The Divine Muses Oracle seeks to explore creativity, mysticism & healing using the archetypal forces found in alchemy, magic, Greek mythology and daily life.
This deck was created with handmade mixed media collage techniques using artwork and cabinet card photography from the Victorian era. Each card was intentionally crafted to form a functional deck for the practitioner of magic & divination working in the mystical & healing arts. Novice and adept readers can use it as a tool for self-realization. Any reader can use it as a guide alongside tarot cards or other oracle decks.
The Divine Muses Oracle has 53 cards and the book examines 106 meanings, including the Essence (or general meaning) for the archetype of each card, and its Shadow, or reversed definition. If you work with archetypes, some cards will be familiar for you, however there are a few that merge traditional archetypes into “new” ones. They aren’t new archetypes, really, as they already exist in the collective unconscious. They are being renamed since any archetype that can be named prevails on the spectrum of perennial spiritual truths.
The following excerpt is from the Divine Muses Oracle Companion Guidebook.
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“Archetypes are ancient and universal. They reflect recurring themes, characters, images or patterns that exist within the collective unconscious and show up in literature, art and mythology.
The idea of archetypes was first analyzed by the Greek philosopher, Plato, in his theory of Forms. Forms, or images, are described as the non-physical essence, or spirit, of all things in the physical world. Reinterpreted by psychologist Carl G. Jung (1875–1961), the concept of archetypes show age-old patterns that exist in the psychic part of one’s instincts. They are usually hidden at first, but when recognized and named, can be brought to conscious form and explored by the individual for potential growth.
Essentially every idea can be examined through archetypes! They can be reflected in the characters and symbols of tarot, fairy tales, religions and paintings; and can even be found in our dreams. Everyone can access them as they are either dormant (unknown) or alive (known) within us. When we start working with archetypes we will begin to see their inherent truths functioning in our lives. They transcend the individual, yet magically seem to explain our situation so uniquely when accessed. When you draw a card, chances are you are expressing or experiencing that archetype somewhere in your life. It’s why tarot and oracles work!”
With this oracle, I will also share the alchemical process as I have learned it from the spiritual perspective, based in large part on Jung’s work (and contributions from his students/contemporaries.) It was the rich symbols in alchemy that led him to see the power of archetypal forces found in the collective unconscious.
Jung believed that the alchemical process of the ancients wasn’t an actual transformation of lead to gold, but was an inner and spiritual work. A metaphor for what he termed the individuation process—steps to becoming aware of oneself for personal growth. The alchemical archetypes he encountered ultimately guided his theory of the collective unconscious. Jung believed that the blackening, whitening, yellowing and reddening phases of alchemy were archetypal and symbolized individuation.
In the Divine Muses Oracle, I created six cards that connect the alchemical archetypes to spiritual realization. Each of the cards have an animal representative to depict the alchemical evolution.
See photo of the Alchemical Animals below.
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Additional Archetypal energies explored:
Nine Greek Muses—including an extra non-traditional Muse.
Four Magical Elements—represented by totems as seen in the 4 Tarot suits.
And, other Mystical Creatures, Magical Influences & Divine Prompts.
(You can read a little more about these in a previous blogpost Divine Muses Oracle Update.)
ABOUT THE DECK
There are 54 cards total:
53 archetypal cards
& a signed title card
Backs are reversible w/ a Victorian wallpaper design
Cards come in a matching padded zipper-case
CARD SIZE & TYPE
Standard: 2.75''×4.75'' (70mm×120mm)
French linen card stock
ABOUT THE GUIDEBOOK
Divine Muses Oracle Companion Guidebook has 263 pages with a linen cover. It goes into detail about each card's archetype with a definition for the essence (the upright position) and shadow (the reversed position) meanings for the card. There's a section on how to use the cards with several spreads and layout ideas that can be used by the novice or adept reader.
Linen cover, 273 pages (including front pages): 4.25" x 7" x .5" (108mm x 178mm x 13mm)
I hope this information gives you a better idea of what to expect from the Divine Muses Oracle. The set will be available online March 4th!
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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