Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck
Author: Roxi Sim Hermsen
Artist: Roxi Sim Hermsen
The “Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck” is a 33 card deck presenting Joy and Sorrow meditations. Offering “a moment’s peace, a moment’s distraction, and a moment’s grace. The original art was created to help those dealing with the pain and trauma of loss. They were part of the process of healing for Roxi after the loss of her nine year old son, her mother’s passing, and the decline of her own health – all happening within a very short time of each other. Art therapy at its finest!
The divine feminine has a strong focus in this deck, as do the brilliant colors, and the literal language of the flowers.
This deck comes in two sizes – poker size, and jumbo. I am reviewing the poker size, which is a nice size for smaller hands. The cards are 2 ½” by 3 ½”, with linen card stock used (which I absolutely adore!). The card faces show brightly colored positive images, while the card back presents a guided meditation based on the card, as well as suggestions to the reader on encouraging their progress on their journey of healing.
The card box shows an image of the card Joy and Sorrow, with the back of the box presents information on the cards, and how to use them. It is suggested that they can be drawn randomly, spread out and chosen by color or name, or place them face up and choose the image that appeals to the reader. It is suggested that the reader first spend some time with the meditation, and then turn the card over immerse/lose themselves in the imagery and message. I would like to add that these cards can easily be used with ritual work, and as an “add on” to any type of oracular reading.
The Story Teller
Featured in this card is an elaborately dressed Goddess. Her headdress connects her to the heavens, while her shoes connect her to the earth. She is telling us that change is coming, change that will require balance, dedication, strength, and focus. She has come to tell her story, while at the same time she encourages the reader to tell their story.
Here we see a garden of roses, and a lovely back yard tent. An artist sits before an easel, painting a small canvas. The reader is being advised to create, create, create – to create their own story, to create what they need to see.
Here the Sleeping Goddess rests, the moon seen through the window behind her. She has been forgotten over time, and will only awaken when enough of us remember, and take the time to honor her. The Sleeping Goddess offers encouragement, and permission to take the time to rest and recuperate.
Here we see a secret garden, within whose walls stands the Fountain of the Goddess. The spirals on her body indicate the possibilities for growth. Healing waters overflow from the vessel she holds over her head. The Goddess knows and understands that she must nurture herself first so that she can provide for others. She knows that her garden will flourish when she does.
The concept behind the deck is that joy shared is doubled, and sorrow shared is halved. The deck is dedicated to Roxi’s lifetime friend Heather Sneddon, who is featured in the card friendship.
I love the fact that the cards are borderless, allowing the reader to enter them with ease. We all face joy in our life, and at times we will all face sorrow. The “Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck” acts as a tool of empowerment to get us through the worst of times.
© August 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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