The Alphabet Oracle Deck
I’m excited to announce The Alphabet Oracle Deck is available for purchase.
What Is The Alphabet Oracle Deck
Best way to start explaining the deck is to tell you how it came about.
For a couple of years, I worked on calligraphing a pen and ink alphabet—capital letters only. I added watercolor to some of the last letters I penned.
When wanting to do divination, I look to whatever is at hand, whether it’s a tarot deck, pack of playing cards, bunch of safety pins that happen to be next to me for a sewing project, a gum wrapper fallen on the road, or the license plate of a passing car. The Goddess speaks through everything.
So it was inevitable I’d realize I could turn my pen and ink letters into alphabet oracle cards for myself.
No, there is no such thing as alphabet oracle cards or alphabet divination, that I know of. Until now. I made them up.
I actually researched for similar things online and found nothing. That’s kind of exciting for me.
It’s doubly exciting for me because I love using the Ogham alphabet for divination, so much so that I made two Ogham alphabet card sets. And now I’m getting to use another alphabet to receive Divine guidance.
The years of making the alphabet bit by bit were followed by the goodly amount of effort it took to scan the letters and digitally arrange the scans together just so, so I could print the whole deck on my home printer on only three 8&1/2” X 11” sheets of card stock. Quality card stock is pricey so I wanted to use only a few sheets. Then came a lot more work because it took a ridiculously long time to create a digital file that’d print with sharp detail instead of blurring. But I finally made a PDF of the scanned letters that prints beautifully. Whew! All the work was worth it because when I divine with the cards, they make me smile.
How to Make Your Alphabet Oracle Deck
Like many artists who find pleasure in a project they did, I want to share that pleasure. I decided to sell a PDF of my Alphabet Oracle Deck so someone could print and hand cut it, for a deck for themself.
You need only three 8&1/2” X 11” sheets of paper or, ideally, card stock. I used a pricey matte finish card stock. Printing on regular paper won’t result in the best reproduction, but if plain paper is all you have for now, go for it! Maybe make another deck with card stock later.
Don’t have access to a color printer? Heck, print black-and-white. This is a very go-with-the-flow deck.
Instead of making a PDF with the letters in precise rows, I had the idea to arrange them organically. Therefore, cards aren’t made by cutting in straight lines to make rectangles. The cutting has to be organic. I wanted that natural look, and took care to arrange the letters so there is enough white space between every letter for curved cutting. Hearth art is heart art!
The cards are intentionally different shapes and sizes.
To make my deck, I hand cut lines around each letter, and it was satisfying to try to curve the lines in whatever ways most suited my eyes.
I sized the PDF’s letters to make a mini-deck, so it’s easily at
hand. A while back, I made two different mini-decks for
Ogham divination, which students of my Ogham divination
course receive. My friend and student, Jenelle Campion, told
me she keeps one of the Ogham decks “in my wallet in case I
need a reading on-the-go.” That made me feel so good, and
affirmed my belief in the practicality of mini decks.
How to Use the Alphabet Oracle Deck
This is a good set of cards for someone who reads cards intuitively instead of by following a book. Your deck comes with instructions that don’t include a meaning for each card. Instead, there are simple brief explanations of how to use the deck for:
* intuitive readings to gain guidance you need
* contemplations to center and empower you
* writing prompts
* creative prompts for other art projects
Links are for two PDFs that have gorgeous detail and clarity in their art, far superior to the examples on this site, which blurs graphics.
1) One PFD is the three pages you print to make your deck.
2) The other PDF is the deck’s six-page companion guide. It contains a lot of the information that’s in this post, as well as two pages of simple instructions for using your deck. The pages are beautifully ornamented by some of the deck’s letters.
Please note before purchase, if you live outside the U. S: I sized the PDF images to make printing on 8&1/2” x 11” sheets provide nice visual results. I don’t know how to print the PDFs prettily on other paper sizes. If you live where 8&1/2” x 11” sheets or the printers for them are uncommon, I leave it to you to know whether you can print the PDFs in a way that pleases you, and will not refund you if you aren’t pleased with your decision.
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The deck and its guide are Copyright 2020 Francesca De Grandis. Author/artist retains copyright of the deck and accompanying literature, all rights reserved.
Purchase grants buyer permission to make a few decks they themselves will use for readings.
Resale, altering for resale, or giving someone the deck—whole or in part, in any form, including digitally or without monetary gain—without prior written permission of the author/artist is illegal and bad mojo.