

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

Oh, that is such a difficult question! I have collected quite a number of decks over the years and I do change the deck I work with depending on the specific issue, or season, etc. However, some of my favourites are the Rider Waite, Crowley Thoth Tarot, Osho Zen Tarot, Lucy Cavendish’ Oracle Tarot, the (Un)Sacred Oracle, and Alanna Fairchild’s Wild Kuan Yin Oracle…

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

Another great question! There is a card in my deck that is called “The Now”. The artist I worked with, Timothy Eyes, captured it with a painting of a Japanese Torii gate. It represents such a picture of the Present. For me, the Present is a place of real possibility, as well as a peaceful moment: there is no guilt or regret of the past and no worry for the future…

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?