As part of my year end / new year ritual I am in the habit of consulting a few oracles that I find interesting and sometimes challenging. For me, it’s a way of inviting information into my life.
My method is not very elaborate nor official. I randomly choose two cards, one from the Medicine Card deck and one Angel Card and then I read interpretations of the card and write about them in my journal.
I’m always struck by the stories that are connected to these symbols. For example, the Medicine Card that I pulled was number 44, Hummingbird - Joy. The description starts:
Hummingbird is associated with the Ghost Shirt religion, which taught that a certain dance done properly would bring about the return of the animals, and that white people would disappear. Once again the Original People would know the joy of the old ways. In Mayan teachings, Hummingbird is connected to the Black Sun and the Fifth World <more stories>. Hummingbird can give us the medicine to solve the riddle of the contradiction of duality.
Being a white person that would disappear in order to cause other’s joy, I have to read another message into this story, one that applies to my life. Hummingbird inspires us to protect the environment and to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost.
That’s the real benefit of using stories; they give you the opportunity to interpret information in ways that make sense to you. It may require a little digging but the lesson is firmly planted by the effort.
My Angel Card was Adventure. That seemed pretty obvious. I’m going to have a joyful adventurous year and I wish the same to everyone!
There are many more decks of divinitory cards, you can check out some Tarot cards here