Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published December 3rd 2011
Guidance, Affirmations, Transformation
I have a few sets of different guidance cards and tarot cards, and one of the main things that attracts me to a particular deck is its artwork. The Gaia Oracle has to be my most beautiful deck in this respect. All 45 cards contain original Gaia-inspired artwork by Toni Carmine Salerno, powerful messages that offer guidance and clarity and self-empowering affirmations.
This deck was published in 2008 by Blue Angel Publishing and was created by the Australian artist and author, Toni Carmine Salerno. As well as 45 attractive and encouraging cards, the deck also comes with a guidebook that contains a background on the Gaia Oracle, information about Gaia herself, a guide to using the cards, different 'spreads' you can incorporate into your use and of course card interpretations.
"The word 'oracle', which signifies prophecy, stems from ancient Greece and Rome. An oracle was traditionally a shrine where, through the medium of a priest or priestess, the Gods and Goddesses were consulted and prophetic advice was sought" (Gaia Oracle Guidebook, 2008, p. 7).
The 45 cards within the deck are as follows:
1. Tree Of Life 2. Moonlight Goddess 3. Harmony 4. The Dream
5. Gaia 6. The Search 7. Goddess Of Creation
9. A Hidden Gift
10. Jewel Within A Teardrop
11. Rising Above
12. Sacred Heart
14. Purification (Fire)
15. The Temptress
16. Winter's End
19. Eternal Dance
22. Sacred Journey
23. Night Wind
24. Eternal Love
27. Enchanted Forest
28. The Message
29. Thinking Of You
The Flame Tree - New Beginnings
30. Flame Tree
32. Purification (Water)
34. Hidden Path
35. Lost Love
37. Nine Of Hearts
38. Zen Garden
40. Yin Yang
42. Sacred Earth Mother
43. Intuitive Communication
44. Ocean Of Eternal Love
Each card includes a few choice words that indicate the card's meaning and a unique picture that embraces the card's name. Of course, there are a few pictures that have become my favourites, as well as a few of the interpretations, but I do not have an overall favourite card as each reading and overall meaning has value to me in itself.
Now, some of you may have no idea what/who Gaia is. Firstly, Gaia is looked upon as many things: the Earth Mother, Earth itself, a Goddess. In all actuality, she is all of these things. Gaia, our Earth, was born; a living, breathing entity, our Goddess, our Mother and our reflection. 'Gaia', our beautiful planet, is not separate from us and we are not separate from her. Ancient Greek Mythology has Gaia (the earth) and Uranus (the sky) creating the Heavenly Gods and the Titans through their union; her union with Pontus (the sea) creates the Sea Gods and her union with Tartarus (the hell-pit) creates Giants. Mortal creatures were born from her earthly flesh. The Ancient Roman equivalent was named Terra.
Gaia - Earth Mother
In modern times, it is thought that the belief of Gaia as a nurturing Earth Mother is neo-pagan Goddess worship and not relevant to anyone outside of the practice of Wicca or Paganism. But this could be seen as untrue with even scientists examining the nature of something called the 'Gaia Theory'.
"The Gaia Theory posits that the organic and inorganic components of Planet Earth have evolved together as a single living, self-regulating system. It suggests that this living system has automatically controlled global temperature, atmospheric content, ocean salinity, and other factors, that maintains its own habitability" (Gaia Theory, 2010, www.gaiatheory.org/synopsis.htm).
Either way, your spiritual/religious beliefs do not have to challenge or encourage your use of the Gaia Oracle cards. If you look at them simply as cards of Guidance, Affirmation and Transformation, or even just as cards containing beautiful messages and artwork, than being Wiccan, Buddhist, Catholic, Christian or Muslim shouldn't matter.