“These images would make an amazing oracle deck.”
We heard this phrase over and over after our presentations on the Goddesses from pre-Hispanic Mexico. But moments after the first time it was uttered, we knew that this would be a beautiful way to connect people to the deities and customs of a culture that we have given our lives to studying and practicing, a culture that is often misunderstood and little known outside of academic circles and initiates. A culture that is the heritage for many of us that live on the land and carry the ancestral DNA of ancient Mexico.
The sacred images of pre-Hispanic deities are very different than the sacred images of European culture, which we in America – and even Mexico – are far more accustomed to seeing. These images have unfamiliar symbols – green feathers, skulls, snakes, nose ornaments – and unfamiliar names: Xochiquetzal, Huitzilopochtli, Tecuciztecatl for example.
These sacred images and names open the door to a profoundly magnificent culture that reveres the connection of the earth and Her inhabitants, that celebrates the small and grand cycles – that infuses ritual and attention to the sacred in daily life.
Building the Team
Both holding advanced degrees in Mesoamerican studies and practicing priestesses, Veronica Iglesias and Anne Key could translate the beliefs and culture to a new audience, writing a divinatory meaning for each card. But to create an oracle deck, this project needed a visionary artist to design images that were true to their heritage yet inviting to the modern eye, and at some moment we both realized the one artist that we wanted to work with: Ramona Teo. Renowned for her graphic design, murals, and fine art, she was a perfect match for this ambitious project.
Then the two became three, and the Jade Oracle birthed from an idea to reality. This is truly a story about the interwoven paths from Oregon and Mexico City that converged in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bringing us together to make magic.
About the Cards
Like tarot cards, the Jade Oracle is a spiritual tool used for divination and introspection. The difference is they are not structured by traditional tarot suits. Each card brings a new form to a universal archetype, giving us a window to our soul, a new lens in which to see ourselves. We named this deck The Jade Oracle because exquisite green jade was one of the most sacred stones in ancient Mexico, as the color represented the teeming bounty of life. There will be 52 beautifully illustrated cards accompanied by a booklet that guides you through understanding the mythology and interpretations of the cards.
We feel that when we understand another culture, we understand ourselves in a deeper way and are one step closer to connecting with our global family and celebrating this magical land that we share. And for those of us with Mexican heritage, this is a path to understanding, and living, our lineage.
Each Set Includes:
• 52 Cards (Size 3.5" x 5.5")
• One Guide Booklet in English AND Spanish
• One handmade pouch to hold the set
And now we need your help to bring them into being. Expenses for production of these cards is very costly. We would need to sell the decks at a prohibitively high price to regain our expenses. We ask your help for start-up costs for this first production run. After that, we will be able to use the proceeds for further print runs and wider distribution.
Meet the Creators: Veronica Iglesias, Anne Key, and Ramona Teo
Maria Veronica Iglesias was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She has a Bachelor´s degree in Library Sciences and a Master´s Degree in Mesoamerican Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico). Initiated as a sahumadora (bearer of the Sacred Sahumerio) when she was 8 years old, she studied about medicinal plants, crystal therapy and healing with gems. She was initiated in the sacred knowledge of Mesoamerican shamanism and became a Portadora de la Palabra, bearer of the Sacred Word. A Priestess of Ix´Cheel, the Mayan Goddess of Medicine, Veronica researches gem stones and their therapeutic use, Pre-Hispanic medicine, rites of passage and Goddesses from Mesoamerica and is co-founder and guide for Sacred Tours of Mexico.
Anne Key, Ph.D. – Priestess, instructor, writer and dancer – has traveled, researched, and written about Mesoamerican culture since 1990; her dissertation investigated the pre-Hispanic divine women known as the Cihuateteo, and she is co-founder and guide for Sacred Tours of Mexico. She was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, located in Nevada and has edited anthologies on women’s spirituality, priestesses, and Sekhmet as well as written two memoirs, Desert Priestess: a memoir and Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love. An adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies, English and Religious Studies, she is co-founder of the independent press Goddess Ink. Anne resides in Albuquerque with her husband, his two cats and her snake, Asherah.
Ramona Snow Teo was born and raised in New Mexico, "The Land of Enchantment" where the diverse culture and thriving arts community has inspired her to explore her creative calling. She earned her Bachelor of Art's Degree at the University of New Mexico in the Cinematic Arts Department with a focus on Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art & History. Her passions include painting, drawing, clothing design, jewelry making, graphic design, experimental filmmaking and belly dance. Always the creative entrepreneur, Ramona started Guerrilla Graphix (original art t-shirts, custom design and printing services) with her father in 2008 and Divine Nature Arts (her personal brand of clothing, jewelry & sacred art) in 2015. A constant theme in Ramona's artwork is sacred geometry and the mandala. In 2015 she became a certified Mandala Facilitator and guides workshops on healing with mandalas. Ramona is currently a stay at home mother of two (Zena, 11/5/15 and Rafael 2/1/17) and is in the process of illustrating The Jade Oracle Deck.
Risks and challenges
Expenses for small-scale production such as these cards is very costly. We would need to sell the decks at a prohibitively high price to regain our expenses. We ask your help for start-up costs for this first production run. After that, we will be able to use the proceeds for further print runs and wider distribution.
Without this start-up help, we will only be able to print a very limited number of decks, and we will not be able to take advantage of nation-wide distribution. We are asking your help so that we can get the Jade Oracle deck in stores across the U.S. and stocked in online retailers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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