Today, we're talking about one of the newest additions to the Two Sides Tarot stable, the beautiful and powerful Nature Nurture oracle deck.
If you've been around here for more than a few minutes, you probably know that I'm a big fan of artist and intuitive, Marcella Kroll. "Big fan" probably doesn't quite cover it; maybe over-excited fangirl gets a little closer!
A few years back, Marcella created the iconic Sacred Symbols oracle deck (I talked to her about that deck here), and since then she's been reading cards, changing lives, and working her ass off to raise funds and awareness for several vital environmental and social justice concerns. Marcella is the kind of spiritual leader who walks her talk, always ready to speak up in service of love and justice, and this shines through as much in her divination work as it does in her work as an activist.
Yes, ok, I am fangirling. But look at this beautiful, radiant angel!
Earlier this year, Marcella created a new oracle deck, Nature Nurture, a sort-of follow up to Sacred Symbols, but very much its own beast. Of course, I wanted to hear all about it, and so Marcella kindly offered her time to tell us the story of how Nature Nurture came to be.
Brace yourself, there are psychic crystal skulls!
Congrats on the publication of your new deck! Could you tell us a little about what the Nature Nurture oracle is and how it works?
The Nature Nurture Oracle is a divination deck featuring animals, nature, and archetypes that might soon be extinct if humanity continues consuming and abusing our resources, as well as forgetting where we come from.
So the cards have a dual purpose. While one might get a personal reading and benefit from the messages, the subjects painted in the cards will also be given some recognition and healing as well.
I've heard that you had an unusual champion for the creation of this deck! Could you tell us a little about how the Nature Nurture oracle deck came to be, and what the process of creation was like?
In the spring of 2016 I received a psychic hit (aka message) informing me that I would create another deck. I had no idea at the time how it would happen. So I just let go of the idea since it wasn't something I had been planning. Also since I was having some health challenges that needed to be addressed, it hadn't become a priority.
That summer I was psychically pulled to a metaphysical shop in Los Angeles (where I live). It felt like I was energetically summoned to go to this place, even though I had no intention of going there that day. When I arrived I was greeted by an ancient crystal skull 💀 named Einstein. He was there giving readings with his guardian Carolyn.
In the reading they informed that I was to not give up on my creation because it would help contribute to the Earth's healing. It was powerful to say, but it took me another 6 months to get to work. After a gruelling few months of getting my health on track, getting sober, and becoming heavily involved in organising raising funds for a couple of key political movements I crashed.
Over the course of January and February 2017 I hand drew all of the cards, wrote the booklet meanings, and taught myself photoshop to graphically lay them out and design them. To get them printed I applied for a loan through Kiva.org which is a fantastic non-profit that allows others to support small business and creators all over the world. Through that generosity I have been able to print the first edition and get them out into the world. A magical and humbling experience.
Your previous deck, Sacred Symbols, is very much a favourite here at Two Sides Tarot! How would you say your art and your ideas have evolved between Sacred Symbols and this new deck?
Well for one, I'm not homeless. Sacred Symbols happened without intention really. I was homeless and bouncing around trying to figure out my purpose. I never imagined it would be something that would completely change my world. Part of creating that deck was to get these symbols that I would see repeatedly in my psychic readings out of my brain and onto paper.
I knew it was some kind of language that needed to be translated but wasn't sure how or why. Also because with the growing revival of the mystical and the current fashion trends of all things witchy, I felt it was important to offer some kind of educational aspect to the symbols and those connecting to them. The booklet is very simple, but I wanted to include a source of imagery. So folks knew what they were connecting to on a more conscious level.
Has working with Nature Nurture influenced or changed your personal spiritual practice, or your work with clients? If so, what has it brought to the table?
I have found that the Nature Nurture deck has become a staple in my readings with clients and my daily practice. It commands me to give it my full attention. Not in a bossy way, but just in a "please respect this energy message" way.
It allows me to connect in a way with clients and they connect with the cards in a more relaxed way. Most folks can recognize the imagery and have an instant sense of how to work with the energy. Allowing them to stay present moment and get the information they really need for their growth and evolution.
How would you recommend that readers work with the Nature Nurture oracle? Any pro tips?
Take your time, court it, or dive right in. I would say connect however the hell you want. Honestly I'm not a big traditionalist when it comes to divination or anything for that matter. I mean I'm self taught and don't play by rules. So do what works for you. Yes by all means read the booklet but find your own connection, and meanings if that resonates more. After all you are the interpreter.
The only other advice I would offer would be: Respect the cards, Respect your practice, Respect the space that comes with offering insight, and Respect yourself.
Now that is some good advice!