~ Awakening Divine Energy ~
Spirited is a set of 56 oracle cards, including a guidebook with description and divination.
This project was initiated by artist Paola Idrontino and Michelle Reid, Dancing Heart Spirit Woman.
Our vision is that each card can serve as a guide upon your path to open your hearts to the spirit realm through divine imagery and embrace healing, growth and abundance in your life.
Spirited consists of eight different categories: Animals, Archetypes, Cycles, Directions, Elementals, Realms, Shields and Spirits. Each category is composed of seven cards. These categories will assist you even further, by acknowledging the space you are in and what you can specifically become aware of, for your guidance and healing upon your path.
As the story unfolds; the Images were all lovingly created by Paola over the last couple of decades. Not only were the images conceptualized by Paola, but were also photographed and edited, as well as all costumes and textiles created by her very own hands. When I saw this collection of images, I was struck by the realization that a deck of cards could be created, as I recognized for example Archetypal imagery, Elemental imagery as well as many other correlations within the imagery. We have done our best to match these pre-existing images with meanings that have come from a multitude of sources and teachings, as well as my own journey and experiences upon the Good Red Road over the years.
The eight different themes/categories cast a wide net over an expansive array of teachings and information that can assist you in determining your place upon your journey presently; to assist with a life decision or give you an overview with a general spread. These categories can of course, be expanded on in many ways; we have chosen seven cards per theme.
There are 56 unique cards in this deck. They are divided into Eight different themes and are colour coded for your convenience. Each Theme has Seven cards. Each card is numbered, so please revert to the booklet with meanings supplied (not the page numbers, but rather the cards numbers 1 -56)
Animals are our fellow companions in this wonderful life journey, bringing many messages of joy, beauty, insight, and wisdom to us on our earth walk. Each animal has their very own “collective conscious heart” just as we humans have our “collective human heart.” As we observe animals in mother nature and their natural wild habitats, we learn from their attributes and can see how they are reflected or mirrored in us. They are messengers and omens upon our path, sharing their attributes with us; assisting us to see the greater weave, the greater interconnectedness of all that is. This is how we can deepen our relationship with all kingdoms of mother earth.
Archetypes were put on the map by Carl Jung and are both ancient and universal. They are psychological patterns of behaviour, which display both light and dark (shadow) aspects, when out of balance. Archetypes provide the foundation for our personality and our actions and can assist us in knowing more about our repeating patterns, whether healthy or unhealthy, and how we interact with others, based on these patterns.
Cycles of life are the natural rhythms of life itself. All life on Earth experiences birth and ultimately death. We Humans experience birth to adolescence to elder to death. The waxing and waning of the Moon and tides, the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The great Mayan Cycles and astrological cycles of the earth and planet itself. Here we are following the Cycles in a woman’s life, to help guide us to our deeper truths. To also perhaps “tap in” to some lost parts of yourself, so we can reclaim them and become whole again.
Directions are so necessary upon our journey, so we can see where we are at and move in a direction towards our goals. We can literally “chart our course.” There are seven directions to consider, East, South, West, North, Above Below and Centre, each with its own attributes and teachings, as we journey the Sacred Hoop of Life. We can use these directions to either speed up or slow down, to either introspect or start a new project, or to just understand the place we find ourselves in.
Elementals are superpowers that we co-create our lives with, within us and around us. Our very bodies contain these elementals, and therefore communing with them and becoming aware of their presence in our lives can be very empowering. Tapping into the meaning of these elementals can give us the direction and guidance we seek. They can share their attributes with us, shedding light on areas within ourselves we may need to pay attention to.
Realms. There are many. We live in a multi-dimensional reality. My world can look very different to yours. These realms, some mythological, some metaphorical, can assist us in navigating our Path by acknowledging the realities or non-realities we find ourselves in. Perhaps they can guide us home, by taking refuge from our third dimensional reality. Just as Animals and Elementals have a place within us, so too can we access many different realms within.
Shields are another guidance system to assist us in our alignment within relationship to ourselves and others. They consist of Courage, Loyalty, Honesty, Wisdom, Love, Humility and Respect. Much like the directions, we can use these to check in with ourselves regarding which is moving through us, and where are we falling short of being impeccable in all areas of our lives. Where we are not being honest with ourselves, for example, and others, or truthful, or loyal. These Shields can help guide us towards our fullest most loving potential.
Spirits exist in all realms, but we specifically speak of the Spirit Realm. Our Ancestors who have walked before us, our guides and guardians and spiritual teachers, Great Spirit and ultimately Great Mystery, all exist on a celestial level, in higher frequencies of energy as we understand it. Our Prayers are received by these spirits in the unseen realm., as we receive guidance from them. We know we can call on them in times of need, and oftentimes receive omens and messages from them.
Paola Idrontino is a textile artist, costume designer and photographer currently based in Barcelona. In 2016 Paola picked up a camera and begun photographing her friends dressed with her costumes and mask. Her photographs express the affection for tales and myths, with references to a feminine world that becomes a protective deity of underwater creatures.
Michelle Reid is a trained Shamanic Practitioner based in Cape Town, under the tutelage of a Native American Grandmother Elder. She has been on her own personal healing journey over the past 17 years, and is now teaching different groups in Native American Shamanism. Michelle’s passion, purpose and vision is to assist with transformation and the re-connection and re-balancing of ALL life on Sacred Mother and Father Earth.
Paola and Michelle have known each other for over twenty years. They met in London, 2001 at Central St Martins College, in an Art and design course. The combination of their skills and talents have merged and woven together to co-create and manifest this magnificent set of cards; with the intention of assisting you with a deeper understanding of your circumstances, recognizing the many forms of truth and acknowledging both the light and the shadows within Self, as well as tapping into your own infinite divine potential.