This oracle was inspired by a dream by two Californians, Spilsbury and Bryner. Ariel Spilsbury is a spiritual counsellor and planetary midwife who is building the Sanctuary of the Open Heart which honours the divine feminine. She is the author of The Alchemy of Ecstasy and the 13 Moon Oracle. The father seed of the project is the late Michael Bryner (1950-1998), a holistic therapist and spiritual counsellor and teacher with an interest in Mayan Esotericism and shamanism.
Their inspiration has manifested into 44 cards which depict 20 words of understanding (known as Star-Glyphs), 13 numbers and 11 lenses of the mysteries which are designed to stimulate intuition and elevate consciousness. These together form the Sacred Mound of the Mayan calendar. We are entering a time of transformation and higher planetary awareness. The ancient Maya left a legacy for our time. As 26,000 year cycle is ending on 21 Dec 2012, the cards are designed to provide a bridge that will prepare us for this time shift and beyond.
We are instructed to establish a resonance between ourselves and the cards through meditation and prayer. A calm, receptive space and an open heart are required to begin and a shuffle and draw of the card for the day, asking the question, “which archetype best represents me today?” or “where am I on my journey?” is suggested. There are a number of spreads for varying purposes and the cards can be used by a solitary practitioner, by two or by more people.
I chose one of the twenty Star-Glyph cards titled ‘Ahau’ pronounced ‘a how’. The translation of this card are ‘lord, ruler or flower’ and its qualities are ‘union, wholeness, unconditional love, solar mastery, Cosmic Consciousness, language of light, ecstasy, limitless bliss, crown, Solar Logos’. Its symbols are the sun, dove and crown chakra. Listed are other attributes of this energy, its colour, herb, flower, scent, element, direction, the shadow wisdom and shadow transformation, harmonic wisdom, mudra, meditation and affirmation. Very full information about this card is provided, that it calls on the healing power of unconditional love and advice to ‘be at peace’, to forgive, release and love all creation. There follows a poem entitled ‘The Magical Child’. A deeper look at the these energies is given in ‘The Journeyer’ with more Shadow and Harmonic Wisdom, all providing a light body which is part of the mythic quest to live by and a galactic code to the working of the Universe.
Twelve cards are titled The Numbers, each with its particular quality and instructions. Amongst the eleven cards titled ‘The Lenses’ we have qualities and affirmations and further instructions in named cards, such as ‘Language of Light’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Resolution of Duality’, ‘Adventurer’s Quest’, ‘Realm Shift’ ‘Hologram’, ‘Transformer’, ‘New Myth’ ‘Dreamer and Dreamed’, ‘Transparency’ and ‘Portal of Transcendence’.
I can see this deck being used to toast the New Year early, with a glass of bubbly, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Hollywood Hills, under the night sky, admiring a waxing moon, transcendental pan pipe music playing softly in the background.
The abstract illustrations are by the UCLA trained and Santa Barbara based artist, Oceanna (Donna Kiddie) whose work on large building murals and mythic interiors are very popular. Reviewer: Wendy Stokes www.wendystokes.co.uk