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!).