deck review and interview: Oracle of Oddities

Working with the Oracle of Oddities by Claire Goodchild at Black and the Moon today. I have been crushing on this deck since I first saw it after tracking down the source of her Antique Anatomy tarot (which is also pretty darn cool, btw). I'm pretty easy when it comes to decks, I have to admit- make it weird and stick a bunch of plants on it and you've got me.

The version of the Oracle of Oddities reviewed here is the second edition. The first run went out of print a while ago and I was quietly devastated. I was excited to find out that Claire was putting together a second edition with new cards and made a point to get them as soon as I could.

The deck interview went a little weird.

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  • WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT YOU? GLUTTONY
  • WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS? OPPOSITION
  • WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS? KNOWLEDGE
  • HOW WILL WE BEST COLLABORATE? POWER
  • TREASURE. TOXIC

Let me see if I can parse this.

There are two ways this goes, looking at this reading. Either this deck and I are going to come to a tragic but aesthetically pleasing separation or...

I'm going to work through this. It feels like this is a deck that requires that I do most of the work. It is not one to turn to when I have no idea where to go. It's more of a guiding hand rather than access to wisdom that I don't already have. Overuse could turn... well, toxic. I will add that the first thought I had when I saw this card is that the antidote to a poison often contains the poison itself.

Having had it for a while now, I've also noticed I reach for this deck when reading for others and have had a superb time with it. Clients often see and hear what they need to with hardly more than a prompt from me. It grabs the intuition and doesn't let go until you get what you need to receive.

So here's to an odd relationship!



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