6 Ways To Use This Deck
(even if you don’t know anything about herbs or tarot)
1. Permission to Play
Building a knowledge base is important but play is the key to creativity. We’ll keep you smiling and laughing and turning toward the light. This isn’t a field guide or a rigid book of rules. We take you off the beaten path of herbcraft and entice you to consider new perspectives. Make all the herbal remedies. Make botanical art and jewelry. Invite the plants to be central to your creative process.
2. Increase Awareness
Become an expert in The Art of Noticing. The cards will help you put down the books and meet the natural world with your body instead of your mind. In each suit you will learn to read the book of nature with your senses. This tuning will expand your capacity for noticing in all areas of your life. With increased awareness, the world becomes more vibrant and alive. This deck will help you experience how all things on earth are related.
3. Honor the Ancestors
Learn to receive emerging wisdom. Ancient mythologies and lore of plants are necessary to understand our ancestors, but they do not define the magic. With these cards you can celebrate what has come before, and trust what is being created now. Connect with our Benevolent Ones and listen for the new stories they are dreaming into being through you.
4. Spell and Potion Making
Craft new potions and exciting spells that go beyond the dusty grimoires of the past. The botanical world is rich with mythology and medicine that spans countries, eras, and ideologies. Each plant contains a universe of possibilities for divination, healing, and story. Use the cards to create an ecology of spirit that is unique to you and build an apothecary that is powerful and profound.
5. Write New Stories
Let the images inspire your writing. The scenes in the cards offer snapshots; moments in time that leave you with questions. What happens next? How did they get there? What are they gathering/crafting for? Use the cards to create stories and poetry. Imagine yourself in the scene and rewrite what is possible in your life.
6. Soul Work
Tarot is a game that invites contemplation. It offers an opportunity to stir the players and experiences in the cauldron of life. Each card of the Herbcrafter’s Tarot captures an encounter between humans and plants that highlights the ways we are inextricably linked. Related to the universal journey of the soul, the cards can help you know yourself and the world around you more intimately.