This is Claire Mack’s second oracle deck and it is just beautiful. Each card is hand-made and is inspired by a different facet of life in this imagined garden. Although Claire gives meanings to each card, she is hoping that by using her imagery and your intuition, the cards will mean something individual to you.
Kickstarter - The Faceted Garden Oracle
Where in the world do you call home?
Seattle, Washington has been my home for the last few decades. The Pacific Northwest area in the U.S. is really beautiful, mountainous, and green from all the rain. I’m hoping to move out of the city into a more rural area soon so I can be even more steeped in nature.
What was your first experience with oracles and / or tarot and when did you fall in love with it?
I was given a tarot deck as a teenager and was hooked by the rich, symbolic imagery, and the way it really seemed to speak to me every time I used it. Being an artist, it felt like a language I could understand on an intuitive level, without the need for words. Later, I became aware of other decks, each different from one another, and I fell in love with them as a kind of art form as well as being a divination tool.
What made you want to create this deck? What was your inspiration?
When I created my first deck, The Illuminated Earth Oracle, I was inspired by all the incredible indie decks that were appearing like a new Renaissance of this ancient form. I was really excited to see The Wild Unknown for the first time, which got me thinking about non-traditional imagery and how I could focus on my love of nature to create my own deck. Making both of these oracle decks was a very free-flowing and intuitive experience, which is exactly the way I needed to approach it.
Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?
There are so many amazing decks out there now it’s hard to choose, but that first deck I was given was the Aquarian Tarot and I’ve always loved it as a familiar friend.
Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?
It depends on the deck, but I’ve always related to the Queen of Wands in general. I’m also fond of The Tower, in that it reflects that catastrophic darkness, which admittedly, is part of my personality. In the Faceted Garden Oracle, one of my favorite cards is the Fountain, in which I love the colors and the definition I give it as being a cooling elixir to ease the traveler on their journey.
This is your second oracle deck, what have been your challenges in creating this deck this time around?