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A Standard version is being published in 2014 by US Games

The Oracle of Visions is now available. It consists of a 52 card deck, the card size is 3.5 x 5.5 inches, with a gloss finish and gold edges. The book is 5.5 x 8.5 inches 80 pages in full color. There is also now a companion disk that contains various screen savers, wallpapers, avatars and a challenging puzzle.


As with my previous projects, the Gilded, The Tarot of Dreams and the Legacy of the Divine, I attemptied to approach this project from a slightly different perspective. One of my main reasons for not doing any more Tarot decks is that, after finishing the Legacy, I felt I had exhausted all I could accomplish. With my style of illustration, a project of this nature represents around two years of almost full time dedication… and requires a certain motivation. For me that is a personal conviction that I am producing something better or different than the one before. I didn't feel I was capable of that any more, (with the exception of the re worked Gilded Tarot ) at least not within the confines and format that define a Tarot deck. On the other hand, an oracle promised a more flexible platform with fewer rules to adhere to and fewer rules to break.


    Nevertheless, there were still challenges. I may be over generalizing but most decks, whether tarot or oracles, tend be themed. In many cases the theme also appears to constrain the deck; it works well for a few cards but gradually gets weaker as more cards appear to be forced into its embrace. I avoided that potential pitfall completely. So the first thing that becomes apparent from viewing the cards I've posted so far (this may even be perceived as a negative) is the apparent lack of a common theme or structure. In place of a set of popular Angels, Fairies, Gods and Goddesses there is instead what seems like randomness. Likewise there is no common denominator that categorizes the deck as say a Druid, Celtic, Renaissance or any other specific cultural association. Instead, you will find an array of faux Victoriana mixed with theatre, mixed with nature, mixed with my usual jesters and masked figures.


    Yet, despite this mish mash, there is an underlying common denominator. The images are not meant to specifically represent some thing or some archetype, but simply to ask questions of you the reader and to make you ponder what might be going on in these scenes. Facial expressions tend to be deliberately neutral, but the images are sprinkled with symbols that suggest direction and possible conclusions. Hopefully, most cards can be interpreted in vastly different ways: none are overtly "good or bad" but are instead dependent on the question being asked, by whom, by their circumstances and of course in conjunction with other cards that make up any given spread.

   

     I have also tried to make these often abstract or nebulous ideas flexible. Hopefully these surreal images will serve as visual triggers that, when combined with the readers intuitive gifts and life experience, will provide some compelling readings.