Over the last decade or so, my desire to be of service through Art has grown steadily and strong. Rather than just creating Art to look at, I have an increasing need to connect deeply with others through my work ... to feel like I'm making a difference.
The truth is, I've always wanted a feeling of deep connection with others - a way to share our human experience. I want to share how it feels when I create; connected to a bottomless Intuitive Flow, which fills my Spirit to brimming and cascades through my arms and hands and heart and out into the world. I want this feeling to be shared and received by people's hearts and hands and for that energy to flow back and forth between us like a beautiful circle.
And so it comes that I share my story with you, a circle-like journey that has made manifest via my Intuitive Wisdom Cards. Here goes ...
I remember way back the early-mid 2000's, I had a dream as a budding Artist to create my own deck of Oracle Cards. Oracle cards have been a tool I've used for many, many years to personally access and amplify my truth, and little did I know this would come true until three years ago, when I completed my first deck of Intuitive Wisdom Oracle Cards.
I loved my first deck, which had 36 cards with my Art on the front, and intuitive prompts on the backs. Holding these first decks in my hands felt so amazing on so many levels - they inspired, they uplifted, and I could witness my Art on something that people could use in their daily life (seriously - it's the most amazing feeling!)
I had no idea how these cards would go in the world, so I ordered a small quantity of 50 decks to begin with, using a high-end printing company in the city. I wanted to make them both affordable and excellent quality, so I needed to keep my profit margins pretty low.
The first edition sold out within a few months.
Next came the second edition, as a result of my existing local print supplier being no longer financially viable. With customers starting to line up, I had to look into other options and I found a company online called makeplayingcards.com that were based in the US and manufactured in China (which I found out later). This was a contention point for me, because I always choose to shop Australian wherever possible to keep carbon miles down, and I couldn't see any proofs of my work first. Plus, the sizing options were different, so I needed to redesign the whole deck.
But I took this all in my stride and looked for the silver lining. I knew I had a great product and with the new supplier, I now had the option of making the decks even better with a tuck box to encase them, which could also make the cards more marketable to shops etc. I also listened to some feedback from my growing customer-base of oracle and tarot readers, who wanted single sided cards for doing their readings, so there was a 'reveal' when you flipped a card over.
As a result, my second edition decks felt much more professional, with their single sided-ness, streamlined design and beautiful packaging. I even created a second sister deck just for Mamas, called Mama Nurture. They all looked so lovely and I really thought I was doing the right thing, by tweaking my products for those I thought wanted to use them.
However in hindsight, I had focused so much on creating what I thought others wanted from me, that I'd compromised my original vision. I'd forgotten the importance of stepping into my own intuitive flow, not just when creating Art but also in my Life choices. Even though my customers adored them, I felt less connected personally and after selling out of both decks in larger quantities, I decided to take a break and couldn't see myself offering them again in the future.
That was almost 2 years ago.
Then late last year, my husband completed a graphic design course and we chatting about projects we could possibly work on together. We'd always thought there might be a way to marry our two crafts together, but we didn't know how. He and I have opposing strengths - his logical, technical mind and me as an intuitive, creative free-baller. After writing a list of jobs out together based on our strengths, we realised we have an amazing opportunity to work together.
And so together, we've birthed these ...
THIS is THE deck I've always wanted to create. This time, I've chosen the intuitive path, and co-created this deck that truly, feels alive and brimming with life in my hands. The cards above are our first test print run, to see the colours and feel. You guys, they are BEAUTIFUL.
I feel like I have returned to my roots and values with this deck, by working with an amazing graphic designer who truly KNOWS ME, by finding an incredible local supplier for the card printing (so they're made and designed in Australia! YAY!), by reintroducing the written prompts so they are double sided because I LOVE that, and by bringing the whole INTENTION of the deck back to where I began - a tool to connect with your own, Intuitive Wisdom. I've also selected the most relevant cards from both my decks and added some newbies, which increased the deck size to 52 cards, which feels like a much deeper and more rounded offering of intuitive prompts for personal growth.
When i just pulled a few cards to take this pic so you can see the beautiful backs of the cards, these are the cards I chose: EXACTLY how this deck feels to me.
By Listening to my Intuition, I've experienced a coming HOME. Total serendipity.
So, that's why when I release this new deck for pre-sale on March 31st, they will be renamed as simply 'Intuitive Wisdom Cards'. I've dropped the 'oracle' label because these cards are less about pointing outside of ourselves, and all about diving within for the gems and pearls of our own inner connection.
If you'd like to receive notifications when they are released for pre-sale on 31st March, please pop your name on my mailing list below. I cannot wait to share them with you.
Massive thanks to my husband Jeff Cranitch for making this dream a shared reality. I love you!
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All my Love,