Druid Animal Oracle Deck

Midweek Poetry: Tarot + Poetry = Tarot-etry by daintydora

I just read about this clever little poetry game via Alexandra Franzen's newsletter and this post. So I'm going to (poe)try and create Tarot-etry (see what I did there?!)

Earlier in the year I used the Druid Animal Oracle Deck to plot out my fortune for the year. June's card is the Earth Dragon:

'Earth Dragon' Animal Druid Animal Oracle Card

"Treasure of riches and potential unlocked. Beauty and power of the earth."

Auspicious. I like it.

And this about the Earth Dragon from Indigo Reading:

Once you contact your inner power and your own unique gifts the world becomes a far more beautiful place. Limitations and restrictions are lifted and you will find you can manifest all that you need because you at last understand that life has no limits, it is only humanity that creates them.

(I wonder if this means I'll win the Synaesthesia Magazine poetry competition?)

Scaled tail where treasures lurk;
the Earth Dragon's cloistered cavern.
Shaded emerald earth and ferns
form Celtic cross and chain,
pursuing daggers of riches
bronzed to gold
with the potential of their power.

It was a 5-minute effort. A fun game. A midweek Tarot-etry.

I love to experiment with words.


Druid Animal Oracle Cards - a reading by daintydora

I've never before explored druidry or the occult or tarot. I like to read my horoscope sometimes but I wouldn't say I was a dabbler in the 'dark arts' or drawing deeper meanings into things. But in my 'Create your shining year' workbook that I mentioned in my New Year post, there was a section for taking an Oracle reading for the year. And I remembered I'd been given this Druid Animal Oracle Card Deck as a gift, so it seemed like the perfect time to experiment.

Druid Animal Oracle Cards

You turn half the cards upside down, and shuffle them into the mix. It gives double the 'readings' by doing this because if you choose an upside down card, the interpretation is different from if it was the right way up - darker; in shadow, perhaps a hidden or secret aspect of that animal's inherent traits.

The pack is beautifully illustrated, and it's hard not to be drawn to just identifying with a particular image of an animal, like the magnificent wise old Owl or the majesty of the Wolf. And I didn't want a Snake for instance, or a Sow.

The cards have quite a lot of information on them, so it's like a lesson in animal history, symbolism and biology too. My first card was the Crane. My second was the Swan.

Druid Animal Oracle Cards

I had an upside-down Salmon, an Earth Dragon, the 'goddess' the Horse and the Great Bear. It was really interesting and insightful, and it will be particularly interesting to look back over this prediction at the end of the year and see if any  of the animal symbols and meanings accurately described the situations I found myself in during 2015.

'Wren' Animal Druid Animal Oracle Card 'Horse' Animal Druid Animal Oracle Card 'Earth Dragon' Animal Druid Animal Oracle Card

One of the most important things to do before choosing the cards of course was to ask a very specific question, but of that, I'm channelling the 'secret knowledge' of the Crane for January and not telling!

I'll finish with the description for the Horse, which was one of my favourites:

The spirit of Each (the druid name for 'horse') calls us to journey, to travel. This may manifest itself as a desire to travel in the physical world, or we may be drawn to voyaging in the inner realms. She brings us energy and speed and connects us to the power of both the land and the sun. The Horse Goddess is patroness of the complete life cycle of birth, death, the afterlife and rebirth. By working with the spirit of Each, we will grow to feel comfortable with every aspect of the life cycle, knowing that the Goddess protects and guides us through each of its stages.

Although the horse appeared in my reading for November, I'd like to keep this spirit of travel and energy in my mind for the year, and specifically as the Chinese Year of the Horse comes to an end.

What will the Sheep/Goat year bring